Fundamental baptist dating

[Alabama state official defends Roy Moore, citing Joseph and Mary: ‘They became parents of Jesus’] Every state allows youths under 18 to marry in certain circumstances, such as with parental consent or judicial approval.

More than 167,000 children, of numerous religions, were married in the first decade of this century in the United States, including girls as young as 12.

The man’s role is generally to be established and someone who provides the full income,” said Easter, who runs the Courage Conference for survivors of church sexual abuse. While a woman of 15 or 16, if she’s been trained for a long time looking after her younger siblings, in their eyes she might be ready for marriage.” The culture of courting that Easter and Brightbill described is one limited mostly to fundamentalist religious communities, including certain Christian groups and those of other religions, such as some Orthodox Jewish or Mormon communities.

For most evangelical Christians, relationships between older men and teenage girls are viewed as wholly inappropriate.

When you have never learned to make your own choices, you haven’t learned how to be in charge of your life. She said she’s also heard from many women that the purity culture — the strong emphasis placed on female virginity — harms survivors of childhood sexual abuse in these Christian communities.

Evangelical leaders’ responses to the allegations that came out this week ranged widely, from Ed Stetzer, who wrote in Christianity Today, “If Roy Moore did what he is accused of, he should be out of this race and face the consequences,” to Jerry Falwell Jr., who said to Religion News Service, “It comes down to a question who is more credible in the eyes of the voters — the candidate or the accuser,” and added, “I believe the judge is telling the truth.” Most prominent evangelical pastors did not immediately reflect publicly on whether the evangelical culture Moore embraced in Alabama contributed to his pursuit of teenage girls.

For most of them, a relationship such as the ones Moore is reported to have pursued with teens is far beyond the norm. Even “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson, a conservative Christian who married his wife when he was 20 and she was 16, caused a firestorm years ago for advising men, “You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16.” Easter said she experienced this courtship culture herself.

As a woman in a fundamentalist Christian church who was expected to remain under her father’s roof until he handed her over to her husband, Easter became a “stay-at-home daughter” after high school.

But for the vast majority of evangelicals, that’s not accepted behavior,” he said. You don’t know if somebody’s embellishing,” Brinson said.

He said he’s not sure what to make of the report about Moore, and he’s not sure whether he’ll vote for him. “I like to give people the benefit of the doubt and say let’s see what the truth is.” He said he wants to talk to Moore and his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, and then send his personal conclusion to his email list of 3 million evangelical Alabama voters.

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