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Is it okay to have sex before marriage? The short answer is NO – it is NOT okay to have sex before marriage. All sex outside of marriage is classed in the Bible as ‘fornication’.
1 Corinthians 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
Those who continue to commit fornication will have no part in the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9 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, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness... 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
The relationship between a man and a woman is intended by God to mirror the relationship between Christ and his bride the church.
Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
It is required that before the marriage takes place the couple remain chaste.
Ephesians 5:25... even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Sexual intercourse is the point at which the couple are joined and become ‘one flesh’ for life. The modern trend of sex before and outside of marriage is a falling away from the high standards required of those in Christ and comes from a lack of understanding.
Here are some links to useful information on thisisyour bible.com
Marriage in the Lord Part 1 (Click on the title)
Marriage in the Lord Part 2 (Click on the title)
I hope this helps.