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Why young Christians aren't waiting anymore
A young Christian at an purity rally spreads the word.
September 27th, 2011
08:39 AM ET

Why young Christians aren't waiting anymore

By John Blake,  CNN

(CNN) –True love doesn’t wait after all.

That’s the implication in the upcoming October issue of an evangelical magazine that claims that young, unmarried Christians are having premarital sex almost as much as their non-Christian peers.

The article in Relevant magazine, entitled “(Almost) Everyone’s Doing It,” cited several studies examining the sexual activity of single Christians. One of the biggest surprises was a December 2009 study, conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, which included information on sexual activity.

While the study’s primary report did not explore religion, some additional analysis focusing on sexual activity and religious identification yielded this result: 80 percent of unmarried evangelical young adults (18 to 29) said that they have had sex - slightly less than 88 percent of unmarried adults, according to the teen pregnancy prevention organization.

The article highlights what challenges abstinence movements face. Movements such as “True Love Waits,” encourage teens to wear purity rings, sign virginity pledges and pledge chastity during public ceremonies.

Yet many of these Christian youths eventually abandon their purity pledges, Relevant’s Tyler Charles concludes in the article. Tyler talked to people like “Maria,” an evangelical woman who said she wanted to wait until marriage to have sex.

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But she said she started having sex with her college boyfriend when she turned 20 because nearly everyone, even most of  her Christian friends, were having sex.

Maria:

It seemed everyone in my life, older and younger, had “done it.” In fact, I waited longer than most people I knew and longer than both of my sisters, even though we were all Christians and came from a good home.

Relevant theorizes about why it’s so hard for so many young Christians to wait, including the saturation of sex in popular culture, the prevalence of pornography and a popular “do what feels good philosophy.”

Yet the article also asks a question that rarely comes up in discussions about abstinence movement. Relevant notes that in biblical times, people married earlier. The average age for marriage has been increasing in the U.S for the last 40 years.

Today, it’s not unusual to meet a Christian who is single at 30 - or 40 or 50, for that matter. So what do you tell them? Keep waiting?

Scot McKnight, author of “The Jesus Creed,” and "One.Faith: Jesus Calls, We Follow," acknowledges that young, single Christians face temptations that their counterparts in the biblical age didn’t face.

He  tells Relevant:

Sociologically speaking, the one big difference – and it’s monstrous – between the biblical teaching and our culture is the arranged marriages of very young people. If you get married when you’re 13, you don’t have 15 years of temptation.

So what should a Christian parent or youth pastor do? How do they convince more young Christians to wait until marriage, or should they stop even trying?

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Culture & Science • Culture wars

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  1. Magic

    @Magic I am agnostic, but believe in spirits (animist possibly?) and would call myself somewhat "spiritual." As for moralistic living, I do it more out of common sense than for any divine reason (but I don't see anything wrong with that) There are plenty of practical reasons to support honesty, integrity, compa-ssion, loyalty, and even chast-ity. (although I personally think celibacy is too extreme.) Anyway, cheers!

    October 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • ItsHopeless

      Whoa CNN filtering is doing weird stuff. Sorry that was MY (ItsHopeless) response TO Magic. Sorry mate!

      October 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  2. jknbt

    Jesus spoke out against the generation of the day that was obsessed with this activity also...see Matt. 16:14. He didn't mince words in his condemnation of those practicing all that unmarried activity...We are living in the last days–the days of the great apostacy or "falling away"....God will put all of this in perspective for these people when He raptures the church at the exact moment these people are vigorously doing it...yep, they will be left behind...

    October 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • J.W

      Matthew 16:14 has absolutely nothing to do with this.

      October 24, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • GodPot

      "He raptures the church at the exact moment these people are vigorously doing it...yep, they will be left behind..."

      Nothing better than behind when you want to vigorously do it...

      October 24, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • jknbt

      hey J.W.....here's the verse:

      Hypocrites![a] You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet[b] Jonah.” And He left them and departed. (NKJV)

      It would seem that Jesus knew how to call a hypocrite a hypocrite. At the Rapture, he will leave them behind and depart for heaven. This verse speaks to that situation.

      Rev 21:8 says that immoral people do not get into heaven. God has a zero tolerance policy towards persistant unrepentant gross immorality. This is news to young saints raised up these days in "feel-good" type churches with their sloppy-agape, anything goes preaching.

