USA Today recently published the results of a national survey among 18- to 31-year-olds regarding cohabitation. A whopping 76 percent of young Americans said living together before marriage is fine. The stark reality is that 65 percent of “altar-bound” singles—many of whom identify as Christians—now live together before marriage, a euphemism for lifestyle fornication.
Recently, the Pope made reference to cohabitation in a statement that is leaving some confused. Pope Francis stated that “matrimony is between a man and a woman” but that moves to “regulate diverse situations of cohabitation [are] driven by the need to regulate aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care.” Multitudes are uncertain regarding the extent of what he was suggesting or saying in this statement.
Add to the conversation on people living together are people making statements like the following: “Look, times have changed. We have to face certain realities of living in the 21st century. We’re older … more mature … been divorced … not ready financially… providing parents to a child … benefiting from tax incentives … have peace that God understands our unique situation. After all, look how many celebrities and even Christians are doing it.”
Does it matter?
Let’s answer the question by stating it from a biblical perspective. Since God ordained marriage as the first institution, even before family, church and government; since He took the initiative to bring the first man He created to his wife; since He filled the Scriptures with practical principles and commands to ensure its success; and since He intends marriage to be an eternal picture of the beautiful, relationship between Christ and His church (Eph. 5:31-32), we are not given the luxury to dishonor God by deviating from His divine blueprint for this sacred institution. Society does so to its own peril—something we are witnessing today in America.
“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed” (Eph. 4:17-19, NIV).
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people” (Eph. 5:3).
Here’s the deal: Couples who are shacking up, living under one roof as a pretend married couple, are violating God’s will for marriage no matter what their rationalization is economically, philosophically or spiritually. It is a sinful pattern of behavior and must be repented of immediately. This includes those who say they are not “going all the way” sexually or that they reside in separate rooms, deceived that they are immune to temptation or that neighbors don’t form impressions based on appearances nullifying their Christian witness. To ignore this will bring consequences–if not immediately, eventually.
Having said the above, the good news is that our Creator has a plan to bring men and women together in the sacrament of holy matrimony. In a little more than two years, my wife and I will celebrate 40 years of covenant marriage on the heels of her parents, who are at the 68-year mark. It began when we embraced theManufacturer’s Handbook (the Bible) and made a quality decision to carefully follow what it says. We invite you to follow us on this pathway to success.
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SOURCE: Charisma News