With What We Have Learned

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M____ wrote:

Hi M______,
I am not a legally ordained minister, and I do not see where any of the apostles went to anyone other than Christ for their credentials. If, as you say here, you come to see that orthodoxy is wrong, but you have already been ordained as a legal minister, then I see nothing wrong with using those credentials so long as it is recognized that it is not the legal aspect which constitutes a marriage, it is the spiritual aspect. It is not the state which joins a couple together as one flesh, it is God:

Mat 19:6  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

There is no legal ceremony for the truth of this verse either:

1Co 6:16  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

It is obvious to those who are given eyes to see that what is legal is not what binds. Nevertheless Christians are admonished to “be subject to the powers that be…” And while I conducted the marriage ceremony of my own son and daughter- in- law, and the funeral service for the wife of a dear friend, my son and daughter- in- law also had a ‘legal’ marriage performed at the courthouse. At the funeral service, I was asked to speak and allow as many as desired to say whatever they felt led to share about that lovely lady.  I was happy to comply in both instances.
While the Old Testament says nothing about paperwork when a marriage is performed, it does say much about having a marriage ceremony and having to pay the father for his daughter. While we have no account of Christ performing a marriage ceremony, we do have an account of his attendance at the marriage in Cana.

Joh 2:1  And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
Joh 2:2  And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

Christ would not have been there if he had not considered this to be a proper thing to do. While marriage has a ceremony in which the whole family and friends can participate, marriage is much more than a ceremony. I don’t need to remind you of the truth of Eph 5 and how marriage is actually a type of Christ and the church. So there are some parts of the New Testament which are still “as also saith the law.”
You ask:
“What do we do with what we are “seeing” and learning…”
The answer is that we first of all “keep ourselves unspotted from the world” so that our testimony will not blaspheme the name of our Savior. Next we just stay in God’s Word and wait for Him to provide us with an excuse to witness for Him. The moment you detect a vicious swine, back off and drop the matter. We cannot change anyone. That is the work of the spirit. We need to be ready to witness in season and out of season. But we must also learn to be patient and wait on the Lord to bring others to us.
There are several brothers in our fellowship who have ‘My Space’ blogs which they use as an opportunity to witness the Truth they have come to see. If you are apt at that sort of thing, then by all means use it. The only people who will come to your space will be those the Lord Himself will send. There are many ways to witness if we are willing to take advantage of the opportunities that are out there. I have pointed out the fact that Christ waited till He was thirty to begin His ministry. Joseph was 30 when he stood before Pharaoh, and the apostle Paul spent several years in relative obscurity before he was asked by Barnabas to come to Antioch. So take the time to become familiar with the doctrine of Jesus Christ before you go trying to tell others about it. But when you have properly prepared, then speak up and witness to the Truth you have been given at every opportunity.
I hope I have said something you will find edifying.

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