THE ‘SAVING’ SACRAMENT OF ‘HOLY MATRIMONY’
‘Holy matrimony’ is another ‘rite of passage’ that consecrates Catholics for “the particular mission in building up the Roman Catholic Church, which provides grace for accomplishing that mission. This sacrament, seen as a sign of the love uniting Christ and the Church, establishes between the spouses a permanent and exclusive bond, sealed by God. Accordingly, a marriage between [Roman Catholic] baptized people, validly entered into and consummated, [in the church,] cannot be dissolved. [Jesus stated that fornication and adultery is the reason why couples can get divorced if they find the break irreparable, as these crimes annul the holy marriage covenant between “the two:” a husband and his own wife, Mt. 19:9.] “The sacrament confers on them the grace they need for attaining holiness [through step-by-step ‘sanctification’] in their married life and for responsible acceptance and upbringing of their children…”
Marriage is a personal covenant between a husband and his wife, not a ‘sacrament.’ This covenant was sanctioned and blessed by our Creator God, Who Alone can make sincere believers holy through the Biblical rebirth of faith in Christ Jesus. God Alone can join a husband and wife spiritually through His marriage covenant, (Mt. 19:4-6.) As all other church sacraments, ‘holy matrimony’ also centers on the dogmas of the Vatican and not on the Lord Jesus Christ, His Biblical bride, or on the truth of His Word. God’s marriage covenant has nothing to do with this so-called ‘sanctifying, saving, sacramental’ rite of passage!
ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING: The Legal, Two-Phase Wedding Ceremony of the Old Hebrews
The examples of Jesus the Bridegroom and His believing bride, and the historical account of the miraculous conception and birth of Jesus, nullify the sinful notions, which twist and reject God's legal marriage covenant between one husband and one wife. None but the direct, Biblical blessing of God Himself suits the marriage covenant, first consummated in the Garden in Eden between Adam and Eve. In the days that followed the fall, many man-made traditions, some extremely satanic, typified pagan marriage ceremonies, turning the marriage covenant of God into pure witchcraft. From all of these ceremonies, the Old Hebrew ceremony best symbolizes the spiritual marriage covenant between Christ and His bride of sincere believers. The Hebrew wedding ceremony, as described in the Bible, consists of two parts: the legal “betrothal” or engagement celebration, (Erusin,) and the legal marriage feast, (Nissuin.)
‘Sword of the Spirit’ explained, “A covenant would be drawn up and signed sealing the betrothal. As we see in the example of Joseph and Mary, a couple was considered to be married from the time of the signing of the betrothal covenant. Once a betrothed couple’s signatures were on the parchment it became a legally binding contract that could only be broken for reasons of infidelity and adultery... The reason for that was to avoid what is called "defrauding" or backing out of the betrothal. It was a way of holding the couple to their word and to the covenant, and providing the bride and groom with a sense of security. After signing the covenant the bride and bridegroom would drink from a shared cup of wine over which a betrothal blessing had been pronounced.”
Usually, engagement and marriage were celebrated within a year of each other. Although it is the first part of the marriage ceremony, the “betrothal” or engagement did not normally include physical consummation, the bride and groom were nonetheless legally married. To ‘break’ or annul an engagement necessitated a legal divorce, as in the case of Joseph when Mary was found pregnant with Jesus, (Mt. 1:18-25; Lev. 24:1-4; Isa. 50:1.) “Then Joseph her husband, [God calls her fiancé her “husband,”] being a just man and not wanting to make her a public example [of immorality, being pregnant before they came together physically,] was minded to put her away [or legally divorce her] secretly.” Footnote, Spirit Filled Bible, "Betrothal [or engagement] was as binding as the second part of marriage and could be broken only by divorce, [which required a legal letter of divorce in the case of adultery.]”
Even a modern day engagement, under Roman law, (which is being phased out by sinful 'human-rights' governments worldwide,) is viewed as a binding, mutual pact, contract, or wedding agreement between one female and one male. If either the fiancé or his fiancée breaks off the engagement, (or annuls the first stage of this legal two-phase marriage contract,) the guilty party can (or could) be hurled to court for ‘breach of contract.’ Some so-called ‘liberated’ countries, (liberated from God's Word and Law that is,) abolished this act in 1970.
