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Edward Ridenour

Edward Ridenour has been a Bible Teacher for over 35 years and is the author of It's Good For A Man Not To Touch A Woman. For additional information or contact, you may visit www.mbgod.com

Posted 8/14/11 at 3:11 PM | Edward Ridenour

MARRIAGE REDEFINED: Homosexuals Doing What Heterosexuals Have Already Done

Yep, a déjà vu experience. Biblical marriage is being redefined again. This time, though, it isn't heterosexuals doing the redefining, it is homosexuals. They are determined to have a piece of the farcical marital façade that is promoted and exercised by heterosexuals. This is what happens when you adopt and promote secular marital concepts and call them Biblical. We now have one fornicated union (homosexuals) joining along with another fornicated union (unqualified heterosexuals) rehearsing a secular civil concoction in the name of God, and both declaring a Biblically viable marital oneness. It is all self-deceiving vanity, of course.

Someone will probably say and ask, "Yeah, but secular and Biblical traditions have always promoted marriage between a man and woman and not between two of the same gender. So, how can you say that heterosexuals have redefined marriage?"

Okay, it is very simple, so bear with me.

Yes, secular marriage has traditionally been between a man and woman. However, secularly, it's just a tradition. Secularly, anyone can be married, as long as the tradition is changed by the present generation that wishes to do so, beginning a new tradition. All one has to do is observe and see who is really the force behind the push for homosexual marriage. It is the approval and help of heterosexuals - both religious and secular. There isn't a homosexual population large enough to succeed on their own in procuring approval of these so-called marriages, which have already been granted in certain states. FULL POST

Posted 7/17/11 at 2:10 PM | Edward Ridenour

MARRIAGE: A Christian Exclusive

In a true Biblical marriage (one that is God approved, and I don't mean by a covenant), no government or religious organization has any power or authority in the making of one or annulling one as well. It is exclusively determined and enacted by God and the Christian individual involved.

Note that I said "God and the "Christian individual." The reason I said it this way is because true marriage belongs only to God, a Christian man married to a woman, or a Christian woman married to a man and no other.

Biblical marriage is strictly a Christian institution and is hallowed. It is separate from all other marriages. It is a Godly union to the Christian male or female - exclusively. This is so, because it consists of two human beings becoming one flesh by a God induced and God-centered conjoining, based upon their new creation and being attached to Him.

The purpose of this holy conjoining is for God to be glorified in this world through the Christian man or woman He created and in the heavenly depiction that their marriage emits. Through the Christian's commitment (I will address this shortly) exercised in their physical marriage, according to the order and instruction commanded (not suggested) in Scripture, they exemplify their commitment and order in their marriage to Christ as a member of His body – the church. FULL POST

Posted 5/30/11 at 2:24 PM | Edward Ridenour

MARRIAGE: A CHURCH CONUNDRUM

There was a recent report by The Christian Post saying,

"In an interview with World Magazine, Focus on the Family Chief Executive and President Jim Daly said that people in their 20s and 30s were especially likely to support same-sex marriage. Daly was asked by the magazine how evangelicals were doing in their efforts to support traditional marriage, in comparison to the success they have had advocating against abortion.

He answered: 'We're losing on that one, especially among the 20- and 30-somethings: 65 to 70 percent of them favor same-sex marriage. I don't know if that's going to change with a little more age – demographers would say probably not. We've probably lost that. I don't want to be an extremist here, but I think we need to start calculating where we are in the culture.'"

Mr. Daly is right about losing the argument against homosexual marriage. Also, to me, what is even worse is the age group supporting so-called homosexual marriage. If homosexuality has progressed as far as it has with the more conservative older generation, what will the status be when this new generation become old. If ever right teaching on marriage is needed, it is needed now. FULL POST

Posted 2/10/11 at 11:41 AM | Edward Ridenour

SEX EDUCATION OR MARRIAGE EDUCATION: Which Should Be Taught?

In the state of Nebraska, legislators are scrambling about wondering what to do with the "high rates of sexually transmitted diseases, including the human immunodeficiency virus, among youths in Douglas County," according to an article written in the Omaha World Herald regarding the statements of Nebraska Senator Brenda Council. "Since 1995, the county's rate of Chlamydia infections has outpaced rates in both Nebraska as a whole and the United States. If you look at the population that's being infected in Douglas County, you're looking at 13-, 14-, 15-year-olds, Council said, adding that too many young men rely on medical treatment for sexually transmitted diseases rather than using protection such as condoms."

Even though the school system has been teaching sex education for a long time, it is miserably unsuccessful. Now, Senator Council wants to introduce the teaching of "the benefits of abstinence" into the mix of the smorgasbord of sexual educational solutions, which includes "instruction in the proper use of all contraceptive methods approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has OK'd a variety of devices and medications, among them the "morning after" pill that prevents pregnancy after intercourse." Others say by adding this, it will send the wrong mixed message. FULL POST

Posted 1/17/11 at 1:49 PM | Edward Ridenour

God Told Hosea To Do What?

In addition to the unfortunate Scriptural misinterpretation, by the church, in believing that the church is the bride of Christ, which influences false perceptions of Biblical marriage and fornication, there is another erred perception, which does the same. This horrific perception is that God in the book of Hosea had instructed the Prophet Hosea to marry (sexually intimate) a prostitute. In my view, those who believe this theory have seriously failed to consider God's holy character and His Word. It is a theory that truly displays a lack of understanding in Biblical marriage and its sanctity, which He designed, as well as the consequences of its violation.

