A deontological view of sex interprets porneia, aselgeia and akatharsia in terms of whether the couple are married or non-married.

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When someone disagreed with Paul's clear rules on immorality or angry disputes, the matters he deals with in Colossians 3.5–10, he is...

firm, as we see dramatically in 1 Corinthians 5 and 6.

An historical example is the medieval English monastic, John Baconthorpe.

A more contemporary example is the modern-day theologian Lee Gatiss who argues that premarital sex is immoral based on scripture.

One theory therefore suggests that it is these behaviours, and only these, that are intended by Paul's prohibition in chapter seven.

However, most mainstream Christian sources believe that porneia encompasses all forms of premarital sex.

Jewish marriage in the time of Jesus was a two-stage process.

First, there was a betrothal in which the man claimed the woman to be his only bride.

In other words, Witte claims that the Bible excludes premarital sex from its list of unlawful sexual relations (Leviticus 18) though Leviticus 18 is not the only such list, nor does Leviticus 18 claim to be exhaustive being devoted largely to forms of incest.