Barbadian Anglican priest Reverend Charles Morris has left many jaws dropping in astonishment, after making the suggestion that the bible does not speak against pre-marital sex in a televised programme on The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) called Religious Reasoning

While on the programme which spoke to pre-marital sex Reverend Morris said that fornication which the bible speaks to is really "immoral sex" as the greek origin of the word fornication is "porneia".

Reverend Morris said the bible does not speak against pre-martial intercourse, but is he correct in saying this? This position from the reverend incurred the warth of some members of the audience along with others who were on the panel including another anglican priest, reverend Errington Massiah, who said he was against pre-marital sex, and urge those not married to take their time, as sex is not going to become extinct before they have their opportunity.

What Is Porneia?

PORNEIA appears to include all adultery (Exodus 20:14), incest (Leviticus 18:6-18), bestiality (Leviticus 18:23), male and female homosexuality (Romans 1:26-27), harlotry, including paid prostitution (Ezekiel 16:41).

What Does The Bible Say About Pre-Marital Sex

The Bible in 1 Corinthians 7, Paul said that "It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband." Paul also said in 1 Corinthians 7, "I say therefore to the unmarried and widows (those outside of marriage), It is good for them if they abide even as I (without having sex, and unmarried). But if they cannot contain (manage the sexual urges), let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn (burn with urges, or possibly burn in hell after sinning).

The bible therefore does speak against having sex outside of marriage, as it states that one should get married, if you can't handle the urges of sex.