If a couple are not yet recruited into the jw cult and are married by either a Minister of Priest etc.Then some time after marriage they become a jw and the jws do not reconize any religion except their own,does this make a marriage legal in the watchtower eyes? Why arn't new recruits made to marry again in the hall with a elder? KLS
Jehovah witness marriage question?
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May the Kingdom Hall be used for a "second wedding" ceremony?
In some lands a couple must get married by a representative of the state, such as a judge, at city hall or the courthouse. That applies to Christians, too. But a Christian couple might want to share the happy occasion with their brothers as well as hear a Bible talk on marriage. So they might ask permission to use the Kingdom Hall in order to follow the civil ceremony with a Bible talk. If such does take place at the Kingdom Hall, it is not really the marriage ceremony, for the marriage actually occurred earlier.
But this two-part arrangement is not followed by Jehovah?s Witnesses in the United States. In this country authorized brothers can perform marriages in the Kingdom Hall. So a couple in good standing with the congregation can request permission to get married at the Kingdom Hall if that is what they want. Or they may decide to marry elsewhere, at a home, or a rented facility, or to have a civil ceremony at city hall. If they choose to have their marriage at a home or a rented facility or to have a civil ceremony elsewhere, there is no reason to have something additional at the Kingdom Hall later.
In some churches of Christendom the idea prevails that a couple must have a "religious wedding" in order for their marriage to be acceptable to God. But that is not the case. (Gen. 24:67) So, if two persons who are free to marry get married by a judge or any other authorized marrying agent, then the marriage is valid before God and the Christian congregation. To go through a "religious wedding" months or years later would suggest otherwise. And because once a couple are legally married in the United States their vows are binding, it would not be fitting to use the Kingdom Hall for a "second wedding" to "renew" those vows. In accord with Jesus? counsel, a married couple can let their "Yes" mean "Yes," viewing their vows as still in force before God and men.?Matt. 5:37.
Onacruise thanks,to me that is double talk,the jws say all other religions are satan ,but if they marry by satan it is still reconized under God.What a bunch of crap. KLS
Sorry on acruse i misspelled youre name.This topic really has me confused. kls
Gen 24:67: Then Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah?s tent. He took her as his wife and loved her
Yup... all ya gotta do is say "She's Mine" and it's a done deal!
Sorry on acruse i misspelled youre name
Yeah, and you'll spend an extra 10 days in purgatory for that! LOL
The inconsistency of WTS doctrine is appalling. The solemnization of a most fundamental family relationship, even if done under the auspices of a satanic/pagan world, is let to stand...but Christian baptism must be redone in accord with JW procedure: the deeply personal and openly public dedication to God previously made is considered invalid unless every square millimeter of your skin has been dipped. Talk about ritualistic mentality.
Else, that's an interesting point. Kate and I made a commitment to each other, and as far as we were concerned, it was the same (morally) as if we'd become married. We chose to legalize (ethically) that commitment several weeks later, but in the meantime neither of us felt the slightest twinge of conscience, as if "living in sin."
to me that is double talk,the jws say all other religions are satan ,but if they marry by satan it is still reconized under God.
The thing is, you're thinking of the marriage ceremony as a religious or spiritual requirement. But one thing the JW's do have right is that there is no wedding ceremony laid out in the Bible. So, scripturally, a valid marriage in God's eyes is any marriage that is legal where you live. In most of the West that includes church weddings. If you're "legal," you're married and can get nekkid together.
Of course, they don't recognize polygamous marriages, which are still legal in Moslem countries and parts of Africa, I believe. But the New Testament actually forbids that specifically.
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