Posted by: adventlife | January 21, 2018

Guidelines on Marital Affairs, a Parody by Doug Yowell

Marriage 3

Introduction

In the event you are not familiar with the Adventist document known as “guidelines on abortion,” you might have some difficulty appreciating the clever irony contained in this literary piece created by its pro-life author. You may want to consider reading said document first. Here is the link: http://www.adventist.org/en/information/official-statements/guidelines/article/go/0/abortion/

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1) Marriage bed is a magnificent gift of God. God’s ideal for human beings affirms the sanctity of the marriage bed. The marriage institution is modeled after God’s image and requires respect for the marriage covenant. However, decisions about affairs must be made in the context of a fallen world. An affair is never an act of little moral consequence. Thus, the marriage bond must not be thoughtlessly destroyed. Affairs should be performed only for the most serious reasons.

2) An affair is one of the tragic dilemmas of human fallenness. The church should offer gracious support to those who personally face the decision concerning a violation of their wedding vows. Attitudes of condemnation are inappropriate in those who have accepted the gospel. Christians are commissioned to become a loving, caring community of faith that assists those in crisis as alternatives are considered.

3) In practical, tangible ways the church as a supportive community should express it’s commitment to the value of marital fidelity. These ways should include (a) strengthening family relationships, (b) educating both genders concerning Christian principles of human sexuality, (c) emphasizing responsibility of both male and female for intimate sexual planning, (d) calling both marriage partners to be responsible for the consequences of behaviors that are inconsistent with Christian principles, (e) creating a safe climate for ongoing discussion of the moral questions associated with affairs, (f) offering assistance to spouses who choose to retain their marital faithfulness in a crisis situation, (g) encouraging and assisting parents to participate responsibly in the modeling of marriage for their children. The church also should commit itself to assist in alleviating the unfortunate social, economic, emotional, psychological, and physical factors that may lead to an affair and to care redemptively for those suffering the consequences of individual choices on this issue.

4) The church does not serve as conscience for individuals; however, it should provide moral guidance. An affair for reasons of sexual experimentation, lack of self control, or convenience are not condoned by the church, Couples, at times however, may face exceptional circumstances that present serious moral or relational dilemmas, such as significant threats to the marital commitment, serious jeopardy to the emotional and sexual health of the marriage, severe physical defects carefully diagnosed in one of the spouses, intentionally withheld sexual responsibilities by one of the married persons, a previous or ongoing sexual infidelity by either of the couple, the chronic failure of one partner to provide sexual satisfaction for the other, an undetected gender misidentity, and consensual agreements with other intimately related couples. The final decision whether to have an affair or not should be made by the affected party after appropriate consultation. They should be aided in their decision by accurate information, biblical principles, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, these decisions are best made within the context of healthy family relationships.

5) Christians acknowledge as first and foremost their accountability to God. They seek balance between the exercise of individual liberty and their accountability to the faith community and the larger society and it’s ethics. They make their choices according to Scripture and the laws of God rather than the norms of society. Therefore, any attempts to coerce a married person either to remain faithful to their sexual vows, or to engage in an affair should be rejected as infringements of personal freedom.

6) Church institutions should be provided with guidelines for developing their own institutional policies in harmony with this statement. Persons having a religious or ethical objection to affairs should not be required to give support to an extra marital sexual experience.

7) Church members should be encouraged to participate in the ongoing consideration of their moral responsibilities with regard to sexual faithfulness in the light of the teaching of Scripture.

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Responses

  1. 1) The Ten Commandments is a magnificent gift of YAHUAH. YAHUAH’s ideal for human beings affirms the sanctity of the Commandments. The Ten Commandments is modeled after YAHUAH’s image and requires respect for His covenant. However, decisions about obedience must be made in the context of a fallen world. Disobedience is never an act of little moral consequence. Thus, His covenant with us must not be thoughtlessly destroyed. Disobedience should be performed only for the most serious reasons.
    2) Disobedience is one of the tragic dilemmas of human fallenness. The church should offer gracious support to those who personally face the decision concerning a violation of their covenant. Attitudes of condemnation are inappropriate in those who have accepted the gospel. Christians are commissioned to become a loving, caring community of faith that assists those in crisis as alternatives are considered.
    3) In practical, tangible ways the church as a supportive community should express it’s commitment to the value of righteouness. These ways should include (a) strengthening family relationships within YAHUAH’s covenant, (b) educating both genders concerning Christian principles of righteousness, (c) emphasizing responsibility of both male and female for righteousness, (d) calling all believers to be responsible for the consequences of behaviors that are inconsistent with Christian principles, (e) creating a safe climate for ongoing discussion of the moral questions associated with YAHUAH’s instructions, (f) offering assistance to believers who choose to retain their faithfulness in a crisis situation, (g) encouraging and assisting elders to participate responsibly in the modeling of righteousness for their congregation. The church also should commit itself to assist in alleviating the unfortunate social, economic, emotional, psychological, and physical factors that may lead to disobedience and to care redemptively for those suffering the consequences of individual choices on this issue.
    … point made.


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