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Like other believers she knew growing up, Maria Kearn* planned to save sex for marriage.She made it through high school with her virginity intact, but when she was 20 she started having sex with her college boyfriend.“It seemed everyone in my life, older and younger, had ʻdone it,ʼ ”Kearn says.
These organizations seek to help churches increase their ministry to teenagers through mission trips and youth worker training.
In fact, a recent study reveals that 88 percent of unmarried young adults (ages 18-29) are having sex.
The same study, conducted by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, reveals the number doesnʼt drop much among Christians. Apparently, the concept still exists even if few are following it. Jenell Williams Paris, an anthropologist and the author of , says the high rates of premarital sex are a call to the Church to live in reality.
Our attitude to dating is not so much a matter of church policy but a matter of family government.
Laying a solid foundation in this area is a parental reponsibility, but the church has a responsibility to hold the family accountable to the Word of God.