Confessing the Faith
The 1689 Baptist Confession for the 21st Century
Chapter 25 – Marriage
1. Marriage is to be between one man and one woman. A man must not have more than one wife nor a woman more than one husband at the same time.1
1Genesis 2:24; Malachi 2:15; Matthew 19:5, 6.
2. Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of husband and wife,2 for the increase of humanity with legitimate offspring,3 and for the prevention of immorality.4
2Genesis 2:18. 3Genesis 1:28. 41 Corinthians 7:2, 9.
3. Everyone who is able to give rational consent may marry.5 Yet Christians are to marry in the Lord.6 Therefore, those who profess the true religion should not marry unbelievers or idolaters. Nor should the godly be unequally yoked by marrying those who lead evil lives or hold to damnable heresy.7
5Hebrews 13:4; 1 Timothy 4:3. 61 Corinthians 7:39. 7Nehemiah 13:25–27.
4. Marriage should not occur within the degrees of blood relationship or kinship that are forbidden in the Word.8 These incestuous marriages can never be made lawful, so that the individuals may live together as husband and wife, by any human law or consent of the parties involved.9
8Leviticus 18:1-29. 9Mark 6:18; 1 Corinthians 5:1.