17 May 2006

Westminster Wednesday--Marriage

In view of the fourth anniversary of my marriage to Jenny, I thought I would devote this week's Westminster Wednesday to a couple of points on marriage from the confession.

I. Marriage is to be between one man and one woman: neither is it lawful for any man to have more than one wife, nor for any woman to have more than one husband at the same time.

II. Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of husband and wife; for the increase of mankind with a legitimate issue, and of the Church with an holy seed; and for preventing of uncleanness.

While I may want to rework the phrase "of the Church with an holy seed," I appreciate that these pastors and teachers included discipling children as part of the purpose of marriage.

Life provides few matrices more effective in shaping the worldview of the next generation than marriage. A marriage indelibly etches the gospel into a young mind as it, through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus, breathes forgiveness, nurtures holiness, and radiates devotion.

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