Marriage Matters

Is Cohabitation “Just as Good” as Marriage?

This article was posted on: June 27, 2019

“Let marriage be held in honor among all.” Hebrews 13:4

Culture tells us that cohabitation is a substitute for marriage. However, God’s Word and social science research say something very different:

• Marriage (without prior cohabitation) has a positive effecton worshiping God regularly.
• Children from always married families are more likely to enter legal marriage as their first union.
• Cohabiting couples are significantly more likely to worship God less frequently and to think of worship as less important.
• Women who cohabit are more likely to hold favor able views about divorce.
• Early adolescent dating and sexual intercourse increase the likeli hood of choosing cohabitation over marriage.

Cohabitation is not a substitute for God’s way. Can you use this information to help your children see marriage as God’s place for sexual relationships?

This chart shows that women who never worship God and who come from non-intact families are more likely to cohabit than women who come from intact families and worship weekly. If a woman grows up in a cohabitating household, she is more likely to cohabit herself. Non-intact families breed non-intact families. A cohabitating culture does not offer stability and health to the next generation in the way that marriage surely does.

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