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Regenerus also pointed to the lack of institutions also promoting the church's ethic of abstinence as one reason for the high numbers."It's certainly true that unmarried Christian adults are more 'at risk' on sexual matters (attitudes, behaviors), because there are now few (and maybe no other) institutions that reinforce Christian sexual ideals today. So it's a recipe for some cultural clash over sex, for sure," he wrote.
Daniel Weiss, the founder and president of The Brushfires Foundation, whose organization exists to help "people discover and live out God''s design for sexuality and relationships," said that the Church must wake up to the fact that it is not the primary influencer of many Christian young people's sexual ethics.
So often, a strong commitment to remain in the Orthodox Church clashes with acknowledging the truth about oneself.
Some of us have accepted our sexuality, some are only raising questions; some have decided to live according to our conscience and “come out,” some have not taken any action and just accepted the fact of their sexual identity.
In the NAE and GMR study, among those who read the Bible three or more times a week, only 20 percent of them had been sexually active in the past three months, while 60 percent had never had sex.