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Monday, March 10, 2014
Living Together or Letting God Supply Your Spouse?
Larry Tomczak USA Today  recently published the results of a national survey among 18- to 31-year-olds regarding cohabitation. A whopping 76 percent of young Americans said living together before marriage is fine. The stark reality is that 65 percent of " altar-bound" singles-many of whom identify as Christians-now live together before marriage, a euphemism for lifestyle fornication.   Recently, the Pope made reference to cohabitation in a statement that is leaving some confused. Pope Francis stated that " matrimony is between a man and a woman" but that moves to " regulate diverse situations of cohabitation [are] driven by the need to regulate aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care. " Multitudes are uncertain regarding the extent of what he was suggesting or saying in this statement.   Add to the conversation on people living together are people making statements like the following: " Look, times have changed. We have to face certain realities of living in the 21st century. We' re older … more mature … been divorced … not ready financially… providing parents to a child   … benefiting from tax incentives ... have peace that God understands our unique situation. After all, look how many celebrities and even Christians are doing it. "   Does it matter?   Let' s answer the question by stating it from a biblical perspective. Since God ordained marriage as the first institution, even before family, church and government; since He took the initiative to bring the first man He created to his wife; since He filled the Scriptures with practical principles and commands to ensure its success; read more
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