Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Ovid Need Needs To Mind His Own Business
Though the sermon "Long Range New Covenant Thinking: Early Marriage" by Ovid Need available at SermonAudio.com does a commendable job of explicating the passages regarding dominion over creation and of expounding the need to train children for family life, it uses these passages as cover to impose personal opinion as revealed doctrine.
According to Need, the sincere Christian desiring to fulfill God's will weds at an early age. As proof, Need cites the passage in Proverbs 5:18 saying, "Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth" and notes that in Bible times often people were married by the age of eighteen for boys and sometimes as young as thirteen for girls (he conveniently fails to point out the abysmally low life expectancy prevalent in ancient times).
Part of the reason for this decree in favor of adolescent matrimony (perhaps not that young but one must wonder if Need is going to suggest we slavishly adhere to ancient Judaic practices and in his own comments insinuates 30 is too old to have not yet wed) is to curb the evil tendency in the male towards (ominous drum roll, please)--- INDEPENDENCE. Heaven forbid one enjoy a period in life without nagging....................................
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