      October 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • J.W

      That cannot be the KJV. I do not know which version that is but Matthew 16:14 says They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." It is part of the famous passage of Peter confessing his faith in Jesus and Jesus says you are the Rock and all that.

      October 24, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • jknbt

      hey J.W.....well whoopsy-doodle! you are right...the verse is Matt. 16:3b-4 that I have referenced here....

      ...."oops"

      October 24, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Rick

      Gee, another "last days" bombast. Nothing to be concerned about.

      October 24, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  3. ItsHopeless

    Personally, I think both sides are being ridiculous. Just pointing fingers back and forth.

    To Atheists— There's nothing wrong with waiting. There ARE more reasons than "religious" ones you know. Furthermore, "religion" isn't evil. It isn't anything of its own accord. It is only a worldview; a perspective. PEOPLE are the power behind hatred or tolerance. And since there's good theists/atheists and BAD theists/atheists... clearly one "view" isn't more "righteous" than another...

    To Theists— If there is a loving God, I don't think He'd want you to do everything just cuz "he says so, and he's boss." Truly loving parents try to teach their children, and even let them fall sometimes. Any God who gets angry because His children fall occasionally, or even requires them to come crawling back on their knees... well doesn't seem very loving to me... just saying.

    My personal views: Is there a God? There's a good chance of it I think... possibly even several gods. Is He/She/they Christian, Islamic, Pagan, Buddhist, etc.? Probably not. In fact, this/these God(s) probably don't "dwell outside nature" either, but are part of it. AS I said, this is just my opinion, and I fully accept it as opinion.

    P.S. Atheists— I don't think you get the whole "burden of proof" concept. ANY blanket statement (There is a God / There is no God) has the "burden of proof." Agnosticism, not atheism, is the only truly "scientifically honest" worldview... whatever that means.

    Anyway, cheers! =)

    October 24, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • *frank*

      @ItsHopeless
      "P.S. Atheists— I don't think you get the whole "burden of proof" concept. ANY blanket statement (There is a God / There is no God) has the "burden of proof."
      I guess you'll have to prove that 'ANY blanket statement has the burden of proof' then, since it itself is one...

      October 24, 2011 at 12:17 am |
    • ItsHopeless

      Haha! good come back... ;)

      October 24, 2011 at 12:28 am |
    • *frank*

      :)

      October 24, 2011 at 12:31 am |
    • ItsHopeless

      ... but seriously. Exclaiming "there is no God" as a fact requires as much proof proof as the opposite statement. Atheism (or theism) from a scientific perspective can only be a "hypothesis" at best. (Neither is even strong enough to be considered a "theory" since they're not objectively testable at this point.)

      October 24, 2011 at 12:35 am |
    • ItsHopeless

      Though I guess technically even Agnosticism, could only amount to the same level too. LOL *sigh* ...okay. Check Mate! I lose too... lol We're all hypotheses! :)

      October 24, 2011 at 12:38 am |
    • AntelopeJay

      The burden of proof is on the person maiking the claim. If I said there are dragons, it is up to me to prove that their are dragons, not the person discounting my claims.

      October 24, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • GodPot

      Theist – There is a God/God's (has burden of proof)
      Atheist There is no God/God's (has burden of proof and proves statement true by presenting theists lack of proof)
      Agnostic – Accepts that neither Theists nor Atheists have 100% truth and thus decides to wait till matter is settled by said God/God's making themselves known.

      All theists are really just people who are unwilling to accept that they might not be all that important, and that the amazing years of life on this beautiful planet are really all they get. Their blind ego and greed for more allows them to fool themselves into thinking they have eternal souls when all the evidence is to the contrary.

      October 24, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      "Atheist There is no God/God's (has burden of proof and proves statement true by presenting theists lack of proof)"

      ~A lack of evidence is not evidence to the contrary. There was once a lack of evidence for the dwarf planet of Pluto...but it still existed. There was a lack of evidence for N. America for Europe but it still existed. An atheist that relies on the lack of evidence is just being intellectually lazy instead of proving that the concept of God was created by a person.

      "All theists are really just people who are unwilling to accept that they might not be all that important, and that the amazing years of life on this beautiful planet are really all they get. Their blind ego and greed for more allows them to fool themselves into thinking they have eternal souls when all the evidence is to the contrary."

      ~A lot of factless opinion there.

