Cohabitation and Sexual Intimacy before Marriage
Attitudes towards cohabitation and marriage are rapidly changing, in general society as well as among Christians. Does the Bible shed light on these social developments? Here I will try to show you that the answer is ‘yes’. Sexual intimacy is blessed by God only within the context of a marriage covenant between a man and a woman. This is God’s good design, a design revealed to us to encourage and protect something important and beautiful. Following God’s design is always the best course of action for us personally and also for society in general. Since cohabitation involves sexual intimacy before marriage, it involves sexual intimacy outside of marriage. And all forms of sexual intimacy outside the covenant of marriage violate God’s good and loving design for humanity. Submission to God’s design, however, always leads to life and human flourishing.
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