In Jewish custom, the ‘betrothed’ (engaged) bride and groom were legally married, yet the bride remained in her father’s house while she readied herself, waiting on her groom to come and fetch her “to the home he had prepared for her.” [This is the symbol of the believing body of Christ, waiting and ‘readying herself’ for the return of Jesus the Bridegroom.] As described in all the Biblical allegories of this expected wedding feast, the groom’s arrival was announced by the loud sound of a trumpet, and after the formal wedding ceremony the happy couple and their guests would celebrate the Marriage Feast, (Jn. 14:1-3; Mt. 24:36; Mark 13:32-37; Mt. 25:1-13; Cor. 15:50-53; 1 Ths. 4:13-18.)
John wrote in Rev. 19:6-10, “I heard the voice of a great multitude… saying, ‘Alleluia!... for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.’ And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts, [the Biblical Moral-Law obedience and Holy-Spirit led works] of the saints. Then the angel said, ‘Write: Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb...’”
LIVING TOGETHER OR ‘COMMON LAW MARRIAGE’ WITHOUT LEAGALITY – “MARRIED IN GOD’S EYES?”
God’s Word makes no allowances for people to get physically intimate with their girlfriends and boyfriends. God’s Word calls such behavior “sin against the body” and “fornication” or dirty, sinful sex. A husband and wife are supposed to be best friends, but they are bound together legally and sacredly through their love for, and commitment to each other in God’s marriage covenant, which makes them ‘one’ in Christ. God never gave people permission to simply shack up together and think they are ‘married in God’s eyes’ – most people do not even think about ‘living together’ as being married. Most couples move in together to avoid commitment and responsibility, and for financial reasons, while others will not give up the pensions, medical aids, etc., which they get from their former marriages. Women, (mainly,) do not realize the legal complications that ‘living together’ pose for them, (and especially for the children born from such a union,) until that ‘boyfriend’ zips his bags and clears the country. Then, she is left to care for the kids alone, and while bearing all the emotional baggage, she also has to deal with the financial mess of it all. It is at this stage where some women realize that the marriage certificate is much more than ‘a piece of paper.’ A legal marriage gives the wife and children some financial and other protection, and above all, human dignity in this world where they must live until Jesus takes them home.
On the other hand, those who go beyond the physical law of the land and, without any legality, ‘get married in God’s eyes,’ are deceiving themselves to believe they have God’s blessing on such a union. God will not twist or nullify His Word to please anyone. When we accept Jesus, we do not transcend the physical laws of our country because we are not living in heaven yet. God will not accept such blatant rejection of the authority of political government, of which He commanded, “Let every soul be subject to the [political] governing authorities, [as far as they operate within the confines of God’s Moral law. Should politicians make us bow to them in idolatry it is another matter, for we have to worship God above all else.] For he [should be] God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain... to avenge and execute wrath on him who practices evil.” Jesus Himself commanded us to ‘give unto Caesar (the government) what is due to him, and give [morally] to God what is due to God. God did not say that Scripturally born again disciples may refuse to pay taxes, make their own marriage laws, and so forth. People are all living together here on earth, and if political government does not do what God commands them to do, (as we are experiencing all over the world,) chaos ensues. For instance, a murderer or murderess, who regrets, confesses, and repents from murder will go to heaven – but he or she must still face capital punishment for that crime against humanity. God commanded that murderers or murderesses must fall under the ‘sword’ of human government, (Gen. 9:6.)
What does God say about the witchcraft of parents, who approve of their children ‘living together?’
A “born again” couple, living next door to a worldly couple I know, allowed their darling daughter and her boy friend to live together for more than three years in the garden flat on their property before the two decided to get married. Once I asked the woman how she justifies that according to what God says about fornication. She first said she will not ‘anger’ her children by preaching to them; she ‘wins them with love.’ I told her that God called us to be His preserving, purifying salt and light, and if we will not be that in our own homes; among our own families, how can we be that to the world? We must never love our children, spouses, or anyone else more than we love God, (Mt. 10:37.) Better that the son or daughter is angry with us now than being angry in hell – dragging the parents with them because of their disobedience to God.
