Modern Society and Obsolete Marriage

by John and Ruth Greene

unbrotherly-love-wAmericans believe that marriage is optional and may soon become obsolete. The headlines are out and must be true; so says the renowned  Pew Research Center. In the eyes of the world, this could be true, but those that seek the Will of Elohim [‘God’] must separate themselves from the darkened thinking of the world. Darkened thinking is exactly why ‘God’s church’ is not prospering. (Romans 1:21, 12:1; James 1:5-7; “Christianity: A Crisis in Prayer & Spirit“; “Thinking of Love“; “The Struggle for Purity of Heart“)

While it isn’t hard to debunk the official line of this stream of publicity about the death of marriage, or even the importance of marriage, there is a deeper problem at hand in modern society. (1 Corinthians 7:2, 9; 10:13; 1 Timothy 5:14-15) In this light, Christians should not be surprised about any statistics, contrived or otherwise, as politics, science and rights movements seek to redefine the human family. (“Christian Conduct in the Sexual Realm“)

small-familyThe family is clearly defined by the Bible. (Genesis 2:8, 18-24; Ephesians 5:22-26; 6:1-4; Malachi 2:16) Regardless of how men define marriage, disciples must define marriage as YHWH, Elohim of Hosts defines it. The laws of the land do not determine what is or is not marriage, nor how marriage behaves. (“The Garden of the Marriage Relationship“)

Society and politics are struggling over the construction of marriage as a means to own certain rights and benefits, while faithfulness, commitment and the sanctity of marriage are actually what are in decline. (“Facing Adversity in Faith“; “Sex is Marriage“;”Are You In Danger of a Reprobate Mind? Sexual Sin and YHWH“) Society may lay claim to ‘traditional values’ in their thinking, but this thinking does not show in their actions. Statistics from the US Census Bureau show that traditional experiences of marriage and family are changing to favor co-habitation and the unmarried family, a unity of convenience rather than a unity strengthened by YHWH. (1 Corinthians 1:1-7) Marriage is designed to be a threefold tie between YHWH, husband and wife.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. but woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NKJV

older couple bible studyThe importance of loyal companionship cannot be overstated. Two disciples that are bound together in Messiah are stronger than a single disciple. In the same way, sanctified marriage in the Holy Spirit is more than the union of one man and one woman. YHWH is the center of a marriage between a brother and sister in the Messiah. YHWH performs a miracle in divinely-grounded marriage, uniting two in a covenant relationship with Him as one, through the tie of three. A cord or rope of three strands is symbolic of the sacred union of marriage created between two devoted disciples as man and wife. This marriage bond is not about a marriage ceremony, since marriage ceremonies are a cultural creation, not a Biblical one. The marriage bond is a covenant between YHWH, husband and wife while they live on this earth as a witness to the world. (Genesis 2:18-25; Isaiah 54:5-6) The two become one through YHWH’s Spirit and operate in this way in their life. (Ephesians 3:7-20; “Is YHWH in Your Marriage?“; “Holy Spirit 101“; “YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“)

manipulationA corporate mindset is grounded in the dark kingdom. The corporate mindset is one of power, leverage and group fulfillment (manipulation) through elite thinking, which can easily be used in personal thought. It is a system of domination and control by sociopaths. Normalizing is a favorite of this system, where destructive behavior is broadcast to desensitize those that witness the behavior.  The dark kingdom ideal of corporate thinking must not apply to any human family or that family is unlikely to exist for long. In the big picture, corporate thinking sees the family as merely a means to an end, the continuation of power and subservience to sustaining the same corporate authority. In this way, life matters have become disconnected from ‘moral’ and ‘ethical’ concerns to one of profit and continuation of that profit at the expense of all else. (Ephesians 4:26-27) The western lifestyle descends from this mindset, based on the appearance of prosperity and profit. The corporate mindset is one of management, in direct opposition to the root of the family and the purpose of YHWH. The root of the family is love, a quality that is often sacrificed for personal advantage in the spiritually darkened world, to the spiritual demise of all involved. (Ephesians 2:4-6; 1 Corinthians 13) Christian behavior is clearly defined by the Bible, rooted in love through the Messiah and the Holy Spirit. To be a disciple of Messiah means that a disciple seeks the Will of YHWH in his or her life instead of the will of mankind. (Deuteronomy 12:8; 13:18; Proverbs 21:2; 16:25; 30:12; Acts 5:29; Philippians 2:14-18; 2 Timothy 2:24; “Porneia: Conduct of Disciples in the Sexual Realm“; “Wisdom & the Battle of Two Kingdoms“; “Real Love“)

separationModern forces of government and corporate thinking seek to divide and conquer, pulling any value of authority within the family to itself. The role of men has been devalued and diminished to one of a biological donor, even as the role of women has been demoted to one of mere biology, a caretaker for the seed of the future. The role of children has been elevated to one of superiority because they can be more easily manipulated. Even as this society mandates superiority of children for their own means, more children find themselves victimized by the world: damaged and abandoned without spiritual understanding. The purpose of this distorted hierarchy is solely designed for political power, which seeks to destroy any semblance of the human family from within as this outlook seeks the ends of a powerful dark authority as “father.” To this sort, the family is a unit of political manipulation and convenience. (“The Lie Changes Everything“; “Approved: Lie Cheat & Steal“; “Culture: Prompting Falsehood Through the Lie“)

