School dating guide
John Piper is founder and teacher of desiring and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.
For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. “Hi, Pastor John, my name is Josh, and I’m a high school student. Most people who I value as close friends and God loving people say that it’s mostly pointless and dumb to date in high school.
“I want, want, want to be with this person who likes me so much.” It’s a frightening power to watch because of how blinding it is to wisdom, Scripture, and Christ, and how it has such long-term implications. This is true for people in their twenties and thirties and forties. ” I assume what Josh is asking about is young men and women in their teenage years like fifteen, sixteen, and seventeen years old doing things together one on one because they especially like each other.
I don’t assume that teenagers are any more equipped than these folks in their maturity and life experience to encounter that kind of power and risk. So that’s the meaning of dating I’m assuming he has.
I think the Bible settles the question of sexual relations for us clearly — namely, sexual relations are for marriage.
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 7:2, “Because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.” In other words, sexual relations are for the marriage covenant, not for the engaged couple and not for casual dating relationships.
As soon as they have done a few things together — homework, ball game, went out to eat — and since they’ve done a few things together for that reason, the feeling arises that there should be a little bit of specialness in the relationship.