That was the headline of the Daily Mail. While I am fully aware that not all conservative Christian teens practice abstinence, I was stunned at the idea that there is virtually no difference in the rates of premarital sex between Christians and non-Christians. According to Relevant magazine, a 2009 study revealed that 80% of evangelicals between 18-29 years of age had sex, compared to 88% of their peers.
Do you find this statistic shocking? Do you have reason to doubt the validity of these findings? Assuming the stats are accurate, I’m not too surprised myself. In a sex-crazed culture like our own, it takes a lot of moral fortitude to abstain from sex before marriage. And when you couple that with a culture that discourages young adults from marriage until their late 20s or early 30s, it’s no wonder so many young Evangelicals are succumbing to this sin.
UPDATE: Kevin DeYoung provides some good reasons to trust the accuracy of this report.