If there was an official figurehead of the Christian purity movement, it would probably be Lakita Garth
Born in 1969, Lakita
grew up in San Bernardino, California, one of the most dangerous cities to live in the United States.
parents raised her
four brothers in a very old-school way.
They believed in an abstinent lifestyle.
The strength of Lakita's
extended family played a huge role in shaping her
strong resolve to wait.
strong faith, Lakita
did not grow up in the church-she admits that as a child she
simply refused to go.
father died of cancer, her
mother was left with the responsibility of raising Lakita
four older brothers, with the help of Lakita's grandfather.
Lakita's grandmother passed away 5 years before her
grandfather used get up while it was still dark and visit her
One afternoon, Lakita
was visiting her
grandfather's house and her
grandfather said something that stuck with her
for the rest of her
life: "I don't know anything about any other woman and I don't want to, because Ada was the stuff.
says from that moment on she
wanted what her
"I wanted to be like them and wait until I got married before I had sex."
finally made a commitment to Christ at age 17, and says she
decided right then that she
would live by Isaiah 54:5: "For thy Maker is thine husband" (NKJV).
recalls, "I asked myself, 'If God is really my Husband, then why am I flirting with some guy?' God even knows what I'm thinking!"
Adulthood and Accomplishments
Picture of Lakita Garth
and her husband, Jeff Wright
standard to not kiss is not one she
imposes on others.
"There is nothing wrong with kissing.
I chose this standard because of my public stand for abstinence," she
Age 36: Jeffrey and Lakita
kissed for the first time on their wedding day.
Continues to advocate for abstinence and speaks to hundreds of thousands of young people across the U.S. and the world every year.
a recipient of the National Patrick Henry Award - an award given to the person under thirty years of age for outstanding activism for youth.
Lakita's siblings are a doctor, lawyer, engineer, and a career naval serviceman.
brothers used to call their mother "warden."
Lakita has served as board member of various organizations including Chairman of the Board of the National Abstinence Clearinghouse (NAC), a Film and Television Commission in Hollywood.
And is also a boar member and trainer for Strategic Life Training (SLT).
She earned her BS from USCin less than four years as well as an Honorary Doctorate from Aspen Theological Seminary.
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is a very rare person.
choice to abstain until marriage is, in some circles, admirable and I'm sure she
feels a great deal of pride having denied her
basic and natural instincts for so long.
choices are not right for everyone, sex until marriage needs to be taken on an individual basis, there is no right or wrong way for a person to explore and develop their sexuality.
needs to understand that her
individual choices may not be right for everyone and accept that people have a personal freedom over their body instead of preaching shame and intolerance.
Shame on you, Lakita
, you are out of touch, not only with your own body but with the modern adolescent.
, you are an imbecile.
, do you have a newsletter?
does not know how to make a good logic based argument, she
just raises her
I remember when Lakita
came and spoke at my church years & years ago when I was still a teenager.
helped affirm my stand to wait for marriage.
God strengthen me to do so & He
blessed me with a wonderful, caring, God fearing man of God and we have been married for 10 years now!
God bless you Lakita
for living your life for Christ & taking a stand when it is not popular!
I am proud of LaKita
, you are an inspiration!