Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Living together: What various denominations say

My wife cut out this article and drew my attention to it: Living together: What various denominations say.

One Baptist pastor says:

"We believe that if people are living together, they should be married," Brooks said. "But we welcome everyone. We don't judge them (those who are not married) or make them feel bad. We simply teach the Bible and what we believe to be true.

Another pastor says:

"Some pastors may avoid this topic, but not me," Evans said. "You can't talk candidly about this if you are afraid. Some pastors are afraid that by telling people their position, the people will start looking at them.

"But people have to know that nothing can separate you from the love of God, and God can change you and fix whatever it is."

Evans said fornication is a sin, and, "We hate the sin, not the sinner. We should not condone their lifestyle, but not condemn the people."

People do like to quote Romans 8:39 divorced of its context.

I especially laugh/cry whenever I hear: “we hate the sin, not the sinner.” This is usually stated as what people impose upon God as saying. I guess sins exist apart from those who do them and lifestyles just sneak up on people and drag them into them. People apparently do not actually choose their sinful lifestyles. People who have sex apart from marriage must be unaware of what they are doing.

I wonder, do these non-judgmental pastors hold the same tolerant views concerning domestic violence? How about rape? How about failure to pay alimony or child support?


Whitey Lawful's Blogspot: The spirit of the law is greater then the letter. said...

I say inviting Christ to commence the Common Law bethrothal -- should suffice and--in my view--is far more pietistic then other officiated marriages.

Not Alone +++ PAS said...

While the Scriptures do not ordain a certain manner for people to enter into marriage, God does command that we obey the civil authorities so long as doing so does not cause us to sin against what God has revealed as His holy will. Moreover, it is important to remember that the civil laws concerning marriage have been instituted to help to protect married couples and their families from having their union violated by outsiders.

Another point to remember is that according to the manner in which most people "live together" they are not at all seeking God's blessing nor honoring one another with pious and genuine lifelong commitment to one another.

By Common Law Betrothal do you mean something like this:
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If so, how do you perceive this to be more pious, especially since it completely avoids the language of marriage? What do you see in this that is more pious?

Wesley 'Whitey Lawful' Mcgranor said...

The civil magistrates are a needless third party and constitute an orgy i will not partake in. I am single and not intimate right now.