Ok, this might stir up some trouble. I hope not, but I'm noticing more and more that I seem to be alone in my opinion on the subject, so... if trouble comes I won't be too surprised.
Since WHEN did living together, and sleeping together outside of the bonds of marriage become ok? When did it become sinless to move in with your 'current' girlfriend and fornicate?
I had a young man in the church I attend come up to me. As we were discussing his job situation he mentioned that he's trying to decide if he should move in with his girlfriend or just keep living with his mom. There didn't seem to be a general idea that Hey... maybe the Christians around me won't cooperate with me moving into a lifestyle of sin. It just appeared to be the simple idea that "everyone does it", so it can't be bad.
I can 100% understand why the world does whatever it good and well pleases, but how is it that Christians resolve in their minds that it's ok?
I spend last Saturday debating with my brother and dad about churches standards. Namely, I believe my dad's church has man-made standards that seek to keep it's people in bondage to the law, rather than letting them walk solely in the grace and mercy of God. And it always comes back to my dad claiming that we don't believe in a standard at all. And that isn't true either. I believe in standards, and I think following those standards, to keep sin from creeping in are VERY important for believers today. I especially object to following only those standards that don't interfere with your daily life!
Ok, I'm not really ranting without purpose. I want to encourage you. These standards are for us joy. The standards God outlines through Paul are GOOD for us. Following them brings peace, and joy. And they're not there to show you're holier than someone else, or anything like that. They're for your benefit. All you have to do - this is the real key - is trust God with your life. When you trust God and His infinite wisdom and follow His rules and guidelines for your life, you'll find joy and peace, you'll also find that it leads your life in a direction that is truly worthwhile, and safe for you. It is for the best. God's way is best.