Hello! Here an excellent sermon by Jason Cooley, pastor of Old Paths Baptist Church in Minnesota. Recently I came across this sermon on Sermon Audio while I was looking for a sermon by someone else. Enjoy!
Who Ordained Marriage: God or State?
Here's another excellent sermon in regards to marriage by Jason Cooley, as well:
Covenant Marriage vs. Contract Marriage
The thing about the marriage license is when you do that
you are giving the government jurisdiction over that marriage which is
supposed to be God's jurisdiction. I can see how it would provoke the
Lord to jealousy. It's placing the government as God when
you have no need to ask them to do something that has already been
established by God. Bro. Jason Cooley goes through the passage in
the NT (Ephesians 5?) talking about how Christ is
the head of the church and the husband the head of the wife. Since that is the
case how could someone get a marriage license knowing this? If Christ
is the head then how can someone be willing to allow the government have
jurisdiction with marriage and incorporating
the church? It's a spiritual matter not just physical. The whole Romans
13 thing has been misapplied for such a long time. The Nazi's started
using that first so that the people would submit to them. Brother Cooley
has several sermons on Roman's 13/Church incorporation.
And it doesn't matter whether some states allow covenant marriage or
not. God ordained marriage so they have no business trying to
commercialize marriage so they can get more money and to have control
when God never gave it to them in the first place in the
Reformation began with Christ (Hebrews 9:8- 11, KJB) and it is our duty as born-again Christians to keep reforming. To keep ourselves from becoming filthy and accepting the world's ungodly doctrines and teachings. We must stay vigilant and stand for what is true and right according to God's perfect, inspired Authorized Bible- the KJ.
~Karla on behalf of the Ward Family