4 Threats To The Christian Marriage and How To Confront Them

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Episode Summary

Sex, Mothers-In-Laws, Divorce, and Children—four topics that topple marriages every day. In this episode, Dale and Veronica tackle these dicey issues with scripture, wisdom, and the raw vulnerability that’s commonly absent in the walls of the church.

Marriage is the visual metaphor for Christ and His Bride. Consequently, it’s why culture is so hellbent on destroying it, perverting it, and redefining it. But in today’s episode, we’re not going to focus on the cultural threats but the personal threats—the people closest to us. From children and mothers-in-laws to sex and divorce, we are going to discuss how biblical couples confront these trials.

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In addition to our teaching time, we answer two critical questions from our listening audience. You can view those questions at the bottom of this page and hear our responses at the closing of this episode. Also, if you have a question you would like answered on the show, please email us at support@ultimatemarriage.com

Worthy Quotes From This Episode

  • Your wedding day is a declaration to everyone that the old covenant with your parents has ended and a new one has been formed with your spouse.
  • Remember, your child is not sinning against you, they’re sinning against God.
  • Parents, it’s not about winning just their obedience. It’s about winning their heart.
  • Discipline is about breaking a child’s will without breaking their spirit.
  • In the case of adultery, Christ permits divorce but he does not permit remarriage—and while he may permit it, he does not prefer it.
  • We need to look at marital sex as a gift and a blessing from God and not just a spousal duty. It’s the way God designed husband and wife to achieve ultimate unity.
  • The demand for sexual frequency should never compromise your wife’s comfort.

Scripture From This Episode

  • Ephesians 6:1 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
  • Malachi 2:16 “For the Lord God of Israel says That He hates divorce, For it covers one’s garment with violence,” Says the Lord of hosts. “Therefore take heed to your spirit, That you do not deal treacherously.”
  • Matthew 19:3-9 “And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” 4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” 7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” 8 He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”
  • 1 Corinthian 7:12-15 “But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. 13 And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. 15 But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace.
  • 1 Peter 3:7 “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.”

Questions Answered In This Episode

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This Week’s Memory Verse

  • Matthew 19:5-6 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Lastly, did anything stand out in this show? Do you have any comments, additions or questions? Let us know about them in the comments below.

Written By Dale Partridge
Dale is the co-founder and Editor in Chief at Ultimate Marriage. He is best known as a thought leader on biblical theology, family, and church practice. Currently, Dale is finishing his graduate studies at Western Seminary.
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