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Premarital sex is the act of engaging in physical intimacy before marriage. Although frequently glamorized in the media and on television, premarital sex in fact carries a number of dangerous risk factors.

For one, premarital sex is explicitly forbidden by scripture, where it is spoken of as "fornication" (Cor. 6:13,[1] Cor. 6.9-10[2]). Abstaining from sex until marriage is also part of maintaining the sanctity of marriage. Additionally, premarital sex can lead to pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases. The only 100% certain way of preventing either outcome is abstinence.

A number of support groups exist to encourage abstinence until marriage, including the Silver Ring Thing[3] and True Love Waits.[4]

References

  1. "[T]he body is not for fornication."
  2. "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
  3. http://www.silverringthing.com/
  4. http://www.lifeway.com/tlw/
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