The church has used this prophetic book to support their perception of the church being the bride of Christ and that Christ is constantly forgiving the church for its sins, past and present, which Hosea symbolized by marrying Gomer and taking her back. This is based upon the interpretation that Hosea supposedly married a prostitute (Gomer) on Yahweh's command and, then, she continued in her whoredom, which Hosea forgives, taking her back, works with her, and continued to be a husband to her, without any consequence. FULL POST

Posted 12/29/10 at 5:32 PM | Edward Ridenour

Marriage, Fornication, and the Bride of Christ - part 2

Okay, here is my purpose for declaring and articulating in part 1 why the false notion of the church being the bride of Christ is incongruent with Scripture and destructive to all who apply the misapprehension of it to Biblical marriage and its violation. It is based on a comment made by an individual, which was brought to my attention from a fellow subscriber, regarding my thesis of fornication in my last article - "Fornication: Sinning Against Your Body."

In regard to an adulterous affair that had occurred and whether the innocent spouse would be defiling their self by not putting them away and taking them back, the individual stated, "Of course the prior fornicator can marry. The fornicator can stay married as well. Isn't the marriage between man and woman to emulate the marriage between Christ and His bride? Does not Christ forgive sin within this marriage? Are we not then supposed to forgive sin in our marriages? Does Christ cast out the sinner or did He come to be a physician?"

This is not to ridicule the person who wrote this. They are only emphasizing what they believe and what the church has taught for a very long time. However, it is mistaken and I hope I can convincingly show the reason why it is. FULL POST

Posted 12/27/10 at 1:50 PM | Edward Ridenour

Marriage, Fornication, and the Bride of Christ - part 1

There are a number of misconstrued Biblical concepts circulated that play a part in Christendom's inability to understand marriage, fornication, and it's implications to the body of Christ, as well as to the individual's body. By giving credence to these incorrect concepts, men and women will unknowingly continue to sin against God and their own bodies. Until these inaccuracies, mostly traditional, disseminated and accepted by Christians of all positions, which have their negative effect upon the Biblical depiction of marriage are corrected, Biblical marriage will continue to be plundered and violated, while fornication inextricably proceeds.

Believing that the church is the "bride of Christ" and the interpretation as to what that means is one of those concepts that brings contradiction in Scripture and detrimental consequences to individuals regarding Biblical marriage. When believers accept a wrong interpretation of Scripture and apply it to an aspect of life, fashioning their decisions and actions upon it, those decisions and actions can and do propagate sin within Christendom. The traditional assumption of the church being the bride of Christ is one of those situations. FULL POST

Posted 11/13/10 at 10:37 AM | Edward Ridenour |

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Fornication: Sinning Against Your Body - part 2

As I mentioned in part 1, the other negative effect fornication implicates, besides defiling your physical body, is its defilement of the body of Christ. As I described, the moment you are born again, you become a part, a member of Christ’s body. As a member, you are to glorify the rest of the body, including the head, which is Christ, by living a holy cross-bearing lifestyle. You are to strive for the well being of the body – the church.

When a member of the body becomes infected, which fornication promulgates, the whole body suffers. The member if unrepentant becomes useless, crippling the body. Unless that infection is stopped, the whole body will eventually be infected. “…for we are members one of another” (Ephesians 4:25). Infection is very evident in the church body today.

This is the warning the Apostle Paul stressed to the Corinthian Christians in 1Corinthians chapter 5 when he demanded that they “put away that wicked person” among them who had committed fornication with his “father’s wife.” (KJV)

Paul indicated how important it was for them to exscind that member for the well being of the whole by saying, “…Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened"  (1Corinthians 5:6,7). FULL POST

Posted 11/7/10 at 9:53 AM | Edward Ridenour

Fornication: Sinning Against Your Body - part 1

“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” (1Corinthians 6:18) (KJV)

This verse of Scripture, written for instruction to the church and not to the world, is another Scripture where the understanding of it is lacking. To comprehend the meaning of the text, knowledge of Biblical marriage is required and not traditional secular marriage concepts being practiced and promoted presently within Christendom. It is here within this declaration where the Apostle Paul laser’s in on the detrimental and consequential effect the sin of fornication imposes upon an individual’s flesh and bone.

To those who have not read my book “It’s Good For A Man Not To Touch A Woman,” which would be best, I suggest you at least read my previous articles, especially The Honor Of Biblical Marriage” posted here on CP’s “Today’s Christian Marriage” blog to acquire a basis regarding my thesis “Biblical marriage.” Those articles should, somewhat, facilitate in comprehending this article. The articles go all the way back to the beginning of the blog. FULL POST

Posted 10/24/10 at 5:31 PM | Edward Ridenour

Marriage: The Truth About Fornication

There are many verses in Scripture that instruct the Christian reader concerning fornication making it clear that it is extremely sinful to commit. If there is any sinful act that will provoke the wrath of God and bring destruction upon a people or individual, it is fornication.

This sin, when perpetrated, is a sin that not only violates God’s law of marriage in a physical sense, but also violates Him spiritually. It is a sexually intimate sin that is rooted in a self-centered mode of worship deemed idolatrous, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry; For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh upon the children of disobedience” (Colossians 3:5,6). (KJV)

Fornication is, also, the only sin that when committed is perpetrated against one’s own body (I hope to write on this soon). It is a sin that your body will suffer from and cannot be undone. It cannot be dismissed, no matter what.

Although true Christendom recognizes that committing fornication is sinful and shouldn’t be carried out (at least with the little knowledge they have), their Biblical understanding of it, preaching concerning it, fear in avoiding it, and discipline toward it within congregations is wanton. FULL POST

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