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Marriage and the Gospel Story

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  1. Jim Lindsey says:

    I’ve never heard any of them say heterosexuals shouldn’t get married. They are just asking for the he right for a contractural Union (which would be the same as a marriage) giving them the right to develop their fidelity that Church marriages seem to have lost.

    1. Tantalus says:

      Yet, we are forced to defend ourselves from an onslaught of pro-gay marriage proponents. Why should I and others like me be forced to give up our religious practices for the sake of Political Correctness? Gays can marry, this has already been decided in the SCOTUS, but no one guaranteed them the right to have it performed in an LCMS church.

      We have just as many rights to our religious freedom and belief as they do to marriage.

  2. Rev. Gerald Kliner says:

    Thank you for the article. Indeed Lutherans are in desperate need of a coherent “Theology of Marriage,” in which the explicit link between the Gospel and the estate of marriage is drawn out. It is interesting, however, that you name cohabitation, “same sex” marriage, and polyamory as challenges and assaults on marriage, but you neglect to name divorce. My contention (and it is not unique) is that the Marriage, and the Church’s understanding of it, profoundly was undercut when we accepted divorce as a “normal” part of life. If “Covenant” is the basis of the Gospel, and hence of Marriage, then what happens when that “Covenant” is disposable and can be broken? Part of the Gospel’s promise is that God will NOT dispose of the Covenant made with us in Holy Baptism when our sin gets in the way. And yet the Church allows the disposition of the Covenant in Marriage for any number of reasons; and perhaps “just because” one or both parties has grown tired of it. So, how can the Church tilt at cohabitation, “same sex” marriage, and polyamory as betraying the covenant revealed through the Gospel and yet continue to countenance divorce with nary a thought?

    1. Rachel says:

      He does name divorce in that same paragraph: “If marriage teaches of Christ’s enduring love, then does divorce teach that God breaks His promises?”

    2. Delwyn X. Campbell says:

      Just as it is not God’s fault that people reject His promises given to them in baptism, thus the Calvinist “Eternal Security” or Once-Saved-Always-Saved is an error, so it is with marriage. A person can violate their marriage vows, or abandon their spouse and marry another. This is not God’s fault, nor is it the innocent spouse’s fault. We show our faith by our works. The person who refuses to love his neighbor reveals his unbelief, and the person who cheats or leaves his or her spouse shows their rejection of the marriage covenant. The believer is no more under bondage in such cases, than is God in the case of the person who walks away from his baptism.

  3. Ziggy Rein says:

    As a lifelong bachelor (I’m 73) I marvel at Christian couples who have been married 30, 40, 50 or more years. It’s amazing to me to see two people, who are so different from each other—their physiology, their brain, their emotions are diametrical opposites—complement each other. Yet God in His infinite wisdom put a husband and wife together in an intimate loving, caring, and faithful relationship—for life.

  4. David Fleming says:

    Thank you for this beautiful, timely, and insightful piece! I can’t wait to meet Carl and Vera. Thanks be to God for giving us marriage as a picture of Jesus’ unfailing commitment to us.