Why Do We Have Wedding Ceremonies Anyway?

Most people who marry do not even give it a thought. They go about their way making plans and choosing colors, outfits, programs, etc. But have you ever stopped to think why people bother going through the process? You may think that it’s always been done, but the truth is wedding ceremonies of modern times are not from the oldest times. Every culture has its way of joining a couple in matrimony. But what is the underlying reason we have public, social ceremonies?

Typically, the most common denominator of a marriage ceremony is what goes on after all the other social exercises; the honeymoon night. It may seem a little graphic, but if the bride and groom never consummate the wedding, it can be annulled with no issues what so ever. In some cultures, the proof that a bride saved herself for marriage was her consummated bedding. The evidence was indisputable that she had never done the act that was accepted to be reserved for child bearing and marital expressions of love and commitment. The parents of the bride would even keep that “token” as proof that their daughter was never married nor acted married with another man. That was the wedding or marriage ceremony for ages.

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Fast forward to modern times, we see a slightly different reason. Except for a few places throughout the world, chastity is no longer a prerequisite for marriage, so out goes the “token” of virginity. Now, we use the event as a witnessing of the uniting of two souls. No one can deny a public wedding ritual. It gives undeniable proof of intent to marry. It also builds a bond between the couple. They both take part in the union and the focus is squarely on the two of them. Both may be equally nervous, thereby, forming a memorable mental connection. It is also a gathering of the two families in a formal setting. Many of the relatives may never be seen again. So this shows a willingness to come together and support both family’s endeavor to bond as one.

Weddings are a joyous time. Hence the desire to share in the happiness that the couple have with each other. They want to extend that to others. That’s why the majority of weddings are free to the attendees and all festivities are fed and treated as important as the bridal party; because they are. Wedding ceremonies also give everyone the chance to verbally express themselves without feeling awkward. Many emotional words in the form of songs, poems, and vows are said. They are somewhat of a public covenant spoken aloud by the bride and groom. Everyone gets to see and hear what is in the heart of the couple toward each other. It is why more and more people are opting to film their ceremony. Not as a witness to their union, but to hear those beautiful heart felt words that were said to each other. This is why it is important that you always keep communication going, but also take the time to give a token of words to remind your life mate how yo feel. This is why we give a card with a gift. We want the receiver to know why we gave the gift and where it is coming from in our heart. Nothing can convey that better than words.

Source by Tim L Taylor

The Seriousness of Marriage Vows

Before we discuss marriage vows let us first take a look at marriage. Marriage is a covenant or a binding agreement between a man and a woman where they commit to love and live with each other. It is a covenant that is made before God and people. It is therefore a sacred and legal institution and is to be both monogamous and permanent. According to the Bible, the first marriage occurred between Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The seriousness of that relationship is evidenced in Genesis 2:24, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh (NIV).”

The above represents God’s ideal but society clearly demonstrates that there is often a discrepancy between God’s ideal and reality. Divorce and strained relationships characterize many marriages today. What was meant to be an intimate and fulfilling relationship has become something of a horror story for a number of people.

I want to identify some of the factors that contribute to this problem. Human nature tends not to be altruistic and it is not long before selfishness surfaces in marriage. One person or both become motivated by self-interests and the relationship suffers accordingly. Some individuals come into marriage with idealistic and unrealistic expectations. Sooner than later they realize that their picture of perfection is anything but. A chief problem is lack of commitment. Marriage, in order to survive and do well, needs two individuals that are committed to each other in spite of internal and external factors.

We are products of our society and diminishing value is placed on keeping one’s word and truth. Additionally, our society has an over-preoccupation with sex and pleasure. Both women and men are victims of this outlook but perhaps the greatest damage is done to women who really are looking for emotional intimacy but instead are treated as sexual objects. The pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification (as opposed to delayed gratification) often leads to a lack of responsibility. As a Christian and a pastor, my biggest concern is the lack of reverence for God. Sadly, some Christians who made a covenant before God are willing to discard that covenant when the marriage experiences difficulties.

For some people, the solution is not to get married at all. However, marriage is a beautiful institution established by God that can result in personal and emotional fulfillment. I have been married for just over twelve years and my life is richer for the experience. In fact, the only decision that has been more important than getting married has been accepting Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Although some marriages end in divorce, the good news is that most marriages can be restored. Ruined marriages have negative impacts on children, family, friends, finances and on other things. Those who think that leaving a husband/wife for another person is rewarding need to consider that the failure rate for second marriages is higher than for first marriages and third time marriages are even worse.

