Continued from last week

Those even considering marriage to one of different beliefs have very wrong priorities. Because of what prophecy reveals, more is at stake here than meets the eye!

Do not dismiss religion as merely “something that can be worked out.” God expressly forbids His true servants from marrying those of different beliefs yet this instruction is one of His truths that many people ignore. While certain other differences can be worked out, religious differences where the truth of the Bible is concerned cannot. This is the last area in which you should attempt to compromise to “work things out.”

Other than the rare exception already addressed, dating outside your beliefs or apart from those who are converted should never be done. The reasons include all the principles previously discussed. There are many reasons why it is unwise to even date, let alone marry, those of different beliefs.

On a related note, many have made the grievous mistake of urging others to “get baptized so that we can get married.” This mocks God and the true meaning of conversion by trivializing it into a necessary, minor detail that one orchestrates en route to what will be a marriage that God is not involved in! God sees through all such charades.

Are Necking and Petting Wrong?

We have already discussed sex prior to marriage, but there are other aspects of this subject to be understood.

We have seen that society is almost entirely driven by sex. Sexual influences abound everywhere. Both men and women in this society are programmed to think that sex is good in practically any situation or circumstance.

God created human beings male and female. By extension, this means that He designed marriage and the family relationship and there cannot be families without sexual relations. As the Designer and Author of sex, God determined where it belongs within marriage (Heb. 13:4)!

While sexual intercourse brings a husband and wife together, to share the wonderful sensations that God created for the marriage relationship, any form of it outside of marriage is expressly forbidden and is sin (Gal. 5:19-21)!

But what about “necking” and “petting,” more commonly known as “making out”? To most teenagers today, the very question of whether these are wrong seems absurd. Simply put, petting is a form of caressing or passionate embracing, and necking is heavy kissing. These belong in marriage and nowhere else, no matter the opinions of friends or society. Think of it this way: Do you want someone else putting his hands all over your future wife? Then don’t put your hands all over someone else’s! Also, in a society where women have become much more aggressive, it now needs to be emphasized that the same is true for them.

Only God decides what sin is and what it is not. Because human beings do not know His wonderful purpose for sex in marriage, they try to twist God’s definition. (Recall the national debate defined by the now infamous statement, “It depends on what the meaning of the word is is.”)

Necking and petting outside of marriage are not the stages leading to the pinnacle of love but rather to the valley of lust! Prior to marriage, these merely add temptation to go further. Recall: “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death” (Jms. 1:14-15).

Most understand that necking and petting will eventually lead to sexual intercourse. Actually, God designed this to be so! In fact, necking and petting are the beginnings of sexual intercourse. To believe otherwise is extremely naive, ignoring the fact that no young person or adult has enough “brake leather” to resist for very long what naturally was intended by God to