Why Teach Abstinence?

Today's high-technological society brings the Internet into our homes and onto our cellphones. Much of the information streaming into our personal space each day is very useful; however, there's an element of information that's sexually explicit and harmful to both children and adults.

Our children are often surrounded with sexual themes found in media, pop culture and even public schools. Most young students are exposed to messages far beyond their ability or maturity to process. Sadly, we see biblical, sexual values belittled as negative and austere, while sexually explicit themes are promoted as having positive repercussions in society.

Thankfully, there's evidence that the counter-cultural message of waiting for sex until marriage is having an affirmative impact.

Less than half of high school teens have had sex (see Table 61).

The teen birth rate hit a record low in 2010, after declining the three previous years.

Nearly seven in ten teens disapprove of high school students having sex.

Encouraging and teaching sexual abstinence until marriage may be a key component in preventing and reducing teen sexual involvement. A landmark study released in 2010 documented the positive influence of abstinence-only school programs. According to the study, only about one-third of students in abstinence-based classes became sexually active within the following two years compared to almost one-half of students in other classes became sexually active.

In other words, abstinence works.