“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 s3xually abstinent from this day until the day I enter a biblical marriage relationship. As well as abstaining from s3xual thoughts, s3xual touching, pornography, and actions that are known to lead to s3xual arousal.”
At the age of 10, I took a pledge at my church alongside a group of other girls to remain a virgin until marriage. Yes, you read that right — I was 10 years old.
The church taught me that s3x was for married people. Extramarital s3x was sinful and dirty and I would go to Hell if I did it. I learned that as a girl, I had a responsibility to my future husband to remain pure for him. It was entirely possible that my future husband wouldn’t remain pure for me, because he didn’t have that same responsibility, according to the Bible. And of course, because I was a Christian, I would forgive him for his past transgressions and fully give myself to him, body and soul.
Once I got married, it would be my duty to fulfill my husband’s s3xual needs. I was told over and over again, so many times I lost count, that if I remained pure, my marriage would be blessed by God and if I didn’t that it would fall apart and end in tragic divorce.
Story to be continued tomorrow