WEDDING IS JOINING
An excerpt from Christian wedding: What The Bible Teaches
Wedding is the final process of being united as husband and wife. This is basic in human marriage but it differs in mode of application from place to place according to cultural orientation. In all communities of the world marriage can simply be regarded as an agreement or contract between a man and a woman to start a marital relationship which is clothed with religious sanctity or at least certain accepted norms and respected formalities of a community.
Wedding is usually preceded by certain preliminary arrangements and ceremonies. Although these acts do not impose the status of husband and wife upon a man and a woman they represent a commitment that may under certain circumstances confer upon the intended spouses and their families certain enforceable rights and duties. Wedding is the process of joining a man and a woman in matrimony. Conjugal sex activates the supernatural power to join a man and a woman in marital relationship for life.
Many church denominations orthodox evangelical and Pentecostal believe that the rites of joining man and woman in holy matrimony carried out in Registries and places of worship by churches is marriage joined by God. This doctrine was unknown to the early church fathers the original apostles and those who followed them. It came forcefully into the church when Emperor Constantine accelerated the move that led to uniting church and state under one headship. It was an unholy union. As time went on, the church elevated marriage to a sacrament. It is this church doctrine applied without help and direction from the Holy Spirit that has led many Christians to fall away from the faith.
The declaration: “what God has joined together let not man put asunder” is one of the most misunderstood scriptures in the Holy Bible. “And Adam said, this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Gen 2:23-24 KJV). There are conditions to be fulfilled before a man and a woman can be joined in the holy estate of matrimony by God. To receive God’s blessing His commandment must be obeyed totally on any given issue. That is what I call following due process.