|LifeWay relaunches True Love Waits program|
|Written by Jeremy Burns|
|Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:01 AM EST|
LifeWay Christian Resources has tapped author, speaker and Anderson University Professor of Evangelism Clayton King to relaunch the company’s True Love Waits program.
The youth-focused sexual purity and abstinence program has been expanded into a line of resources under a new True Love Project umbrella. King will be spearheading the revision of the True Love Waits campaign.
“We’re changing the name,” Clayton told the Shelby Star (N.C.). “We’re changing the focus. We are still going to talk about sexual purity, but we’re also going to focus more on sexual health.”
King made a commitment to sexual purity through True Love Waits when the movement first began, and he has seen positive effects of the original program first-hand.
“I signed the card, along with hundreds of thousands of students, and I still meet people today who give testimony to a season in their adolescence when they began to discover God's design for love and intimacy through True Love Waits,” said King. “It certainly changed the trajectory of my life as a young man.”
King wrote the revamped True Love Waits material with his wife, Sharie, with the goal of providing relevant, practical tools to help youth stand against the pressure of today’s hyper-sexualized culture. In addition to focusing on how to establish and maintain sexual purity, the new curriculum will also include topics ranging from forgiveness, sexual abuse and pornography.
“We’re going to talk more about making wise choices at a younger age and also about receiving God’s grace and God’s forgiveness if you have made mistakes,” said King. “We’re going to deal a lot with pornography because it is such an epidemic now among the younger generation. So we’re dealing with the same temptations that I think I dealt with 20 years ago when I was a teenager, but those temptations are more evident and they are much more accessible than they used to be.”
“I want True Love Project to challenge young women and men to dig deeper into the reality of relationships and human connections,” added King. “I want them to stop blindly accepting the destructive messages that our culture shoves in their face about sexuality. I want them to be prepared for a Christ-centered, God-honoring marriage one day.”