Frequently Asked Questions.
I am currently in the X3PURE men’s workshop and have a question. In terms of premarital sex, what does the Bible say. I have been searching for a long time and cannot find a scripture that blatantly says that it should be avoided. I have grown up in a Christian family and this idea of abstaining from sex outside of marriage is solid in my head, but I can’t find anything that states this myself. I know there are many verses about sexual sin, but where does the bible say premarital sex is included in that sexual sin. Is it unhealthy to be in a serious relationship for many years with somebody and have sex, knowing that this person will be the one you marry? I am so tired of hearing friends of mine justify it, but in reality I have no spiritual ammunition to tell them they are wrong. I guess I am wondering if there was any scripture that blatantly says either A)Premarital sex is sexual sin, or B)Premarital sex is not part of God’s plan.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to your reply,
While none of us here on team claim to be bible scholars, we do embrace the biblical model of purity and that the bible is clear that sexual relations outside of marriage is fornication (and just plain not God’s best for us). There are many scriptures that point to this throughout the old and new testament. I did find an article written by Rich Deem years ago but it’s just as good of a read today as it was then if you really want to break down what the Bible has to say about premarital sex or even extramarital sex. I hope you find it helpful!
The doctrine of keeping sexual relationships within the bounds of marriage is so important that it is spelled out in the second chapter of the first book of the Bible (Genesis 2). The marriage covenant is spelled out in the original narrative that describes the meeting of the first man and first woman: For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:24-25)
The Bible has a lot of bad things to say about being a harlot.5 In fact, it was so frowned upon in Jewish society that, among all the laws in the Old Testament, spiritual unfaithfulness (idolatry) is compared to harlotry.6 These days, people tend to think of harlots as those who engage in multiple sexual relationships. However, the Old Testament indicates that engaging in even one sexual relationship before marriage (i.e., not being a virgin) makes one a harlot.7 Engaging in consensual sexual relations with a married person was a capital offense, and those who were found guilty (both the male and female) were executed.8 Consensual sexual relations between an unmarried man and unmarried woman resulted in the man being fined and required to marry the woman without the possibility of any future divorce.9 Essentially, there was no premarital sex, since once you were caught you were married.The New Testament confirms the laws of the Old Testament. Specifically, adultery is condemned,10even including mental adultery,11 incest,12 and homosexuality.13 Other sexual sins, including premarital sex, are condemned through a couple Greek words (the original language of the New Testament) that can refer to a number of sexual sins, depending upon context. These words are porneia14 and pornos,15 from which the English word “pornography” is derived. English Bibles will translate these words different ways, so it is important to know some of the ways in which the words are translated. For example, the New American Standard translates the words as “fornication”16 (e.g., premarital sexual relations) and sometimes as “immoral persons,”17 which seems to be some kind of generic immorality, although it specifically refers to sexual immorality. Other English words used to describe premarital sex include “unchastity.”18 The fact that these words refer to premarital sexual relations can be seen in the Pharisees answer to Jesus, where they insinuated that He was born of fornication.16 The severity of this kind of sin can be seen in the descriptions of what will happen to people who practice sexual immorality at the judgment.17
The New Testament directly states that sexual activity is to be restricted to marriage in the book of Hebrews, where it condemns both adultery (engaging in sexual relations with a non-spouse while married) and fornication (engaging in sexual relations before marriage):
Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (Hebrews 13:4)
My husband was recently caught in a HUGE web of lies & he came clean about his extreme addiction to porn. I’m struggling with why this happened…am I not enough sexually for him? How can we get past this? What safe guards can be set up in place? My marriage is heading down a dark road & we need help.
First, I want to say I am sorry. As a wife who has experienced that same web, I understand.
I would suggest you start here -> “I Just Found Out My Spouse Is Looking At Porn” <- Then follow from there to all of the resources we have for the spouse. There are book recommendations, other like ministries, a spouses blog and so much more.
You are not alone although it often feels that way in a world where this is common yet in the church it isn’t supposed to be. But ALL of us are sinners and fall short– some sin differently than others. Hang in there and embrace and believe GOD. He loves you AND He loves your husband.
I’m a 31 year old divorced man with two kids. I have a girlfriend that I’ve been dating for about 6 months now who has a child of her own, and we’re planning on getting married in the near future (though no date has been set). My question is: is it explicitly, biblically wrong for us to move in together before marriage? We have discussed it at length lately and both feel it would be financially beneficial, as well as fulfilling our desire to be together all the time. We are both Christians, and have been taught that such cohabitation is wrong by the church, yet there are times that the church gets it wrong…
The both of us have many Christian friends who have cohabitated before marriage or are doing so now, and lead healthy, spiritual lifestyles. I’m just not convinced that it would fall under the biblical definition of sexual immorality for two adults who are in love and intend to marry to move in together before it’s made official on paper.
Living together is not something that is explicitly defined as sin in the Bible but premarital sex is. Therefore, the question of living together is not so much a question of wrong or right but rather wise vs. unwise.
If you are living together then there will most likely be far more temptation to do other things together. Also, statistics show that couples who’ve lived together prior to marriage have a much higher divorce rate than those who haven’t.
If you really want to examine the scriptures that you embrace as a believer, one that always stands out to me is in 1 Thessalonians 5 vs 22 about the “appearance of evil”. In other words– is living together going to glorify God in your lives and to others in your sphere of influence? Some people don’t care about responsibility to others and to the contribution they have in the faith of others, but it is something to consider whether that is meaningful to you as a Christian. Others in your sphere of influence are obviously your children and her child— just giving you something to think about because the children will be shaped by what is “home” to them— to them it will be OK and are you OK with your children in cohabitation before marriage? (Just taking in the big picture here.)
Oh how I wish I would have modeled things differently for my children when they were younger.