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Biblical reasons not to live together before marriage

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M ost Christians believe it is sin to have premarital sex, but what about living with someone of the opposite sex before marriage? Many people are strapped financially, so it just makes life easier if they can split the bills with the person they are dating or engaged to.

Assuming this hypothetical couple truly is abstaining from all fornication and sexual interactions reserved for marriage, there are still biblical reasons for them not to live under the same roof before marriage.

Marriage is more than sex.

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Marriage is when you reserve yourself for one person and one person only in a special way. Your spouse has privileges no one else should that go far beyond the bedroom.

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Living together is one of those privileges. Likewise, notice in Romans 7: Therefore biblical wisdom tells us men and women should not live together before marriage.

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You certainly spoke the truth! Try as we might, there is not even a hypothetical situation where living under the same roof with a person of the opposite sex achieves either of these clear commands. Therefore, those who are tempted to live together have two biblical options and one unbiblical option.

Get married and move in, or stay unmarried and move out. Continue to live in sin. The financial and social ramifications of obeying God are always challenging, and this applies Biblical reasons not to live together before marriage choosing not to live together. But when we seek to obey God, he always provides a way 1 Corinthians The right option may not always be the easy option, but God always rewards us with far more than we give up for him Mark God is not a prude.

He made sex, marriage, and the very idea of living together. When we do relationships his way, they are a beautiful, fun, and God-honoring endeavor.