No minister of the gospel has power from God to unite a man and wife in marriage. Marriage is a law of nature. It spans all generations, all cultures and all nations. It is between man and women. What is universally most important about marriage is the witness of two or more. If a man and woman make a committment to each other without witnesses, they will say they are not married. If a man and woman go to a justice of the peace witnesses will be sought out: two witnesses. Marriage is the committment of man and women in the presence of at least two witnesses.
In the grace of God through the scriptures of the prophets the prophecy declares the Christ, Yeshua of Nazareth, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh.”…”This is a great secret, but I speak concerning ha Mashaich and the assembly.” It is the prophecy that declares the Christ.
And so if a believing man and believing woman marry, let them first marry in the Lord, both being believers, both chosen of God. This does not mean married by a preacher. But of course if a man and woman who are both in the grace of God are indeed married, there most certainly will be among their witnesses other believers. Their joy is shared with all, believers and unbelievers, especially believers. Unbelievers may share in their joy, if it so pleases the unbeliever. And I would prefer the one who conducts the marriage ceremony think not too highly of himself. It would be better to use a man the world provides in this matter, than one who is puffed up with the titles of men and thinks he has power from God to unite a man and a woman. I myself have conducted only one marriage and would not do it again. I took no money. It was done because others refused and there was no choice for a child was concieved. The children of grace are children of life. To bring forth a child into the earth is life. Let there be witnesses to every marriage. Let the goverment’s word on the matter stand (unless it contradicts Christ, such as man and man, and woman and woman may marry. I speak this only among believers, and make no judgment towards unbelievers.) Let there be a man who oversees the wedding ceremony for the goverment. Let marriage be done decently and in order being an offense to none if possible.
Let not the marriage of a believer be with an unbeliever. For this will be great sorrow. If they are already married and grace comes to one, let not the child of grace seek to leave the marriage as long as it please the unbeliever. If the unbeliever is not please with God’s choice of grace upon the other, the believer is not subject to bondage. The unbeliever is not pleased to remain married. If the unbeliever desires to discontinue the marriage let it be according to his or her word. The believer need not remain in bondage.
If believers are in nations where other gods are called upon in a civil union, beware lest you reject Christ. There is no mix of Christ with Belial. Seek the Lord’s will in these cases and He will deliver you. For marriage sake do not reject Christ. It is better to not be married, or move to the place where freedom can be found, if you are able to find the one true gospel. You cannot move to a place and hope the gospel will be found. You must know the gospel is in that place.