What About “Trial Marriages”

 Mexico City is considering trial marriages which would allow couples to enter into a two-year “trial marriage”. “Instead of the traditional ’till death to us part,’ couples would be able to opt for temporary commitments, test out married life, and then renew their licenses indefinitely if they are still devoted to their chosen spouse.” (http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/world/story/2011/09/30/mexico-two-year-marriage.html).

It is very apparent that they have not considered what God has to say in this matter. 

“The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.  They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?  He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.” (Mt. 19:3-9). (emphasis added)

Since it is God who did the joining, it is only God who can disjoin the marriage. Any law by which a marriage is set aside must be God’s law. “God’s laws by virtue of his creating them male and female take precedence over all human laws….Man’s laws cannot change the mind of God or the fundamental laws of God; hence man’s laws cannot annul the marriage bonds which God has sanctioned” (Boles, p.387). (Emphases added) (Outlined Commentary on Matthew, Bob Winton, 1987)

In the New Testament you find no authority for trial marriages, polygamous marriages, homosexual marriages etc.  Under the New Testament it is one man for one woman for life.  The only scriptural reason for divorce and remarriage is the sin of adultery.

The proposal of a “trial marriage” is just one more sad and serious departure from the word of God. 

Leon Brashear

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