A new study on Christian attitudes toward dating and marriage reveals a broad acceptance for cohabitation, premarital sex and a rejection of traditional gender roles. Experts believe that many Christians are following cultural trends over scripture when it comes to sex and marriage. Fifty-six percent said that it's appropriate to move in with someone after dating for a time between six months and two years.
Loaded or not, this is a question that more and more young believers are asking — and in all seriousness. They can quote to you all of the biblical passages that talk about adultery, and give there rational for why they believe those passages only apply to married and divorced individuals. They can also likely quote to you the biblical passages that talk about sexual immorality, with justification as to how sex BEFORE marriage does not fit within that context either.
While I have been writing, teaching, and speaking for years to both teens and adults on the issue of premarital sex, this book opened my eyes to some of the more important trends among younger Millennials. There are exceptions, of course. Many emerging adults lower 20s tend to hold two views in tension—that sexual experimentation is valuable and yet one should not cheat on a monogamous partner.
The sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife. Physical intimacy between husband and wife is beautiful and sacred. It is ordained of God for the creation of children and for the expression of love between husband and wife.
Cleveland, OH schuenem ucc. Sexuality and Our Faith is the faith based Our Whole Lives curriculum resources developed for each age group. These companion resources are designed to be integrated into each corresponding workshop of the Our Whole Lives Curriculum when used in United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalist Association or other faith based settings.
One topic I think we should continually address in student ministry is sex. Sex is an amazing gift that the enemy has taken and used for evil. Our students live in a culture that is saturated with sex, and the pressure to engage in sex before marriage is huge.
The Bible is still a guide to life. And what I believe. More than six out of ten Christian leaders address these topics regularly with confirmands or other youth groups.
The very word fires up strong emotions. Our culture is prideful of its sexual openness. Religious or not, 86 percent of unmarried young adults ages in the United States have had sex, 78 percent have had sex in the last year, and 55 percent are in a current sexual relationship.
Twenty years later, that ritual strikes me as almost innocuous — how much power do we give to the scribbled signature of a teenager who had only the faintest idea what sex was? Yet it also carried a psychological burden that many of my peers and I are still unloading. It held out the promise that if I remained pure, then God would reward good behavior with a husband — surely before I turned 30 so that we could have lots of children.