By TylerR Jul 03 2017 AbstinenceSexual PurityMortification of Spin: [W]e are missing out on learning the beauty of purity by reducing it to saying no to sexual activity outside of the bounds of marriage. 1592 reads There are 2 Comments As the old saying goes, David R. Brumbelow - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 11:34am As the old saying goes, “Abstinence works every time it is tried.” “Just Say No!” really works. A Harvard researcher discovered the difference abstinence teaching can make: The U.S. Agency for International Development shelved Green's 2003 report on AIDS prevention methods in Africa and hired a condom advocate to conduct another study instead. Green had concluded that the "ABC" method -- Abstinence, Being faithful in marriage and Condoms only for high-risk populations -- was most effective in the dramatic reduction of AIDS cases in Uganda. http://www.bpnews.net/20229/harvard-researcher-abstinence-and-faithfulne... David R. Brumbelow Well said, but incomplete Bert Perry - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:55pm The article makes a great case that we need to go further than "just say no", and I've got family members who had a LOT of trouble on their honeymoons because their attitude towards God's good gift was ....."just say no." There is a tremendous amount to be added by understanding how marriage is indeed God's gift and a picture of Christ's love for the church. Along with the discussion we've got about divorce, a lot of this has to do with the question of do we see something bigger than ourselves. Sure, abstinence works, but it's just one part of it--it's like looking at the bread instead of the whole Dagwood sandwich, really. And when we've got something like 80% of evangelicals reaching the marriage altar without their virginity, if at all, I think we've got to see things a bit differently. Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.