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A majority of single Christians are rejecting biblical doctrine by choosing to have sex before they are married.Sixty-one percent of self-identified Christian singles who answered a recent Christian Mingle survey said they are willing to have casual sex without being in love, while only 11 percent said they are waiting to have sex until they are married.
When Heather Lindsey moved to New York City in 2004 at the age of 22, the Michigan native both attended church regularly and considered herself a Christian.While Lindsey grew up in the church, she said it rarely emphasized reading the Bible or one's relationship with God.As an adolescent, her mother's only sex-ed advice was to use birth control when she became sexually active.But while in college, Lindsey "gave her heart to Christ." There, for the first time, she became convicted that premarital sex is wrong.But despite this realization, after Lindsey moved to New York, she did not abide by this new sexual ethic.Instead, she entered and exited relationships frequently, often sleeping with the men she was dating."Even though I knew it was wrong, I continued to have sex outside of marriage," Lindsey told The Christian Post. Because when you're single you don't want to be lonely.""I was the girl that broke up with one boyfriend and had another one on speed-dial—that afternoon I'd already be going out with somebody else.
I kept a boyfriend because I liked the attention," she continued.
For Lindsey, her behavior was not simply a result of her conforming to the sexual values of her non-Christian peers.
Instead, she had friends from church with similar sexual ethics and even dated and became sexually involved with a man who was serving at the same church that she was."We all went to the church. We said we loved the Lord but we ignored the scriptures that said that fornication is a sin," said Lindsey.
Lindsey eventually cut off all people that had been a part of that lifestyle.
Several years ago she got married and moved to Atlanta, where, now 31, she is the founder and CEO of Pinky Promise, an organization that encourages single and married women to "rise above cultural pressures and to "stay determined to live for Christ regardless of their circumstances."Only 11 percent of Christians are waiting until marriage before having sex While Christians may see Lindsey's premarital sexual behavior as typical for that outside their faith, a new Christian Mingle study suggests that it is increasingly commonplace for Christians to sleep together outside of a marital context.
In a survey of 716 Christians released in January, only 11 percent said they save sex exclusively for marriage.