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.
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.
In 1611 King James Version, the first English translation of the Christian Bible 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.
He states that "the word 'fornication' has gone out of fashion and is not in common use to describe non-marital sex.
First, there was a betrothal in which the man claimed the woman to be his only bride.The First Epistle to the Corinthians states "Flee from sexual immorality" and lists adulterers and "those who are sexually immoral"/practicing-fornicators in a list of "wrongdoers who... The Apostolic Decree of the Council of Jerusalem also includes a prohibition of fornication.Throughout history, most theologians have argued that any and all forms of premarital sex are immoral.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.