Rock music? Premarital sex? (80%) One third of pregnancies end in abortions? My parents would turn over in their graves if they read this. The more some folks try to deny their real sexuality, the more they are attracted to it. It's called, "what you hate, you become."
Before you again try and trash the article, I have several relatives (all male) who are evangelical ministers. My dad was an evangelical minister. I also have many other friends and family who are evangelicals. I love 'em all and so does God.
It's hard to tell what they believe any more.
With High Premarital Sex And Abortions Rates, Evangelicals Say It's Time To Talk About Sex
By Adelle M. Banks
Religion News Service
(RNS) The statistics, some evangelicals say, can no longer be ignored.
Eighty percent of young evangelicals have engaged in premarital sex, according to a new video from the National Association of Evangelicals. and almost a third of evangelicals' unplanned pregnancies end in abortion.
It's time to speak honestly about sex because abstinence campaigns and anti-abortion crusades often aren't resonating in their own pews, evangelical leaders say.
In some instances, that is beginning to happen:
"This cultural moment calls for a both/and approach that I think can be challenging for churches," said Jenell Williams Paris, a Messiah College professor, at the Q conference. "Both lift up the ideal of premarital chastity, and support people who do otherwise with knowledge and resources that can help them prevent pregnancy."
Paris, who has authored books on Christian approaches to sexua| identity and birth control, also was slated to speak at the Mercer conference.
Sarah Brown, the CEO of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, said the majority of the Q audience probably preferred reducing premarital sex over considering conception. But that may no longer be realistic.
"Isn't it better for unmarried, sexually active young people to use contraception than to not use it, experience a distressing pregnancy and elect abortion?" Brown said. "It's a difficult choice. It's a difficult question, but I think that's what we have to ask ourselves."
More than 10 years ago, Sarah Walsh Landini, a Pittsburgh barista, was one of those evangelical 20-somethings who abstained. But at age 23, she didn't, and within a month she was pregnant.
"The Bible says not to do it, but I think, for most people, they need more than that," said Landini, now 35, who still sees her 11-year-old son, Jacob, whom she gave up for adoption. "We want to know why. And most of the time folks aren't prepared to answer the question why.".......................................................
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