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In his book, Harris, a former pastor at a US megachurch, urged young Christians to reject dating for “courtship” under the guidance of parents and observing sexual abstinence.
Young couples should not kiss, hold hands or spend time alone together before marriage, he said.
Joshua Harris born as Joshua Eugene Harris is an American pastor and author and is well known as the author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye (1997).
He explained what he believed at the time to be the biblical approach to dating and relationships.
Many people tell me that there is a different way to practice faith and I want to remain open to this, but I’m not there now.” He added: “I have lived in repentance for the past several years – repenting of my self-righteousness, my fear-based approach to life, the teaching of my books, my views of women in the church, and my approach to parenting to name a few.“But I specifically want to add to this list now: to the LGBTQ community, I want to say that I am sorry for the views that I taught in my books and as a pastor regarding sexuality.
Dating was spiritually unhealthy and a “training ground for divorce”, the book argued.
The book, written by Harris when he was 21, was widely circulated within evangelical Christian youth groups, helping to promote a “purity culture” and vows to preserve virginity until marriage.
The couple married in 1998 The couple shares together three children: Emma Grace, Mary-Kate, and Joshua Quinn.
On July 17, 2019, Harris announced on his Instagram account that he and his wife Shannon Boone would be separating.
Harris was the lead pastor of Covenant Life Church, the founding church of Sovereign Grace Ministries, in Gaithersburg, Maryland from 2004 until 2015, when he stepped down to become a student at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia.