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Can Christians live together outside of marriage?

By David Masters     Jul 6, 2010 in World
Young Methodists have asked church leaders whether it's appropriate for 21st century couples to live together without getting married.
The Methodist Youth Assembly asked the Methodist Conference - the annual gathering of British Methodists - for advice on cohabitation. Although living together before marriage is now the norm for most couples, advice for Christian young people on the issue is hard to find.
"There was a time where the concept of two persons in a loving relationship cohabiting outside of marriage was unthinkable, but times have changed," said Pete Brady, Methodist Youth President.
The Youth Assembly acknowledged there are no easy answers to questions around sexuality, but said church leaders shouldn't avoid issues just because they're thorny.
"Cohabitation is a decidedly sticky issue, with conflicting values in modern day society," Brady said. "Finding Christian guidance on the issue is difficult at best."
He added: "It’s important that as a church we offer support that is relevant to the lives of young people today."
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