Bryan Fischer made a rather bizarre argument on his radio show about premarital sex this week, claiming that couples who have sex before they get married give Satan “legal ground” to screw up their marriage later. I’m not sure he knows what the word legal means.
“When an engaged couple has sex before they are married,” he said, “it gives legal ground to Satan. It gives him some turf, it gives him some space, it gives him some part of that relationship over which he has control … If it is misused, it is one of the ways in which Satan is given very powerful legal ground in a relationship.”
“So one of the things I counsel married couples to do, if they had sex before they got marriage,” he stated, “there may be problems they are encountering in their marriage relationship that stem from the fact that they gave ground to Satan before they ever got married and he’s held on to that to that turf and he’s used that turf to work damage to the relationship. So I urge them to go together before God, confess the sin of sexual immorality before marriage, claim His forgiveness, renounce any ground, any claim that Satan has made on the relationship, accept God’s forgiveness and then move on with a fresh start.”
So all they have to do is “renounce” Satan’s legal control of the marriage and he magically disappears? Prince of darkness, my ass.