Several years ago she got married and moved to Atlanta, where, now 31, she is the founder and CEO of Pinky Promise, an organization that encourages single and married women to "rise above cultural pressures and to "stay determined to live for Christ regardless of their circumstances."Only 11 percent of Christians are waiting until marriage before having sex While Christians may see Lindsey's premarital sexual behavior as typical for that outside their faith, a new Christian Mingle study suggests that it is increasingly commonplace for Christians to sleep together outside of a marital context.
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I kept a boyfriend because I liked the attention," she continued.
For Lindsey, her behavior was not simply a result of her conforming to the sexual values of her non-Christian peers.
They waited until they got married to have sex and their marriage fell apart by the time they were 25.
I think there are a lot of people entering the dating world who are jaded with what a lot of churches and purity culture promises you," she added.
When Heather Lindsey moved to New York City in 2004 at the age of 22, the Michigan native both attended church regularly and considered herself a Christian.
While Lindsey grew up in the church, she said it rarely emphasized reading the Bible or one's relationship with God.
Instead, she had friends from church with similar sexual ethics and even dated and became sexually involved with a man who was serving at the same church that she was."We all went to the church. We said we loved the Lord but we ignored the scriptures that said that fornication is a sin," said Lindsey.
Lindsey eventually cut off all people that had been a part of that lifestyle.
Battling against the "purity culture"Emily Maynard, 28, a writer from Portland, Ore., has witnessed many of her friends rejecting abstinence, in what she interprets as them pushing back against the "purity culture," or the conservative sexual and dating norms with which they were raised."It's a family, church and social system that favors the idea of courtship.