He states that, from a Biblical perspective, "physical union should not take place outside of a "one flesh" (i.e. In [1 Corinthians] chapter 7 Paul addresses the situation of two unmarried Christians who are burning with passion (7:8–9) who should either exercise self-control or be permitted to marry (cf. The underlying assumptions are the same as those in Deuteronomy 22." However, a minority of theologians have argued in more recent times that premarital sex may not be immoral in some limited circumstances.An example is John Witte, who argues that the Bible itself is silent on the issue of consensual, premarital sex between an engaged couple.Some of the debate arises from the question of which theological approach is being applied.A deontological view of sex interprets porneia, aselgeia and akatharsia in terms of whether the couple are married or non-married.An historical example is the medieval English monastic, John Baconthorpe.A more contemporary example is the modern-day theologian Lee Gatiss who argues that premarital sex is immoral based on scripture.
Throughout history, most theologians have argued that any and all forms of premarital sex are immoral.
For many people, the term carries an overtone of moral or religious disapproval (living in sin), but the significance of sexual acts to which the term is applied varies between religions, societies and cultures.
In modern usage, the term is often replaced with a more judgment-neutral term like extramarital sex.
Fornicated as an adjective is still used in botany, meaning "arched" or "bending over" (as in a leaf).
John Milton plays on the double meaning of the word in The Reason of Church-Government Urged against Prelaty (1642): "[She] gives up her body to a mercenary whordome under those fornicated [ar]ches which she cals Gods house." The Pauline epistles contain multiple condemnations of various forms of extramarital sex.
The first word is restricted to contexts involving sexual betrayal of a spouse; however, the second word is used as a generic term for illegitimate sexual activity.