      October 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @Uncouth

      You may be surprised to find that I absolutely agree with you. If an atheist says with certainty "There is not god because there is no proof of god" then they are not be intellectually honest and should reconsider their stance. You also make a valid point that just because we didn't see pluto (which is totally still a planet, I don't care what you say) doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

      What lack of evidence does tell us though is that it's unlikely for the god of the bible specifically probably doesn't exist. There's a chance, but it seems harder and harder to justify his existance with the passage of every day where god does not show himself, does not perform a singular miracle in the ways he used to do all the time according to the bible (I know miracle is a sticky word and for this purpose I mean miracle as a clear sign from god that is impossible to explain and breaks many laws of science, for instance an burning bush that talks is a clear one, a pillar of fire, a booming voice coming from no where and everywhere, a man living for 3 days inside a giant fish etc...) I have also not seen evidence that shows any other god exists or have done anything that was once attributed to them before we could explain it (ie Zeus being the lightening god, we now know it has nothing to do with god when lightening happens). It makes perfect sense to be at least a little cautious and critical of gods existance instead of being 100% unshakeably certain that god does/does not exist.

      October 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Samsword

      Yes, but if you make a statement: "There are no Dragons" as a fact, then you are equally responsible to demonstrate evidence for your case. At best you can say, "I find no current evidence to support the existence of Dragons." Which is actually quite different than saying, "there are no dragons."

      Because someone could say: "There ARE dragons, I've seen one." You can't prove him wrong, but he also can't prove himself right. So even though one cannot use subjective experience in favor of scientific evidence, science also cannot discount it as nothing. You could argue, that the dragon sighting was a hallucination, or that it was simply made up, but unfortunately you have no way to prove that. I believe there is a strength in subjective experience, albeit a much more subtle one.

      Can you truly prove that colors exist to a monochromatic eye? We know the sky is blue, not because science explains principles of scattered light etc, but because we look up and see a blue sky. But can you prove "blue" exists to someone who doesn't see colors? To them, talk of hues and colors probably sounds as crazy as a spiritualist speaking of their experience to someone who hasn't had the same.

      A deaf person can feel vibrations, but can they understand music the way a hearing ear can? A blind person may understand the physics behind physical light, but can they truly comprehend the experience of vision? Perhaps experiences of faith are simply hard to explain to those who haven't had one.

      Anyway, good discussion.

      October 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Magic

      GodPot,

      Very good. I agree with your definitions and with your overview of believers' basic motives.

      I just might add, though, that, in effect, most agnostics live their lives atheistically. They generally don't worship or pray to a god one day and not the next. I have heard that some are agnostic theists, or agnostic Christians, but I'm not real clear on how they conduct their daily lives.

      October 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @Chuckles- I didn't want to offend any of the hard core science buffs out there by calling Pluto a planet after they went to all the trouble to demote it. Lol.

      October 24, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @Uncouth

      Pluto will always be a planet in my heart and although it's moon is bigger than the planet itself and it's on the same scale as Ceres, it was named a planet and got a special place in my heart as one of the furthest objects away from earth in our SolSystem (though I now know there are lots of things much further away)

      October 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  4. Why isn't CNN posting more view by Christians?

    It is disturbing that CNN appears to be posting comments only by Atheists and people who attack Christians.

    October 23, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • Huh?

      What on Earth are you talking about? Have you read all 3000+ comments here?

      October 23, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • *frank*

      I noticed that too. I have a suspicion the company is run by Communists.

      October 23, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • *frank*

      The dirty Communists want to trick our sons into listening to that Tupac fellow and bewitch our daughters into wearing those whorish thong things. I fear for out nation.

      October 23, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • Observer

      Every time CNN publishes a story on gays, hypocritical Christians come flooding out of the woodwork and quote Bible passages condemning them. Then, when a story on Christians commiting sins appears, you don't hear those same hypocrites trashing their fellow Christians.

      October 23, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • Carla

      Because CNN stands for Cresent News Network (i.e. Muslim....further i.e. Muslim beliefs include nobody but themselves according to their 'holy book' the Quran. Everyong else is considered 'infidel' according to their Quran. All infidels are to be killed. THIS is truly what is in their 'holy book'. The Christian faith is diametrically opposite. Jesus taught to love your neighbor and do good to your enemy. Muslim faith says kill your enemy.) Clearly, CNN supports those who support devout Islamic faith...hence...their hesitancy and lack of interest in posting much of anything or anyone else who supports anything different...especially Christian faith and Jewish faith!

