Sunday, April 02, 2006

True love rarely waits

Seems those abstinence pledges popular among evangelicals are as big a sham as most marriages. So Bill Clinton isn't the only Southern Baptist fond of a good hummer now and then:

(T)he findings of a recent survey of Baptist newlyweds reveal that true love doesn't always wait -- even among Christians.

Byron Weathersbee, interim chaplain at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, conducted a study on the effects of sexual-purity pledges and sex education on abstinence before marriage in a Christian context. Baylor is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Specifically, of the young Christians surveyed, six out of ten who made purity commitments did not have sexual intercourse until marriage, while only three of ten who did not pledge purity remained abstinent.

*100 percent professed faith in Christ

*99 percent attended church

*84 percent grew up in church

*87 percent grew up in a two-parent home

*62 percent of males had premarital sex

*65 percent of females had premarital sex

"To a large degree, we're missing it," Weathersbee says. "The young people are receiving the data, but they're not translating it into values that result in a lifestyle of purity and holiness."

Supporting the chaplain's assertion is another finding from his research: only 27 percent of the young people surveyed entered marriage "chaste," having refrained not only from intercourse but also from other sexual practices such as oral sex.

Where were these people when I was in the church?

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