The Cohabitation Effect
We minister with a culture that more and more accepts the premise that “living together before marriage is not only OK…but often a positive ‘try and see’ approach before the definite commitment of marriage is made.” We’re going to call this practice, “cohabitation,” which has increased in the US more than 1,500% in the past 50 years! And believe it or not, in a representative survey, nearly half of twenty-somethings agreed with the statement: “You would only marry someone if he or she agreed to live together first to see if you really got along.”
This trend is so prominent and so obviously counter to what the Word of God says to us I think it is important that we take a close look at it. I've taken much of the data for this resource from an excellent secular book entitled, The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay, PhD. So let's spend some time together as I share my heart on the subject with you.