In short, single men must know now that what they do prior to marriage is not inconsequential to what happens in marriage. From Sex and the Supremacy of Christ, John Piper and Justin Taylor editors, copyright 2005, pages 141-145.
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Of course physical intimacy is all about the sexual act but there’s a lot more to it than just this.
Intimacy includes a range of behaviors such as hand-holding, kissing, as well as all day love-making.
For it is said, "The two will become one flesh." But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. (1 Corinthians -20, NIV) Now to the male reader who says, "Lying with a prostitute is a black-and-white issue, and of course I would never do that," allow me to reply: You are missing the point.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? Being bought at a price by God should compel you to honor Him with everything you have and with everything you are, including your body. And if you are a Christian, you are a name- bearer.
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