#2 Sexual activity is the unifying act that serves as the climax of an outward covenant and emotional intimacy.
NIV Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
We leave all former relationships and join, by way of promises and covenants, our lives with another person. The “leaving” is a public act…what is traditionally known as a wedding ceremony, the signing of documents, and the establishment of a home. The “cleaving/uniting” is the emotional intimacy that is necessary as the foundation of any relationship. Sex, without any promises, leaves risk for abandonment and abuse. Sex, without any emotional intimacy, becomes a selfish pursuit for pleasure. Leaving, cleaving, and becoming one flesh are like 3 legs to a stool. If any one leg is missing, the stool will topple.