An overwhelming majority of young American couples now believe that it is not morally wrong to live together before marriage.
The results of national survey were published by USA Today, revealing that more than three out of four (76 percent) of 18-to 31-year-old American couples living together consider cohabitation before marriage to be fine and acceptable.
Whether it’s the new brand of tolerance being taught in public schools, the secular humanism promoted in the media, or the trendy “anything goes” cultural revolution glorified on television and the movies by actors, musicians and sports icons, American youth are being influenced by the morality of the times.
And this is no longer just a problem for the unbelieving segment of society, or at least those who consider themselves to be Christian.
“The stark reality is that 65 percent of ‘altar-bound’ singles — many of whom identify as ‘Christians’ — now live together before marriage,” says Charisma News Contributor Larry Tomczak.
Tomczak, who also serves as a policy advisor for Liberty Counsel, says that most Americans no longer have a problem incorporating the following phrases into their daily vernacular:
"’Look, times have changed,’” Tomczak recites, noting the first of many explanations America’s younger generation often gives for living together before tying the knot. “’We have to face certain realities of living in the 21st century.’ ‘We're going to get married eventually.’ ‘Like buying a car, you've got to try it out first.’ ‘What difference does a certificate really make — it's just a piece of paper.’”
And here some of the rationalizations the bestselling author says many Americans from all beliefs and generations use to excuse or make light of living together and having sexual relations out of wedlock.
“’We're older ... more mature ... been divorced ... not ready financially ... aren't sexually involved ... providing parents for a child ... benefiting from tax incentives ... have peace that God understands our unique situation ... look how many people even 'Christians' are doing it!’" Tomczak lists off.
Reality check: The consequences of sin
But despite all the reasoning couples use to justify their decisions to sell themselves short of God’s standard, the cultural commentator of more than four decades says that there are always negative ramifications to settling for an unbiblical and sinful lifestyle.
“Here's the deal: couples who are shacking up, living under one roof as a ‘pretend’ married couple, are living beneath the revealed will of God for their lives,” Tomczak contends. “Ignoring this will bring consequences, if not immediately, then eventually.”
The difference between right and wrong is day and night
The Christian leader says that living life God’s way is well worth the wait —and rewarding — and insists that fidelity and long-lasting commitment within marriage creates a legacy of blessings that lasts generations.
“In less than three months, my wife and I will celebrate 40 years of covenant marriage on the heels of her parents, who were at the 70-year mark,” Tomczak shared.
To give the younger generation a more vivid example of how making lifestyle choices greatly effect the course of one’s life for the better or worse, Tomacak encourages those from every background and age group to watch the Bullseye Challenge so that they discover the truth about cohabitating, being sexually active outside of marriage, and finding one’s mate.