2._____ Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of husband and wife,
for the increase of mankind with a legitimate issue, and the preventing
( Genesis 2:18; Genesis 1:28; 1 Corinthians 7:2, 9 )
3._____ It is lawful for all sorts of people to marry, who are able
with judgment to give their consent; yet it is the duty of Christians
to marry in the Lord; and therefore such as profess the true religion,
should not marry with infidels, or idolaters; neither should such as
are godly, be unequally yoked, by marrying with such as are wicked in
their life, or maintain damnable heresy.
( Hebrews 13:4; 1 Timothy 4:3; 1 Corinthians 7:39; Nehemiah 13:25-27 )
4._____ Marriage ought not to be within the degrees of consanguinity
or affinity, forbidden in the Word; nor can such incestuous marriages
ever be made lawful, by any law of man or consent of parties, so as
those persons may live together as man and wife.
( Leviticus 18; Mark 6:18; 1 Corinthians 5:1 )