Marriage is a Covenant, Not an Institution

Several years ago, I noticed that there was a high percentage of divorces within the church among church leaders—men and women who should be our examples but could not reconcile their own marriages. So how could they reconcile others? Sadly, the church looked as if we were okay with what was happening. This concerned me, so I asked God if there was anything that I could do.

As I was riding one day, I heard the words “Marriage is a covenant, not an institution,” and I was not sure what this was about. So my research began. What does the marriage covenant mean? How does God feel about this covenant? What is an institution? How does this affect the marriage relationship? What does God really think about divorce? How does all of this affect our relationship with God? Who gave the courts the authority to redefine marriage?

--Arthur J. Lindsey, Sr.

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