Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Does the Bible teach that Sex before marriage is a sin?

Yes, sex is gift given by God to be enjoyed within a heterosexual marriage. Sexual activity outside of the marriage relationship is often called fornication, sexual immorality and adultery. These actions plus others are referred to as sins in the Bible. Please read the following passages.
  • But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:2).
  • Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. (1 Corinthians 6:18)
  • But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. (Ephesians 5:3)
  • Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. (Hebrews 13:4)

Conclusion: Sexual activity before marriage or sexual activity with someone besides your spouse while married is sinful. Like any sin, it can be forgiven if the Christian repents and asks for forgiveness (1 John 1:9). Our current society demonstrates a complete lack of self-control when it comes to sexual desires, Christians, however, must learn to control their desires and not allow the desires to control them.

Cliff Sabroe - Quotes from NASB95 and ESV Bible