Survey Finds 76 Percent of Americans Believe Living Together before Marriage is Ok
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Jan 28
Charisma News contributor Larry Tomczak warns parents and grandparents that this is a dangerous belief. Tomczak reminds his readers that young people are being told from television, movies, Hollywood, and from culture in general that living together before marriage is fine.
Sixty-five percent of young couples now live together before marriage. Some of these couples also identify as Christians.
Tomczak cites some common arguments these couples give for living together before marriage: "'Look, times have changed. We have to face certain realities of living in the 21st century. We're going to get married eventually. Like buying a car, you've got to try it out first. What difference does a certificate really make—it's just a piece of paper. We're older ... more mature ... been divorced ... not ready financially ... aren't sexually involved ... providing parents for a child ... benefiting from tax incentives ...have peace that God understands our unique situation ... look how many people even 'Christians' are doing it!'"
However, says Tomczak, living together before marriage goes against God’s revealed will and will inevitably bring consequences. He instead encourages young couples to live in moral purity.
Publication date: January 28, 2016