Experts believe that many Christians are following cultural trends over scripture when it comes to sex and marriage."Christians are perhaps more influenced by the culture than they are by the teachings of scripture or the church," Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday.
But we hope to be able to offer this resource so that they don't have to make that decision," he said. Claire added that while Christians are serving overseas to make the world a better place, his organization wants "to empower them to stay there," instead of returning home because they're lonely or want to find their soul mate."Moving overseas can be a lonely thing.
You might be there for five to eight years before you really know the local language well enough to really converse and build a meaningful community.
The First Epistle to the Corinthians states "Flee from sexual immorality" and lists adulterers and "those who are sexually immoral"/practicing-fornicators in a list of "wrongdoers who... The Apostolic Decree of the Council of Jerusalem also includes a prohibition of fornication.
Throughout history, most theologians have argued that any and all forms of premarital sex are immoral.
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Fornicated as an adjective is still used in botany, meaning "arched" or "bending over" (as in a leaf).
John Milton plays on the double meaning of the word in The Reason of Church-Government Urged against Prelaty (1642): "[She] gives up her body to a mercenary whordome under those fornicated [ar]ches which she cals Gods house." The Pauline epistles contain multiple condemnations of various forms of extramarital sex.
Thus far, more than 400 people have joined the online dating community, Called Together.us, in the two weeks the site has been active. Claire, one of the founders of the dating site, told NPR's Arun Rath that they want to help Christians find their right match so they don't have to choose between serving overseas or staying in the United States to find a marriage partner."What oftentimes happens is someone would meet someone here in America and then would have to choose between two scenarios: do I want to go overseas and chase my dream or do I want marriage?
American missionaries, accused of illegally trying to take children out of Haiti, pray before hearing the verdict from Haitian Deputy Prosecutor Jean Ferge Joseph of the Judicial Police office in Port-Au Prince, Haiti, Feb. A new dating website was launched earlier this month to help missionaries and other Christians serving overseas to find a spouse who understands their global calling.
Fifty-six percent said that it's appropriate to move in with someone after dating for a time between six months and two years.