Marriage Truth and Tradition     Download PDF

Marriage is when a husband and wife have become one flesh.

Wedding Vows are not found in the Bible!

(Traditions of men and not of God; Wedding Vows)

The vows that I have heard sound much like Peter when he told Jesus he would not deny him – Peter failed and so do many marriages.

And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. Mark 10: 8

Look at the context of these three situations

  • Deuteronomy 22: 22   married - not a virgin
  • Deuteronomy 22: 23-24  virgin they are husband and wife - not yet married
  • Deuteronomy 24: 1 a wife then married

Living together becomes marriage Deuteronomy 22: 28-29

Deuteronomy 24: 1- 2 divorce and remarriage allowed

1 Timothy 4: 1-3 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

Then they understood …beware … of the doctrine of the Pharisees - Sadducees. Matthew 16: 12

Just as I was saying in my heart…

Matthew 15: 6 ... Thus you have made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

Matthew 15: 9 …, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Legislated marriage)

Legislated marriage… is something new in United States - nine states still recognize the common law marriage.

Some people are offended at man-made traditions that others impose to follow – having nothing to do with the word of God.  (Religious self-righteousness ways) Matthew 15: 9

Jesus says whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again Jesus says that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father, which is in heaven. Matthew_18:18_19

A valid common law marriage in Texas is where a man and woman become husband and wife without getting a marriage license and having a marriage ceremony. Once established, a common law marriage has the same legal effect as a ceremonial marriage.

1 Corinthians 7: 9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

2 Corinthians 3: 6 …; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.

Can we move on from broken relationships, divorces, and allow God to do a new thing in our life?

Matthew 6: 14-15 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

To have a common law marriage in the state, you must do three things:

(1)     Agree to be married Matthew 18:18-19

(2)   Live together as husband and wife, and

(3)   Told others (hold yourselves out) that you are married.

In What Ways Do People “Hold Themselves Out” as Married? Simply put, by telling others that they are married. Examples of telling other people you are married include:

• Introducing yourselves as a married couple; or

• Doing something that made people think you were married, like signing credit applications as a married couple.

Even if you said that you were married only one time, you can meet this requirement.

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