(ChurchLeaders) Given the Bible’s teaching on premarital sex, a new survey from Pew Research Center has concerning news for church leaders. A majority of American adults who identify as Christian see no problem with having sex outside of marriage, particularly if two people are in a committed relationship.
“Most U.S. Christians say it’s acceptable in at least some circumstances for consenting adults to have sex outside of marriage,” said Pew, in a tweet about its findings. However, people from different Christian traditions have different opinions on the subject. In his summary of the findings, Pew writer Jeff Diamant observed that out of all the respondents, “Evangelical Protestants are less likely than most of the other Christian groups in this analysis to find these practices acceptable.”