What we believe and teach

- Marriage -

 

 

God took one of the man’s ribs and made a woman from it and brought her to the man and He said: “A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh”. Therefore marriage was established by God.

A Christian man must marry a Christian woman and not an unbelieving woman because we are not allowed to be yoked together with unbelievers: light has no communion with darkness.

The husband must love his wife just as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify her and present her to Himself a glorious Church, a holy and blameless Church. The husband must dwell with his wife with understanding, giving honor to his wife as to the weaker vessel, that his prayers may not be hindered. The wife must submit to her own husband in everything, just as the Church submits to Christ, and she must respect her husband; so she is not permitted to have authority over her husband.

Husband and wife must procreate and they must be willing to accept from the hand of God all the children God has decided to give to them; so they must not hinder conception. The fruit of the womb is a reward. Abortion is a murder, therefore we reject it. We are against medically assisted procreation, for it is an unnatural procreation.

Children must be brought up in the training and admonition of the Lord, they must not be provoked to wrath, lest they become discouraged. Children must obey their parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to God.

Husband and wife are bound by the law to one another as long as both of them are alive, therefore the bond of matrimony is dissolved only by the death of one of them. If the wife commits fornication, the husband can put away his wife but he can’t remarry. Whoever puts away his wife and marries another woman, commits adultery. (If a believing husband is left by his unbelieving wife for she is no more willing to live with him, and he marries another woman, he commits adultery). If, while her husband lives, the woman marries another man, she commits adultery. If divorce and remarriage took place before conversion, then the two must remain with God in that state in which they were called. One who divorced and remarried before his conversion cannot become a pastor, nor an elder and nor a deacon.

Widows and widowers are free to marry. A widow should be put on the list of widows if she is over sixty, if she has been the wife of one man, well reported for good works, if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every good work.

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge fornicators and adulterers.

A man can remain unmarried if he has this gift from the Lord. But if he has not received this gift, let him marry because it is better to marry than to burn with passion. Celibacy must not be imposed on anyone; it must be a free choice. He who gives his daughter in marriage does right, but he who does not give her in marriage does even better. Anyone who forbids people to marry teaches a doctrine of demons.

 

 

 

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