Thursday, May 10, 2012

As Citizens; vote your preference. As Christians; Clean Your OWN House!





Yes, I am also unhappy with what the United States is doing in regard to defining marriage.


Yes, I am glad that many are working politically against the trend of redefinition. Vote! Lovingly and faithfully express your political opinion.




But I want to ask you: How many 'signs of the times' do you need before you can predict the final destination? Why believe that a secular nation will care about what God has said? It is time for the remnant to own the responsibility of teaching the truth of God to their own family. It is time for the remnant to put significant effort into preparing their own to endure with faithfulness and love the times that will come.




It is time for the church (ecclesia) to actually 'come out' of the world; and this is clearly seen as the world does not want your influence. The United States of America is NOT the Kingdom of God. Faithful Christians are citizens of the Kingdom first. 


Christians are still free to emphasize God’s purpose of marriage. Why wait until the concept of ‘marriage’ is further maimed within our culture? Perhaps we could equip our congregations with what is right in God’s eyes whether the culture ever agrees or not.


I wonder, should we ignore the need for our young people to know about God’s purpose of marriage? Perhaps you do not ‘feel’ a need to set the whole culture right. Can’t we try to equip the next generation with the truth of God?


So I am putting up a ‘model’; a ‘work in progress’, of what could be said as part of the wedding ceremony. I am looking to others to give improvements.


This post is only about constructing the words of a wedding ceremony that is faithful to the Words of God.


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Hello Everyone,


We are gathered here, in the presence of God, as witnesses to what is about to take place. We are here to see and hear the commitment that {Groom} and {Bride} are making in this public setting.


{Groom} and {Bride} are entering into a covenant with God and each other, to live together as husband and wife, with the presence of God, Himself, as the primary blessing of their union.


While American marriage is little more than a social contract; Christian marriage is a Covenant first, and a contract second. The Covenant is major, and binding for their lifetimes. The contract is legally binding, but far less meaningful. Only wickedness or death will break the Covenant. They are about to commit themselves to God and one another for the rest of their lives. This is a holy moment.


{Prayer}  “Holy God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, Judge of All Mankind, we come before you in humility and faith in your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, to ask for your blessing upon {Groom} and {Bride}. They have faith in You, and give themselves entirely to you, knowing that you will lead them throughout their lives; through better times and worse, though richer or poorer, through sickness and health, ‘till death do they part, or the Lord Jesus Christ, returns.”


“We acknowledge our sins before you though we cannot fathom how terrible they are. We thank you for your gracious gift of forgiveness through Christ’s blood, shed on the cross. We hope to live eternal life in your presence, through the resurrection of Christ from the dead, and through your Holy Spirit living in us.”


{Groom}, do you take {Bride} to be your Christian wife, to love her as Christ loved the church, to give yourself up for her, to encourage her growth in Christlikeness, to lead your family in the holy spiritual priorities of:  personal repentance, personal humility, confession of your own sin, willingness to forgive, Christian love, and continuous meaningful discipleship under the leadership of God’s Holy Word and Holy Spirit?


{Groom} “I agree, and I will do it!”


{Bride}, do you take {Groom} to be your Christian husband, to submit to him as to the Lord, as the church itself submits to Christ, to encourage his growth in Christlikeness, to lead in the holy spiritual priorities of:  personal repentance, personal humility, confession of your own sin, willingness to forgive, Christian love, and continuous meaningful discipleship under the leadership of God’s Holy Word and the Holy Spirit?


{Bride} “I agree, and I will do it!”


{Groom}, if you are committed to this action, then repeat after me; “{Bride}, with this ring, I pledge my life and love, and enter this marriage covenant with God and you, in the name of the Father, and Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”


{Bride}, if you are committed to this action, then repeat after me; “{Groom}, with this ring, I pledge my life and love, and enter this marriage covenant with God and you, in the name of the Father, and Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”


Since {Groom} and {Bride} have freely entered into a marriage covenant before all of you, you are asked to pray for them and encourage them to remain faithful to their commitments to God and each other.


{Prayer} “Sovereign Lord, you have entered into covenant with your children, {Groom, first name} and {Bride, first name}, we ask in Jesus’ name that you seal this covenant, and bless them abundantly, that your love* may abound in them more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that they may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to your own Glory and Praise. Amen”


According to our Lord’s own word; “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Amen, and Amen.


Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you {Husband and Wife, named as they desire}.


{To husband}, You may modestly kiss the bride.


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Again, this is only a first ‘model’, I welcome your suggestions.


It is all worthy of thought.


*Philippians 1:9-11

3 comments:

  1. Robert I MastersMay 10, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    Jerry,
    The problem I see with your post is stated in the very first few paragraphs.

    I disagree that we are a secular nation.Like Dr James Kennedy asked what if we were a Christian nation again?
    We are called to have dominion....see here.
    This speech by Nebraska coach Ron Brown
    http://tinyurl.com/83jnwxh

    From the Southern Baptist Geneva

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  2. Robert,

    Perhaps we are using different definitions. I will try and clarify what I mean.

    To be called 'Christian' is the highest praise that can be laid upon a man or a portion of mankind.

    Those who are 'Christian' repent of sin and apathy toward Jesus Christ. Christians maintain a humble and repentant attitude before their Lord, their King, their Creator.

    Christians love the truth of God and rejoice in the truth of God. Christians want to glorify Jesus Christ, know what Jesus knows, teach what Jesus teaches and live as Jesus lives.

    I am not a witness to what the United States was before I was born. But I am a witness to the trends that are apparent within our government and culture. What I see is apathy toward the Christ and apostasy (a falling away) from the truth of God. Further, the truth of God is suppressed intentionally.

    I don't think the praise, 'Christian', is fitting for the United States.

    As the trends of apostasy continue, faithful Christian leaders will increasingly focus on preparing fellow Christians to live in our secular nation.

    In part, the purpose of this post is to focus on such preparation. As an example: The national political struggle over defining marriage as between a man and a woman falls far short of defining Christian marriage. What will our children believe about marriage? Let's not let the distracting nature of the secular conflict interfere with the priority of the Spiritual nurture of the people of God.

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  3. CSIMIN: You are welcome to use whatever you find on this blog that is helpful.

    The book; "The Most Excellent Way", will be a good place to look.

    God bless you.

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