“Husband and wife shall be one flesh”
Question: Does God ordain a common law marriage?
Answer: No. Scripture does not ordain a common law marriage. First, we need to determine what a common law marriage is. A common law marriage, informal marriage, or a marriage by habit and repute is when a couple is legally considered married, without that couple having registered their relation as a civil or religious marriage (Wikipedia encyclopedia).
During my young adult years I thought that a couple had to “shack up” or live together for a period of time to be considered common law married. Incidentally, the State of Florida does not recognize common law marriages. A common law marriage is a MAN-MADE LAW. Jesus told His disciples to “Render to Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s” Luke 20:25.
Also Romans 10:3 says ‘For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God’.
Marriages between a man and a woman have been ordained by God. Marriages are not completed for convenience purposes. Lust and fornication is nowhere in sight. A marriage is a sacred and a ceremonial union that represents the oneness of the Almighty God. Genesis 2:24 says ‘Shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh’.
Rev. David Deal is the senior pastor at Every Christian’s Church in Fort Lauderdale.
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