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A friend of mine admits that the Bible forbids a married person from having sex outside of marriage (i.e. adultery), but he claims it doesn't say anything about unmarried people having sex. Is he right?


No, he is not. The Bible clearly teaches that all sexual relations outside marriage are wrong in God’s eyes. The Bible bluntly says, “Flee from sexual immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:18). This includes any kind of sexual activity apart from marriage.

Remember that God gave us the gift of sex in the first place–and He intended for it to be a source of joy and happiness for us. But He also intended for it to be restricted to marriage. Why? One reason is because it was to be a sign of the unity between a husband and wife. It was, in other words, meant to be an expression of their mutual commitment and love. But sex outside marriage easily becomes selfish, and even boring.

God knows what is best for us, including this important area of our lives. Why ignore His way, when it is best for us in the long run? The Bible warns, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12) The Bible also promises, “Blessed are they whose ways are blameless” (Psalm 119:1).

Pray for your friend; I can’t help but wonder if he is only looking for an excuse to live a life of self-indulgence and immorality. But there is forgiveness and new life for all who turn to Christ in repentance and faith. Yes, we live in a sex-saturated society–but with God’s help we can follow a far better path.

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  1. Beulah A. Hephzibah says:

    Bon Soi, Como ta le vu? This is absolutely fantastic. When we seek truth we find it

  2. Lisa B says:

    If 2 people who truly love each other and have made a commitment and vowed to remain together till death, as in a marriage, wouldn’t that be the same in God’s eyes. Does a marriage have to be held in a church or have a civil license? Wouldn’t God search their hearts and know their love and commitment are real ?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Lisa,

      Please see this article by Billy Graham to help answer your questions about marriage vs. living together.

      My Answer

      – BGEA Team

  3. Ochieng Esther says:

    It is a nice lesson to the unmarried.

  4. manueln says:

    This is a good moment to discuss the real matters

  5. Rosenetta Farley says:

    Wow!!! I love this. Truly it has spoken to my heart!!

  6. Aaron says:

    Thank you for your teachings God richly bless you please how do we seek for forgiveness of sins from that act

  7. meshach God's time says:

    Am happy to see all this and I promise to change

  8. Marilyn E. Canupp says:

    This is a wonderful article with great information about why two people should not be living together outside of marriage, … And with Great Bible Scripture to substantiate it. Thank you so much.

  9. Tony says:

    I like and believe what you said.

  10. Robn Alston says:

    Great lesson. It’s the TRUTH!