Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Proclamation of Bans
- If weddings are part of public worship, then all weddings/marriages that take place outside of the church are no marriages at all in this view. This is more the view of Roman Catholicism, than that of Protestantism, I believe. The institution of marriage/family gov't instead, as I understand it, is a universal, light of nature covenant given my common grace to all mankind, much the same way that all civil gov't is. Thus many practices found in various wedding ceremonies have to do with cultural differences.Cheryl----- Original Message -----From: Fred blahousSent: Monday, March 21, 2005 6:28 AMSubject: [Covenanted Reformation] Proclamation of Bans
I have noticed that the Proclamation makes no provision for many
things that are part and parcel of weddings today. Engagement rings,
wedding rings, honeymoons, and also the state-issued marriage
license. Since a wedding is an act of public worship, and all
worship comes under the RPW, would the lack of scriptural support
for these practises and the fact that none are mentioned in the POB
make some or all of them forbidden? Is there an official
Presbyterian position on this?
Also, as regards the marriage license, since it would bring a couple
under the jurisdiction of the Family Court in the event of breakup,
and this Court is closed, rather than public, would this violate the
Confession's requirement that all such proceedings be public? If so,
should church judicatories deal with such things and make them open
to the public? Just curious.
As for throwing rice, since this is done in immitation of a pagan
Roman ritual, should this practise be considered an act of pagan
worship forbidden in the word?
Finally, does the Ezra passage on the Israelites putting away their
pagan wives restrict interracial marriage? If so, would marriage be
restricted along the broad lines (Japethite, Hamitic, & Semitic) or
along narrower lines (Tueton, Gaelic, Slav, within the Japethitic
tribe)? Could a Germanic person marry a Slav or Magyar, or Roman? Or
do God's instructions to Peter "arise, kill and eat" make all or
some racial distinctions irrelevant to marital union?
Just wanting to know everyone's thoughts on this, and because these
can be "hot" topics, I hope we all approach them civilly. All the
best to everyone.