This Message is borne out of an intense agony and pain owing to the damage the world system is wrecking on the Godly institution called Marriage.
The news all over the world is that of divorce , separation, this trend all started in the western world and now it has snowballed into Nigeria despite her rich cultural and religious affiliations and beliefs.
Well ,to some of us that are spiritual ‘watchmen’, we are not marveled by all this developments because globalization will surely take its toll on unsuspecting and sleeping Christians, nominal Christians, and religious Christians .
And the result is what we are experiencing today, as many families have become endanger species-the end game is broken homes, failed marriages. Even the so called spiritual leaders and clergy have become victims of the End-Time fall. The statistics of divorce rate is staggering globally.
I was lead recently by the Holy Spirit to be doing teachings on the subject of Marriage despite the prompting I still kept mom but the news of the divorce of one of the leading Pentecostal leaders in Nigeria and so many other Nollyhood stars brought this issue to fore once again. The recent being that of a comedian nicknamed ‘Basket Mouth’,although I dont know whether he is a ‘Born Again’Christian but that news and others triggered me to resort to teach on this subject matter.
My sermon topic is titled:The Sanctity of Marriage.I will take time to explain what this topic is all about.
The sanctity of marriage means that it is spiritual and sacred. It should be permanent and reserved exclusively for couples that truly love each other. Marriage is a holy thing and is carried out in church in the eyes of God and before others who must be there to act as witnesses. As this is a promise made before God and others, adultery and divorce are frowned upon as it means a very important promise has been broken. Marriage can only work if there is commitment. There must be an equal amount of respect and understanding. To be equal and committed in their marriage, couples when they decide to have children must be fair in the role of parenting. They choose to have them together they should raise them together.
The Sanctity of Marriage
“To be married and to understand married life are two very different matters.”
(1) Even the believer may have misconceptions about the meaning, purpose, or sanctity of married life. Such understandings may be the result of observations made during our upbringing or that which we have seen or heard as we are “in the world” even though we are “not of the world.”
At times we are troubled by worldly norms and understandings of reason much the same as Lot was in Sodom and Gomorrah, “For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his
righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds” (2 Pet. 2:8). For that reason
we must turn unto the Holy Word of God which remains the only unchanging and unshakeable foundation
upon which one can build. Before it all, human reasoning and understandings must give way.
Let us examine our topic, The Sanctity of Marriage in the light of God’s Word and with the help of His Spirit.
Why is marriage considered holy?
Marriage is considered holy mainly, because God Himself established it already there inthe Garden of Eden giving it as a gift unto the first human pair. “Therefore shall a man leave his
father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Gen. 2:24).
Then, as well as now, the Word of God joins the couple.
Further, Jesus confirmed it in the New Testament with the following words, “Wherefore
they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore, God hath joined together, let not man putasunder” (Matt. 19:5).
The holiness of marriage is independent of the couple or officiant. It is holy solely
because God has established it with His Word.
By nature that which is holy is dedicated to the service of God. Herein lie great wisdom
and a solid foundation for married life. God has intended that marriage would serve Him. When
understood correctly both husband and wife labor to keep it holy by living in it, according to His
Word. All other aspects of married life fall into place when the marriage is dedicated unto the
service of God and to help fulfill His will.
2What is marriage? What is its purpose?
Simply defined marriage is “The God-appointed and legitimate union of man and
As experienced, marriage is a journey instead of a destination. It is surrounded by ever
changing conditions. As such it is dynamic, not static. It cannot be characterized by a single
event even though a single event marks its beginning. It is the wedding, which is easily planned
and soon over that stands out, but it is the marriage that must endure day by day, continuing over
time, perhaps decades, until the death of one spouse.
As such it must be worked at daily in order to maintain it in good order. If it is to be a
happy and blessed union the husband and wife must be good students. Students ever willing to
learn to love, honor, and support one another and at times students in the “school of God.” The
Christian marriage is resilient, often flourishing in the face of adversity or trial when both have
learned to respect one another and to trust in and live to the glory of God.
The Christian marriage is intended to serve God and His purposes, which are broader anddeeper than we may first think. The Scriptures define two explicit purposes and implies others.
The first purpose recorded is that of procreation or the continuing of the generations: “And God
blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth and
subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every
living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Gen. 1:28). The command to procreate was given to
all mankind and the yield of the earth is intended to serve this purpose.
The second purpose is that of a “help mate:” “And the Lord God said, It is not good that
the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Gen. 2:18). Herein are
contained the basic needs of the individual, emotional and biological, such as the need to belong
and to be loved as well as to find aid and comfort in daily life. These needs are common to all
mankind. For Christian spouses “an help meet for him” has yet a deeper meaning.
Luther wrote that the ultimate purpose of marriage “is to obey God, to find aid and
counsel against sin; to call upon God; to seek, love, and educate children for the glory of God; to
live with one’s wife in the fear of God and to bear the cross; but if there are no children,
nevertheless to live with one’s wife in contentment; and to avoid all lewdness with others.” 3
To be Continue
Charles Ejoh,is an End-Time Message Gospel Believer.He is the Presiding Minister of Christian Foundation International Ministry,a global Non-Denomination Restoration Movement.
Ejoh can be reach on his whatsapp,twitter ,facebook social media handles@christian foundation.