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  1. 1. 1 The 23rd Fundamental Belief Marriage and The Family
  2. 2. 2 Defining Marriage • Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving companionship. • The Bible does not support a union between the same sexes.
  3. 3. 3 Defining Marriage • And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Gen 2:18 KJV)
  4. 4. 4 Defining Marriage • And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; (Gen 2:21 KJV) • And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. (Gen 2:22 KJV)
  5. 5. 5 Defining Marriage • And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. (Gen 2:23 KJV) • Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Gen 2:24 KJV)
  6. 6. 6 Marriage is a Commitment • For the Christian a marriage commitment is to God as well as to the spouse, and should be entered into only between partners who share a common faith. • What about two Christians from different denominations?
  7. 7. 7 Marriage is a Commitment • Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (2Co 6:14 KJV)
  8. 8. 8 Marriage is Commitment • Mutual love, honour, respect, and responsibility are the fabric of this relationship, which is to reflect the love, sanctity, closeness, and permanence of the relationship between Christ and His church.
  9. 9. 9 Marriage and Divorce? • And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? (Mat 19:5 KJV) • Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (Mat 19:6 KJV)
  10. 10. 10 Marriage and Divorce? • Regarding divorce, Jesus taught that the person who divorces a spouse, except for fornication, and marries another, commits adultery.
  11. 11. 11 Marriage and Divorce? • And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. (Mat 19:9 KJV)
  12. 12. 12 Marriage and Divorce? • Although some family relationships may fall short of the ideal, marriage partners who fully commit themselves to each other in Christ may achieve loving unity through the guidance of the Spirit and the nurture of the church.
  13. 13. 13 SDA Guidelines on Marriage and Divorce • Central to God’s holy plan for our world was the creation of beings made in His image who would multiply and replenish the earth and live together in purity, harmony, and happiness.
  14. 14. 14 SDA Guidelines on Marriage and Divorce • He brought forth Eve from the side of Adam and gave her to Adam as his wife. Thus was marriage instituted God the author of the institution, God the officiator at the first marriage
  15. 15. 15 SDA Guidelines on Marriage and Divorce • After the Lord had revealed to Adam that Eve was verily bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh, there could never arise a doubt in his mind that they twain were one flesh. Nor could ever a doubt arise in the mind of either of the holy pair that God intended that their home should endure forever.
  16. 16. 16 SDA Guidelines on Marriage and Divorce • When Jesus said, “Let not man put asunder,” He established a rule of conduct for the church under the dispensation of grace which must transcend all civil enactments which would go beyond His interpretation of the divine law governing the marriage relation. Here He gives a rule to His followers who should adhere to it whether or not the state or prevailing custom allows larger liberty. “In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus declared plainly that there could be no dissolution of the marriage tie, except for unfaithfulness to the marriage
  17. 17. 17 SDA Guidelines on Marriage and Divorce • Unfaithfulness to the marriage vow has generally been seen to mean adultery and/or fornication. However, the New Testament word for fornication includes certain other sexual irregularities. (1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:9, 10; Rom. 1:24-27.) Therefore, sexual perversions, including incest, child sexual abuse, and homosexual practices, are also recognized as a misuse of sexual powers and a violation of the divine intention in marriage. As such
  18. 18. 18 SDA Guidelines on Marriage and Divorce • The SDA Church adheres to this view of marriage and home without reservation, believing that any lowering of this high view is to that extent a lowering of the heavenly ideal
  19. 19. 19 SDA Guidelines on Marriage and Divorce • All thinking and reasoning in the perplexing field of divorce and remarriage must constantly be harmonized with that holy ideal revealed in Eden.
  20. 20. 20 SDA Guidelines on Marriage and Divorce • The SDA Church believes in the law of God; it also believes in the forgiving mercy of God. It believes that victory and salvation can as surely be found by those who have transgressed in the matter of divorce and remarriage as by those who have failed in any other of God’s holy standards
  21. 21. 21 SDA Guidelines on Marriage and Divorce • In the event that reconciliation is not effected, the spouse who has remained faithful to the spouse who violated the marriage vow has the biblical right to secure a divorce and also to remarry.
  22. 22. 22 SDA Guidelines on Marriage and Divorce • A spouse who has violated the marriage vow and who is divorced does not have the moral right to marry another while the spouse who has been faithful to the marriage vow still lives and remains unmarried and chaste.
  23. 23. 23 SDA Guidelines on Marriage and Divorce • No Seventh‑day Adventist minister has the right to officiate at the remarriage of any person who, …, has no scriptural right to remarry.
  24. 24. 24 Separation? • It is recognized that sometimes marriage relations deteriorate to the point where it is better for a husband and wife to separate. “To the married I give charge, not I but the Lord, that the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does, let her remain single or else be reconciled to her husband)—and that the husband should not divorce his wife” (1 Cor. 7:10, 11, RSV).
  25. 25. 25 Separation? • A separation or divorce which results from factors such as physical violence or in which “unfaithfulness to the marriage vow” is not involved, does not give either one the scriptural right to remarry, unless in the meantime the other party has remarried; committed adultery or fornication; or died
  26. 26. 26 Marriage is Serving one another • Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. (Eph 5:21 KJV) • Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. (Eph 5:22 KJV)
  27. 27. 27 Marriage is Serving one another • For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. (Eph 5:23 KJV) • Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. (Eph 5:24 KJV)
  28. 28. 28 Marriage is Serving one another • Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (Eph 5:25 KJV) • So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. (Eph 5:28 KJV)
  29. 29. 29 Marriage is a Blessing • God blesses the family and intends that its members shall assist each other toward complete maturity.
  30. 30. 30 Marriage and Children • Children are a blessing when they are raised in the knowledge and fear of the Lord. • Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (Exo 20:12 KJV)
  31. 31. 31 Marriage and Children • Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. (Eph 6:1 KJV) • Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise; see Exodus 20:12) (Eph 6:2 KJV) • Italics added for emphasis
  32. 32. 32 Marriage and Children • That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. (Eph 6:3 KJV) • And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Eph 6:4 KJV)
  33. 33. 33 Marriage and Children • By their example and their words they are to teach them (children) that Christ is a loving disciplinarian, ever tender and caring, who wants them to become members of His body, the family of God. Increasing family closeness is one of the earmarks of the final gospel message.
  34. 34. 34 Marriage and Children • And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (Deu 6:5 KJV) • And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: (Deu 6:6 KJV)
  35. 35. 35 Marriage and Children • And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (Deu 6:7 KJV)
  36. 36. 36 Marriage and Children • And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. (Deu 6:8 KJV) • And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. (Deu 6:9 KJV)
  37. 37. 37 Marriage and Children • Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Pro 22:6 KJV)
  38. 38. 38 Marriage and Children • Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: (Mal 4:5 KJV) • And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. (Mal 4:6 KJV)
  39. 39. 39 Marriage and Children • Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. (Psa 127:3 KJV) • As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. (Psa 127:4 KJV)
  40. 40. 40 Marriage and Children • Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. (Psa 127:5 KJV)
  41. 41. 41 In Conclusion • God loves families. From Adam and Eve to today, He wants parents to stay together and love each other all their lives. • He wants them to have a home where everyone feels safe and loved.
  42. 42. 42 Sources • http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/fundamental/index.htm • Seventh-day Adventist Believe: A Biblical Exposition of Fundamental Doctrines, PPPA 2005 • Please note that the SAU guidelines in this presentation are mere summarised reminders and points of clarity as retrieved from the SDA Official Policy, Church Manual and Minister’s Handbook.