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While most Christians agree to seek purity and save sex for marriage, few have been given a blueprint for how that should affect their view of dating and love.
In I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Joshua Harris exposes the "Seven Habits of Highly Defective Dating" and offers a realistic outline of how to have a biblical vision of marriage.
It looks at the big picture: serving others and glorifying God." Before you roll your eyes, moaning that this sounds terribly unromantic, know that Harris does a superb job of couching his convictions in the sincere belief that if we are purposeful in our singleness and date with integrity, a fulfilled marriage awaits us--in God's timing.
I remember my parents reading “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” by Joshua Harris when it first came out in 1997 — and to this day it still sits on their bookshelf. Now, 21 years later, Harris is publicly apologizing for the book.
Abby De Benedittis is the editor and project manager for Boundless at Focus on the Family.
The popular phrase for this is ‘deconstruction,’ the biblical phrase is ‘falling away,'” Harris wrote.
“By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian.” He said that some people have told him that there is a “different way to practice faith,” and that he wants to “remain open to this,” but added, “I’m not there now.” “I have lived in repentance for the past several years — repenting of my self-righteousness, my fear-based approach to life, the teaching of my books, my views of women in the church, and my approach to parenting to name a few,” he wrote.
As previously reported, last Thursday, Harris announced that he had his wife had agreed to separate and just remain friends, citing “significant changes” that have occurred in their thinking.
“We’re writing to share the news that we are separating and will continue our life together as friends,” Harris posted to Instagram.
He acknowledges the hurt it has caused some, and apologizes for that.