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Southern Baptist Convention changes marriage message

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Southern Baptist Convention is changing its message when it comes to marriage.

For years, members have been encouraged to hold off on marrying until they are financially stable.

The focus now is on marrying at a younger age to avoid, ‘sexual sin,’ such as sex outside of marriage.

A 2011 Pew Research Center survey found the median age for marriage in the U.S. to be 28.7 for men and 26.5 for women.

Jon Akin, pastor of Fairview Church in Lebanon told The Tennessean, “What we’ve communicated to our young people is finances are more important than sexual sin, and the Bible seems to say the exact opposite of that.”

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