Then, that Christian woman actually ‘swore’ that she took her daughter to the doctor, and the man ‘verified’ that the daughter is “still a virgin after all this time!” To her great disgust, I laughed in her face and told her I am not a child to believe this lie to protect her daughter’s ‘integrity.’ Later, her neighbor asked why they, seeing that they are these “great” Christians, allow their daughter to “live in sin” for so long without confronting her. The answer: “Ask them, I cannot say why they dishonor God’s holy Name and Word this way.”
We can be certain that God will judge us together with those whom we protect in sin of all kinds, for it is written in Rom. 1:22-32, “[Because] they do not like to retain God in their knowledge [of Him, God allows them to fill their cup of sin before He judges them...] Exchanging the truth of God for a lie, and worshiping and serving the creature [people,] rather than the Creator... God gave them up to vile passions… Who, knowing the righteous judgement of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”
In the Old Testament, which was also governed by God’s Moral Law of Love apart from all the ritual temple laws, and which was, as Paul explained, ‘examples’ of how God deals with His people now, (1 Cor. 10:5-12,) God gave us the example of how Eli the priest loved his sons more than God; actively committing idolatry. These sons were “corrupt... and Eli was old; and he heard everything his sons did... and how they lay with the women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle of meeting, [temple-whores.] So Eli asked, “Why do you do such things? For I hear of your evil dealings from all the people. No, my sons! For it is not a good report that I hear. You make the Lord’s people transgress. If one man sins against another, God will judge him. But will a man sins against the Lord, who will intercede for him? Nevertheless, they did not heed the voice of their father, (1 Sam.2:12-36.)”
One would think Eli did what he should have done and God would be satisfied with his rebuke. Not so. God sent Samuel to speak to Eli, saying, “...Why do you kick at My sacrifice and My offering which I have commanded you... and honor your sons more than Me, to make yourselves fat with the best of all the offerings of Israel My people? [Sounds a lot like today’s lukewarm, compromising Christian parents and preachers, 1 Sam. 2:29; 3:12-19.] I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken... For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not [adequately] restrain them…”
THE WAY TO FREEDOM
Most victims of witchcraft, who escaped the devil’s clutches through faith in Christ, are periodically, (in God’s timing and under His control,) pressured, oppressed, and harassed by demons to remain stuck in, or to return to false religion, ritual sacrifice, and the deceptive control of religious priesthoods, households, families, and hierarchical church clergy. In spite of all that, Jesus assured all those who seek freedom in Him that they will find it, for He has come to “give life, and to give it more abundantly,” (Jn. 10:10.)
The Lord Jesus Christ is the only true answer to the ills of this world. It might not feel that way, but Jesus Himself is the only Way to full, lasting spiritual and emotional deliverance. Jesus said, if we “remain in Him, (the Truth and the Word,) we are truly His disciples.” And if we are His sincere disciples, “we shall know the truth and the truth will set us free,” (Jn. 8:31.) This means, we must stay at Jesus’ feet, seek His face continually to grow in Scriptural knowledge, and be obedient to the truth of His Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit until He calls us home.
Nevertheless, many false and uninformed teachers turn deliverance methods and doctrines from the occult into a dangerous and complicated set of confessions, rituals, and unscriptural procedures, while one must simply understand that Christ Jesus is not just the Savior of the “whole world” but also the Redeemer of all those who personally and sincerely belong to Him. Jesus is almighty, ever-present, and all-knowing. To Him, spiritual, emotional and physical deliverance is not a massive achievement; it is simply a matter of sending one of his mighty angels to accomplish His will. It is therefore no more miraculous to be delivered from the deep chasms of unabashed Satanism, than from church idolatry and other forms of pagan religion. Where our omnipotent God is concerned, bondage remains bondage by any other name.