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There can be variety in the marriage vows and some people even make up their own. Traditional vows typically include words like love, honor, cherish, protect, forsaking all others, holding only to her, to have and to hold in sickness and in health for richer or poorer. Such words are powerful if we are prepared to live them out. The marriage vows, therefore, are not trivial words recited in a ceremony but should be a philosophy that governs the marriage.

Marriage involves love. Love is a commitment to another person. It is a decision to care for someone else. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 gives characteristics of love which include patience, kindness, selflessness, forgiveness, truth, trust and perseverance. Love is also an emotion. People talk about being in love and there is a certain euphoria attached to that statement.

However, true love is to be distinguished from lust and infatuation. Lust is when the primary motivation for the relationship is sex. Many newly weds can attest that sex is a big part of the relationship. Sex alone cannot produce a committed and balanced relationship. Infatuation is that in love experience that drives people to do all kinds of crazy things in marriage. It typically lasts for about two years. The couple must then decide if to break up or to allow true love to grow and blossom. Both lust and infatuation are selfish behaviors that actually prevent healthy relationships from developing.

Marriage also requires us to honor our spouse. We are to treat him or her with respect and not be rude or demeaning. The Bible encourages Christians to honor others above themselves, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3 NIV). Synonyms for the word cherish include treasure, appreciate and take pleasure in. Our spouse has value. Apart from God, my wife is the most important person to me. She came before my children and unless death occurs, she will be there after the children have moved out of the house. The Bible says that we are one flesh which prompted the apostle Paul to write, “In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies” (Ephesians 5:28).

We have a responsibility to protect our spouse from every form of attack whether physical, verbal or otherwise. In history, and I’m by no means defending this, men dueled to defend the honor of a wife. Jesus described the greatest love of all where a person is willing to sacrifice his life for another as He did on the cross for man’s redemption (John 15:13). Although we typically think of men as the protectors, some women can be fierce protectors. It is an insult to your marriage vows when for example you allow your parents to verbally humiliate your spouse.

In our overly sexualized culture, having multiple partners is nothing big. Even in an age of HIV/AIDS, such behavior is still prevalent. It is even possible to have secret affairs via internet chat rooms and pornographic websites. There are also affairs that don’t fit the typical mould such as emotional affairs that stop just short of physical intimacy. Marriage vows require that we forsake all others and be committed to our spouse in body and soul. Jesus raised the ante when He said, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28 NIV). We are to forsake all others and hold only to her or to him. Very few things are as beautiful as the marriage of childhood sweethearts.

The marriage vows call for commitment in spite of negative or positive circumstances. It’s easy to remain married when things are going well but how do we respond when problems surface. Do we pull away from our spouse? Do we head to the lawyer, cursing saying that he/she is not going to get a cent of my money, the property or the children? It is the ability to overcome challenges that make us better people and strengthens our marriage.

Marital vows have no magical quality. Without commitment on the part of both persons, they can easily become meaningless rhetoric. I want to challenge you to honor your marriage vows. Keep these points in mind. Recognize that neither you nor your spouse is perfect. In light of this, learn to forgive your spouse when he or she makes a mistake or does something to hurt you. Remember to appreciate your spouse. There was a reason why you chose to marry this particular person. Generally, you have a good man or a good woman. If you can fall out of love, you can also fall back in. Love is not simply about feeling but is definitely about commitment. Determine that you will love and be faithful to your spouse until you die. Discard the word divorce from your personal dictionary. It is not an option; many times it is just a cop out.

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Go over your vows with your spouse or choose a fresh set of vows if you can’t remember what the original ones were. Write them down, laminate them, frame them, put them somewhere visible to remind you of the seriousness of your commitment. Along with this, it would be good to renew your vows. This is like getting married all over again except to the same person. I would even encourage you to have a honeymoon after the renewal. Keep passion and romance alive. Leave the kids at home or with a babysitter and have a date night. Additionally, keep things sizzling in the bedroom. I remember an anecdote where a child asked her grandmother how old do you have to be to stop having sex. The grandmother told her, “Child, you going to have to ask somebody older because I’m not there yet.”

Take immediate steps to save your marriage if problems are developing. Talk to a pastor/priest, counselor, a trusted friend or someone that is in a position to listen to you and offer good advice. The danger is when you wait too late. You see symptoms but you do nothing to remedy the sickness that is destroying your marriage. Also, take a look at yourself. The problem isn’t just the other person. Learn to talk about everything. The three main problems in marriage are communication, sex and money.

As a Christian and a pastor, I want to encourage you to invite the Lord Jesus Christ into your marriage. God was the one who instituted marriage and He is able to strengthen and preserve yours. Marriage vows are serious. To violate them is to violate a covenant before God and man and with your spouse. I pray that this article will challenge you to rethink and recommit to your vows.

