Bucking against conservative Christian tradition advising against extra-marital sex, the Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan, a married mother of three and associate pastor for ministry with families at Union Church of Hinsdale in Illinois, says single Christians can have sex as long as it's "mutually pleasurable and affirming. Citing 1 Corinthians , many Mainline Protestant and evangelical churches like the Assemblies of God Church , advise against sexual relations among single Christians. In either case the Bible's mandate is clear for all unmarried individuals: they are to remain sexually pure 1 Corinthians ," the Assemblies of God church warned.
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Click here to read it. Now Regnerus is turning his attention to unmarried Christians. His Washington Post article is well worth the read. Chastity is a lifelong onus for all Christians—married and unmarried. The problem is premarital sex seems like a more acceptable sin among the Millennial generation.
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.
It is commonly believed among Assemblies of God constituents that lenient attitudes toward sex before or outside of marriage are completely contrary to the clear teaching of Scripture. It is also felt that uncontrolled and irresponsible expressions of affection and sexual permissiveness are directly responsible for the breakdown of much in our society. Dating and premarital courtship as practiced in 20th-century America are entirely different from the process of mate selection in Bible days.