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 2/24/09 at 1:55 PM | Edward Ridenour
Love, love, love, love, love! Did I say it enough? This is one of the most overemphasized and misused words ever proclaimed, especially when it is applied to relationships of people. I won't attempt to itemize all of the different scenarios where this word is applied. I'll trust that you can think of plenty on your own. I would, though, like to address the application of this word when it is used in the context of marriage.
Posted 2/9/09 at 1:25 PM | Edward Ridenour
I know this may sound crazy to many that will read this, but with all sincerity and thoughtful consideration, the church's present ideas and perceptions concerning marriage are warped. What I mean by this statement is that when it comes to viewing marriage as depicted and exemplified in the Bible, our understanding and enactment of marriage does not coincide with Scripture. I don't even know how it happened that the church has come to believe and accept our present way of marriage and be convinced it is the way acceptable to God.
I have found it interesting that the way the church deems marriage to be applicable is when two people of the opposite sex have gone before a minister or some other government official to officiate their stated vows. Yes, you read that right. I said "some other government official" other than the minister. Why did I say that, you ask? Well, because when marrying two people, the minister is a government official implementing that marriage on behalf of the state, as do other government officials. FULL POST
Posted 1/12/09 at 5:27 PM | Edward Ridenour
As most people are aware, never in the history of our great nation has the establishment of marriage, exclusively that between a male and female, been attacked with such ferociousness. Because of this unprecedented assault, it has forced the true Christian church to defend the unchangeable idealistic structure of this "God ordained" establishment as never before.
The church's success on this matter will be determined on whether it is able to effectively segregate Biblical marriage from cultural marriage. At this point in time, it will be hard for the church to do this, because what qualifies and depicts marriage to the culture are the same qualifications and depictions for the church. There aren't any differences.
Along with other themes and reasons, which help form the bedrock of the church's argument, one that is predominately noted by many leaders advocating the exclusivity of heterosexual marriage is "tradition." For centuries, world wide, marriage has traditionally been established between a man and a woman and the tradition of this establishment, up to now, has been preserved. Tradition has accepted and conveyed the natural and Biblical premise that the male and female union is the only true legitimate joining. Therefore, qualifying homosexual unions as a marital equality with heterosexual unions disrupts the tradition of marriage. FULL POST