We are having our very first Purity Ceremony on May 31st at 5 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church for about 10-12 senior high youth, pills boys and girls who went through a four week course entitled, the “Truth about Sex”, Doug Fields. The class addressed issues that arise when you give yourself before marriage, and the consequences that one can bring into your future marriage. We too addressed the differences between men and women: the way they dress, pharm and talked about how one honors one another of the opposite sex. Another powerful topic is accountability as a follower of Christ and to find an accountability person in our life for our faith journey. At the same time we all need to learn how to embrace God’s grace in our lives while experiencing God’s forgiveness knowing that God doesn’t remember our sins.
This Purity Ceremony is to be a celebration of their commitment to remain pure by not having sex before marriage. This is an amazing decision that they are making for themselves, purchase their future partner, and before God. Parents, families, and friends are invited to this ceremony to celebrate with them and encourage them in their decision. Each youth making this vow of purity will get a certificate to sign and keep, along with a purity ring to wear. The ceremony will have about three songs being played, with a brief but relevant message by Pastor Tim Balfanz. The title of the ceremony is “True Love Waits.” Parents will be involved and asked to give their youth a letter of encouragement. We too will celebrate communion at this service, again connecting with the God who has given them everything. to understand what God has done in their lives. Then after the ceremony there will be a time for refreshments and fellowship. May this be an event that the youth will never forget and a topic that the church will commit to teach on.
While many believe that maintaining purity before marriage is an impossibility in this day and age, I strongly disagree. And I believe that they church needs to lead and teach on it. The Apostle Paul warns us in Romans 12:1-2, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” ESV
God’s will is that sex be saved for marriage. Our intent is not to judge anyone who hasn’t been pure, but rather to encourage youth to make God honoring choices. Life is tough enough, yet alone to have child before one is mature and ready. Another passage from 1 John 2:15-17, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions — is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” ESV We want to encourage our youth to do the will of God. This is open to the public.