A Leap of Logic and other issues

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Let us remember the basic issue that we are discussing. That Doug Wilson called multiple rejections of men seeking wives a good thing. He called them a ‘feature not a bug’. For each of the several young men that came for his daughter he patted them on the back and sent them on their way with ‘be warmed and filled (but not with my daughter).’

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Begging the Circular Question

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One of the things I love about the courtship process is that the success or failure of a courtship is not and cannot be judged by whether or not it results in marriage.  A successful courtship is one which results in all parties concerned being able to move forward in singleness or in matrimony confident … Read More

People Didn’t Date in Bible Times

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People didn’t date in biblical times. Dating as a socially accepted means of finding a mate has been around for less than a century. Before that, strict courtship rituals governed the path to marriage. Whom you married wasn’t even up to you most of the time. Falling in love before you got married or engaged is a twentieth-century concept.

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Titus 2 vs Prov 31

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Some have claimed that Proverbs 31 contradicts Titus 2. That the ideal wife in Titus 2 is a very, very different woman than the ideal wife of Proverbs 31. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Facing Hard Issues: Binding the Conscience

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God alone is Lord of the conscience.” To bind the consciences of believers on the teaching of Scripture is to recognize and extend Christ’s Lordship. But to do so only on the basis of human wisdom or preference is to usurp his rule….

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Facing Hard Issues: Three responses

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Our response to difficult issues facing the church must not be silence, it must not be some trite and trivial answer, and it must not be to try to silence those who raise the issue. We believe, and teach, that the church must be present for duty in discussing, and dealing with, the various issues that arise in our day. Be that betrothal, polygamy, divorce, or any other modern issue the discussion should not, must not, just be swept under the table. It must be brought out, looked at, discussed, prayed over, and, in the end, a course of action must be pursued consistent with Scripture.

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Invisible Goals

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Psalm 119:9-12 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O LORD: … Read More

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Why 1 Corinthians 7 Is the WORST Passage to Defend “Singleness” in the Church

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The seventh chapter of Paul’s First Epistle to the Church in Corinth is regarded by many to be the quintessential teaching on the who’s and what’s and when’s of marriage, certainly of the New Testament, if not the Bible as a whole. In a rare situation, Christians and non-believers alike seem to agree upon what … Read More

Qivering Qestions 11-15

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Well, another set of questions from No Longer Quivering. So far I have found her questions to be very appropriate, on point, and respectful. Today’s set of questions is no less. This set of questions, if I had to put a summary to them, well, I would be hard put to put a summary to … Read More

And Isaac Loved Rebecca II: Ignoring the text

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We get ourselves into very hot and deep water when we try to add to God’s Word. Often, as here, we find ourselves contradicting what that Word does say and example. It is a firm principle of Romeo and Juliet, of romance novels, and of Disney movies, that a man and woman must have a sincere and deep romantic attachment (called ‘love’) before they commit to each other in marriage. It is not a Biblical principle. The Biblical principle is that the Godly young woman will transform the sisterly love she has for each brother in the church into a wifely love, expressed in respect and obedience, for her husband.

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