There are 2 ingredients to a Healthy
Marriage: (1) Abstinence Prior to Marriage and (2)
Christian Marriage between a Christian Man and a Christian
If there has been
sexual activity prior to the marriage, then demons and evil
spirits have gained entry into the marriage relationship
since authority (entry) was given to the evil spirits either
by force or by way of permission. Either way, the sin (or
the sinned against) must be confessed with a willingness to
forget and leave the damage and the healing in the hands of
our Loving Father.
means the union of a Christian Man and a Christian Woman.
If only one spouse is a Christian, then there will be
problems that the Non-Christian will not be willing to deal
with according to the Standard, The Word of God, and without
the Word of God as our Book of Authority, then there will be
no points of agreements, hence there will be no foundation
from which restoration can flourish. It is the Church’s
responsibility to counsel couples prior to marriage to
determine whether or not both are True Believers in Jesus
Christ, else any efforts to assist them through counseling
after marriage will be in vain. This Standard holds true
for couples already married that want to join the church,
both should be counseled prior to joining the church to
ensure that they are Christians. Non-Christians
(non-Believers in Jesus Christ) should not be married nor
allowed to join the Church, else there is no foundation from
which to counsel them from when future issues arise.
Take some time as a
group to mediate on the Banners and to discuss how you feel
about these Standards. We may not have lived out the High
Standard, but we can do our part in acknowledging The Higher
Standard and passing it onto others as a Blessing, as a
Christian Philosophy that works, to the Glory of God our
Father In Heaven.
Lord, Help us to Bless the next generation by raising the
Banner High, In Jesus Name, Amen.