God did not approve the polygamy of the fathers or commend it, but did only tolerate it as a lesser evil for the preventing of a greater. Marriage is the indivisible conjunction of one man and one woman only. This Christ of purpose teaches (Matt. 19) where He says that “God created them at the first man and woman,” and not women (v. 4), “that a man must forsake father and mother, and cleave to his wife,” not to his wives (v. 5), that “they twain shall be one flesh” (v. 6). And in all this Christ makes no new law, but only revives the first institution of marriage made in paradise. And Moses having set down this divine institution, adds withal that Lamech was the first that broke it by taking many wives.… Read More Polygamy in the Old Testament
Five reasons the laws in Leviticus 18 are not ceremonial, but moral, and remain binding today.… Read More Leviticus 18: Ceremonial or Moral?
Richard Baxter’s Rules & Directions for Family Duties. Shewing how every one ought to behave himself in a Christian behaviour, suitable to that Relation in which God hath placed him. Wherein is set forth the duty of Parents (required of God) towards their Children; likewise Children’s duty to their Parents. Husbands to their Wives, and… Read More Rules & Directions for Family Duties
The Well-Ordered Family: Wherein the Duties of its various Members are described and urged. A small, but very comprehensive piece, suitable to be in the hand of every Householder; and may be especially seasonable in the present day. By that eminently pious and learned Divine, Mr. Isaac Ambrose, Minister of the Gospel at Preston. “But… Read More The Well Ordered Family
John Calvin The 19th Sermon upon the second chapter of 1 Timothy A Sermon on 1 Timothy 2:13-15, concerning the true calling of women, the honourableness of housewifery before God, and the purity of God’s ordinance of marriage; and likewise shewing the blasphemy and horrible sins into which those fall who despise this blessed vocation.… Read More The True Calling of Women | John Calvin
A Church in the House A Sermon Concerning Family Religion Preached in London, April 16, 1704 by Matthew Henry Full sermon pdf here. “With the church that is in their house.“ 1 Corinthians 16:19 III. The Application. That which now remains, is to address myself to you upon the whole matter by way of exhortation;… Read More Family Religion Part 3: The Application
A Church in the House A Sermon Concerning Family Religion Preached in London, April 16, 1704 by Matthew Henry Full sermon pdf here. “With the church that is in their house.“ 1 Corinthians 16:19 II. Motivation to family religion. I come now, II. To offer some motives to persuade you thus to turn your families… Read More Family Religion Part 2: The Motivation
A Church in the House A Sermon Concerning Family Religion Preached in London, April 16, 1704 by Matthew Henry Full sermon pdf here. “With the church that is in their house.“ 1 Corinthians 16:19 Among the salutations presented by the Apostle Paul in his first epistle to the Corinthians, was that from Aquila and Priscilla,… Read More Family Religion Part 1: What Is Family Religion?
William Gouge Of Domestical Duties 6.9-16, pp. 367-377. § 6.9. Of a Mother’s Care Over Her Child While It is in Her Womb. The first age of a child is the infancy thereof. I will therefore first show how therein parents must procure the temporal good of their children, and then their spiritual good. The… Read More A Mother’s Care Over Her Child
Martin Luther The Estate of Marriage Works, vol. 45, pp. 17-22. 1. Male and Female. “So God created man…male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27). From this passage we may be assured that God divided mankind into two classes, namely, male and female, or a he and a she. This was so pleasing to… Read More Childbearing and the Gift of Singleness | Martin Luther