Source by Edison D Bynoe

Christian Marriage Without License and Common Law Marriage: What’s the Difference?

A Christian couple who marry without a state marriage license are contracting a valid and legal marriage that even the state recognizes if certain conditions are met.

While most states no longer recognize common law marriages when it comes to claims made on child custody and property after the couple terminates the relationship…this legal position has come about fairly recently.

Common law relationships were recognized in many states even in the late twentieth century in the famous, or infamous, palimony suits brought by celebrities, among others.

In a palimony suit, a couple cohabiting in a consummated relationship for a significant number of years, did have legal claims on each others’ property if the relationship ended. Judicial involvement in the adjudication of such claims indirectly acknowledged the validity of common law marriage. Most states simply no longer recognize palimony claims.

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In a Christian marriage without license, the situation is different.

In common law marriage the couple only had to mutually agree to live a life consummated as man and wife. And that was that. After a few years in such a relationship, claims to property took on some legal weight.

In a Christian marriage without license, the couple agrees to live as husband and wife but, unlike the common law marriage, which is a private contract, the Christian couple solemnizes the marriage in public, in front of witnesses. And that makes all the difference.

The marriage is then recorded, along with the names of the witnesses, in the Family Bible.

A Family Bible is a legally admissible document verifying the facts recorded in it.

When the marriage is solemnized by being witnessed in public and recorded in a legally competent way, the state recognizes the marriage contracted without a state license.

The common law marriage is not necessarily witnessed or recorded anywhere.

A state license to marry, creates a privilege that does not exist in unlicensed marriages.

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In common law marriage and Christian marriage without license, there are only TWO parties to the marriage. In a state licensed marriage, there are THREE parties to the marriage contract; the two spouses and the state along with all relevant statutes and regulations.

The state law controls the couple’s relationship, the education of any children, and the acquisition and disposition of any property the couple acquires or divests. For Christians such state control may at times be in serious conflict with God’s law and would therefore replace God’s law with man-made law.

You can learn more about the interface between church and state and how they are at times incompatible at the link below.

Source by Thomas Drummond

Considering the Wedding Wording

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. I did receive, and read, the wedding ceremony you sent me. It is important to consider what is being said at your service, especially the vows made. We all know how easily and disastrously human beings break their promises. Be assured, a spiritual perspective of the ceremony does allow humanity to mirror a committed satisfying marriage, blessed by what you call Christ. And, here is my input for consideration.

Your wedding vows include the statement, “Friends…The covenant of marriage was established by God, who created us male and female for each other.” Honestly, this wording is outdated. The covenant of marriage was established by human beings, not by God.

A forward-looking vow is, “Friends…The covenant of marriage was established by inspired humanity as an opportunity to be God-like, to be ‘male and female.'” (Gen. 1:27) Successful marriages indicate spiritual oneness and an ever advancing love. There is a mutual respect of each person’s wholeness. This understanding even removes the naive pun about a “better half” because we are not half a person needing each other.

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Wasted promises and failed marriages come from the classic mistake of presuming Adam and Eve are our parents instead of God. Identifying people with neediness is a downward spiral game where everyone loses. Basically, the story of Adam and Eve was given only as a learning tool for humanity, to jolt consciousness alive to the fact of spiritual completeness, love, and unity. We are spiritual beings, created by God, Spirit. Spiritual beings already exist as stated in the first chapter of Genesis.

Throughout history, the status-quo of marriage has been over-rated and therefore, undermined. A relationship can’t be validated by the assumption we are male or female, requiring a mate. Marriage is not the source of faithfulness, spiritual unity and growth. Matrimony is an instrument by which we can demonstrate faithfulness, family, forgiveness, and happiness. And absolutely, a single person who decides not to marry is also completely capable to demonstrate and feel family, love, and goodness by means of some other instrument such as work or hobby. Christ Jesus said, “When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.” (Mark 12:25) Do we want to be dead? Or, do we want to be alive? Do we believe, and furthermore act as though, the resurrection happened on this plane of existence?

It can’t be said in one breath that a marriage is Christian, and yet in another breath said that people are male or female created for each other. Christ is spiritual being. Effort is made to be like Christ whether single or partnered. Christian relationships can’t be restricted to the human invention of marriage. Your Christ must be inclusive, ongoing, big, in order to truly bless your marriage.

The big picture is required to be seen. Paul wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28) This was said again to jolt consciousness awake to the fact that people can’t join together the base characteristics of chauvinism, sexism, weakness, and emotionalism pigeonholed to sexuality. The negative qualities we pin on males or females need to fade because they are no part of Christ. The positive images exhibited by people-whether defined as male or female-are reflected by each of us. The united goodness God established can never be separated by mortals no matter how hard we try with divorce, division, and hate.

