That doctrine is called the sufficiency of Scripture.

That means our conversation has to be a biblical conversation.

I mention the sufficiency of Scripture as part of the groundwork for this column because it's one of those doctrines that touches every area of our lives, and it is at the heart of the approach to dating (and life) that we'll talk about here. We may define biblical dating as a method of introduction and carrying out of a pre-marital relationship between a single man and a single woman: The Scriptural support for the idea of biblical dating is largely by example and implication.

Side hugs are the preferred method of PDA in order to prevent any further temptation or "hanky panky," as has been well documented on 19 Kids and Counting. though not too too hard, lest they lead to full-frontal hugging. The Bible warns not to "think about gratifying the pleasure of the flesh," so instead the family studies Christian text and not E.

by Scott Croft If you're reading this, you're interested in dating. In our society, dating has become something of an obsession. It's just something you do if you're single and of age (and that age is quickly dropping) in America. In fact, depending on which statistics one believes, the divorce rate for professing Christians may actually be higher than for Americans as a whole.

-17: So, how does the sufficiency of Scripture apply to our coming discussions?

Well, many evangelicals who otherwise believe in the inerrancy of the Bible and who might generally agree with the sufficiency of Scripture have nonetheless embraced the world's ideas about dating.If you're a Christian, that's the biblical life you're called to. Just this once, I'm going to set out a basic framework for biblical dating so we all know what we're talking about — or at least so you know where I'm coming from.That's what I hope this column will be about — applying God's Word to the topic of dating, finding a spouse, and getting married. After this column, you have my word that I'll spend the next several months answering your questions (that is, when I have answers). I have to start by explaining the theological doctrine that drives the approach I want to outline (and advocate).When Ben Seewald jokingly wrote to fiancee Jessa, "Give me a ring," Jim Bob actually jumped in on the group text, writing "No ring yet." With a smiley face emoticon. Whatever you think of him, Jim Bob needs his own Instagram so he can start posting screen shots of this stuff.This moment you see here between Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard would not have been permitted until the couple was married. Safe to say the Duggars are in the minority, having not read Fifty Shades of Grey (the movie adaptation of which they won't be seeing either, we're guessing). The Duggars' option is probably 1,000 times better-written, we will give them that much. The family matriarch feels that dancing encourages "sensual" feelings, while Jessa Duggar has said that she feels modern music promotes "sex, drugs, all that type of stuff." Instead, the family chooses to play gospel music together.When it comes to their convictions and beliefs, the stand firm.