Assemblies of god dating
Courtship and dating are some of the least discussed topics in the church.
Yet dating has caused the most havoc, destroyed countless lives, resulted in unwanted pregnancies and abortions, and even split churches apart.
• Although they are committed to one another as “boyfriend and girlfriend” they most often end their relationship after several months when one “feels a crush” for someone else.
Thus, the relationship ends with at least one of the individuals feeling devastated and wounded especially because of soul ties that were created from sexual intimacy.
Also, parents, pastors, or trusted mature people should all be part of the process of discerning the will of God to counter the blindness that comes when feeling in love.
Dating is revolutionized if the following guidelines are followed: • Dating should only take place in the context of having an accompanying chaperone with young couples. Groups can go to a movie or have an outing, or go for dinner so that two people can sit together and get to know one another in the safety of other trusted believers.
• Dating should not be encouraged for anyone under a certain age.
Part of discerning the will of God is judging whether or not the other person meets the biblical criteria and qualifications of being a good mate, being able to raise children, and being a family leader. Based on 1 Thessalonians we should be attracted to another person in three areas: physically, emotionally, and intellectually & spiritually (this includes personality).
That is to say, a person needs to meet the criteria in each of these three areas.