Dating versus biblical courtship
He states that, from a Biblical perspective, "physical union should not take place outside 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.For instance, in defining porneia/fornication, Kittel and Friedrich's 1977 Theological Dictionary of the New Testament states that "The NT is characterized by an unconditional repudiation of all extra-marital and unnatural intercourse".Lee Gatiss also argues that porneia encompasses all forms of premarital sex.Elsewhere in First Corinthians, incest, homosexual intercourse (according to some interpretations) and prostitution are all explicitly forbidden by name.
A more contemporary example is the modern-day theologian Lee Gatiss who argues that premarital sex is immoral based on scripture.For instance, during the lifetime of Jesus, there was a strong social disapproval among Romans of polygamy.