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This data supports a 2011 Relevant Magazine poll that revealed that 80 percent of "young, unmarried Christians have had sex" and that "two-thirds have been sexually active in the last year."While the findings of a 2012 National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and Grey Matter Research poll did not show outcomes as high as the two previous polls, according to its research, 44 percent of unmarried evangelicals between ages 18-29 said that they had sex, including 25 percent who said they had had sex in the last three months.Battling against the "purity culture"Emily Maynard, 28, a writer from Portland, Ore., has witnessed many of her friends rejecting abstinence, in what she interprets as them pushing back against the "purity culture," or the conservative sexual and dating norms with which they were raised."It's a family, church and social system that favors the idea of courtship.With dating, a couple will often pair off alone and that sometimes leads to a more physical relationship."In the new book, Jessa clarifies that she and Ben limit their physical contact to only "side hugging" to say hello and goodbye.

A majority of single Christians are rejecting biblical doctrine by choosing to have sex before they are married.

Sixty-one percent of self-identified Christian singles who answered a recent Christian Mingle survey said they are willing to have casual sex without being in love, while only 11 percent said they are waiting to have sex until they are married.

The Duggar daughters are opening up about their strict Christian rules when it comes to dating.

The conservative TV family's four oldest girls, Jana, 24, Jill, 22, Jessa, 21, and Jinger, 20, are revealing secrets of their personal lives and relationships in their new book ), "It's easy to put yourself into physical and moral danger and give into those emotions or sensual thoughts that promise pleasant, but only temporary, fulfillment," adding that they avoid men to ensure they don't sin."By censoring our thoughts through the filter of God's word, we will be able to recant any wrong thoughts or temptations that try to sneak in," they say.

Because I intend to make the Scriptures the only standard for our behavior, there are certain things you may take for granted. Some families skip the book of the Song of Solomon in their devotions because it is thought to be too embarrassing.

Not Masters and Johnson, not some "expert," not the prevalent moral standards of two hundred years ago, not even the ideas of your "ancient" parents are to be your standard of morality. It is my goal in this pamphlet to present only what God says in His Word.Instead, she entered and exited relationships frequently, often sleeping with the men she was dating."Even though I knew it was wrong, I continued to have sex outside of marriage," Lindsey told The Christian Post. Because when you're single you don't want to be lonely.""I was the girl that broke up with one boyfriend and had another one on speed-dial—that afternoon I'd already be going out with somebody else.I kept a boyfriend because I liked the attention," she continued.For Lindsey, her behavior was not simply a result of her conforming to the sexual values of her non-Christian peers.Instead, she had friends from church with similar sexual ethics and even dated and became sexually involved with a man who was serving at the same church that she was."We all went to the church. We said we loved the Lord but we ignored the scriptures that said that fornication is a sin," said Lindsey. We must not be as open on this subject as the unbelieving world is today. The first is that I will speak as openly and as frankly about this subject as the Bible does. But God's treatment of this subject is open, and the church must be just as open.In a survey of 716 Christians released in January, only 11 percent said they save sex exclusively for marriage.Instead, 60 percent said they would be willing to have sex without any strings attached, while 23 percent said they would have to be "in love." Five percent said they would wait to get engaged.Maynard said that as her and her peers grew up, many of them became "jaded" with their childhood values and consequently chose to make decisions contrary to those espoused by the purity culture."We were raised with the idea that says, 'Wait for God to bring you the one.' And 'Don't wait around, don't sleep around, and you'll kind-of get this reward,'" said Maynard."I think a lot of people who are dating in the Christian world, say late 20s, early 30s, they did 'the right thing.' They followed the system.They waited until they got married to have sex and their marriage fell apart by the time they were 25.

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