How do we know if we are ready to begin a courtship relationship? What does the Bible say about relationships? In this video, Paul Washer teaches on the Scriptural requirements placed upon Christians who desire to begin a relationship with the opposite sex. However, simply following principles is not enough. Ultimately, everything we do must be driven by a desire for God and His glory in our lives and those who we enter into a relationship with.
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Not A Clear Cut Solution I grew up in the courtship/betrothal culture, and while there were many marriages in the culture that appear to have been successful, there are just as many that have failed. People are sinful. A courtship will not make the marriage any better if someone in the relationship is in rebellion to God. I've also witnessed people who approached their relationship through a dating method, and they are in some of the most Godly marriages I have ever seen. Courtship may sound more Godly, but it's failure rate seems to be the same as the dating culture. Just as many courtship-started marriages of my generation have fallen apart as the secular culture's. This seems to tell me that this is a heart issue and not so much a methodology issue. Courtship also allows the parents of the young couple to be even more domineering, and it can cause the couple to have trouble leaving and cleaving since their parents still exercise a lot of control. God can use a variety of methods to bring people together, and to call one way "biblical" is toying with legalism. Anyway, these are my thoughts as someone who has walked this road and taking some bumps along the way.