New research from the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) shows that the number of unmarried evangelicals ages 18-29 who have been sexually active is much lower than previously thought.
Fifty-six percent of unmarried evangelical Millennials claim they have never been sexually active. At the same time, 1 in 4 say they have been sexually active in the past three months, while 19 percent have been sexually active previously, but not within the past three months.
The poll, conducted by Grey Matter Research, also showed that sexual activity is more common among older Millennials. While 63 percent of unmarried 18- to 23-year-olds have never been sexually active, only 46 percent of the 24- to 29-year-olds said so. Four out of 5 respondents said they attend church at least weekly.
Previous research by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy indicated that 80 percent of unmarried evangelicals had engaged in sexual intercourse. The Grey Matter poll used a more specific definition of evangelicals that includes a belief in the inerrancy of Scripture and eternal life possible only through Jesus.
The study also showed that only 11 percent of unmarried respondents were currently cohabiting with a romantic partner. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 60 percent of all couples who marry live together first.
Author: Pentecostal Evangel