What the Bible Says About Living Together Before Marriage

Bible Summary. The Bible is clear that sex is part of marriage and sex should not happen outside of marriage. If you do not have a marriage partner (as when you are single), then it follows that you should not live together before marriage. Fornication may seem like a harsh word to describe the act of two people living together before marriage, but it is the truth. A precise definition of fornication and living together is it is “extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations;”. In the end, unrepentant adulterers and fornicators will be judged by God. See below for Biblical advise and scriptures concerning living together before marriage.



The Bible Advises Us Not To Live Together Before Marriage.

The Bible is clear that sex is part of marriage and sex should not happen outside of marriage. There are a lot of arguments to live together before marriage, but none of them are supported by the Bible. Hebrews 13:4 advises us that the marriage bed is to be undefiled.

Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undifiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

God Commands Us Not To Live Together Before Marriage.

Adultery is sex with someone other than your marriage partner. If you do not have a marriage partner (as when you are single), then it follows that you should not live together before marriage. Exodus 20:14 tells us that God does not approve of sex outside of marriage.

Exodus 20:14, “Thou shall not commit adultery.”

Illustration: The Aftermath of Adultery …

To Live Together Before Marriage is Fornication.

Fornication may seem like a harsh word to describe the act of two people living together before marriage, but it is the truth. A precise definition of fornication and living together is it is “extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations;”. Ephesians 5:3 advises us that we cannot have a relationship with God and fornicate too.

Ephesians 5:3, “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints.”

The Bible Says Sex Outside of Marriage Is A Sin That Will Be Punished.

All sin will be punished sooner or later by God. The Bible says that adultery and any type of sex outside of marriage is a sin. Sex outside of marriage distracts from our relationship with God, as we are putting sexual relationships above our relationship with God. advises us that unrepentant adulterers and fornicators will be judged.

Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”