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¶630.3.1.1 AS REGARDS DIVINELY APPOINTED INSTITUTIONS: Principles Regarding Marriage

¶630.3.1.1 Principles Regarding Marriage

Nature of Marriage: At creation God instituted marriage for the well being of humanity.
Marriage is the joining of one man and one woman into a lifelong, covenant relationship which the Scriptures call “one flesh.” (Genesis 2:18-24; Mark 10:6-9). The Scriptures also say that
this covenant relationship illustrates the enduring, holy relationship between Christ and His
Church. (Ephesians 5:22-33)

We believe therefore that marriage should be safeguarded and supported by both the church and society and should be formalized with public vows. It is not enough for a couple to live together in private commitment; we believe that they are to covenant before God and the state.

Sexual intercourse is God’s gift to humanity, for the intimate union of a man and woman within marriage. In this relationship, it is to be honoured (Hebrews 13:4, I Corinthians 7:3-5).
Marriage is therefore the only proper setting for sexual intimacy. Scripture requires purity
before and faithfulness within marriage. (See ¶630.2.8)