Sex Before Marriage
How Far is Too Far?
“If we’re in love, what’s wrong with having sex before marriage? And even if we’re not, isn’t everyone else doing it? Why should we be the only ones who wait?” Have you ever thought or said things like this? If your answer is yes, you have a lot of company. Most people in our world agree with you that, at least in some circumstances, premarital sex is okay. But do you know what God says about this issue? Timothy S. Lane clearly explains God’s perspective on your sexuality and how it should be expressed. Many people think God says in the Bible that sex is inherently bad and sinful, but nothing could be further from the truth. God is not a killjoy; his guidelines for your sexuality are for your help and protection. This booklet’s forthright and honest look at sexuality, including a discussion of “How far is too far?” will be an invaluable resource for young adults and those who minister to them.
About the Author
Timothy S. Lane, M.Div., D.Min. has been a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) since 1991 and is coauthor of How People Change and Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, as well as the Change and Your Relationships and How People Change curricula. He has written several minibooks including PTSD, Forgiving Others, Sex Before Marriage, Family Feuds, Conflict, and Freedom from Guilt.
He has experience in both campus and pastoral ministry (serving as a pastor in Clemson, South Carolina 1991–2001). Since 2001, he served as a counselor and faculty at CCEF (2007–2013 as Executive Director) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Tim is adjunct professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Westminster Seminary California, and Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He speaks both nationally and internationally, consults and writes about the importance of pastoral care. His primary desire and commitment is to help pastors and leaders create or improve their ability to care for the people who attend their churches.
Other Books in the Series
-Angry Children: Understanding and Helping Your Child Regain Control by Michael R. Emlet
-Breaking the Addictive Cycle: Deadly Obsessions or Simple Pleasures? by David Powlison
-Can We Talk? The Art of Relationship Building by Rob Green
-Dealing with Rejection by Jack Miller
-Divorce Recovery: Growing and Healing God’s Way by Winston Smith
-Eating Disorders: The Quest for Thinness by Edward T. Welch
-Family Feuds: How to Respond by Timothy S. Lane
-Freedom from Addiction: Turning from Your Compulsive Behavior by Edward T. Welch
-Freedom from Resentment: Stopping Hurts from Turning Bitter by Robert D. Jones
-Grief: Finding Hope Again by Paul David Tripp
-Help for Stepfamilies: Avoiding the Pitfalls and Learning to Love by Winston T. Smith
-Hope for the Depressed: Beyond a Cheer Up Theology by Edward T. Welch
-I Just Want to Die: Replacing Suicidal Thoughts with Hope by David Powlison
-Leaving Your Family Behind: Preparing for Military Deployment by Rob Green
-Making Friends: Beyond Loneliness to Rich Relationships by Dee Brestin
-Overcoming Anxiety: Relief for Worried People by David Powlison
-Peer Pressure: Recognizing the Warning Signs and Giving New Direction by Paul David Tripp
-PTSD: Healing for Bad Memories by Timothy Lane
-Restoring Your Broken Marriage: Healing after Adultery by Robert D. Jones
-Sex Before Marriage: How Far is Too Far? by Timothy S. Lane
-Sexual Assault: Healing Steps for Victims by David Powlison
-Should We Get Married?: How to Evaluate Your Relationship by William P. Smith
-Single Parents: Daily Grace for the Hardest Job by Robert D. Jones
-When Bad Things Happen: Thoughtful Answers to Hard Questions by William P. Smith
-When the Money Runs Out: Hope and Help for the Financially Stressed by James C. Petty
-When Your Kid’s in Trouble: How to Intervene Constructively by William P. Smith