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Chapter XXV : Of Marriage

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment

1. Marriage is to be between one Man and one Woman; (a) neither is it lawful for any man to have more then one Wife, nor for any Woman to have more then one Husband at the same time.

a Gen. 2.24. Mal. 2 15. Mat. 19.5,6.

2. Marriage was ordained for the mutual help (b) of Husband and Wife, (c) for the increase of Mankind, with a legitimate issue, and for (d) preventing of uncleanness.

b Gen. 2.18.

c Gen 1.28.

d 1 Cor. 7 2,9.

3. It is lawful for (e) all sorts of people to Marry, who are able with judgment to give their consent; yet it is the duty of Christians (f) to marry in the Lord, and therefore such as profess the true Religion, should not Marry with Infidels, (g) or Idolaters; neither should such as are godly be unequally yoked, by marrying with such as are wicked, in their life, or maintain damnable Heresie.

e Heb. 13,4. 1 Tim. 4,3.

f 1 Cor. 7.39.

g Neh. 13 25,26,27.

4. Marriage ought not to be within the degrees of consanguinity, (h) or Affinity forbidden in the word; nor can such incestuous Marriage ever be made lawful, by any law of Man or consent of parties, (i) so as those persons may live together as Man and Wife.

h Levit. 18.

i Mar. 6.18. 1 Cor. 5.1.

The 1677/89 London Baptist Confession of Faith

Chapter IV : Of Creation

1. In the beginning it pleased God the Father, (a) Son, and Holy Spirit, for the manifestation of the glory of (b) his eternal power, wisdom, and goodness, to Create or make the world, and all things therein, (c) whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good.

a  John 1.2,3. Heb. 1.2. Job 26.13

b Rom.1.20.

c Col.1.16. Gen 2.1,2.

2. After God had made all other Creatures, he Created (d) man, male and female, with (e) reasonable and immortal souls, rendring them fit unto that life to God; for which they were Created; being (f) made after the image of God, in knowledge, righteousness, and true holyness; having the Law of God (g) written in their hearts, and power to fulfill it; and yet under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was (h) subject to change.

d Gen. 1.27.

e Gen. 2.7.

f Eccles. 7.29. Gen. 1.26.

g Rom.2.14,15.

h Gen. 3.6.

3. Besides the Law written in their hearts, they received (i) a command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil; which whilst they kept, they were happy in their Communion with God, and had dominion (k) over the Creatures.

i Gen. 6.17. & ch. 3.8,9,10.

k Gen. 1.26,28.

 

The 1677/89 London Baptist Confession

Concerning God’s Gifts

February 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Who loves not woman, wine and song,

Remains a fool his whole life long.

Martin Luther