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See your wedding ceremony as secondary to God’s ever advancing love which does hold us all in oneness and faith. We are each complete and joined together as an expression of infinite Being. Spiritual consideration will continue. Words will be renewed. Promises will be kept. Character will improve. Good habits will be secured. Love will be known indescribable. That is God’s covenant with us. Commit to Love and be committed to one another.

Source by Cheryl Petersen

The Meaning of the Marital Covenant

The human historical drama of The Bible has fascinated scholars for centuries and there is no shortage of interpretations. The most amazing thing is perhaps how easily it will lend us the perfect perspective through which to examine and evaluate modern issues and problems. One very powerful metaphor that runs throughout both the new and the old testaments is the radical way in which God establishes a covenant with his people. Through an examination of the covenantal promises of God himself, we find the perfect examples by which to evaluate the meaning of the term “covenant” in the marital union.

God’s Covenant with Abraham In the book of Genesis God makes the amazing promise to give Abram (who together with his wife Sarai had given up on having their own children) that he will be blessed with descendants as numerous as the stars in heaven. Even further, “on that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, ‘to your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates.'” (Gen 15:18). Interestingly, both Abram and Sarai are shortly thereafter referred to as Abraham and Sarah, thus signifying the change in identity that occurs as a result of entering into a covenantal bond.

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The symbolism of the rite of covenant that God enters into with Abraham speaks volumes about the true meaning of covenantal promises. Following God’s directions, Abram slaughters a three year old heifer, a she-goat, and a ram, setting their pieces apart from each other. Shortly after, Abram goes into a “deep sleep.” “Then the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking firepot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces.” (Gen 15:17). According to the Navarre Bible, there is an ancient rite (cf. Jer 34:18) whereby “the action of the two parties–passing between the pieces of the victims–indicated a readiness to be similarly cut in pieces if one were guilty of breaking the pact” (pp. 96-97). In this scene, God, represented by the flaming torch, gives us a supernatural example of the meaning of the word “covenant” as he passes between the pieces to ratify his promise. From this example, a covenant, such as that which is taken between two spouses, then, is much more than a legal contract–it is the total offering of oneself with the other. What a different world we might live in if spouses were to take their vows so seriously.

Another great example of what the call to “holiness” in matrimony really means is given by Saint Paul in his letter to the Ephesians. In an effort to delve deeper into the mystical relationship between Christ and the Church, he offers the metaphor in which husbands and wives are part of a “one flesh” union whereby the man is the “head” and the woman is the “body.” He begins by exhorting spouses to “be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Speaking to wives he states “be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord.” And then comes the powerful call to “husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Eph 5:21-25). Saint Paul himself refers to this covenantal relationship as a “great mystery.” (Eph 5:32). Personally, I always wondered what Saint Jose Maria Escrivá, a prolific Catholic writer and the founder of Opus Dei who was canonized on October 6, 2002, meant when he would say quite simply: “Be a man!” This passage from Ephesians seems to make it quite clear.

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In this short article, the examples of God’s covenant with Abraham and Saint Paul’s exhortation to a condition of heart between husbands and wives that is selfless and “holy without blemish” (Eph 5:27) has been used to demonstrate the biblical sense of the word covenant and how it relates to the covenantal promise between spouses. While thousands of years have passed between one event, to the other, and even to the present, the meaning of the term “covenant” seems to be as rock solid as it once was “in the beginning.” (Editing disabled while spellchecking) Stop spell checking

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Source by David Picella

Make Your Marriage a Covenant

Marriage is a covenant irrespective of the popular saying that it is a contract. And obviously, majority of people are in it with that contract mentality. As long as it is convenient for them, the marriage exists but when it becomes problematic they opt out. A typical contract mentality! But marriage is a covenant.

Parties go into contract based on what they will get. When they stand to gain more, the contract is said to be favorable. They take their time to scrutinize the terms and conditions and ensure that every party keeps them. They make sure their interest is well protected; they are only concerned about what they will get. Well, in most contracts the freedom to opt out at any time is there. And so it is in contract marriage. All the above conditions apply.

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Now, let’s face the truth, what is marriage? Marriage is a covenant. A covenant is a promise, a pledge, a bond. These are not legal issues but ethical. It is a commitment bound by ones moral integrity. When you make a covenant you are bound to make it work because you have to protect your name. Because of that, you are always asking yourself of what you can do to make the covenant work. A typical example is God’s covenant with man. In all such covenants, God took it upon Himself to make them work. He never backed out because of the faults of man. For His names sake, He ensured they were fulfilled.

