Resolution on Lawful Marriage

  • Posted on: 10 June 2021
  • By: admin

 

Resolution on lawful marriage approved by Covenant session at its 5/18/21 meeting
 
In an attempt to clarify and apply the meaning of the Confession’s affirmation that believers should marry “only in the Lord,” the Session of Covenant Presbyterian Church adopts the following statement: “The marriage of a believer to an unbeliever, being strictly forbidden by Scripture (1 Cor. 7:39; 2 Cor. 6:14), is to be determined by the following criteria: actual marriage or pre-marriage, romantically-involved relationships with persons not  having made a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ (Prov. 5:8; Matt. 10:32; 1 Cor. 15:33), not having received Christian baptism (Matt. 28:18; Acts 2:39-41), and not an active member of a Christian congregation (Acts 2:47; Heb. 10:25).  We believe these three components are absolutely necessary for anyone to be considered a “Christian” in the biblical sense of the word.  We wholeheartedly reaffirm chapter 24, paragraph 3 in our Confession as setting forth the biblical parameters for “marrying in the Lord, and we encourage all our families to consider carefully these statements for themselves and for their children, especially those of marriageable age.  We believe these criteria will preserve the purity of Christ’s church, prevent spiritual weakness in our members, and glorify our Savior, the King, Head, and only Lawgiver of his people.  Careful training of our covenant children in the Scripture’s teaching on this subject, combined with a winsome example of happy, Christian marriages and the presentation of the wisdom of Scripture on this issue, and energized by faith in the word and promises of God, will assist our young people to avoid ‘entangling alliances’ with the world and discourage them from bringing shame to the name of Jesus Christ by marrying outside of his covenant blessings.  Given the seriousness and frequency of the Bible’s warnings against romantic involvement and intermarriage with unbelievers, as well as the dangerous temptation to this sin that we face in a secular culture, we affirm our Confession’s teaching that this sin is a potential disciplinary offense.  It is our prayer that our young people will trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to bring them a faithful Christian spouse in his providence and according to his promises. (originally approved in 2008; updated 2021)