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August 16, 2013

Where’s All this Abstinence Coming From?

More high schoolers are abstaining from sex. Do we know why? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

According to a new report, only 6% of teens have had sex by the time they’re 15. That’s down from 13% from the same report last year. In the last 20 years, teen fatherhood has dropped 36%. These are all good things. Chaste teens tend to fare better in a whole range of areas. But before we break out in celebration, we need to think about the impact of pornography.

My friend Sean McDowell frequently writes and speaks on why pornography is destructive. He points out that Porn use rewires our brains in a way that makes us worse at actual human relationships in the future. And, porn users are more likely to be promiscuous later on in life and to participate in infidelity which, of course, tears families apart. We should be glad teens are having less sex. But intercourse before marriage isn’t the only way to do permanent sexual damage.

Come to, and I’ll link you to these reports and Sean McDowell’s work about pornography. I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Most high school students are currently abstinent
Leslie Grimard | | August 5, 2013

Facts on American Teens’ Sexual and Reproductive Health
Guttmacher Institute | June 2013

The Social Costs of Pornography
Sean McDowell | October 17, 2011

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  • September 06, 2013 // 05:50 am //  # 
    Bethany Brunner's avatar Bethany Brunner

    I agree that abstinence is a good thing, and that it is godly. Pornography is destructive, and affects the way that you think, and the way that you act. If you are watching pornography, and are exposed to that constantly. It will effect the way that you act because you don’t think it’s a big deal to have sex because you are exposed to it all the time.

  • September 06, 2013 // 05:53 am //  # 
    Pedro Williams's avatar Pedro Williams

    But is sex outside of marriage really a big deal? I mean, it’s just people showing how much they love each other.

  • September 06, 2013 // 05:59 am //  # 
    Bethany Brunner's avatar Bethany Brunner

    Yes, it is big deal, because God say’s it’s wrong. Whether or not you chose to believe in God or not- He is real- and is in charge of everything. So I chose to obey the one who created everything and blesses my life for doing right. To me it is no question what I chose to do regarding sex. The bible says that sex is reserved for marriage- and I agree.

  • September 06, 2013 // 06:02 am //  # 
    Pedro Williams's avatar Pedro Williams

    True, I do believe in God, but Allah is my God and the quaran says that it’s ok. I really think that we should be allowed to do what we feel like doing, with whomever we feel like doing it with

  • September 24, 2013 // 03:05 am //  # 
    niaoren0923's avatar niaoren0923

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