Thus, it does not call for ‘more’ of the Holy Spirit’s power or ‘more’ of Jesus’ wounds and blood to deliver from occult demonic possession, than to deliver from any other type of bondage — church deception and false pastoral control included. All deliverance is a purely supernatural, miraculous work of God Himself. We may boldly pray and intercede for others in prayer, but just as no human being can save anyone’s soul, no human being can deliver us from demonic deception and other types of bondage. God Himself is the One and Only Master of Satan and all his demons, but God requires our obedience to Scripture and to the leading of his Spirit to loosen all demonic bonds on our lives. In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. There is no other name under the sun by which we can be saved, delivered, healed, comforted, or protected than the Name of Jesus.
Make certain that you are water baptized according to Jesus’ own example and commandment in Mt. 28:19-20. The baby sprinkling is not Jesus’ Scriptural baptism for personally born again believers. Know that all true believers have the indwelling Holy Spirit in them and He gives His gifts to them “as He wills,” (1 Cor. 12:1.)
Victims of, and participants in idolatry and witchcraft must simply repent, (renounce and turn away completely and for always) from all forms of idolatry and witchcraft, and turn wholeheartedly to the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible. No special confessions; no special prayers; no ceremonies and hype. Victims must merely make a personal decision and a sincere confession to accept Christ Jesus into their hearts or spirits, souls or minds, bodies, and lives forever, (Rom. 10:9-10; Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 4:6.)
The following truths are great ‘bondage breakers,’ which every believer must follow to live a life of true victory in Christ. We must simply ask God’s forgiveness for every single involvement in the occult and in false church religion, and for every other type of personal and collective (family/ancestor) sin such as Satanism, freemasonry, etc.; confessing and renouncing (or rejecting) every sin, sinful practice, involvement – and every false and foul spirit that came with it. (Ex. 20:1-6; 1 Jn. 1:9; Eph. 1:7; Prov. 28:13; Jam. 1:16!)
We must also be willing to confess the serious sins, which we have committed against other people. Not to a priest or anyone else, but to those we have wronged, and make right with them as far as possible, (Jam. 5:16.) Once we have sincerely confessed our sins to God and others whom we have personally harmed, we are completely forgiven and “cleansed from all unrighteousness,” (1 Jn. 1:7-9.)
We must also ask God to reveal His truth to all those who have badly sinned against us; to convict them of their sin, and to save their souls. Tell the Father that you make a choice not to hate them or take revenge on them, but to forgive them. By obeying His commandment to confront serious sin as far as your abusers will allow you to do, you will follow the Scriptural leading of the Holy Spirit, (Mt. 18:10-15.) If it will be possible to resolve the conflict by obeying God’s Scriptural directives, you “will win a brother or sister.” If not, you must set them free into Jesus’ almighty, all-wise ‘custody,’ because He specializes in doing what is right and just.
We may now ask God the Father to deliver, heal, restore, and protect us spirit, soul and body; [our loved ones and our (and their) entire lives too,] under the blood-covenant of Jesus Christ, the almighty ministry of His Holy Spirit, and the protection of His mighty, holy angels. Ask God to always be led by the Spirit and to do His will according to His Moral-Law commandments, (Jn. 13:34.)
It is also important to tell our Father that we dedicate and submit ourselves spirit, soul (mind) and body; our entire lives and all our talents; our loved ones, homes, and everything else God had entrusted to us, to Him Alone. We therefore surrender everything we are and have into His very capable hands, and submit ourselves to His sovereign, Scriptural will.
Now, in Jesus’ Name and in the authority of the indwelling Holy Spirit, speak out. Declare out loud that you, by grace and not by your own works, belong to the Lord Jesus Christ; that you and everything that pertains to your life stand, live and are protected under His New Testament Covenant, which was written for you in Jesus’ own blood. Thank God for His Holy Spirit Who lives constantly in you, and for His mighty angels who encamp all around you to protect and deliver you where necessary. Thank God for giving you spiritual authority in Christ over Satan and his demons and that your name is written in heaven’s Book of Life, (Lu. 10:20; Rev. 3:5; 20:12.)Proclaim that in Jesus you are His spiritual king/queen and priest and have the complete power of His indwelling Holy Spirit, (1 Pt. 2:9; Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15-18.)
