“By the power vested in me by God and the State of ‘XYZ’, I now pronounce you husband and wife.”
If you’ve ever wondered when and how God gave a minister the power to declare two people as married– this book is for you. If you’ve ever searched the Bible for a description of a wedding or an exchanging of marriage vows and have come up empty handed– this book is for you. If you’ve ever wondered if two people can marry without a marriage license– this book is definitely for you.
Marriage has existed since the beginning of time, while the marriage license is a relatively new creation in American culture. A marriage license is never mentioned in the Bible and most early American settlers never heard of such a document. For as long as men and women have been on earth, marriages have taken place. How is it, then, that so many people have come to believe that government involvement is the only way for two people to become married?
Using biblical scripture, as well as legal and historical evidence, this book will show you why so many are purposely choosing marriage without a license. It presents a strong argument in favor of government-free marriage while proving that such is a completely legal and moral alternative to civil marriage. Most important, however, this book will clearly illustrate the fact that marriage, as it is depicted in the Bible, is a completely separate entity from civil marriage.
While social and political debate about who has the right to marry rages on, it is more important than ever to understand the distinctions between biblical and civil marriage traditions. This book goes a long way in highlighting why it is necessary to separate church and state in such matters. It further illustrates why so many who view civil marriage through a religious lens are wrong in doing so.
Sure to spark controversy in the hearts of many, Marriage Without a License will take you on an historical, social and religious journey that will turn what you thought you knew about marriage upside down. Whether you agree or disagree with its contents, one thing is for sure: after reading this book, you will never view civil matrimony in the same light again.
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