Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Biblical Marriage is not State Marriage

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Biblical Marriage is not State Marriage May 29, 2016

quotingquiverfullby Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Excerpt From The Bible on Divorce and Remarriage

Editor’s note: This series is an excerpt from Michael Pearl’s book The Bible on Divorce and Remarriage quietly released in November. This one seems to be one of his less popular books. We start with a pile of ‘Pearl Letters’

Dear Mike and Debi,
My fiancé and I are wanting to get married without a marriage license. We have no idea how such things work. Help us please.
— Dana

Dear Mike and Debi,
My beautiful bride and I have been married for 11 years. We have come to the conclusion that we no longer want to be yoked in the same bond of marriage that the world around us seems to be yoking themselves. We would greatly like to explore the option of a covenant. Do you have any suggestions?
 — Matt and Rachel

Dear Mike and Debi,
I read your article on Holy Matrimony and would like to revoke our state license and have a biblically-based covenant on file with the state. Please send me any materials you can to help me do this!
— Phil

Michael speaks (page 12 of the book)

Until we have a clear understanding of what constitutes marriage, we cannot understand the nature of divorce. Most people have accepted the legal (state) definition of marriage and are unaware of the biblical doctrine. The concept of obtaining a marriage license from the state is an invention of modern times. It cedes jurisdiction to the state over something that is of divine origin. Ministers officiating at weddings say, “What God hath joined together,” acknowledging that holy matrimony is a divine institution that preceded the Law and the Gospel, beginning at creation. The state does not do God’s work of joining them together. Copulation (an act of man) joins them into one flesh, no matter the ceremony or lack thereof. But holy matrimony (a work of God) is a combination of a public covenant and a private joining of two bodies.

Ministers make a mistake when they conclude a wedding by saying, “By the authority vested in me by the state of Tennessee, I now pronounce you husband and wife.” And they usually follow with the statement, “What God therefore hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” It is as if the authority rests with the state and God complies. At the very least, ministers should separate the state marriage contract from the church covenant of holy matrimony.

Very Off Topic: While I was tooling around NGJ I noticed this bit of funny on their website. A statement just under their toll free order number forbidding collect calls. Is it even possible to call an 866 toll free number as a collect call?

NGJ No Collect CallsScreencap from their website

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders, cultural enforcers and those that seek to keep women submitted to men and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully.

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