      October 24, 2011 at 5:07 am |
    • Rick

      Perhaps people are just sick of pompous evangelicals and are lashing out.

      October 24, 2011 at 8:06 am |
    • Rick

      "Jesus taught to love your neighbor and do good to your enemy"

      Or his daddy will go medievel on your hind forever

      October 24, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  5. Ross

    My girlfriend likes Jesus, and she likes to get it on too. If she doesn't have a guilty conscience, then neither do I. I made very sure she was "ready" before we did anything though. By my interpretation, you can screw all you want and still qualify as a good person.

    October 23, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      I wonder if Chad, HeavenScent or "Run & Hide Herbie" will declare your girlfriend to be non-christian?

      October 23, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • Rick

      "Run and Hide" Herbie is the most amusing of the lot

      October 24, 2011 at 8:32 am |
    • Lucy

      Love it, Ross! :D

      October 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  6. Are you there?

    Virtue are you still around?

    October 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • Samsword

      I hope so. =/ If we lose Virtue, we lose everything...

      October 23, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • Rick

      Virtue is still out there. Some of it's definitions have changed, but it IS out there

      October 24, 2011 at 3:32 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      When last I checked, Diogenes was still on his hunt...

      October 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  7. TheVillePhil

    This is news because? Are people really so blind? Unless you've checked yourself chances are good your perfect daughter and pious son are probably not virgins. The first time I made out with a girl was in the Church basement after a youth group meeting and 4 of the first 5 girls I slept with went to Catholic/Christian schools. But Daddy thought his girl was pure.

    October 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • Hmm

      Church youth group was my first make out as well! And a "lock in" at that- sure, put a bunch of teenagers - and one youth minister - in the school gym all night, lock the doors, let them play all kinds of wholesome games, like hide and go seek. In the dark. Cannot imagine a more fertile ground for teenage "hanky panky." oh, the irony.

      October 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • Ed Zachary

      Girls who went to Catholic schools were always the easiest. With no guys around all day, they were more interested in guys after school than the girls at public schools who had their fill of guys in school all day.

      October 24, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  8. Possible

    My wife and I of 27 years did wait. Even though we played around a little, we felt it was important (and certainly possible) to wait before going all the way. I do feel that something so ultimately intimate should only be shared with the person you 'will / are' spending the rest of your life. In this day and age, it is much more difficult to abstain, but not impossible. If you can wait, I promise you'll agree it was worth the wait. Your wedding night will be pretty great on far more than just a physical level.

    October 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  9. Trouble

    Sounds to me like a lot more people should be UUs

    October 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  10. Marianne

    Catholic priests doing it with children, protestant pastors having extramarital affairs... I'd say "the Church" has lost any authority to tell people how to live their (s*x) lives.

    October 23, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • Carlos

      The Catholic Church is telling us what to do, and those teachings are correct. The fact that a priest could commit sin, does't means that the teachings of the church are not right. In fact if we all put in practice those teachings this world would be very different and for good.

      October 23, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • Truth?

      Truth? Well the church never had any authority to tell anyone anything!!......... However the creator does and he just says "I have something better for you! Don't eat the scraps off the floor"

      Be careful not to blame God for the actions of Man. The sacrifice of such perfect love is not worth it!

      October 23, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • Rick

      If we are not to blame god for the actions of man, it stands to reason that we should not credit "him" for the actions of man, either

      October 24, 2011 at 3:37 am |
  11. Keith

    I'd like to hit report abuse for the picture of this article-being posted on the home page of this site. cnn would never show two muslim h0m0s^xual men in bed together-but they sure do like to insult and attack Christianity every chance they get. Some day, and possibly real soon, the Lord will come back and fix their little red wagon.

    October 23, 2011 at 8:09 am |
    • Tom

      Really? This "you're gonna get it! mentality is exactly whats wrong with Xtianity today, just as it was yesterday and as it will be tomorrow. You folks have to abandon that wagon, as its not only absurd, – it points to a total lack of understanding of your own religion.

      October 23, 2011 at 9:29 am |
    • wjs

      Keith, where the h3ll did that come from? Geez, please take your meds and go back to sleep.

      October 23, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Rick

      Keith: Oooh....fix their wagon. We are not afraid of empty proxy threats. Your god is as impotent as you are.

