10 Women Christian Men Should Not Marry

In a former post, I detailed 10 men that Christian women ought to avoid when considering marriage. Today, I present to you my list for Christian men.

“I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house” (Proverbs 7:7-8).

1. The Unbeliever. Scripture is replete with exhortations against such marriages (in both the Old and New Testaments). Contrary to popular misconception, God’s prohibition against marriages to foreign women in the Old Testament was not due to racism. Instead, God was simply preventing the spread of idolatry. Israel, God’s chosen people in the Old Testament, represented what Christians would later represent in the New Testament. Hence, God’s prohibition against marrying an unbelieving woman in the New Testament (2 Cor 6:14) is simply the extension of God prohibiting a Hebrew man from from marrying a Canaanite woman in the Old Testament (Deut 7:3-4). “Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, for they will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods, and the LORD’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you” (Deut. 7:3-4).

What then, is a believer? A Christian essentially is someone who believes in the gospel of Jesus Christ. What then, is the gospel? The gospel is: 1. God is holy, loving, and just. He therefore, must condemn all sinners to punishment in the flames of eternal hell; 2. You and I are all sinners who deserve nothing but God’s wrath in hell after our deaths; 3. God loved humanity so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus (who was fully God and fully man), to die on the cross for your sins. Jesus paid the debt for your sins and absorbed God’s wrath on your behalf; 4. If you repent (turn from) all your sins and personally put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord, God and Savior, then you will have eternal life. (For more information on the saving message of the gospel, click here.)

2. The Divorcee. Jesus clearly taught that unless the first marriage ended due to a partner’s sexual infidelity, a second marriage is to be considered invalid and adulterous. A divorced woman, therefore, is off limits for a Christian man–unrepentant adultery being a sin that prevents one from obtaining eternal life (1 Cor 6:9). “If she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” (Mark 10:12). “And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery” (Matthew 19:9).

3. The Older Woman. Not a sin, but certainly not God’s ideal. God expects men to be the spiritual leaders of the home (Eph 5:25) and it certainly requires an extra measure of grace to lead a woman who’s older than you. Again, if you’re a man and you’re already in such a marriage, then honor it till the day you die–it’s still a valid marriage and divorce is not an option! However, if you’re not yet married but thinking about an older woman I want to remind you that God intentionally (with good reason!) created Adam before Eve in the First Marriage. Scripture informs us that God created man first chronologically for the sake of authority! Listen: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve” (1 Timothy 2:12-13).

Apparently, even secular researchers are now beginning to discover results that back up biblical claims: “If you’re a woman two or more years older than your husband, your marriage is 53 percent more likely to end in divorce than if he was one year younger to three years older.” (Source: Rebecca Kippen, Bruce Chapman and Peng Yu, “What’s Love Got to Do With It? Homogamy and Dyadic Approaches to Understanding Marital Instability,” Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, 2009.)

4. The Feminist. There’s no room within Christendom for the “Christian feminist.” Though women and men have equal value in the eyes of God (Gal 3:28), they certainly have different God-given roles. Any woman who tries to usurp her husband’s authority or even claims to be a co-leader with her man is gravely dishonoring the God who created her to be subject and obedient to her husband (Eph 5:22, Col 3:18, 1 Pet 3:1). Eve was distinctly created “for” man, a point that the apostle Paul makes abundantly clear in 1 Corinthians 11 when he writes, “For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.” (1 Corinthians 11:8-9). Men, your wife is to be your “helper” (Gen 2:18)–not your leader and certainly not your equal in terms of authority. Look for a woman who agrees with you in this very vital God-ordained relational dynamic.

5. The Immodest-Dresser. Sexy might inadvertently catch your eyeballs, but it shouldn’t catch your heart. The way that a woman is willing to expose herself says much about her heart: “And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart” (Proverbs 7:10). The text in Proverbs explains that a woman will dress in a certain way to catch a certain type of man. Don’t be that man. Don’t be the fool who’s led by his hormones instead of the Holy Spirit. Remember: you want godly, not gaudy.

By Stephen Kim – NYCPastor.com –

Survey: Of Regular Church Attenders, Few Tempted To Skip Worship For Football

LifeWay survey results seem to confound the belief of some pastors that cancelling services on game day is in the church’s best interest.

Each football season, weekend game schedules clash with church service times to create a tug-of-war between piety and pastime.

