Living Together Before Marriage

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Just because our culture has changed to see no shame in living together before marriage, does not mean that God has changed his inerrant Word.

“Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” Proverbs 30:5

 What’s wrong with living together first, before marriage?
1. Living together first is becoming the norm rather than the exception in our society.
2. Even some who identify themselves as Christians are following this trend.

If the two of you are getting married anyway what’s wrong with “living together” first?
a. The Bible says it’s taking something that doesn’t belong to you — therefore it is theft.
b. It is much like moving into a house you you don’t own and pretending you do, which is also theft.
c. Sexual relations without a holy marriage covenant is pretending you have a right to each other but, in fact, you don’t.
d. Adding to the dishonesty is the reality that the vast majority of live-in situations never do end in marriage.
e. Those who do marry, frequently begin life together with anger, guilt, mistrust, poor communication and lack of desire for one another.

“Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband.” John 4:18

Remember, marriage is for better for worse for keeps.

Cheryl Moeller is a Christian author, conference speaker, syndicated humor columnist, homemaker, author of Creative Slow-Cooker Meals, and blogger. Married for 33 ½ years to Robert, they have 6 children, 1 daughter-in-law, and 1 very handsome grandson. Visit her blogs: MomLaughs, WritingMentor, and For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries.

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About Cheryl Moeller

Cheryl Moeller has been married to her best friend Bob for 30 years. They are the parents of six children, one son-in-law, and three lively dogs. She uses her over-the-counter-top stand up comedy at women's groups and retreats, prays like it's her full-time job, writes a syndicated humor column, blogs about life with lots of kids at, and authors books such as Keep Courting: 100 Ways to Keep Courting After Marriage (purchase on their website) and Marriage Miracle (Harvest House 2010). Bob and Cheryl's passion is to connect two hearts for a lifetime. They have co-founded For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries

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