Monday, September 15, 2008

What God Has To Say About Marriage

FEW times have I ever gotten such a clear and succinct email on this topic as I did with this one.

  • 09/14/2008 - Standing Firm - September 14, 2008

  • I have subscriptions to a lot of Catholic news sources (like Zenit, CNA news, CWNews--now Catholic Culture) and others, and I have a few sources I follow on some topics from other sources, such as NRTL and WRTL.

    One of the sources I enjoy reading is from Rejoice Ministries that I found awhile back in reading other's sites on Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage. Dennis Wingfield has a very good newsletter that is very encouraging...

    I ONLY wish that we would hear this from our own pulpits.... On the one Sunday in a three yr cycle that Mark 10: 2-12 (or optional 2-16) is read--the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B.

    OR, the two weekdays per year (Fri of Week 7, Ordinary Time ) that it, or the similar Gospel reading from Matt 19:3-12 (Fri of Week 19, Ordinary Time) is read.

    Three times per year, during the B cycle of the Lectionary, we have a golden opportunity to learn TRUTH about what God says about Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage... but seldom, if ever, does it get addressed.

    Where are the Thomas Mores and the John Fishers of today?

    God bless!

    Part of the latest newsletter reads:

    In spite of clear doctrine to the contrary, divorce still happens.
    What does God's Word have to say concerning those that are divorced?

    "To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife
    must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain
    unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must
    not divorce his wife."
    1 Corinthians 7:10-11

    God gives the divorced two choices: reconcile or remain single. The
    only exception allowing a person to remarry is if their spouse has
    died. Why are pulpits silent on this clear teaching from the Word of
    God? Lord, please forgive those who teach contrary to your Word.

    In closing, many say that the Lord has told them to give up on their
    marriages, to stop standing, and often to remarry. The test to see
    if what you are hearing is in fact from God, check it out against
    His Word. God cannot contradict himself. If what you are hearing
    disagrees with the commands in God's Word, it is NOT from God. Satan
    wants nothing better than for you to give up on your marriage. Why
    does he wish this? Because He knows by breaking up your family the
    battle is not over if, you continue to stand for your marriage. He
    knows that in the end, he will lose when you are standing in
    agreement with God for the healing of your marriage. Anything he can
    do to sway you away from Biblical teaching will help ensure his
    victory. The only way Satan can get at God is through the
    disobedience of His children.

    Remember, that you are only defeated when you give up. Continue to
    fight and pray for your home. Do not be deceived by the evil one
    into giving up. Do not believe in the falsehood that God has someone
    better for you. God has someone better for you; your one-flesh mate
    when He cleans them up and brings them home. I am standing in
    agreement with you, praying for you and your spouse. Many blessings
    are in store for you when you are obedient to your marriage vows and
    God's commands in His Word.

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