Evangelist continues True Love legacy, focusing more on God's grace and less on legality

Abbi Webb, Assistant Editor

"We are all sexual sinners in need of an overdose of the grace of God" said evangelist and author, Clayton King at a North Greenville University chapel service on Monday. 

 Clayton and Sharie King co-authored a book "True Love Project" that redesigns the way students understand sexual purity through the lens of the Gospel. 

Clayton and Sharie King co-authored a book "True Love Project" that redesigns the way students understand sexual purity through the lens of the Gospel. 

He and his wife, Sharie King, have been touring the country selling and promoting their new book "The True Love Project" and this week they are at North Greenville for the Men's and Women's conference, sharing what they have learned about building a Christ-glorified marriage through sexual purity. 

According to LifeWay.com, the book is a reframing of the 1994 movement "True Love Waits" started by Richard Ross of LifeWay Christian Resources. The movement called young men and women to make a commitment to God to remain sexually pure while they were unmarried. 

LifeWay asked King and his wife to write a book that would continue the legacy that "True Love Waits" started by helping students pursue Christ in their sexuality and, ultimately, change their lives from the inside out.  

King said on Monday that he and his wife wanted to write a book that focuses more on God's grace and less on legality when it comes to being sexually faithful in this generation. The result was "True Love Project: How the Gospel Defines Your Purity." 

"You can't know how to love until you know who is your Lord," King said to North Greenville Students. King put emphasis on Lordship in an excerpt video from the True Love Project DVD where he discussed some of the issues he and his wife tackle in their book. He said that understanding who calls the shots in your life can effect almost every decision you make -- especially the ones about sex, romance and dating. 

"Not only is this important to your views and beliefs about love and intimacy and marriage, but Lordship is the most crucial and essential issue you will deal with in all of your life," said King in a True Love Project excerpt video about personal Lordship. 

The book that he and his wife co-authored aims at defining purity through the lens of Scripture, specifically the Gospel, and proving that there is a more satisfying and intimately pure love than what today's culture teaches. The book is relevant for today's generation who are in need of new tools to fight with in the battle for redeemed purity through Christ's blood. 

 Logan Ross, a second year senior and Intercultural Studies major at North Greenville said the message "True Love Project" sends helps her better minister and mentor young girls at her home church.

Logan Ross, a second year senior and Intercultural Studies major at North Greenville said the message "True Love Project" sends helps her better minister and mentor young girls at her home church.

Logan Ross, a second year senior and Intercultural Studies major at North Greenville, spends her Wednesday nights investing in the lives of high school girls at LifeSong Church in Lyman. Ross said the message "True Love Project" sends can help students create a culture that is centered around biblical relationships that will affect future generations. 

"'True Love Project' points student leaders to really examine the type of legacy they are leading," Ross added. 

Ross, who is also planning a conference for high school girls that will allow them to encounter the true love that God has intended for them, said the "True Love Project" has the ability to bring people back to a love that is more like Christ's. 

"This is what I want to pass along to high school students looking for a good love story," said Ross. "Letting Christ's love spill over into all different types of relationships is exactly what we're created for."