We believe and affirm that marriage is sacred under God and according to His laws is between one woman and one man. Wedding ceremonies performed by the Pastor or Staff of the Revival Center are Christian worship services and our facilities are restricted to the use of this ministry's religious purposes.
The Bible tells us that man and woman were created by God as distinct acts of creation, and that being male and female was an aspect of how they were created in His own image (Genesis 1:27 and 2:7, 18-19).
Marriage is the joining of these distinct genders into one flesh. Thus marriage is between one man and one woman.
Further, the Bible teaches that while sex within marriage is pure and honorable, sex outside marriage is sinful and will be judged by God (Hebrews 13:4). The seventh commandment, "You shall not commit adultery," protects the sexual relationship between a man and woman who are united in marriage by forbidding marital infidelity, pre-marital sex, homosexuality, bestiality, and the use of pornography (Exodus 20:14).
Outside biblical marriage, God’s standard for sex is celibacy, saying "no" to both heterosexual and homosexual lusts (Matthew 5:27-30). Celibacy is a gift of God that allows the unmarried to live a life of purity and contentment, so that a person does not have to engage in sex to have a full and satisfying life (1 Corinthians 7:7-9).
Marriage is a lifelong covenant or sacrament between one man and one woman (Matthew 19:4-6). Biblical marriage promotes the bearing and rearing of children and exercise of stewardship over creation (Genesis 2:27-28).
The essence of a Christian wedding is the Divine blessing of the bride and groom as they exchange vows while God receives the worship of the congregation as they witness those vows and as they offer Him prayer and praise. A Christian marriage in this ministry is a Worship Service not a Civil Service and is treated as such, requiring Civil contract to be made through civil avenues after the worship service of a marriage ceremony.
In order to be married by a member of our pastoral staff, and/or to hold the wedding in our facility, pre-marital counseling by our staff and regular attendance at our Sunday worship service is required.