2012 Blog Posts
Restoring a Biblical View of Marriage.
This is an invitation to sign our Marriage Declaration and an explanation of our new Marriage Initiative.
Marriage and the Gospel
The fundamental relationship between Christ and his church is a marriage relationship. When our understanding of human marriage falters, so does our understanding of our relationship with Christ. Reference is make to Sarah Hinlicky Wilson's article in the September 2012 issue of Christianity Today.
Cutting Through the Fog on Marriage
The popular view of marriage reduces it to the emotion of "love". That view has serious consequences in society. It motivates same-sex marriage advocacy. It also undergirds the growing polyamory movement of multi-partners. Nick Cassavetes' new movie Yellow favorable portrays incest. Cassavetes told an interviewer that the movie is all about "lov[ing] who you want." This redefinition of marriage as merely "love" has also impacted mainstream couples. It is one reason the US divorce rate is now among the highest in the world. A biblical view of marriage certainly reflects a loving relationship, as did many OT marriages. But, the marriage covenant is based on more than fleeting passions. Marriage is God's act, not ours. It is God who unites one man and one woman in a lifelong bond as "one flesh." It is God who sustains the marriage.
Diettrick Bonhoeffer wrote to his sister as she was about to marry, "It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, it is the marriage that sustains your love. God makes your marriage indissoluble. 'What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder.' God joins you together in marriage; it is his act, not yours."