In an effort to compensate, at least a few churches throughout the U.S. abridge, reschedule, or even cancel services set to coincide with particularly popular games.

Ahead of the 2014 Super Bowl, in which the Seattle Seahawks played, one pastor in nearby Edmonds, Wash., explained the rationale behind closing the doors of his church for the corresponding service.

“I think that the main thing behind it is we can’t take ourselves too seriously,” Barry Crane asserted. “This is twice in Seattle Seahawks history that they’ve made it to the Super Bowl. Just because you go to church normally on a Sunday doesn’t mean you’re immune to fun.”

Judging from the results of a recent survey conducted by Christian retailer LifeWay, however, some pastors might be overestimating the appeal of ditching church to watch football.

Churchgoing respondents were asked to reply with four possible answers to the statement, “I would skip a weekly worship service to watch my favorite football team.”

Only five percent stated that they strongly agreed with the statement, while 10 percent expressed partial agreement. The overwhelming majority – 68 percent – strongly disagreed with the idea, an opinion bolstered by 15 percent who somewhat disagreed. Only two percent of those surveyed were not sure how they felt.

By B. Christopher Agee – Western Journalism –

CAN WE STILL RECOGNIZE AMERICA?

During the time leading up to the Revolutionary War the American people were very restricted in many areas of how they lived and how they did business. Before the Revolutionary War it was illegal to print a Bible in the Colonies. All Bibles had to be shipped in from England. The reason for this was the King did not want a version of the Geneva Bible printed in the Colonies. That Bible did not hold the king in the position that he wanted to be in and that was supreme ruler, almost a god. It was a situation where the king decided what you needed to know concerning the Christian religion. The importance the Geneva Bible to the Pilgrims and the Founders can be explained.

To understand it here is a bit of history of the Geneva Bible: “It is important that we spend a little time looking at why America was such a desired place to go during this time. America had begun to establish a society that was freer than any other nation in the world. That society was being built on the teachings of the new Geneva Bible. Up until the Geneva Bible no Bible was available in the English language nor were there any commentaries to explain many aspects of the teachings found in scripture. The Bible had just begun to be translated into the English language. The New Testament was first printed in 1526 by William Tyndale. In the process of translating it he was forced to flee England because of persecution from the Crown. He fled to Germany and then to Belgium before finishing the translation. Six thousand copies were smuggled into England and that caused Tyndale to be hunted down and imprisoned. Then on March 6, 1536 he was strangled and burned at the stake, all for printing the New Testament in the English language.

It was in 1553 during the reign of ‘Bloody Mary’ Tudor when the English were pushed to return to Roman Catholicism. She ordered the burning of all copies of the Bibles in English and caused more than 300 reformers, pastors and Bible translators to be burned at the stake. This caused about 800 English scholars to leave England, for safety reasons, and they gathered in Geneva culminating in the grouping of the finest theologians and Biblical scholars in the world at that time. There between 1557 and 1560 they began to translate the entire Bible into the English language. In the Geneva Bible were footnotes and commentaries from John Calvin, Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, William Whittingham, Miles Coverdale, John Knox and many more. These commentaries infuriated King James because they began to teach against a monarchy and totalitarian rule, supported individual freedoms, property ownership and many other things that took power and authority away from the king so in 1606 he ordered that a Bible without notes and commentaries be made available for him. This became the King James Version we have today.

The Geneva Bible was the first Bible to be completely translated to English from the original language.”[1] (Emphasis mine throughout) These commentaries talked about having men who feared God in places of authority, owning property, and individual freedoms. From this we can see that it was this Bible that began to build the fire for liberty in the hearts and minds of not just the Pilgrims but kept that fire burning all the way to the Founders and beyond. It was said that that the key liberties that were in the Declaration of Independence had been preached from the pulpits of America since the early 1600’s.

When America was beginning to be established the Pilgrims began to experience liberties that were unknown to the common person in the world at that time. One could pursue the vocation that he was interested in. In Europe there was still a strong cast system and what your father did you did whether you wanted to or not. This freedom was built the foundation for the greatest free market system the world had ever seen.

One could worship as one believed was the manner in which he believed best. In England the Church of England was the prominent church. You paid taxes that supported the church and the government dictated the doctrines of the church. In America you could worship freely and the pastors were free to preach the uncompromised Word of God. This exposed the inhabitants of America to a way of life that was not known anywhere else in the world.

By Pastor Roger Anghis – NewsWithViews.com –