Christians Who Support Same-Sex Marriage More Likely to Support Other Types of Sexual Immorality, Data Shows

Christians Who Support Same-Sex Marriage More Likely to Support Other Types of Sexual Immorality, Data Shows

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(Link): Does Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Lead Christians to Accepting Adultery?

Doesn’t this report kind of conflict with a recent editorial by Russell Moore, or some other SBC talking head, that assured us that Christians are not more slutty than Non Christians? I did a blog post about that a couple weeks ago.

Yep, here’s the post:

(Link): A Sexual Revolution for Young Evangelicals? No. (from NR, by Russell Moore)

That was from July 2014, this is from August 2014:

(Link): Christians Who Support Same-Sex Marriage More Likely to Support Other Types of Sexual Immorality, Data Shows

  • New survey research shows that Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to hold permissive views on other sexual morality issues, such as divorce and pornography, similar to the general population and far different from Christians who support traditional marriage.
  • The “Relationships in America” survey, conducted by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus, interviewed 15,738 Americans between the ages of 18 and 60.
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  • From that sample, Regnerus compared the average views on a range of sexual morality issues of churchgoing Christians who oppose same-sex marriage (2,659 in the sample) and churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage (990 in the sample).
  • On the question of whether “premarital cohabition is good,” the difference between opponents/supporters of same sex-marriage among churchgoers was 26 percentage points (11 percent and 37 percent, respectively).

    Few churchgoing Christians who are opposed to same-sex marriage agreed that “it is OK for two people to get together for sex and not necessarily expect anything further” (five percent), “it is sometimes permissible for a married person to have sex with someone other than his/her spouse” (one percent), “it is sometimes permissible for a married person to have sex with someone other than his/her spouse” (one percent), and “it is OK for three or more consenting adults to live together in a sexual/romantic relationship” (one percent). Churchgoers who support same-sex marriage were much more likely to say those things were OK (37 percent, 33 percent, 8 percent and 16 percent, respectively).

  • …The data does not mean that Christians who support same-sex marriage will automatically shift their views on a range of sexual morality issues, clarified Regnerus, associate professor of sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. The explanation is more complicated.
  • “In reality, our moral systems concerning sex and sexuality tend rather to resemble personalized ‘tool kits’ reflecting distinctive visions of the purpose of sex and significant relationships (and their proper timing), the meaning of things like marriage and gender roles, and basic ideas about rights, goods, and privacy. Americans construct them in quite distinct combinations, often cafeteria-style,” he wrote. 

  • As support of redefining marriage to include same-sex couples has grown in recent years, the issue has divided denominations and congregations. Most of those battles have taken place in Mainline Protestant denominations while Evangelical denominational leaders have stood firm in their support for traditional marriage.

    Mainline denominations, for instance, have debated whether homosexuality is a sin and whether to allow ordination of celibate homosexuals, ordination of non-celibate homosexuals, blessings of same-sex unions, and marriage rites for same-sex couples.

  • ….In a recent interview with The Christian Post, Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, countered by noting that historically the churches that remained the strongest were not those that decided to go along with the culture. Rather, churches that have rejected the orthodox teachings of Christianity have seen the most decline.

(Link): Does Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Lead Christians to Accepting Adultery? 

Excerpts.

  • John Stonestreet | BreakPoint | Friday, August 15, 2014
  • There are some Christians who, for understandable though mistaken reasons, believe that their fellow Christians should support or at least not oppose same-sex marriage.
     
    Implicit in this position is the belief that supporting same-sex marriage is a position that can be held in isolation—that what you believe about the definition of marriage is unrelated to other issues regarding marriage and human sexuality.
     
    Well, according to sociologist Mark Regnerus, that simply is not the case.
     
    In a recent article at “The Public Discourse” Regnerus asked the question, “What is the sexual and relational morality of Christians who accept the moral legitimacy of same-sex marriages?”
     
    To answer that question, he looked at data from a recent survey of nearly 16,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 60 entitled “relationships in America.” To explore “sexual and relational morality” among respondents, he asked them to respond to statements about viewing pornography, cohabitation, casual sex, divorce, adultery, polyamory, and abortion.
     
    Regnerus compared the responses of five groups: churchgoing Christians who oppose same-sex marriage, churchgoing Christians who support it, the general population, and both gay and lesbian Christians and non-Christians.
     
    What he found was eye-opening. A significant percentage of churchgoing Christians who supported same-sex marriage either agreed or strongly agreed with statements that approved of things like using pornography, cohabitation, casual sex, and abortion rights.
     
    Even in areas such as adultery and polyamory, they were between six and thirteen times more likely to agree or strongly agree with statements that approved of the practices. As Regnerus put it, “Churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage look very much like the country as a whole.”
     
    Now to be clear, Regnerus isn’t saying that supporting same-sex marriage leads a person to shift in these other areas of sexual morality. In his words, it’s “More likely [that] the sexual morality of many churchgoing Christians shifted years ago, and the acceptance of same-sex marriage … follows significant change rather than prompts it.”
     
    But it’s also clear that, more likely than not, acceptance of same-sex marriage is part of a comprehensive change of a whole range of beliefs about “sexual and relational morality.”
     
    That’s because our beliefs about “sexual and relational morality” reveal how seriously we take the biblical teaching about the way God designed us and made us to be, which is the source of Christian sexual and relational ethics.

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