Whereas a contract mentality in marriage is ruled by selfishness and blames, a covenant mentality is ruled by sacrifice and selflessness. The two are opposite. Covenant mentality in marriage is characterized by the following:

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Each partner sees it as his/her responsibility to make the marriage work.

Each partner takes the blame for any mistake.

Each partner sees the marriage as a life-time commitment.

Each partner sees the marriage as a test of his/her honor, integrity and character.

They are not critical to the faults of each other but rather work to help overcome them.

They focus on their obligations to each other.

Source by Sunday John

Treatment Planning and Commitment and Covenant Marriage

It has been said that the purpose of a legally-binding covenant marriage is to provide persons more security in the fact their spouse is committed to building a good marriage with them, through thick and thin. Politically, a covenant marriage is considered a response to rising divorce rates and no-fault divorce rates. A couple desiring to participate in a legal covenant marriage agrees.

(1) to obtain pre-marital counseling, and

(2) to accept more limited grounds for divorce; such as abuse, abandonment, or adultery.

Legal covenant marriages are currently available in Arkansas, Arizona, and Louisiana. Legislation has been introduced but not passed in California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia. Opponents of covenant marriages argue that women might become trapped in unhealthy or abusive marriages for it can be difficult to prove allegations of abuse to a judge to grant a divorce. However, it is currently still possible for a person in a covenant marriage to file for divorce in a state that does not recognize covenant marriages.

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*Action Plan*

The action plan for this section is somewhat different than the others in this guide. It is different because the main action to be done is to communicate to the married couple (or the couple to be) what a covenant marriage is–what responsibilities and benefits their marriage will have by making a sound commitment to a covenant marriage and preparing them for that commitment. This is described below. The Hebrew word for covenant is berith, which connotes a cutting of the flesh causing blood to flow out. The Hebrew act of cutting covenant was so serious that it was inaugurated with blood. The shedding of the blood of sacrificed animals in the Old Testament and of the blood of Jesus on the Cross were acts of covenant.

In the Old Testament, covenants were so serious that God held accountable those who broke covenant. In Malachi, God identified marriage as a covenant that cannot be broken without serious consequences. God takes very seriously the breaking of the marriage covenant. The Bible tells us that God, on request, will set aside the covenant for only two reasons: adultery and death. A covenant was the most serious, the most sacred, and the most solemn agreement that could be made between human beings. It is a sacred act for a man and a woman to enter into a covenant relationship before God, family, and friends. God holds us accountable for the vows we make to each other on our wedding day. Promises made at the wedding altar allow entrance into a sacred covenant whose terms are witnessed by God Himself. Christian marriage is a triangle it takes three for two to become one.

There is no such thing as covenant without sacrifice, and marriage is designed to be the most sacrificial of all relationships. Covenant represents total surrender and involves the merging of one’s life into another. This biblical image of two becoming one does not deny personal identity, but it allows the development of a wonderful diversity. The Old Testament covenant ceremony involved a walk of death that constitutes the core issue of covenant. An animal was killed and split down the middle. The covenant participants would walk in a figure eight between the halves of the animal, reciting the duties of the covenant, and returning to face each other. The figure eight, a symbol of eternity, was an acknowledgment that the covenant was forever.

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This covenantal walk of death said two important things:

(1) I am dying to myself and giving up the rights to my individual life in order to become one with my covenant partner.

(2) I am, in effect, pointing to the dead animal and saying to God, Please kill me if I break this covenant.

Try video counseling for help. Selfishness is the root cause of all marital conflicts. Therefore, the key to a successful and lasting marriage is for the individuals wills to die. It takes a lot of dying for a marriage to live. Me-ness must become we-ness. The more unselfish we are, the happier we will be in our marriage.

Source by Peter San

Marriage Vs Covenant – Gay Rights Vs Church Sacraments


Recent attempts by the legal fraternity to fuse such issues as “Marriage” and “Gay Rights” under the same secular and legal umbrella, is exactly the reason that our Founding Fathers enshrined in our constitution that there should be a separation between church and state.

Baptism and Marriage are spiritual Sacraments. However, because the laws of our nations dictate that those sacraments have to be registered and documented, the state acts as “legal facilitator and witness,” not agent. The State has no spiritual authority. In fact God’s dictates explain thusly: “The carnal mind is enmity towards God.” Since the law cannot determine who can get baptized or who can have Holy Communion, from a spiritual perspective, the state cannot decide who can or cannot get married; what constitutes Baptism, marriage and/or Holy Communion. They have separate foundation-altars.

