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Here are the topics that I have written about so far: What Problems Joshua Harris Acknowledged About How Singles Relate At His Church (But Doesn’t Share on His Website) NEW ENTRY 4/30/08 Starting My Blog: Should I Kiss Dating Goodbye or Kiss That Book Goodbye? Examples of Foolishness That Can Happen With “Kissing Dating Goodbye” NEW ENTRY 4/18/08 Josh Harris’s Shopping Cart Illustration: Josh Harris’s “Updated” View on Courtship/Groups Josh Harris’s View On People Using His Book Legalistically Another Look at Joshua Harris’s “Updated” Views on Kissing Dating Goodbye What Problems Joshua Harris Acknowledged About How Singles Relate At His Church (But Doesn’t Share on His Website) NEW ENTRY 4/30/08 What Another Leader In Sovereign Grace Ministries Teaches About Courtship & Dating: Brett Detwiler A Response to Josh Harris’s 7 “Defects” to Dating Courtship: Extending Parents “Protection” Beyond Home Schooling? Definition of Terms: Dating, Groups & Courtship What Is “Dating” And What Did Harris Supposedly “Kiss Goodbye? If you’ve never witnessed someone apostatize firsthand, this episode involving Joshua Harris is but a minor twinge of sadness.Surely, we can grieve from afar–but none will grieve as much as those close to him who will continue on in Christ.Harris also advocated for strict boundaries within this: no kissing, no holding hands and no being alone together before you tie the knot.
Then imagine receiving messages, years later, from people who say they were deeply damaged and hurt by your work. The solution was to embrace courtship – where couples pursue friendship before romance, and parents are given permission to offer advice and help guide the relationship.
Here you find a man married for twenty plus years announce his divorce amicably, as if the separation of what God joined together is as low-key as returning an unwanted grocery item to the store.
Just a few days later we then find the stoic picture by a serene lake and scenic mountains, announcing his departure from the faith.
We can lament the fact that he dangles over the pit of hell by the slenderest of threads, held only by the stablest of hands in the Sovereign One.
We can contemplate the significance in the difference a single breath can make, as it is but one breath to the next that holds the distinction between salvation and damnation.
While some might be tempted to blame this on New-Calvinism, the reality is that sin wreaks havoc in every tradition, whether strictly confessional or not.