This minister (and those like him) who are advocating this are being misrepresented here. (And he even says it's his fear, right there in the article with the provocative headline.)
Can't Wait for Sex? Just Get Married, Some Say - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News - FOXNews.com:"'I'll probably get framed as I want people to marry because I don't want them to have premarital sex,' said Regnerus, author of 'Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers.'
'I think marriage is just a fantastic institution for people who think rightly about it, have realistic ideas about it and put the requisite work into it.'"
I think they are actually right. Couples don't need to wait until they're in their thirties to marry! Gracious, since when is 22 too young to marry? I was even told so at 23, and I thought that was ridiculous. It's not your age when you marry, it's your maturity and the health of your relationship. My parents married at 18 and 20 (though I admit that my mother was only a month from 19), and they've been married for 41 years now - happily.
And, honestly, one pastor is right when he says that by pushing off marriage, telling people they ought to wait until they're established in their careers and in their mid 30's ... this does work against our Creator's plan for procreation. Women's fertility starts declining in their mid-30's and takes a nosedive after 40. After 40, you've got just as much chance for miscarriage as delivering a full-term child. It's another part of the Culture of Death, this idea that you shouldn't even try having children before you're "ready." Honey, you ain't never gonna be ready!
Besides, we need something to counter the extreme selfishness we all have in our society these days. (I do not exclude myself, in case you wonder.) You can't let your kids stand in the way of what you want goes the thinking. Even the idea of children intruding on your plans is anathema! Our children have become the enemy when we keep the mindset that they're getting in the way of us doing A, B, or C. And, really, Pope Paul VI was right in Humanae Vitae - this is all stemming from the coarsening of our views of sexuality, thanks to the widespread contraceptive mentality of our culture - the Culture of Death.