Churches today seem to be under a strange and strong demonic spell. They have been in a silent stupor as secular-minded legislators snatch and desecrate their sacraments at will. Satan has sent spiritual usurpers to interfere with and tinker with God’s word with impunity. After all, “Ordained and Chosen” can read and understand Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” and also, Romans 1:27–listed below.

The Devil’s relentless attempts to pollute God’s teachings through spiritually-weak and doctrinally-deficient neophytes have not only been prophesied, but also been coded in so many forms in the Torah and in Solomon’s Temple. According to deciphered codes published and released in the volumes referenced below, the spiritual legacy of Abraham’s seed (natural and adopted), their victories–spiritual and natural– have not only been prophesied, but also most have been fulfilled already. Hence, the season of the Gentiles or adopted “wild olive” prior to ushering the restorative season (Isaiah 62) of “bringing the Jews to jealousy”, is almost complete.


The two Hebrew names in the outer columns of Solomon’s Temple–Joachin and Boaz– point to oracles through whom God would pen prophetic messages at the dawn and sunset of His specific season of restoration. Joachin’s “Revelation,” foretold of all but two types of Gentile branches that would receive passing grades. Boaz’s revelations, released in “The Golden Fleece Found,” is the first known work that breaks Solomon Temple Codes to reveal insightful truths to multiple Torah mysteries. Those two works prophetically and meticulously cover the beginning and ending of a season of relentless attacks against Jeshua’s teachings and legacy.

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God chose a clan of clans to emphasize the unwavering nature of his strictest laws. They mirrored His physical temple as a pretext to teaching how sanctified our human temples must be for Him to inhabit. We must purge our temples according to His (not man’s) requirements in order to receive His presence. His prophets confirmed through numberless teachings that with regards to both temples, we have to step up to His righteousness, and not the other way around. To lower those standards would require apologies to the former residents of Sodom, Nineveh, and every nation that received God’s prior judgments.

His Shepherd Redeemer of Psalm 2, Psalm 22, Isaiah 53, and numerous prophets, affirm God’s steadfastness to His holiness. How could Gentiles (pagan in origin) who are allowed adopted (not replacement) status, be conceited enough to think that they can change God’s laws with regards to homosexuality?


The strict God-given Mosaic law, enshrined in the Torah, dictated that Levi (the priests) be responsible for spiritual things, and Judah be responsible for all military and governmental affairs. God even gave them separate living areas. God established His foundation in Jerusalem. Gentiles’ foundations are established in Rome, America, Persia, China, Mecca, and many other places. Since God established His physical and spiritual foundation through the purged seed (Jeshua) of Isaac, Isaac’s prophetic language and customs are foundationally pure. “Gentile seed,” of the prophetic wombs of: spiritual wives, princesses and concubines, brought polluted languages and teachings to God’s house. Recently-deciphered Torah Codes in “The Golden Fleece Found” now reveal how misunderstood texts caused numberless Gentile branches to bring different and sometimes contradictory teachings to God’s house–all according to prior prophecies. Even the Gentile-appearance of His chosen seed had been foreseen and forbidden.

It came to pass that another Gentile branch, planted in England, wanted God’s laws changed to allow one of its Kings–not of the lineage of Judah–to marry a divorcee. When the church declined, he established his own church. That church altar cracked, and now all sorts of spiritual termites have entered. Today, altar custodians who get convicted for carnalities, settle out of court for all sorts of sexually pervasive sins.

Spiritual Trojan Horse.

As a result of the first Gentile church forbidding to marry, as per prior prophecies of 1st Timothy 4:1-3, God forewarned that demons and seducing spirits would plant contrary doctrines in certain churches. “Now the Holy Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 through the pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared, 3 who forbid marriage…” So, according to prior prophecies, deceitful spirits would cause men of authority to override the pre-requisites of 1st Timothy 3:1. “The saying is sure: If any one aspires to the office of bishop, he desires a noble task. 2 Now a bishop must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, dignified, hospitable, an apt teacher, 3 no drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, and no lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, keeping his children submissive and respectful in every way; 5 for if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how can he care for God’s church? Also in 1 Timothy 3:12/13, the requirements for office of deacons is similar. “Let deacons be the husband of one wife, and let them manage their children and their households well; 13 for those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Elders and priests first must be married. The examples they set in their homes lay the foundations for selection to spiritual office. As a result of forbidding priests to marry, all types of sexually-perverted sins penetrated (no pun intended) the church altars. Had the church not fragmented and weakened spiritually, there would have been mass protests preventing the split between the two main Gentile wings on moral principles. Then again, the first Gentile church had the “blood of saints” under her foundation as mentioned in Revelation 18. Having used his chosen acolytes to crack God’s church altars, Satan now uses the bulldozer of spiritually-compromising legislation to do the rest. When altar-custodians engage in spiritually-unacceptable acts, God’s power cuts from those assemblies. That is why to this day, the only churches (not crusades) where powerful miracles take place regularly–I don’t mean headaches and pains vanishing, but people who were blind being able to see again, and the lame walking–are in China, Africa, Israel, and certain parts of the Caribbean, where God, not men are being exalted.

