What the Bible says about marriage is clear, definitive and unchanging.one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The Scriptures' teaching on marriage is not negotiable. We stake our lives upon the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Marriage is the greatest relationship (Other than with God)and is a holy relationship between Husband, Wife, and God. That a man and woman may be one before God, and to the world. It is not a perfect relationship, for as man and woman we do and will make mistakes.
God directs us in how to have a great and joyful marriage.
Marriage is intended by God to be a lifelong fruitful relationship exemplifying unconditional love, reconciliation, sexual purity, and growth between a man and a woman. Marriage is a vow to God, to each other, our families and our community to remain steadfast in unconditional love, reconciliation and sexual purity, while purposefully growing in our covenant marriage relationship.
The term "covenant" means "a coming together." In the Bible, the word covenant is translated in Hebrew over 300 times!
The meaning of the Old Testament word is bond; a covenant refers to two or more parties bound together. The New Testament term has usually been translated as covenant, but testimony and testament have also been used. The generally accepted idea of binding or establishing a bond between two parties carries with it the concept of "cleaving," or sticking together like Super Glue!
A marriage is an eternal commitment with God. People can negotiate out of contracts, but not out of a covenant. The heart of covenant marriage is "the steadfast love of the Lord," which comes from the very heart of God and "never ceases" (Lam. 3:22, RSV).
Covenant partners take responsibility for their actions. As partners in a covenant marriage relationship, we are responsible for our actions. An example would be to remain "sexually pure" in our thoughts and actions towards our spouse.
Covenants are based on freedom of choice. Covenant marriages are not built on coercion, deceit, and manipulation. Wives, submission is freely given and grows from respect, not fear and manipulation. In like manner, husband, choose daily to love your wife "as Christ loved the church." You must freely choose to love and honor her in spite of the fact that you may not "feel" like loving and honoring her for as long as you both shall live.
Covenants are rooted in actions based on choices, not feelings. Our feelings are forever fluctuating. Therefore to build a covenant marriage on feelings is to build it on shifting sand, which cannot support the foundation of marriage.
Covenant partners nurture their relationship. Our marriage will grow as we build up one another in love. This takes place when we value our spouse more than ourselves. As we experience the unconditional love of Jesus Christ, we are able to love our spouse as He loves us. Covenant partners administer unconditional love, forgiveness, and reconciliation while providing comfort and hope to their partner.
Covenants are based on commitments freely offered. A covenant is built on selfless love, freely given and freely received. As strange as it may sound, a covenant marriage is one in which the "tie that binds" the couple together is a commitment freely offered with no strings attached. Paul said it well: "Love never fails" (1 Corinthians 13:8).
Are you ready to commit yourself to someone for as long as you both shall live?
Are you prepared to say:
I give myself to thee,
How may I serve you?
What can I give you?
I’ll give you 100% plus.
I want to be only with you forever
While we affirm our love for all people, including those struggling with same-sex attractions or confused about their biological identity as male or female, we cannot and will not affirm the moral acceptability of homosexual behavior or any other behavior that deviates from God's design for males and females made in His image, including His plan for marriage.
We believe religious freedom is at stake with this critical decision. Consequently,
we join together to support those who stand for natural marriage in the corporate world,
the marketplace, education, entertainment, media and elsewhere with our prayers,
influence, and resources.
Regardless of what the Supreme Court rules, our first duty is to love and obey God, not man. Therefore, we strongly encourage all pastors, leaders, educators, and churches to openly reject any mandated legal redefinition of marriage and to use their influence to affirm God's design.
Consequently, we will not accept, nor adhere to, any legal redefinition of marriage issued by any political or judicial body including the United States Supreme Court.
We will not recognize same-sex "marriages", our churches will not host same-sex ceremonies, and we will not perform such ceremonies.
South Carolina Wedding Chapel, Inc
Pastor Jay Randolph
3 Laurel Lane
Georgetown, MA 01833
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