Family

Marriage

Marriage, a sacred institution of creation’s design, is between a man and a woman, to freely express, practice, learn, maintain, and model love and faith for Christ, the couple, their children, relatives, friends, and community’s sake.
Mt 19:3-12

Love never falls.
1 Co 13:8

Marriage is for life.
Mt 19:8-9 1 Co 7:10-11

God condemns divorce, as antithetical to faith.
Mal 2:14-16; Mt 19:4-12; Mk 10:2-9; 1 Co 7:10-13

God in Christ exposes the cause of divorce as hardheartedness.
Mt 19:8; Mk 10:5

Reconciliation and reunification is required of a couple separated or divorced. 1 Co 7:11, Co 3:13-15

Remarriage to another further hardens the heart and defiles the soul.
De 24:1f, De 24:3-4; Je 3:1; Mt 5:32; 19:9; Mk 10:11-12; Lu 16:18; 1 Co 7:11

Fornication acted out is the only instance in which a wronged believer may lawfully divorce his or her spouse since fornication, although immorally, affects a new one-flesh union belonging exclusively within marriage. Mt 5:32, 19:9; 1 Co 6:16

When the divorcer is not a believer, no marital obligations remain for the divorced believer. This passage neither teaches nor supports desertion as a biblical or moral ground for divorce or remarriage.
1 Co 7:15

Notice in contrast to the above that many unbiblical churches’ invent laws, (legalisms), allowing divorce and remarriage with little or no regard for the inevitably damaging consequences.

De 22:13-19; 28-29

Is 50:1; Je 3:8

Family Life Instructions

Ep 5:21        Subordinate to one another in fear of Christ,

Ep 5:22        the wives to their own husbands as to the Lord,

Ep 5:23        because husband is head of the wife as also the Christ head of the church, He Savior of the body;

Ep 5:24        but as the church subordinates to the Christ, thus also the wives to the husbands in everything.

Ep 5:25        The husbands, love the wives, just as also the Christ loved the church and gave Himself over for her,

Ep 5:26        that her He would sanctify, cleansed by the washing of the water in word,

Ep 5:27        that He would present to Himself glorious the church, not having spot or wrinkle or anything like these, but that she would be holy and unblemished.

Ep 5:28        Thus ought the husbands love their own wives as their own bodies. One loving his own wife loves himself.

Ep 5:29        For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes her, just as also the Christ the church,

Ep 5:30        since we are part of His body.

Ep 5:31        Against this, a man shall leave father and mother and conjoin with his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.

Ep 5:32        This mystery is great; I so say in Christ and in the church.

Ep 5:33        Only also you, those to a one, each his own wife, thus love as himself, the wife also, that she would fear the husband.

Ep 6:1          The children, obey your parents; for this is right.

Ep 6:2          Honor your father and mother, the which is the first commandment with a promise,

Ep 6:3          that it should be well with you and you will be a long-time upon the earth.

Ep 6:4          Also the fathers, anger not your children, rather nourish them with training and instruction from the Lord.

Example of a Danger to Family

Abortion is a euphemism, a good or at least better-sounding word for murder. Civil societies which legalize abortion do so against the moral law and commandment of God. All who have chosen or supported another in the choice to murder a child should, according to biblical moral and civil law, receive the death penalty for this evil. Societies which do not practice this justice err. Those left free by this injustice should repent (change one’s mind), confess this evil, and pray that God would forgive this sin and minimize the effects of this family curse in the lives of other family members affected.