MARITAL IMPERATIVES #11
THE ROLE OF THE FAMILY
Matrimony is a family affair. It is optional and a fundamental human right to participate or refrain from participating.
Christian parents should arrange for their children to marry from the age of 17 for girls and 18 for boys. This practice worked very well in Judaism. It will stop or at least reduce the current practice of sneaking around, committing fornication, abortion and enlarging hell with unsaved souls.
Parents should also take a cue from God’s command to the children of Israel to marry from within their clans, tribes and nation. In the choice of a spouse preference should be given to closeness to affinity while observing Bible rules on consanguinity. The case of Aquila and Priscilla was anointed from above. Contrast that with Judah and Shua and Ahab and Jezebel.
There should be no marriage to unbelievers and no mixed marriage. If your child is not born again he or she must be compelled to surrender to Jesus before involvement with wedlock. Unbelievers are darkness. In the law God gave to the children of Israel by the hand of Moses wedding between a Jew and a heathen was forbidden. An Israeli woman without ‘token of virginity’ could be stoned to death.
Provided the two people desiring to wed are born again Christians, it is not necessary to insist that their parents must also be born again for the matrimony to take place. However, during the traditional wedding and events preceding it every effort must be made by the church to exclude activities that defer to the gods of the unchristian family.
Excerpted from: CHRISTIAN WEDDING: What the Bible Teaches.
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