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Waiting Until Marriage with Purity Rings

Guess who invented sex. God did! His intention was for it to be pleasurable and intensely intimate. But He also intended it to be between one man and one woman in the bonds of marriage. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 tells us: For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication. Fornication is defined as sex outside of marriage. Furthermore, the Bible says: For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness (1 Thessalonians 4:7). Holiness is His perfect desire for us, spotless as a newborn lamb. In today’s “anything goes” culture, it is not the fashion for young people to wait until marriage for intimate relations, but among those who with to stay pure before God, there is a way to help them remember their commitment to their Lord’s commandments.

In the 1990s, President Bush’s administration encouraged abstinence until marriage, and the Purity Ring became a popular statement of commitment to wait. Purity rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, right where a wedding ring will someday go. They can be fancy or plain, expensive or cheap. The point of purity rings is to be a daily reminder that a young person’s desire to live a life of purity trumps the intense feelings that can occur between boy and girlfriends.

Sometimes, parents buy purity rings for their adolescents, but in recent years, more young adults are purchasing them for themselves. And for those who have already had sex, God is ready to forgive and restore the purity that was lost. Purity rings for them hold a special meaning, one not only of chastity until marriage, but forgiveness from past sins as well.

Another name for purity rings is promise rings. These rings represent the ideal of staying true to the commitment you have made to the Lord. Being able to give yourself wholly and in purity to your new husband or wife on your wedding night is a gift that surpasses even the most expensive wedding present.

Apples of Gold believes in the pledge of purity so much that we carry many purity and promise rings that will encourage and delight the person who wants to keep his or her vows to the Lord and to each other.

1 Timothy 4:12 reminds us, Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.


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