Does Abstinence Teaching Really Promote Purity?

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David R. Brumbelow's picture

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.

David R. Brumbelow

Bert Perry's picture

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.  

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