      October 24, 2011 at 3:42 am |
    • Keith

      The Lord will come back to stop the war at Meggido. He comes to save the remnant of Israel and to JUDGE a wicked world. It's not a threat-but a promise. If you choose to reject God and His Son as your Savior, then you are a rebel. You reject because you love your wicked ways. God will judge the nations-i.e. fix their little red wagon(my words). Do you really want to be a rebel against the Soveriegn of the universe?

      October 25, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • Rick

      "The Lord will come back to stop the war at Meggido. He comes to save the remnant of Israel and to JUDGE a wicked world. It's not a threat-but a promise. If you choose to reject God and His Son as your Savior, then you are a rebel. You reject because you love your wicked ways. God will judge the nations-i.e. fix their little red wagon(my words). Do you really want to be a rebel against the Soveriegn of the universe"

      Do you really expect that people can fear retaliation (or "judgement" to you pious folk) from a being in which they do not believe?

      It is not a promise, it is a threat. Not only that, it is an empty proxy threat.

      You know nothing about me, so your "wicked ways" comment is as presumptuous as you are.

      Free people do not need salvation. Get back on your knees, slave

      October 25, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • Rick

      "If you choose to reject God and His Son as your Savior, then you are a rebel."

      Yep, nothing more rebellious than rejecting bronze age comic books

      October 25, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • Keith

      Rick, As a student of Bible prophecy, I look objectively at current and past events as they relate to Bible prophecy. I have the deduced the Bible is accurate and real and the God depicted therein is real, also. I threaten no one. I can only relay what the Bible says, so I guess I'm a plagarist, because I didn't make this stuff up on my own. If I did, it would be only my opinion.

      October 25, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • Keith

      If the things of God are foolishness to you, then you should be concerned-because it means that you are perishing.

      October 25, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  12. Mirosal

    I will NOT have some sooth-sayer standing at a pulpit or lectern telling ME how he thinks I should live, and certainly not how to conduct my $ex life. I fail to see why you need to consult a 2000 year old book to determine if you should sleep with someone. We are S2ex-ual beings. the 2 most basic insticts we have are : 1) take in nourishment ... and 2) reproduce. this holds true for EVERY living thing on this planet from an amoeba to humans, plants or animals. NO BOOK is going ot tell me what I can or cannot eat, and no "god" will ever tell me who I can or cannot sleep with. For ANY orga-nization to dictate my $ex life is the ultimate invasion of privacy. What are they going to do, break down my door to see if I am following THEIR laws?

    October 23, 2011 at 4:39 am |
    • Al Anon

      Your creator endowed you with free will: The ability to choose right or wrong. He will never force any of his creatures to obey him; he prefers that they do so out of love.

      Nor will he protect his creatures from the negative consequences of going against his moral standards. Each will reap what he sows.

      Let us know if you avoid cancer from smoking cigarettes, or avoid STD's from immoral activity, in your quest for "freedom".

      October 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  13. sumanadevii

    Our grandparents and great grandparents didn't wait either. There have been so many studies proving that....

    October 23, 2011 at 2:19 am |
    • Hmm

      one set of grandparents (in the 40s), and my in-laws (in the 60s) each had one on the way on their wedding day.

      October 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  14. Praise of God, not the praise of man

    Doing the work of the Lord Jesus gives not glory to you, (a temple of God), but also as Jesus did, gives all the glory to the Father because those who do righteousness give a great witness to those who are currently not doing His work in their lives and convicts them through the Holy Spirit by reminding them what the true love from and for God really is. When you endure temptation (in this case abstain from Fornication until Marriage), you are giving glory to God because that shows you truly love Him and are grateful for what He did for you. You are thanking Him every single moment with your body. Jesus was undoubtedly tempted, but He endured. Why? Because He loved God and loved you! He remained pure in order to become the sacrifice for us, because He loved you so much. He ran the race of life set before us, which He could only have completed if He was pure. Because He did this, He saved us from death and gained victory over sin. And because of this, He earned the right to be the Captain of our Salvation.

    So today, let's follow Him our Captain, not the world, not what man thinks, not outward lusts which war against the Holy Spirit. Let's fight for Him, because we love Him more than anything my dear brothers and sisters. Think about it, by remaining pure, He cleansed us and allowed us to live in Him and He dwells in all of us, if and when we do remain sanctified!! That's right, if we stay pure, God, the Father, Holy Spirit and Jesus will make a dwelling in us. Right NOW! That is possible because that was the great mystery from the beginning of the world that Christ (God) can live in us! But only if we love Him enough to obey Him and we obey Him not because of being heavily burdened, but because we WANT Jesus to live in us, and, that in fact is what He wants us to do!

