Does the Bible prohibit sex before marriage?

Aug 15, 2021 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: In my experience, there is a very broad range of answers to this question. It has generally been assumed by moral ‘conservatives’ that the answer is self-evidently ‘yes’; by contrast, it has generally been assumed by moral ‘liberals’ that the answer is ‘no’, since there does not appear to be any specific prohibition in Scripture. The massive changes in our culture around sex and sexuality since the 1960s and the advent of contraception have put us at a very big cultural...

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Why We Should Push Back against Platonic Marriage

Jul 15, 2021 by

by Alan J. Hawkins, Public Discourse: Sex makes marriage much more than just friendship with “benefits.” The sexual excitement, the powerful bonding, the oneness, the potential creation of human life, even the vulnerability—all of this alchemizes friendship and sexual attraction into marriage. We have been separating sex from marriage for decades now, with foreseeable destruction. This latest innovation adds more fuel to the inferno. The meaning of marriage matters. A common understanding...

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Does the Bible prohibit sex before marriage?

Jul 8, 2021 by

by Ian Paul, Premier: Last week the Methodist Church affirmed the status of cohabitation. Many Christians have assumed the Bible forbids sex outside of marriage. But what do the texts actually say? The wording of last week’s Methodist Conference motion is rather odd; it “recognises that the love of God is present” when people “enter freely into some form of life-enhancing committed relationship whether that be through informal cohabitation or a more formal commitment entered into...

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Biological sex must now be protected in education

Jul 1, 2021 by

by Carys Moseley, Christian Concern: The recent Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment in favour of Maya Forstater has implications for the workplace in general, and specifically for education. The judgment protected gender-critical beliefs, i.e. that sex is biological and immutable, as ‘worth of respect in a democratic society’. Roger Kiska from the Christian Legal Centre provided a detailed analysis of the judgment which can be read here. In this article I want to focus on one implication of...

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Why we need to have sex on the brain – a response to Bishop Paul Bayes

Jul 1, 2021 by

by Martin Davie: The keynote address given by the Bishop of Liverpool, Paul Bayes, at the conference of the new MoSAIC[1] network in the Church of England entitled ‘Sex on the brain’ [2] has attracted headlines because of his argument that the Church of England should adopt a ‘gender-neutral marriage canon’ that would allow the Church of England to fully endorse and celebrate same-sex marriages. As the headline to the Guardian report puts it. ‘Church of England should recognise same-sex...

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Gender self-identification draft laws suffer defeats in Germany and Spain

May 26, 2021 by

from Evangelical Focus: In Madrid, the parliamentary debate about the “Trans Law” divides the leftist government. In Berlin, a clear majority rejected two self-identification propositions. With only a difference of hours, two national parliaments in Europe have defeated proposed texts which aimed to legalise gender self-identification. In Spain, a majority of the Congress voted on 18 May against the “Trans Draft Law” that was put forward by Catalan party ERC and supported by leftists Podemos....

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