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Does fornication necessitate marriage?

Submitted: 6/13/2013
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Question: If two believers are caught in the act of fornication that results in pregnancy, are they justified if they repent and get married? What is the doctrine or procedure for this sort of situation according to the Word of God?

Answer: First of all, when two believers who are committing fornication repent, it means that they stop. No more sex outside of marriage. That's what repent means. If a pregnancy has ocurred, then the honorable thing to do is to get married. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 7:1-2, 'It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.' Notice that the reason for marriage was to avoid fornication. If two believers are willing to have sex with each other, then they need to be willing to get married: for the sake of their child, for the sake of their family, for the sake of their church, and for the sake of the kingdom. And they need to understand that marriage is entering a room that has no exit.