    I love Him because He gave His life for me and ran this race and endured so many tribulations, trials and temptations so we could see Him. Doesn't that make you want to be pure just so we can see Him? He calls us friends and we are adopted into Him. Because He wants to see us live and not die, He gave His life for His friends. It is written, "He who endures to the end will be saved" so let us comfort ourselves today if we are struggling with this sin or others to endure! Endure for JESUS! "You are a Royal Priesthood a Holy Nation". Let us remind ourselves today we are an "heir of God's Kingdom" with Jesus. But we need trials and temptations to build strong Christian Character.

    You are "to offer yourselves as a living sacrifice, Holy and pleasing to God". So when you are staying pure by not sinning, you are being that sacrifice every single day! For it is written, "if you die with Him, you will live with Him, if you suffer with Him (in temptation) you will reign with Him!" "God cannot lie!" Jesus said, "If you love me, obey my commandments (refrain from fornication). He who does My commandments is the one who loves Me and he who loves Me will be loved by my Father and I too will love him and show Myself to Him". Today, the media and all religions try to taint this message of the Gospel. It is not enough to just believe, you must also stay pure in order for God to work in your life. This comment may be removed even from a so called religious forum, but I encourage you to copy and paste this to preserve it, for almost every Word in this comes from the Word of God. I did not include the references, you can find them for youself because things that are given free are usually not appreciated, but when you work through it, like abstaining, you will cherish it.

    I close with a prayer for all of you because I love every single one of you and pray to God that even if one repents to see the angels in Heaven rejoice. Lord Jesus, you ran the race set before us, now it is our turn, we want to get Praise from God, not praise from men. This prayer goes out to all those who are being tempted. I pray for us to remember, that we are all Royal Priests whom have been called by your Name, whom if we have humbled ourselves and prayed and seek your face and turn from our wicked ways, not like the heathens or gentiles, or even Catholic or even Christians who say they are but who are not, then you will hear from Heaven and will forgive our sins and heal our land (including our lives). You have said, you will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear. You have loved us and loved us enough to die a crucifixion for this sin. I know you wait for all of us but unless we are perfect and pure before your eyes with the garment of light, we cannot see you, dear Holy Lord God or be with you Almighty God for you are perfect and cannot be near sin. But we also know it is by Grace we are saved. However, faith without works is dead. And in this case, we who profess Jesus is Lord and die for our sins do this work of purity (abstain until marriage) to show we love You Lord. Lord I pray for those whom don't know You, that they will have a chance to hear your voice because you are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords yet you came down as a lowly servant, suffered poverty, endured mockings (like in this case) washed your disciplines feet and even suffered a death on the cross so we could all live by your example in YOU. I don't know anyone whom loves me more than you and I want to share this love with all those reading, not because I want anything, but because I want them to know you as I do and for them to feel the love of God in them guiding and helping their lives. Lord I pray all of this in Jesus Name, Amen.

    Do you want to know Him? Do you want to run the race set before us? Do you want Him to be proud of you? Don't you want to be with Him when He comes back? I do! :) Don't you want Him to tell you, good job, well done? Because every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ is Lord! If you want, write to me at zepherorion5@gmail.com.

    Zepherorion stands for Zion Every Person Has Every Right Once Risen In Our New...(fill in the blank) Name. Do you know what your new name is? I do. Do you know what your new life is? Do you know what your new rights are? May the Lord Jesus bless you and keep you, it will not be easy as we have all been called to suffering and affliction, but when we are complete, we will be made complete without defect. Pure. Amen.

    I Love You All in Jesus,

    ZEPHERORION

    October 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • Tom

      Diatribe. You think these Xtian youth haven't heard this rant before...?

      October 23, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • wjs

      Uh, Praise, how many people do you think seriously took the time to wade through your post? I, for one, didn't. If you have a point to make, please, please, be more succinct. I might take the time to read it in that case.

      October 23, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • TuttiFrutti

      tl;dr

      October 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Father Time

      OY! If you ever find a mate as nutty as you, please, please, PLEASE don't breed!