I will forever be an outspoken critic of “spiritually compromising teachers–not appointed by God, but by men; many such have danced to the Satanic pipers of compromise and spiritual pollution. Now that the debt-collector has come, his I.O.U’s make headline news with the sacrilegious headlines as “Same Sex Marriages.”

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I make no apologies for that: the adherent to holy office must know that God selected a particular people of the clan of Levi. He gave the strictest instructions for preparing everything from the types of vestments, the manner of cleansing, to how and when He wanted His sacrifice. His laws were so strict that if you disobeyed them, not only would you know immediately, but you would pay the ultimate consequence, like Uzzah did.

Gay Rights vs. Church Sacrament.

Think about this: Just 10 years ago, America supposedly had a Christian President and a very conservative majority in both houses. We were promised all sorts of conservative and very moral legislations. In fact just the opposite happened. We lied to the public about weapons of mass destruction; we lied about torture, and the so-called moral leadership authorized the killing of innocent people. Since California blocked a gay union proposal, all hell broke loose literally. Demons are using spiritually-weak administrators to fulfill one of the last prophecies-Romans 1:27, “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.” Churches need to use the most powerful weapon available: “The Power of Purim” available under the New Covenant and begin to reclaim what was stolen.

We Are To Reclaim All that Was Stolen.

“The Church,” silent by allowing a member of the Royal Family to believe that he could redefine God’s indelible laws, has created a spiritual canyon that has, and will continue to crumble spiritual altars within the Body of Christ. The ‘Church’ has to ‘Take back what has been stolen’ from the secular world. Challenge the courts to set up their own civil and carnal unions by whatever names they choose. The courts must keep their secular hands off our spiritual sacraments. Those can only be dispensed by those “elected to holy office.” Ours are spiritual covenants. If courts feel they can perform marriages, then churches should re-classify our spiritual covenants. The ‘Church’ cannot be silent anymore. Legal and spiritual fights must begin!

By Basil C. Hill

Source by Basil C. Hill

Marriage is a Blood Covenant

“Hey, Pops!” Jennie came bounding down the stairs all excited.

“What’s up?” Her father looked up from the morning paper his glasses perched on the tip of his nose so he could read the fine print without them.

“Can you do me a solid? I need to borrow your car tomorrow night”

“Sure. What’s the occasion?”

“Oh, just going to the movies.” Her voice sounded a little too casual and her body language was a little off. After 19 years Jen’s father was able to read her just like the Newspaper he held in his hand.

“Going alone?” He countered with equal casualness.

The pause was pregnant.

“Look, it’s no big deal alright, I’m going with John but Suzanne and Rick will be there too.”

“Sweetheart, you’re 19 years old and your mother and I expect you to make your own decisions about your life but remember; decisions have consequences. You know how I feel about you and John. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I think you’re getting too close too fast, you should… “

“But Dad, it’s not like we plan to have sex or anything we’re just having fun being together!”

“I understand that, Jennifer but when you spend so much time with one person you’re bound to develop feelings for them and pretty soon you’ll find that your emotions could be making the decisions for you, and then things may get out of control very quickly.”

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“It’s my life and I need to make my own decisions, right? Anyway, what’s the big deal about sex before marriage anyway, I mean if two people truly love each other what’s wrong with that. Isn’t marriage just a formality, anyway?”

James looked at his daughter silently for a while. And like most fathers, even though he was looking at a young woman he was seeing his little girl.

“Come sweetheart, have a seat.” His words drew her in as only a father’s can.

She obliged.

“Jennifer,” he started slowly, “what we see on the TV and the Movies is not what marriage is supposed to be, it’s… “

“I know that Dad, I’m not stupid you know, I can see… “

“Wait, Babes, let me finish.” He pleaded gently. Jennifer rolled her eyes and sighed like all the air was let out of her but she remained silent.

“Here’s what you need to know about marriage.” Her father continued.

“Marriage is more than just, I love you and you love me so let’s get together and have a family.”

“Marriage is a Blood Covenant.”

“A what??!!” Jennifer blurted, staring at her father like if his mental hard-drive had just crashed.

