October 16, 2015

Marriage! Til Death Do Us Part

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Marriage is an institution between a man and a woman. Not two men or two women, but a man and a woman. It is strongly advised not to jump into such a union without proper counseling, because when you say “I do”, it’s till death annuls your marriage. We the True Church of God in Christ of the Apostles’ Doctrine and Faith Inc., firmly believe what the word of God says about the bond that is taken in Marriage – the bond which goes back to the creation of man and woman.

Please journey with us as we take you back to the beginning of marriage. The first man that ever got a wife was Adam, who according to the bible was the first man on the earth. (Genesis 2:7). God thought it was not good for Adam to be alone so he made him a “help meet” (Genesis 2:20), which was Eve. Even though Eve disobeyed God and caused them to be cast out of Eden, (Genesis 3:23), she was still the only wife Adam had, and he kept her regardless of the fact that she had them evicted from Eden.

People often say, “ I’m waiting on God to give me a wife or a husband, but the bible goes on to say in (Genesis 6:2) “The sons of God saw the daughters and men and took them wives of which they chose.” Genesis 29:20-30, tells of Jacob working seven years, actually a total of fourteen for Rachel. God didn’t give her to him. What about when Samson (Judges14:1-3) saw a daughter of the Philistines, and sent his parents to get her for him, and yes God was in the mix, but Sampson got the woman he chose? Joseph, who became the governor of Egypt, is another example. First, he was Potiphar‘s servant (over his house). While Potiphar was away, his wife wanted to lay with Joseph, but he ran out of his coat, because he didn’t want his master’s wife. Boaz was the husband of Ruth, (Ruth 4:13). Please read the 2nd and 3rd chapters to see if God gave her to him or if he chose her. Solomon, who received great wisdom from God, had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. Know for sure, God didn’t give him all those women; he chose them on his own! Even though he wrote many proverbs, such as Proverbs18:22: “Whosoever findeth a wife findeth a good thing.” These men all got their own wife. It was typical for Kings to have more than one (which didn’t make it right) but note all the men mentioned didn’t have multiple wives.

Even Moses had a wife. We can consider one of his writings in which he spoke of divorce in Deuteronomy 24:1-2: “ If a man finds uncleanness in his wife he can write her a bill of divorcement and she can go and be another man’s wife.” Nevertheless, Jesus did not support this teaching as said in the New Testament. According to Mark 10:2-12, the Pharisee asked if is were lawful for a man to put away his wife by divorcing her? Jesus answered because their heart was hard Moses allowed such acts to be performed. But, from the beginning of creation, God established a husband and wife as one flesh, and commanded that the institution of marriage should not be torn asunder.

Jesus spoke in the book of Luke 16:18: “Whosoever put away his wife and marrieth another commit adultery and whosoever marrieth her that is divorced commits adultery.” The Apostle Paul spoke on the subject as well in 1Corinthians 6:9 when he declared that “The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” He went on to describe adultery as an unrighteous act. In response to the church at Corinth, he wrote the following:

“Now concerning the things you wrote unto me: it is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless to avoid fornication let every man have his own wife” (1 Corinthian 7:1), not someone else’s wife. And if you do break up, because he was abusive or he went out on you and was unfaithful, you still have to remain unmarried according to 1 Corinthians 7:10-11: “Unto the married I command let not the wife depart from her husband but and if she depart let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.”

So please understand us, all we are doing is quoting the Bible and note what is written is written. And if you dispute Paul’s writing, bear in mind that we will be judged by what Paul taught (Romans 2:16).

Here are scriptures on how to keep your marriage. Take a look at how God treated the church in Ephesians 5:25: “ Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for it.” If we would treat our spouse, like we want to be treated, we’d do so much better.

“Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise the wife unto the husband.” (1Corinthians 7:3)

“Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord husbands, love your wives and be not bitter against them.” (Colossians3:18-19)

Let’s not make it a habit of finding fault in your marriage, or looking at someone else, because everybody relationship is not the same.

In conclusion, we find in Hebrews 13:4: “Marriage is honorable in all and the bed is undefiled but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”