Considering the pervasive immorality and high divorce rate of our contemporary Christian culture, we evidently need a biblically based, theologically compelling, practical understanding of Sex, Dating, and Relationships.Pastors Gerald Hiestand and Jay Thomas counteract this problem with their paradigm-shifting view of purity and relationships—a view that challenges even the basic assumptions of evangelical subculture.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.
We mark these as distinct relationships based on the observation that each relationship carries with it an explicit sexual ethic.
A main problem with contemporary dating relationships is that they tend to grant license to sexual activity that we would otherwise intuitively deem inappropriate. In our book, we argue that a dating relationship is really just a subset of the neighbor relationship, and thus must be governed by its sexual guidelines.
Sex, Dating, and Relationships adds a new, almost provocative voice to the conversation that, with straightforward theological insight, pleads with Christians to get serious about honoring Christ with their sexuality.
It has been some time since I have read a book on dating and relationships, probably because it has been some time since the subject has seemed urgent to me.
But recently a local pastor told me that as he pastors young adults toward marriage, he has been helped by Hiestand and Thomas call their approach to relationships “a fresh approach” and this is an accurate way of describing it.