As a result, men are often stripped of any family authority. Men may also be promoted to be weak vessels, promoted in a corporate sense as “servant leaders.” (Matthew 8:9) Even Christians improperly see the application of the Words of Yahshua [Jesus] in relation to the world instead of in relation to the true brotherhood of disciples. Each disciple is a leader through love in Messiah to the brotherhood in Messiah, not merely through a form of corporate subservience made to appear as leadership. A spiritual mindset of scripture applies between husband and wife, as spiritual brothers, spiritually joined through Yahshua [Jesus], in covenant with YHWH through the Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit]. (“Seductive Persuasion Breaks a Good Man“; “The Great Beast Seduction“; “Consenting to Fables of Men“; “Holy Spirit 101“; “How to Receive the Holy Spirit“)

“Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:26-28, NKJV

“But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.” – Matthew 23:11,NKJV

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” – Philippians 2:3, NKJV

new-man-in-christThe world does not consider spiritual authority as important even though this authority is actually the basis of the family and brotherhood in Messiah, (Matthew 7:29; 28:18; 2 Corinthians 10:8; 13:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Titus 2:15; 2 Peter 2:9-10) the spiritual core of mankind. (Proverbs 18:21) This spiritual authority descends through Yahshua [Jesus] (Matthew 28:18) to disciples. (Luke 9:1; 10:17; Mark 13:34; 16:17-18; Acts 3:6) This authority is accessed through trust in YHWH alone. (Matthew 17:18-29) In opposition to Elohim corporate mindset of the dark kingdom has invaded the family and politics. Modern society has made men into little more than corporate slaves or migrant workers that operate in line with the curse of man in Genesis 3:16 and 3:17-19. This suits the elite of society as the importance of family is employed and reduced for their benefit. (“Bible Prophecy and the Rise of the Corporation“; “The Role of Authority in Your Life“; “Disciples of Messiah & the Authority of Man“)

bound in covenant unityA combination of societal forces often puts Christian husbands in an indefensible position as the head of the family when their family falls prey to the wiles of the world. (“Prospering Your Family“; “The Good Wife“) All of this is against the Word of YHWH and He holds each disciple answerable for how they behave within the family. Each disciple is answerable to YHWH. (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; Ezekiel 18:20; Matthew 7:21-28; 16:24-25; Mark 7:14; James 1:23-25; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:12; Galatians 6:7-8; “Family Stress Affects Generations“; “Breaking the Hold of Stress“)

marriage and faithfulnessIn marriage, husband and wife are commanded to submit to one another in sanctified love through Messiah. The husband is the spiritual head of the family with more duties assigned to him. He is to love her, cleansing her with the Word, treating her as Yahshua [Jesus] did the disciples [‘church’].  She is to submit to his love and they both cleave to one another as one. (Ephesians 5:22-31; 1 Peter 2:18-19) Sin always nullifies the command to submit because submission to YHWH is always first. (“Submission in Marriage“)

“But, because of the hardness of your unrepentant heart, you are treasuring up a store of wrath against the day of wrath, and against the revelation of the righteous judgment of YAHWEH: He ‘will give to each according to his deeds:’” – Romans 2:5-6, HRB

“Let the brotherly love continue.  Do not forget to receive strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained messengers. Remember the prisoners as if chained with them, and those being mistreated, since you yourselves also are in the body.  Let marriage be respected by all, and the bed be undefiled. But Elohim shall judge those who whore, and adulterers.  Let your way of life be without the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I shall never leave you nor forsake you,’  so that we boldly say, “YHWH is my helper, I shall not fear what man shall do to me.’” – Hebrews 13:1-6, ISR98 ; Gen. 1:27, 5:2; Matthew 19:4, 5)

twokingdomsperspYHWH wants His people to be pure of heart. (Psalm 24:4, 51:10; Matthew 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 2:4-5; Titus 1:15-16, 2:14; Philippians 4:8) This applies to what each disciple does within the family, in the brotherhood of Messiah and in his or her dealings with the world to the extent possible. As you seek YHWH and learn His ways, your will becomes like His. (John 15:4; 1 John 2:28, 3:6-8, 4:13) Strongholds of the dark kingdom become trimmed back and then uprooted from your heart. This is the beginning of YHWH’s best for you! (“What is the Standard of Life Conduct in a Disciple of Messiah“; “Breaking the Strongholds of Egypt and Canaan in Your Heart“)

Heavenly Father,
The world is such a mixed up place. Help me to put down darkened thinking in my life and instead to glorify you and to be thankful. Help me to present myself as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to you. I want to carry this kind of holy thinking into my family life, to change our lives forever. I ask you for wisdom, Father so that I can do my part in leading my family and those close to me by example, just as Messiah did for all of us. Help me to do my part in putting aside all vain thoughts and imaginings. Help us to submit to one another as brothers in Messiah while fulfilling our assigned family roles in a deeper and more complete way. I want to honor my family, so help me to be less so that I can be more for them, not always thinking and chasing after old ways of the flesh and old temperaments, but honoring my family through caring and brotherly love. Thank you for helping me to break free from the strongholds of the world and to make you my stronghold, my strength, my strong tower. I thank you in the holy name of  Yahshua [Jesus] Messiah for your eternal love and guidance.
“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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