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What does the Bible teach about a woman leaving her family and church to follow the man to whom she is engaged to marry?

 

While this question is not explicitly asked and answered in scripture, there are principles clearly spelled out in the Bible that leave no doubt as to God’s will in this matter.

 

First of all, the Bible teaches that a man should leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife.

 

Genesis 2
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

 

This does not mean that every man who gets married has to move away to another city. Rather, it means that he should leave his parents’ home and build his own home – i.e., buy or rent his own house, pay his own bills, support his wife and any children with which they may be blessed.

 

Next, the Bible teaches that the man is the head of the woman.

 

1 Corinthians 11:3
But I would have you know,
that the head of every man is Christ;
and the head of the woman is the man;
and the head of Christ is God.

The divine order that God has stipulated for every marriage and every home is that the MAN should be the HEAD OF or HAVE AUTHORITY OVER the WOMAN.

Ephesians 5
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

It is clear from these passages that the wife has a biblical mandate to be in subjection to the husband.

When a man and a woman who attend different churches become engaged to be married, the woman must leave her church and home and move to the man’s church to begin a new life together with him in their new home.

 

We see a clear biblical example of this expressed allegorically in the story of Isaac and Rebekah in Genesis 24.

 

Genesis 24
1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.
2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:
3 And I will make thee swear by the Lord, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:
4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.
5 And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?
6 And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.
7 The Lord God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.
8 And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.
9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.

37 And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell:
38 But thou shalt go unto my father’s house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son.
39 And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me.
40 And he said unto me, The Lord, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father’s house:
41 Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath.

51 Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master’s son’s wife, as the Lord hath spoken.

56 And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the Lord hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.
57 And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.
58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.
59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant, and his men.
60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.
61 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

 

It is abundantly clear from this beautiful story that Rebekah’s suitability as a wife for Isaac was contingent upon her willingness to leave her home and family and go to live with Isaac.

 

A marriage that begins with the wife leading her husband and dictating where their home will be and what church they will attend is destined for trouble. A home can never be greater than its foundation. If the foundation of the home is out of order then there is little hope that the home will ever fully be in order.

 

A husband who meekly submits to his wife cannot be considered much of a man. This is a perversion of the divine order and as such will surely incur divine wrath and judgment instead of divine favor and blessings.

 

It should be noted that there are occasions where, due to exigent circumstances, exceptions may be made to this rule at the discretion of the pastors of both churches involved.

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier

A Glorious Church

 

Ephesians 5:23-32

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32 This is a great mystery:
but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

 

 

What’s so glorious about the Church?

 

Glory==>brightness, brilliance, radiant, glowing, shining, illuminating

 

  • The Church is the “forethought” of God (not the afterthought);
    it is Plan A, not Plan B;
    it is NOT a contingency plan….
  • God planned the Church before the world began
    [Titus 1:2]
  • The first Man, Adam, was created by God from the dust of the ground
    [Genesis 2:7]
  • This Man [First Adam] was a Type of Christ [Last Adam], who is the very image of God
    [Genesis 1:26; 1 Corinthians 15:45; 1 Corinthians 11:7;  2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:17]
  • God then made the first Woman from a bone taken from the side of the Man whom He had put to sleep for this specific purpose
    [Genesis 2:21-22]
  • This Woman was a Type of the Church, the mystical Body of Christ, which was taken from the wounded side of Christ who was “put to sleep” at Calvary for this very purpose
    [Ephesians 5:32]
  • All humanity are God’s creation and thus we are all God’s children in a generic sense
    [Malachi 2:10]
  • Only the Church belongs to God by purchase or redemption
    [Acts 20:28]
  • The whole world is the field; the church is the treasure in the field; God purchased the field to obtain the treasure; He paid for the whole world but what He wants is the Church
    [Matthew 13:44]
  • There is no salvation since Pentecost (Acts 2, beginning of New Testament) outside the Church
    [Acts 4:12]
  • You MUST be Born Again!
    [John 3:3,5,7]
  • 4000+ years of recorded history of Man produced a young Jewish maiden chosen of God to bring forth Messiah, the Savior of the World
    [Luke 1:27]
  • When the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His son, made of a woman, made under the Law [Torah], to redeem them who were under the Law [Torah] (all humanity)
    [Galatians 4:4]

 

 

Notice how Paul uses such glowing language when speaking of the New Covenant and the NT Church!

 

2 Corinthians 3:5-18

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

16 Nevertheless when it [Israel] shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

 

The CHURCH is GLORIOUS because ITS HEAD is GLORIOUS!

 

  • On the mount of transfiguration, Peter, James and John saw Jesus transfigured or “glorified” before them, and there appeared unto them with Jesus Moses and Elijah – representing the OT ministry of the Law and the Prophets; but only Jesus remained with them after the Voice spoke – this is my beloved Son, hear Him – and when the glory cloud was lifted!
    [Matthew 17:1-5]
  • The Church, the Body of Christ, is the zenith of the Glory of God in His dealings with humanity
    [Hebrews 1:3]
  • The Church is the Highest Expression of Deity apart from Jesus Christ Himself!
  • Jesus Christ is Deity fused with Humanity;
    [God was IN CHRIST – 2 Corinthians 5:19]
    the Church is Humanity infused with Jesus!
    [Christ IN YOU the hope of glory – Colossians 1:27]
  • The OT rituals of the LAW were a schoolmaster to bring us (Humanity) to Christ and the New Covenant!
    [Galatians 3:24-25]
  • God gave the world HIMSELF – JESUS, God in Christ, the Word manifest in the Flesh;
    [John 3:16a]
  • God gives HIS HOLY SPIRIT, the Holy Ghost or the Spirit of Christ, to all who BELIEVE IN HIM!
    [John 3:16b; Acts 2:38]
  • This BODY of BELIEVERS is the BODY OF CHRIST!
    [Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 4:12, 5:23; Colossians 1:24]
  • God is going to give Himself a GIFT:
    the CHURCH! – a “bride” taken out of His own side, prepared and adorned specifically for Him
    [Ephesians 5:27; Revelation 19:7-8, 21:2,9]

 

What’s so GLORIOUS about the CHURCH?

 

We are the BRIDE OF CHRIST, HIS BODY!!

1 Peter 2:9

 

We are a CHOSEN GENERATION!

 

We are a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD!

 

We are HOLY NATION!

 

We are a PECULIAR PEOPLE!

 

We show forth the Praises of HIM
who called us out of darkness
into HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT!

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
02/09/2014

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