Student Culture, Trends & Issues

Why Abstinence Isn’t Working In America

The call to young Christians to be abstinent until marriage is not working.

Why do I say that?

The September/October 2011 issue of Relevant Magazine, in an article entitled (Almost) Everyone’s Doing It, starts with the following revelation:

Eighty percent of young, unmarried Christians have had sex. Two-thirds have been sexually active in the past year. Even though, according to a recent Gallup poll, 76% of Evangelicals believe sex outside of marriage is morally wrong.

80% of young, unmarried Christians have had sex… Wow! 66% of them have been sexually active in the past year.  And yet three-quarters of Evangelical Christians believe this is wrong.

More evidence…  Keep reading…


Click here to read the rest of this article. It’s a guest post I contributed to a new resource out of Asbury Theological Seminary and the United Methodist Church called Seedbed.

Here’s a little more about Seedbed: Seedbed is sowing for a great awakening through publishing resources intended to build up the Body of Christ. We are cultivating skilled practitioners and creative scholars to develop ideas and design resources delivering the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the richness of his Church into the vastness of the human race until the end of the age. To read more about Seedbed click here.

  • Great stuff as always, Guy.

    Last night, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, we dedicated our large group gathering to a conversation about sexual immorality. It was honest and raw and badly needed. I used several stats from our very informal poll that you and I discussed a few months ago.

    I’m hoping to have the podcast up later today.

    Thanks for encouraging us in this area, Guy…and for leading the charge!

    • Hey Brandon!

      Thanks for the update, and encouraging words… I love hearing about how God moves when we’re willing to “lift the veil” on taboo issues for the Church!

      Keep up the good work! Your students need your openness and leadership in this significant conversation!

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