Protestant Views on the Marriage Ritual & Authority


#1

Granted, some Protestant groups believe that Marriage is indeed a sacrament, while others do not. The Catholic Church believes that marriage is one of the only 2 sacraments (the other being baptism) that anyone can perform if under emergency circumstances.

But I was thinking, why do Protestant ministers believe that they can marry one man and one woman? Where do they believe that authority comes from? Where in the Bible does it say that?

Is this another instance of Protestants practicing a non-Biblical belief (in the same vein as “public revelation ended with the death of the last apostle”) ???


#2

The Priest or the Preacher aren’t actually marrying the couple. They are instituting the sacrament upon each other. The Priest or Preacher are just witness to it. That’s why why recognise protestants marriages. You don’t need holy orders to administer marriage or baptism.


#3

We shouldn’t be so narrowly ‘Catholic’ in our expression.

Marriage is a covenant as well as a recognized sacrament. It is a covenant in which the parties give themselves to each other, in imitation of God’s covenant with mankind.

What is this ‘emergency’ stuff here about marriage?


#4

It depends on how you define “sacrament.”

Please note that the word “sacrament” appears nowhere in Scripture.

The Catholic Church believes that marriage is one of the only 2 sacraments (the other being baptism) that anyone can perform if under emergency circumstances.

But I was thinking, why do Protestant ministers believe that they can marry one man and one woman? Where do they believe that authority comes from? Where in the Bible does it say that?

A couple does not need a pastor to marry in the eyes of God.

Marriage is a covenant made between three persons: God, man, and wife. Nowhere is there room for a fourth.

Secondly, where did the “authority” to marry come from before Catholic priests existed?

Is this another instance of Protestants practicing a non-Biblical belief

If marrying is a non-Biblical belief, then we are all in a lot of trouble.


#5

Marriage is as old as Adam and Eve. See Chapter 2 of Genesis. We teach that it was raised from its natural level to a sacrament by Jesus by his actions at the wedding feast at Cana and his pronouncements on divorce. How much more Biblical do you want it?


#6

Who had the authority between then and the Catholic Church?

We teach that it was raised from its natural level to a sacrament by Jesus by his actions at the wedding feast at Cana and his pronouncements on divorce.

Was Christ teaching new doctrine with His stance on divorce?

No.

Christ turned water into wine at Cana so they could party some more. That turned marriage into a “sacrament” all of a sudden?

How much more Biblical do you want it?

Maybe a mention of what a sacrament is, or that marriage is a “sacrament” as defined by the RCC.

Both those are strangely missing throughout the entire massive text.


#7

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