Then, in the Name of Jesus and in the power of Holy Spirit, speak out against all evil that has controlled you, scared, robbed, influenced, deceived, oppressed, abused, hurt, and attacked you. Break every bond, attack, deception, and curse against you and against everyone and everything that pertain to your life, (the curses which you know about and also all unknown curses.) Declare boldly that, as a true child of Jesus Christ, no one has the right to curse you because you are fully blessed in Him — believe and confess this always from now on, (Gal. 3:10-14; Prov. 26:2.)Declare that, in the Name of Jesus, you claim your spirit, soul, body, (1 Ths. 5:23,) home, children, life, work… and everything else in, or pertaining to your personal territory, where only God Himself and His holy angels may live and reach. Place everything under the total possession and control of the Holy Spirit of the Bible and His holy angels.
Say out loud that, in the Name of Jesus, you bind and reject, and therefore cast out every evil, deceptive, and dirty spirit from your home and surroundings; that they must all leave at once because you break all their power and strongholds, and forbid them to ever return! Ask God to send His mighty angels to remove every evil human spirit that have might afflicted you in any way. Then loosen the peace and grace of God upon yourself, your loved ones, home, work, and your entire territory until Jesus returns for you to take you home.
From this day forward:
We must all continually “grow in knowledge and in grace” by studying the truth of God’s Word diligently, follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, be doers of God’s will, and, submitted to God, steadfastly withstand the devil’s lies and onslaughts, (2 Pt. 3:18; Jam. 4:7.) Our lives and everything that pertain to it are our personal responsibility. We must live a holy, Spirit filled life in a continual, prayerful relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ.
Praise the Father in heaven continually that all this was done for all eternity by faith in the Name of Jesus Christ because those, whom Jesus has set free, are free indeed! (Jn. 6:36.)
Keep yourself safe and holy by serving the Lord Jesus with all your heart, soul (mind,) and strength; fleeing from all moral sin. We may seek help when we feel weak; there is no shame in “fighting the good fight of faith” together. In fact, practical love for one another pleases God greatly, (Jn. 13:35.) Do not be surprised or afraid if the enemy tries to harass you and say that you are not completely free in Christ. He is an absolutely defeated foe, (Col. 2:13-15.) Jesus has you covered. All Satan has to scare you with and to bring you back under his control are lies and deceit. Withstand and if necessary, rebuke him steadfastly in faith and focus on the truth of Jesus above all else. Use the Scriptures against the enemy; it is the Sword of the Spirit. You wholly belong to Jesus, but the battle for the control of your thoughts will continue in many ways. Jesus Alone has the right to control your thoughts, and He gave you the power to “take captive every thought and to bring it into obedience to Christ,” (2 Cor. 10:5.)The enemy must flee before His Name, Scriptural truth, and Holy-Spirit, (Deut. 28:7.) Though your steadfast rejection of the enemy; his deceiving, abusing disciples, and all his lying schemes, all bonds will be broken, (1 Jn. 5:18-21.)
God’s children must repent and flee or abstain from personal and collective bondage. Do not play with the devil in any way! God warned in 1 Cor. 15:33 that “bad company corrupt good morals.” This includes sexual sin, the abuse of addictive substances, moral sin such as fornication, adultery, unforgiveness, lies, and revenge; bad habits that oppress others and entice them to sin; submitting to false authority, false church doctrines and religious practices; all forms of occultism: (i.e., ancestor worship; communication with all kinds of witches and spirits, the use and possession of occult ‘medicine,’ charms, and other ‘accursed objects’ such as tribal masks, and ornaments that are dedicated to strange gods, or connected to the occult in some way or another.) Avoid all unrepentant and false people, no matter who they are, as you would avoid sin and the devil itself, (1 Cor. 15:33.) Cleanse your heart, soul, (mind) home and life continually from everything that can connect you to the enemy and allow him to have a hold on you, or on some area of your life.
Thank God that His sincerely believing, obedient children are never alone. We might feel alone sometimes, but the God Who called us from ‘darkness into His marvelous light’ has promised, “I will not in any way fail you or give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless, nor forsake, nor let you down, or relax My hold on you. Assuredly not!” – [Amplified Bible, Heb. 13:5.] In Jesus Christ, every promise in the contextual truth of His Word is “Yeah and Amen!”