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Interesting choice of texts.
Perhaps the version of the statistics on the left reflect the fact that more Christians are realizing that the Bible doesn't condemn premarital sex explicitly or implicitly.
Great points, Steve. It is very hard for me to believe the veracity of MANY polls I see these days. At best, they seem to be skewed. At worst, they seem to be contrived to further someone's agenda. I can't recall seeing one which even claimed to interview a large enough number of people to make it meaningful and representative.
I am always sceptical about "surveys" on matters like the one under discussion. When done by non-Christians it is usually to show that these "holier-than-thou" Christians are no better than "us". When done by "Christian" pollsters it is designed to demonstrate that "these Christians are never what they say they are". Most surveys tend to be pre-determined as borne out by the fact that questions are cleverly framed, and terms are defined in a self-serving way. The clincher for me is that one can never be really sure if the one being questioned is telling the truth either about their status (evangelical Christian) or the question itself (sexual behaviour). I do not know too many Christians who are willing to talk about personal and private sexual matters to total strangers, do you? So I read these "surveys" and they have no effect on my opinions concerning Christian behaviour whatsoever, since I observe the behaviour of Christians around me and I know what is happening.
Would be interesting to see a breakdown by gender.
I sincerely HOPE that this is not true of 80 percent of young unmarried evangelicals. IMHO, the real foundational problem is that many pastors are not teaching the Word of God anymore. Many are teaching "the gospel according to themselves", and church attendees don't read the Bible for themselves, so they just assume that what is taught is Biblical. This same issue arose in OT times among the Israelites. There's a verse (in Jeremiah, I think) where the Lord speaks of false shepherds teaching lies, and the sheep "love to have it so". God help us.
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