      October 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • Rick

      I certainly did not read it through. But, apparently Praise has some preacher in him or her. Reminds me why I do not like preachers

      October 24, 2011 at 3:47 am |
  15. Douglas

    GLBTQ youth are on the move demanding respect for celib@te relationships. Honor and respect the dignity of their behavior. They do not desire to repeat the deadly mistakes and errors of their predecessors. Start a support group for celib@te GLBTQ youth at your church,synagogue, mosque or temple. Let GLBTQ youth know they are supported when they do the right thing. Support straight youth who pledge not to fornicate as well.
    Best, Douglas

    October 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  16. Haverespect

    To those who don't want to wait: why do you care so much if others DO want to wait until marriage? Don't you think people should do what feels good? If it feels good to their consciences to wait, then why do you care what they do? Someone who favors not waiting wrote that they aren't trying to push people to their side of things-well, it sure looks to me like you are since you keep arguing about it. Why not just ignore the whole thing? It's not like anyone is going to pass a law that will MAKE you wait until marriage. If you don't even believe the Bible; why should you care so much what people say to you about what it says? And for those of you who claim not to believe in God, I really don't understand why you care what people who do believe in God say you should do. Why get in such a lather? I've heard lots of people say they hate hypocrites and that's why they argue-But you're not being a hypocrit when you claim not to push your viewpoint yet here you are arguing for it on the blog? Or you say people should do what feels good, but when people do what feels good to their consciences by waiing until marriage-you have all sorts of arguments about why they shouldn't do it or it won't work or whatever. Aren't people allowed to make a different choice from you-for whatever reason? Or are you so narrow minded that you simply can't accept that? Are you going to be what you accuse religious people of being and ram your own choices down everyone's throats as the only possible way or can people use their own brains and make their own choices about their lives?

    October 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  17. Christina N

    Wow Atheists, you seem like you have it all figured out, and your life is so great because you don't believe in God, and your so smart!! If that is the case, then why are you patrolling religious articles on CNN.com?? I know why, your life is not so great, and your searching for truth, or looking to raise yourself up above others.

    My God speaks of these days in his word. Days when a non-religious lifestyle will spread:

    1. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (2Timothy, 4: 3-4)

    2. But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (2Timothy, 3: 1-5)
    3. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. (Matthew, 24: 37-39)

    4.Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith.... (1Timothy, 4: 1]

    It's ok, I forgive you, I was once like you, I pray you will know the truth.

    October 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • Rick

      Christina: Attributing the words of bronze age sheep buggerers to god is absurd. Get off your knees.

      October 22, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • Serge

      I patrol comments of believers on CNN.com for the same reason some people watch roadkill.

      October 23, 2011 at 1:03 am |
    • Rick

      Making fun of born-again Christians is like hunting dairy cows with a high powered rifle and scope.
      P. J. O'Rourke

      October 24, 2011 at 3:51 am |
  18. 2 Pc

    Christians are waiting too, too long to get married. Can't tell you how many 30 somethings and 40 somethings I know who've never been married or have had children for that matter! I believe the problem is most modern-day Christian singles are waiting for 'perfect' conditions for marriage: the right education, career, social status in a potential mate. Not to mention a weird fixation on "working" on previous personal emotional issues as prep for marriage. Its an excuse for most though. Any married person will tell you if you truly want to work on yourself, then GET married.

    Sad to see so many people's lives pass them by before marriage and family. Last 40 years in our society in this regard: Unprecedented. Strange, strange times we live in...

    October 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • frenchie

      I hope this is someone trolling. Early marriages tend to fail. Getting married just to get married is stupid beyond all reason.

      October 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • 2 Pc

      Frenchie,
      Most of my married friends got hitched at an early age. And they are still going strong, so ...yes, it works!

      October 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  19. george mclain

    Waiting wasn't easy, or perfectly done by me, but faithfulness saved me unwanted pregnencies, veverial disease, emotional upheaval.

    October 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • Mirosal

      I think you waited not because of "faith", but because no one wanted you in the first place

      October 23, 2011 at 4:27 am |
    • sally

      you ve made me proud its very hard to get a guy lke you i pray you get a rep-recant and may God be with you

      October 24, 2011 at 3:47 am |
    • Huh?

      What in the heck is a "rep-recant"?

      October 24, 2011 at 3:53 am |
  20. Justen

    "True Love Waits" was, of course, chosen because the more truthful "True Love is a Chemical Feedback System Which Fades Rapidly When Not Reinforced Through Physical Expression and Ensuing Endorphin Release" did not make for a snappy, pro-mythological slogan.

    October 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
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