What does the Bible say about Cohabitation?

The Bible says that cohabitation is wrong. By the word “cohabitation,” we are referring to the practice of a man and a woman living together, and sharing the intimacy of sex, without being married. The only sexual relations that are approved by God are inside the covenant of marriage.

Cohabitation is not a modern trend; it dates back through most of history. In the Roman city of Corinth, sex outside of marriage was common, so much so that the converts to Christianity had written to the Apostle Paul about the problem. His reply was: “Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman. But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.” (1 Cor. 7:1-3 ESV). Paul gave this instruction because he understood that God’s purpose for sex was inside the commitment of marriage. Sex outside the marriage relationship is call “sexual immorality.”

When we go back to the creation story in the book of Genesis, we read: “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” (Gen. 2:25 NIV). We can already see that God is calling the man (Adam) and woman (Eve) husband and wife. God formed Adam from the “dust of the ground,” but when it came to Eve, God took part of Adam’s rib and made the perfect mate for him, and then commanded them to “Be fruitful and increase in number” (Gen. 1:28a NIV). God ordained marriage between a man and woman when He said: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh” (Gen 2:24).

Obedience to God’s commands is certainly where the blessings are. This is equally true when it comes to marriage and the sharing of sexual intimacy. Proverbs 18:22 promises: “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.”

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  1. Great article. Why not put the author’s name on these articles?

  2. This is a good sermon. Had it been lawful, nobody will speak about it.The moment we discuss about cohabitation ,it transpires that something unacceptable is sticking on.Let us not deceive ourselves.People lived like that thousands of years back.The conditions were such it was not treated as un lawful.In fact there may not be any written laws.To day we are having an orderly government with law of the land.In the Holy Bible in the book of Leviticus code of conduct has been given.Ten commandments are there on hand.Two laws are given by Jesus Christ. Saint Paul given us guidelines at several places.All these laws are given to us to protect women and children. Cohabitation is an un protected form of life.In can be treated as non biblical,un lawful,un ethical, insecure, may lead to deterioration in society ,imbalance in life, create social problems. In short it is not Christian way of life.

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