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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 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

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

Posted 10/10/10 at 6:09 PM | Edward Ridenour

Better To Marry Than To Burn

“I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn” (1Corinthians 7:8,9). (KJV)

     Numerous scholars describe the word “burn” in verse 9 in various ways, but predominantly as a metaphor meaning “passions of sexual desires", which can be observed by the interpretations found in different Bible commentaries and revisions of the King James Version.

     However, this description or interpretation, in my opinion, is wholly inaccurate. It is incorrect on the basis of both context and logic. It is not metaphorical, but literal. Let me explain how I came to this conclusion.

     Contextually, the Apostle Paul is not prescribing Biblical marriage (understanding what this means is important) as the cure or remedy for passionate sexual desires, as these scholars purport. As if, lusts or passions sexually will cease once one is married. Tell this to the countless number of Christian married people who have fallen into pornography and/or have had sexually intimate encounters with another person while married. FULL POST

Posted 9/13/10 at 11:58 AM | Edward Ridenour

The Honor of Biblical Marriage

When making an attempt to discern the absolutes of God for Christians concerning marriage and its violation, searching His Word is the primary component for success. It is there that authority will speak instructing all Christians what is the truth of His ways. One such Scripture that accomplishes this is Hebrews 13:4 "Marriage is honorable in all and the bed undefiled, but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge" (KJV).

There are three distinct Biblical classifications of sexual intimacy, one of which every Christian man and woman fall under before God. These classifications are unmarried, married, and fornicator. Let me describe biblically the essence of each one:
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Posted 8/27/10 at 1:11 PM | Edward Ridenour

While the Church Sleeps

     Homosexuals are exposing the traditional marriage fallacy, which is so steadfastly embraced and practiced by Christendom. Christendom is vehemently fighting off the tenacious demands from homosexual's claims of their equal right to be married as heterosexual couples do. Like heterosexuals, homosexual's feel they have just as much right to vow their commitment and love to one another and it be sanctioned and acknowledged by secular government that they have done so.

     Is it possible that homosexuals will be the catalyst in forcing Christendom to finally realize that the traditional marriage concept (and its dissection) is a secular unbiblical standard, which is defined by men and not recognized by The God who created and designed marriage from the beginning? Will the church of God be placed in a corner, for the world to behold, where Christ's body will either: acquire the understanding and begin to practice true God-ordained Biblical marriage or surrender and share their secularized marriage concepts with homosexuals, along with any other contemptible deviant connections desiring to be recognized as marriage by a worldly government? FULL POST

Posted 7/5/09 at 11:06 PM | Edward Ridenour

MARRIAGE: Making it Righteous

There are certain rules and conditions involved in marriage that are required to make that marriage righteous. That is, a marriage pleasing and acceptable before God. A righteous marriage is one that is sanctioned by Him, fulfilling His design and will for a man and a woman in His creation.

The first and most important condition required for a marriage to be righteous is understanding what really constitutes a legitimate marriage in the eyes of the Lord and whether you qualify to be married without actually making it unrighteous by it being deemed an act of fornication instead.

Once it is determined that you qualify and you make a marriage, there are three other important rules and conditions applicable to make the marriage functional and righteous: FULL POST

Posted 3/12/09 at 7:06 PM | Edward Ridenour

Marriage: A Vow Won't Make It

Embedded in the Christian community, as well as the secular, is the notion and practice that marriage is non-existent unless each participant makes a vow to the other in front of a government official, and in most cases other witnesses. Once this is accomplished, the official declares, "By the power vested in me I now pronounce you husband and wife."

Believers in Jesus Christ defend Christian marriage based on these stated vows. They proclaim that we will be accountable to God for our vows to one another, and they are correct. We will be held accountable before God to uphold whatsoever we have sworn by oath, but when it comes to the vows that supposedly makes a Christian marriage, are the stated vows valid and are they acceptable to God?

What is a vow? When two people state their vows to one another to unite in marriage, they can concoct the vows to say or imply whatever they want. The most popular is "for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us part." Just to pick out one aspect of this vow, what is their meaning for "worse?" If this were true, there would never be a divorce. Just how bad do they consider the word "worse" to mean? Some have vowed to each other "as long as our love shall last." I take this to mean that one could abandon the other, because now their love for the other has diminished and, then, go take another to marry, doing it all over again. Would this vow be acceptable to God in that He would join two together based on this vow? Would this fit within His framework and commands of Biblical marriage?

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