In a culture where casual sex is the norm, some Tennesseans have taken the purity pledge to a whole new level, through a practice that some teens refer to as the “Virgin Lips Movement.”
Religious leaders say these examples of super-abstinence deserve admiration, not derision. Especially in a time when the only social taboo seems to be violating the “third-date rule.” (For those unfamiliar with it, that means waiting until the third date to have sex).
“Even among Christians this is rare. All of those success stories need to be known,” said Alec Cort, Tulip Grove Baptist Church’s minister to students. “They should be shouted from the mountaintops. It’s an extremely difficult thing to do, and it should be celebrated.”