Were you honest with the person about making a commitment to him or her before the Lord, or did you defraud or deceive that person in some way?
We are to do this in light of what God has done for us in Christ and in light of Christ’s impending return. For God did not call us to be impure, but to lead a holy life.
Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his holy spirit.” Look closely at verse 6.
I’ll start by putting my position right on the line: kissing is OK.
We need to address the whole spectrum (“just kissing” included). First, the fact that “romantically oriented” is in italics above is important.
It is certainly true that no passage of Scripture says — in so many words, at least — “thou shalt not kiss before marriage.” Having said that, I submit that there is a strong argument to be made from Scripture that there is sexual relationship outside of marriage.