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Looks like this course has come in for some criticism here. "Not necessary" well perhaps for the more mature Christians that may be the case.
But we are dealing with children/young adults here exposed to a sinful world and many peer group pressures. Lets not underestimate the dark side.
And what does the term "Christian" refer to here.? - RCC, C of E, Liberal taught in some of the mainstream churches....etc.
I would say that this is at least an attempt in the right direction, to teach Bible on the subject to a bunch of young people in early days of their Christian life.
Also do not underestimate the power of iniquity and sin in all of this. The carnal flesh desires and sin are not easy challenges for the young 'and' the not so young. Thats why you require a divine hand in leading the Christian life. The teachings of "shield" of Faith and "armour" of God spring to mind here. Nothing wrong with trying to arm the kids for struggle. As Nemo pointed out below "every little helps."
This sort of thing is not necessary and I suspect not helpful. If Christians wont follow the plain teaching of the Bible, then these 'schemes' will make no difference for all their good intentions. This is not a complex "Bible Code" or "Da Vinci code" that needs cracking.
Some observations on the article:- 1. Where is the Church in this? 2. I hope that "the gospel of sexual abstinence before marriage" is a phrase made up by the jounalist and not to be found in any of the UCCF comments and materials. Comparisons with the "silver ring thing" are worrisome in this regard. 3. Confusion reigns. There would seem to be multiple and very different shortfalls in the Christian walks behind the different situations listed - - "going out with non-Christians, - feeling bitter about being single, or - sleeping with their boyfriends or girlfriends," 4. And I wish I could find a kinder way of saying this ... but whilst it is laudable that the "example Christian" in the Telegraph article encourages his "girlfriend not to wear very showy clothes, like low-cut tops, bare midriffs and short skirts" it seems incongruous that he has allowed himself to be pictured with his girlfriend wearing a top that whilst not low-cut is so obviously clingy displaying her shape.
I think it is sad that this sort of thing is necessary. Young adult Christians should be strong enough in Christ to be able to find this in their own Bibles: sexual immorality is wrong, and an offence against a holy God. What more do you need to know? Also, I think Christian mothers and fathers are not bringing their children up in the Lord correctly if they need this kind of education after they have left home
I completely disagree. Christians need to learn to think much much more BEFORE they do. Specifically, they need to think continually, meditating on the Word of God. Then, and only then, they should ensure that they are doers of the word and not hearers only (James 1:22).
Too much doing is done in man's wisdom, or worse, in man's impetuousness or wrath. That's what causes this mess. "So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God." (James 1:19,20)
With regard to the more recent comments, I personally would encourage early marriage for those couples who are courting with a view to marriage even if that involves financial sacrifice and hardship. The problem that UCCF are seeking to deal with is that there is too much dating and not enough courting going on.
I speak as one who married at 30 when outwardly financially secure, owning my own home outright.
Your comment is a sad inditement about the degree to which church youth are being influenced by this present world and its sensualism. Surely the cure of such "burning" is not to rush people into marriage when, as Neil pointed out, they may not be mature enough to understand the consequences of a life long commitment. Such advice may back fire and contribute more to the divorce figures than to an increase in godliness.
What is required is faithful discipling and nuture in the churches so that our young come to understand the need for self control, maturity, faithfulness to God and his commands and precepts etc.. In other words a more spiritual approach as opposed to the pragmatism often resorted to. After all godly character traits require habit and habit requires discipline.
As my pastor pointed out, one shouldn't discourage their children from getting marriage if they are "burning." The idea, that children should put off marriage until after college--if they are afire--is wrong. Material success is not the most important thing.
One thing people need to learn more to do is not think so much, and just do.
Also not to argue and question things in one's mind but to silence it and go about your business and when such temptations come near you, don't think, just silently do away with it by either leaving, looking away, or out loud saying "no".
People don't have to make things complicated, that gives way to aggression which feuls the flesh and chaos in one's mind.
Go, and Do. Don't think, just go.
Spread these mottos to others if they find any earthly value in them. Something quick and easy to remember works good like these.
It's good to give the kids all the help and support they need, at this time in their life, and in this corrupt society in which we live. Peer group challenges and the first time away from home and parents, every little will help.