Pentecostal rules dating divorced
Making a decision on the fly with no forethought is a recipe for going too far. Is it in our best interest to engage in these practices prior to marriage? For those who have adopted the standards of behavior endorsed by today’s entertainment industry, these are stupid questions.In fact, they are non-questions—meaning they just aren’t asked.It does not imply conversion from another denomination or religion, but from the carnal to the spiritual state.Once converts "receive peace from God," this is announced to the church and a baptism date is set. In fact, the very first wedding I ever performed, over 30 years ago, was a Catholic-Jewish celebration. Not too long ago, it was very uncommon for people to marry outside of their religion. In fact, there was a time when even a marriage between an Irish Catholic and an Italian Catholic was frowned upon. Today it is very common to find our children wanting to marry someone of a different faith.These points don't exhaust the issues, but do illustrate some of the areas that need to be addressed. All decisions about ceremony and children need to take second place to the love relationship of the couple.
Having sex prior to marriage is immoral and, according to God’s Word, we are supposed to “flee sexual immorality” (1 Corinthians ). So we’re supposed to run away from premarital sex and things that could entice us to be immoral. Because abstinence has been described in such negative terms, some educators are now choosing to use the word postponement to describe the process of delaying sex until marriage. Human history shows that these “touchy” activities often lead to lustful desire and sex. Some have asked, “Just how far can a Christian go without sinning?
In a male dominated culture, the woman derives her strength and influence from how important her husband, or father, is. Even now in the secular world, women cannot succeed very well, unless they have the support of husband and family, or they are single, and have no obligations, like conflicting child care issues.
– – Many churches do not see women as ministry material, because they consider women to be in a submissive, and supportive, role to men only.
"When people of radically different yet connected traditions marry, perhaps they are imaging a new way of viewing life.
It may seem disconcerting, but could it not also be a call to greater religious harmony? I would like to offer a few points for reflection based on my 30 years of experience as a priest who has been involved in many interfaith weddings.