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August 4, 2022

A Pastoral Word. . . 

Pastor Mark Adams

August 4, 2022
These days most couples live together prior to marriage. Why? Because that’s the trend---it’s the popular, “go with the flow,” thing to do. This is sad---but what’s even sadder is that this trend is pretty much the same when it comes to Christian couples.

In His Word God is clear about this. Our Heavenly Father calls sex outside of marriage fornication---sin. He also says that when we sin---when we disobey Him---we miss out on the abundant life He wants us to experience. 1 Corinthians 6:9 says: “Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Understand, in verses like these God is not only saying sin (like fornication) is wrong---He’s saying when we embrace that behavior, we are hurting ourselves---hurting our marriages.

This week I read about a study that affirms this Biblical fact. It’s entitled “Compatibility or Restraint? The Effects of Sexual Timing on Marriage Relationships” by D. M. Busby, J. S. Carroll, and B. J. Willoughby.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Does delaying sex until after marriage improve your marital relationship? According to a 2010 research study, the answer is a clear yes. As reported in the Journal of Family Psychology (and later in the January 22, 2011, edition of The Economist), the study surveyed 2,035 married couples and asked them about their initial sexual experience together (before or after the wedding).

Of the 2,035 couples, 336 couples reported waiting until they got married to have sex. The largest group of couples had sex within a few weeks of dating, and 126 couples had sex prior to dating. (This prompted a psychologist who reviewed the study to note, ‘I guess I'm not sure what constitutes dating anymore.’)

After analyzing the data, the three researchers concluded that waiting until after marriage improved the relationship (for both men and women) in four key areas: sexual quality, relationship communication, relationship satisfaction, and perceived relationship stability.

According to the study, people who waited until marriage: 
  • Rated sexual quality 15 percent higher than people who had premarital sex
  • Rated relationship stability 22 percent higher
  • Rated satisfaction with their relationships 20 percent higher

The data showed that premarital sex doesn’t necessarily doom the future marriage to failure. On the other hand, based on this research, there is no validity to the idea that premarital sex is needed to ‘test’ and possibly improve the future marriage relationship. The authors stated that waiting until after the wedding day (what they call ‘commitment-based sexuality’) ‘…is more likely to create a sense of security and clarity between partners…about exclusivity and a future.’”

I’m sure we could find scientific studies to show all the sins mentioned in the verse above---because truth doesn’t conflict with truth---and as Jesus says, “His Word is truth.” (John 17:17)

Keep the SON in your eyes!
Pastor Mark 
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