“On the wedding night, ” he explained, “when the newlywed virgin couple consummates their marriage the blood that flows is the sign of the covenant that they’ve entered into in the presence of God and the witness gathered at their wedding.”

She continued staring at him in silence.

“You see, Jen marriage between a man and a woman represents the mystical union of Christ to His Church. That’s why the Church is called the Bride of Christ and in many of His parables Jesus likens Himself to a Bridegroom”

“So, that virginal blood that was shed on the wedding night will always be a sign of their marital covenant. Just like when Jesus died on the cross and He was pierced in the side with the spear, the blood that flowed over the spear is the sign of the New Covenant of salvation that Christians enjoy.”

“That’s why we can use Jesus’ Blood as a spiritual weapon and “Plead the Blood” against the Devil’s works of darkness. When we plead the Blood of Jesus we remind the Enemy of the power of the Covenant we are protected by so He has no choice but to bow to the authority of that Blood and the Covenant it represents.”

“In the same way, when you obey God and wait until you get married to have sex, the blood that’s shed on your wedding night enforces the Marriage Covenant and acts as a form of spiritual protection against the attacks of the Devil on your marriage.”

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“But when you practice pre-marital sex and no blood flows when you consummate your marriage, the sign of your covenant is missing.”

“God still honors your vows but there’s no sign of the covenant for you to hold up against the Enemy, nothing for him to submit to and nothing you can use to remind him of the binding power of your covenant.”

“When the sign of your covenant is missing it gives the devil more liberty and success in attacking and destroying your marriage.”

“This doesn’t mean that once you’re a virgin when you get married you won’t have any problems, it just means that engaging in pre-marital sex puts you at a greater disadvantage when it comes to winning the spiritual warfare for your marriage relationship.”

“Wow, Pops, that’s some heavy sh… stuff!” Jen stammered.

“What do you think about it?”

“I’ll get back to you on that, father I need time to process.” Jen pushed back the chair and stood up to leave.

Her father gave her that particular look that said, “You’ve been warned, the ball is now in your court!” He opened the Newspaper and resumed reading.

Jen slowly started up the stairs as she muttered to herself, “A Blood Covenant… Wow”

Source by Everest Alexander

The Covenant of Marriage


Many people today do not realize that marriage was not designed by a government or political entity. Marriage existed centuries before governments started issuing Marriage Licenses. It was a religious act, based upon the belief that God created marriage from the beginning, with Adam and Eve.

The marriage covenant has paralleled the covenants between God and Abraham, and God and Israel. The first characteristic of these covenants is that they are binding and permanent: unbreakable. This is, of course, impossible if the agreement is only on the human level. A true marriage covenant is only possible by making God the center of the marriage.

Let’s consider the reasons for getting married that will surely bring the failure and divorce. If one or both persons gets married for personal pleasure, based upon beauty and sexuality, the relationship will fail. Beauty and sexuality changes with aging, and so, an excuse to leave the marriage will be present sooner or later. If one or both persons gets married for financial benefits, the marriage will fail. Greed is in opposition to unconditional love. There are other reasons for marrying that will also bring about its destruction, so let’s look into the reasons for marriage.

The first reason for marriage is that each will be the other’s helper and companion for life. God intends marriage as an agreement to “have each other’s back” in good times and bad. Marriage is for the ultimate human expression of unconditional love. The intention is not to change the other person, but rather to protect each other. It is to be a “safe haven” from the criticism of other people, and the stress of life. Every person considering marriage should ask themselves if they can love the other person through failure and success; through bad health and good; through financial success and poverty?

Most people think marriage is for procreation. However, the terms and conditions of the covenant exist whether there are children or not. Children were intended to be born into a family based upon covenant marriage. This family provides children safety, security and an example of unconditional love.

Marriage is not intended to be like other relationships in society. It isn’t based upon convenience and selfish benefits. Instead, it is the place of safety for two people. Marriage isn’t ordinary. It isn’t based upon economic benefits. It isn’t an opportunity for one person to be superior to the other. Marriage is a merger, not a takeover. Two become one. It isn’t my money, your money. It isn’t my success, your obedience. It isn’t my children, but our children; our house; our car; our savings; our bank account. Division of any of these concepts is the beginning of dividing the marriage.

The Covenant terms and conditions are: Unconditional Love (no matter what); Exclusivity (no matter what); Respect (no matter what); Faithfulness (no matter what); and, mutual care and support (no matter what).

In a covenant marriage, each can say to the other: I am yours and you are mine forever, exclusively.

Those who honor this covenant have the very best in marriage. Begin your marriage with Heaven’s Touch(tm).

Source by Dan Jenkins