Dianna Hobbs is founder of Empowering Everyday Women Ministries. Her Facebook inspirations inspire thousands within  the Body of Christ daily. To read what she has to say and be inspired, head on over to her Facebook page by CLICKING RIGHT HERE. 

  

 

Devotional: You Will See What God Said Happen

This podcast will encourage you to believe! MORE

Devotion: God Will Restore

You will recover. God will renew! MORE

'Pray for America' Campaign

CBN asks viewers and partners to pray for America MORE

Obama Weighs in on Kaepernick

President says he "cares about some real, legitimate issues." MORE

Motivational Scripture

8 verses to help you not to throw in the towel MORE

Podcast: If You Don't Quit, You'll Be Blessed

Refuse to give up. You will reap! MORE

Devotion: The Delay Is Ending

God is about to move on your behalf MORE

President Obama Sued

Blamed for ISIS-led genocide of Christians MORE

Alveda King Says Stop Endorsing

MLK's niece chooses prayer over politics MORE

Read These Encouraging Scriptures

8 verses that will lift your spirits right away MORE

Devotion: Change Is Coming

The prolonged season of hardship is ending MORE

Podcast: Believe That God Is Still Able

Don't lose confidence in heart times MORE

Stay Sexually Pure

5 helpful tips to stay abstinent MORE

Prayer On College Campus Nixed

Administrator said it wasn't a designated "free speech" area  MORE

Pro Trump Pastor Apologizes

He tweeted Hillary Clinton in blackface MORE

A Slice of History

Constance Baker Motley is the 1st African-American female judge MORE

California Passes Rape Bill

It seeks harsher penalty for sexually assaulting unconscious women MORE

5 Somali Soldiers Killed

Islamist militants claim responsibility MORE

Target Desperate Due to Boycott?

Retailer discounting everything after rub over transgender bathrooms MORE

Devotion: Place Confidence In God

Through rough times, keep moving forward in faith MORE

Podcast: Push Past It

Push past fear. Don't let it rob you of destiny MORE

Should Nate Parker's Past Stay In The Past?

The "Birth of a Nation" founder is under fire MORE

Teens and the Bible

Most teens in the U.S. still feverence the Bible MORE

 

Got News?

Send it to buzz[at]eewmagazine[dot]com

Back-to-school Advice

Tips for Christian parents MORE

Healing Race Relations

Black & White pastors come together MORE

Trump Visits Detroit

GOP candidate courts blacks  MORE

Podcast: Your Dreams Will Come To Pass

You will achieve. Believe. MORE

Devotion: God's Opening Doors

New opportunities are coming your way MORE

From homeless to track stars

Read 3 sisters' incredible story MORE

Devotional: An abundant harvest is coming

You're about to reap!  MORE

Podcast: Provision is coming

God will supply all your needs MORE

 

NBC's Tamron Hall back in Philly

Journalist goes back home for DNC. Read her story. MORE

Children's choir gets to shine

Over 50 Birmingham kids lift their voices MORE

Gospel singer talks abortion

Lady Bee almost terminated her pregnancy MORE

Indie gospel artist soars to #1

Javonta Patton talks about his surprising rise  MORE

Responding to racism with love

Black woman says this to N-word spewing waitress MORE

Digital Bible is popular

More than a million people flock to this Facebook page MORE

Dylann Roof used Internet to search churches

He looked for historically black churches MORE


The church and social justice

Preacher's daughter says ministries must get involved MORE

Podcast: How to handle trouble

Here's what to do when problems arise MORE

Devotional: Call and God will hear

He's ready, willing and able to help you MORE

5 helpful success tips

What NOT to do if you want to be successful MORE

Planned Parenthood loses

Charges against whistle-blowers dismissed MORE

Nigerian Christians being killed

Christian association CANAN decries murders MORE

O'Reilly says THIS about slaves

They were “well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government.” MORE

Amnesty International addresses Freddie Gray case

Condemns lack of accountability MORE

Marilyn Mosby drops charges

She explains the tough decision in press conference MORE

Devotional: This is not the end

This isn't your final destination. Greater is coming! MORE

Podcast: Every giant will fall

God has equipped you to defeat the enemy!  MORE

A pastor & officer break bread

The Dallas men want to heal the racial rift MORE

 

FLOTUS's powerful DNC speech

Watch her deliver it MORE

 

Healthcare CEO says women need to take control of their health MORE

Gun broker cancels shameful auction of George Zimmerman's gun MORE

Podcast: God is going to make you fruitful MORE

'International Day of the Unreached' focuses on reaching the lost  MORE

Alveda King weighs in on Transgender rights MORE

« Relationship Advice: Act Like a Woman of God & Think Like a Man Named Jesus | Main | First Lady Michelle Obama Calls Trayvon Martin Death a ‘Tragedy’ »
Wednesday
Apr182012

Shacking Up: Research Spotlights Downside of Cohabitation

With premarital sex and cohabitation rates at an all-time high in the US, many couples fall into a pattern of playing house without committing to each other the biblical way, through marriage. Many justify their decision to live together with the “Try on the shoe before you buy it theory,” arguing the practical merits of shacking up.

But Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist at the University of Virginia wrote an article published in The New York Times about the downside of cohabitation.

“Couples who cohabit before marriage (and especially before an engagement or an otherwise clear commitment) tend to be less satisfied with their marriages — and more likely to divorce — than couples who do not,” Jay asserts. “These negative outcomes are called the cohabitation effect.”

According to the New York Times, cohabitation in the United States has increased by more than 1,500 percent in the past half century. In 1960, about 450,000 unmarried couples lived together. Now the number is more than 7.5 million. The majority of young adults in their 20s will live with a romantic partner at least once, and more than half of all marriages will be preceded by cohabitation.

Couples are playing house in staggering numbers.

Christians who believe that the Bible is the final authority in all matters, however, heed the biblical warning in 1 Corinthians 6:18 to “flee fornication.” They know the downside to cohabitation is being out of the will of God and doing what the Bible calls “sinning against your own body.”

On the other hand, those who approach the issue of cohabitation from a logical standpoint are a part of the two-thirds of people who believe that moving in together before marriage is a good way to avoid divorce by knowing what they are getting into.

Whatever classification assigned to a person—practical or spiritual—both research and the word of God shows that shacking up is a bad idea.

What are your thoughts on the issue?

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (6)

Wow great article! Love the spiritual and practical approach

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngel

A lot of people are living together in the church and out of the church. In some circles (even Christian circles) it is not viewed as a sin to do so. There are preachers and praise leaders shacking up. I believe the Bible is clear on this that it's wrong. But it's not stopping people from engaging in the practice. Numbers don't lie. It's sad.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBev

Many people who do this blatantly are very arrogant and bold about it. They don't want to hear truth. And I think honestly a lot of preachers are scared to condemn it because so many in their churches are doing it. It is a COMMON practice! They don't want to mess up their tithes and offerings. lol

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTesha

@Tesha, you hit the nail on the not-so spiritual head!!!!

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYvette

I feel like @Tesha is right about this one! I used to BE one of those people and honestly, I didn't want to hear the truth. I just didn't. I was content and pleased to dwell right in my mess until God got a hold of me.

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKareema

Based on the many conversations I've had with those who are "shacking up", it's mostly the women who get hurt the worse in these situations; I never agree with their rationale and always direct to the WORD of GOD! I pray daily for my friends, family and acquaintances who are "stuck" in this ungodly circumstance!

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterA.Searuggs

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>