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True Love Waits (TLW) is an international Christian group that promotes sexual abstinence outside of marriage for teenagers and college students. TLW was created in April, 1993 by the Southern Baptists,[1] and is sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources. It is based on conservative Christian views of human sexuality that require one to be faithful to one's husband or wife, even before marriage.

Pledge[edit]

The True Love Waits pledge states: "Believing that true love waits, I make a commitment to God, myself, my family, my friends, my future mate and my future children to be sexually abstinent from this day until the day I enter a biblical marriage relationship." In addition, they promote sexual purity, which encompasses not only abstaining from intercourse before marriage, but also abstaining from sexual thoughts, sexual touching, pornography, and actions that are known to lead to sexual arousal.

By the late 1990s, Christian music groups were promoting the program, and events similar to youth rallies were held at Christian music concerts,[2]providing an opportunity for adolescents to sign pledge cards.

Impact[edit]

In the first year of the campaign, over 102,000 young people signed the pledge, which was also taken up by other church groups including the Roman Catholic Church and Assemblies of God. The campaign has continued to spread across the US, making use of occasions such as Valentine's Day to gain attention.[3]

As of 2004, groups supporting abstinence numbered in the hundreds. During the previous decade, approximately 2.5 million American youth took the pledge of abstinence.[4]

Criticism[edit]

The efficacy of the program has been questioned based on a 2003 study showing that 6 out of 10 college students who had taken the pledge had broken it, and of the 40% who identified themselves as abstaining from intercourse, 55% acknowledged having participated in oral sex.[5] In the 2011 book Making Chastity Sexy: The Rhetoric of Evangelical Abstinence Campaigns, Christine Gardner criticizes True Love Waits[6] for "using sex to sell abstinence" by promising more satisfying sexual activity within marriage for those who abstain from premarital sex; she argues that this rhetoric reinforces selfish desires for gratification, sets people up for divorce and dissatisfaction with marriage, and simply adapts "secular forms for religious ends".[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guilty Pleasures: Religion and Sex Among American University Students, Huffington Post, July 20, 2010
  2. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (5 July 1997). "Crosse walks many miles to support new reunion set". Billboard 109 (27): 9–12. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  3. ^ True Love Waits achieves Valentine's Day presence, The Washington Times, February 15, 1997
  4. ^ "How effective are abstinence pledges?". BBC News. 29 June 2004. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Boles, Janet K. and Diane Long Hoeveler (2004). Historical Dictionary of Feminism. Scarecrow Press. p. 362. ISBN 9780810849464. 
  6. ^ Hennie Weiss (March 27, 2012). "Review - Making Chastity Sexy". Metapsychology Online Reviews 16 (13). Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ Sarah Pulliam Bailey (November 18, 2011). "The Rhetoric of Chastity: Making Abstinence Sexy". Christianity Today. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 

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Shelbyville Times-Gazette

Shelbyville Times-Gazette
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 02:45:00 -0700

"True Love Waits" is a program that promotes sexual abstinence outside of marriage for teenagers and college students. (Submitted photo by Courtney Smith, editor of Viking Voice). [Click to enlarge]. "Use duct tape as an example," he spoke, tearing ...
 
BP News
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:15:00 -0700

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (LifeWay Films) -- LifeWay Films has released its third new documentary of movements of God. True Love Waits: The Complicated Struggle for Sexual Purity critically examines the success and controversy surrounding the True Love Waits ...

New York Daily News

New York Daily News
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:22:08 -0700

Jim Bob Duggar Jill Duggar (right) and Derick Dillard got engaged on March 29, but are already preparing for a summer wedding. True love waits, but apparently not for long! Jill Duggar and her fiancé Derick Dillard may have gotten engaged just last ...
 
Huffington Post
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:25:44 -0700

We were taught (and believed) that sex was a sin, masturbation its fiery counterpart, and you were meant to keep yourself pure until marriage because, after all, "True Love Waits." This Bible thumping abstinence teaching only made us want to have sex more!
 
PolicyMic
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:28:45 -0700

In 1998, five years after the Southern Baptist group True Love Waits popularized the first purity pledge cards, Randy Wilson and his wife Lisa held the inaugural Purity Ball. Wilson is not a minister, but he is very concerned with young women's ...
 
Abante Online
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:07:30 -0700

@DONGHAEisMINE: Where did Sandara Park? @Pinoy_Humor: If true love waits, saan ang waiting shade? @ILoveAlodia: Malambot ba talaga ang microsoft?? @ILoveAlodia: Pwede ba sagutan ang test tube?? @TMFernandez01: Bitter ba si ampalaya kasi ...
 
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Sat, 29 Mar 2014 04:03:22 -0700

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