More Christian Young People Doin' It

From this month’s issue of Relevant Magazine:

Eighty percent of young, unmarried Christians have had sex. Two-thirds have been sexually active in the last year. Even though, according to a recent Gallup poll, 76 percent of evangelicals believe sex outside of marriage is wrong.

I’m not sure where the first statistic comes from.

Does that sound right to you?

And if so… how does that affect what the church will look like in the next years?

Why is the percentage so high?  Is it higher than it was 10 years ago (really)?

What must we do to stop the trend?

CAN we stop the trend?

via Why more evangelical Christians are having premarital sex

 

Help me answer these questions!  Give your thoughts below…

(Maybe we should just give every teenager a copy of these CD):

Todd

5 Comments

  • Peter October 24, 2011 Reply

    I don’t think it’s a trend. I think it’s always been this way, it’s just not always been widely admitted.

  • David October 24, 2011 Reply

    I wonder if that is more than the general population?

  • Chary October 24, 2011 Reply

    It has probably always been the case, except that marriage was the end result. Now young people are waiting until they are “stable” to get married and it might seem to them that there’s nothing wrong with premarital sex…just normal human behavior.

  • Matt October 24, 2011 Reply

    I work with college students. While many struggle in this area, I think statistics like these are alarmist and misleading. I wrote a response to Relevant a few weeks ago on the subject: http://www.grace-bible.org/mattsblog/?p=546 . The bottom line is that they are defining Christians quite loosely for their stats, I think.

  • John R. October 25, 2011 Reply

    Premarital sex and adultery–both. How can we help stop it? We could start by not allowing these to hold positions of authority in our churches (teaching, praise teams, etc). There must be consequences–even in the face of forgiveness–and one consequence is that they should not be in positions of public admiration. Our standards are so low that we can step over them and those who dabble in sexual sins come across with a sense of ‘entitlement’ about their ‘ministry’. God help us.

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