Is Sex Before Marriage Wrong if You Truly Love the Person?

I’ve always been told that sex before marriage is wrong, but I can’t find anything that specifically speaks against it. A friend I’m trying to lead to Jesus wants Bible proof and thinks if you truly love the per­son, there is nothing wrong with having sex. Help!

Scripture does not support the view of your friend. From Deuteronomy 22:13-21, a young woman could be stoned if her husband found she was not a virgin when they married. This shows God’s attitude toward pre-marital sex.

More important is this New Testament text: “Because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband” (1 Cor. 7:2). This clearly implies that sexual relations outside of marriage is immoral.

The word fornication is used many times in the New Testament and is commonly understood to mean sexual rela­tions before marriage.

Please don’t fall for the “If we love each other, it’s OK” line. Most people “fall in love” with several persons before they meet the one who will be their spouse for life. I com­mend you on taking your stand for Christ and not just taking your friend’s word for the final answer.

– Elder Calvin Burrell

Psalm for Troubled Times

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Calvin Burrell is former editor of the Bible Advocate and former director of G. C. Missions. He retired in 2015 and lives with his wife, Barb, in Stayton, OR. They attend church in Marion, OR.

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