I'll start by saying I'm a 29 years old Christian male and been in the gospel for three years. But I must be honest I've stumbled in my faith for a whole year and havent gone to church or prayed due to personal life reasons. I recently rededicated my life to Christ again but I know He never left me to begin with; but let me get to my point and question. I've met someone that I want to spend the rest of my life with and she is 24 years old. I've asked her hand in marriage and so therefore we just got engaged. I must admit before we got engaged as we were dating we did have alot of sex outside of marriage. And now that I rededicated my life to Christ I want to live in obedience for Him. And this leads to my issue and question. I told her I don't want to have sex and live in sin until we are married. Its been weeks since then and the temptations are increasing between us. I understand the apostal Paul writes "Its better to marry than to burn with passion" for the sake of temptation. My question is would it be wrong of me to simply elope at the local courthouse and get married months before we move in together? I dont want to continue in this sin but I'm afraid the temptation with eventually get the best of me. I know it may sound like I want to marry just for sex but thats not the case. I truly love her and I want only her for now and forever. Just wanted to see what other christian brothers and or sisters think about this.
Thank you and God Bless!