Now, some people might say, "But I'll go into the darkness and be a light for Christ! I'll share God's love with unbelievers and show them the hope within us!" Riiiight. Do you really think that non-Christians at any given party came with hearts prepared to receive the gospel? If there's drinking, drugs, and sex in the back rooms, it's pretty unlikely. While we shouldn't pass up on a chance to hang out with other believers if we can help it, we do need to be careful about inviting temptations into our lives or giving the impression that we're involved in things that compromise our morals.

The Bible even says that we should be friends with Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:9), God the Father (1 John 1:3), and the Holy Spirit (Philippians 2:1). In fact, 1 John 1:7 says that we should be friends with other believers simply because we have at least one thing in common—we've all been saved. The only thing we're warned not to be friends with is evil (1 Corinthians 10:20). Not going to argue that one.

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“Each week we sit under the word of God together, opening our selves not primarily to information, but to transformation.”

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Any teen knows as well as I do, that saying "no" to a party is not always possible, or else you say "yes," thinking it's a safe party,

So, the best thing to do is to avoid parties in which you know for sure beforehand that there will be illegal or immoral activity going on. But how far is too far? If the party is going to have drinking, drugs, and/or sex games, it's not a place for you. Sure, you might think you can party innocently, but as a believer, you need to be on your guard about temptations (2 Timothy 2:19) or hanging out with people who will lead you in the wrong direction (1 Corinthians 15:33).

Like most things, not every party is created equal. There are going to be good ones and bad ones. In an ideal world, instead of eating pot brownies (laced with marijuana) and playing "Spin the Bottle," kids would eat "Lot" brownies (laced with sea salt) and play "Spin the Bible." But clearly, that's not going to happen anytime soon. (Oh, if you do happen to be at a party in which they play "Spin the Bible," leave as soon as possible, because that sounds like some kind of strange pagan ritual. )

It's true though: we were made to be in groups. As human beings, we want to be together, and parties are a natural effect of that desire. The Bible even says that we should be friends with Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:9), God the Father (1 John 1:3), and the Holy Spirit (Philippians 2:1). In fact, 1 John 1:7 says that we should be friends with other believers simply because we have at least one thing in common—we've all been saved. The only thing we're warned not to be friends with is evil (1 Corinthians 10:20). Not going to argue that one.

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