Then we thought about how many of them maintained healthy and God-glorifying physical boundaries and how many had confessed that they had not.
The numbers were suddenly not looking nearly so good.
They don’t kiss dating goodbye and they don’t advocate a return to the courtship of years gone by.
Instead they encourage Christians to form “dating friendships.” In this little phrase “dating” is the activity and “friendship” is the relational category.
Yet this is where so much of our relationship confusion comes from—an invented category that is more than one but less than the other and lacking any clear biblical guidelines.
What is conspicuously absent from the Bible is a category that falls between neighbor and spouse.
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Romance and sexual activity and commitment can wait; for now, it is simply “two friends getting to know each other with a view toward marriage.” Think of a dating friendship as a precursor to a marriage proposal but without all the romantic, sexual overtones that so often accompany a dating relationship.