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No License Marriage A Sin

Is it a sin to get married without getting a license?

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 ---Richard_Moore on 8/11/16
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---RichardC on 9/6/16


It appears that many of you equate today's man-made laws to what they practiced thousands of years ago. People were more trustworthy than people today. It was accepted as a marriage when two, a man and a woman, joined as one and the people in the community accepted that. Even in today's "back-ward" tribes this is an accepted practice.
---Steveng on 9/3/16


I doubt that it is a sin in Gods eyes for people to get married without a license. Exodus and Leviticus outline what manner is sin. Not being open to the goods of marriage is sin. Abortion is sin. Cheapening the union by NOT being open to children is sin. Spilling is sin. To join during blood flow is sin. To marry a close relative may be a sin. To marry an atheist, or a Muslim or a Hindu or a Buddhist would be a sin as it disobeys the instruction to be equally yoked. To join to a prostitute is sin. But to marry in the sight of God without a license is not a sin. Human rules perish with use. (Colossians 2:22) Until heaven and earth disappear not the least stroke of a pen will disappear from the Law of God. (Matthew 5:18)
---mike4879 on 8/27/16


Good note Cluny! Interesting comments 'Axe.
---Leon on 8/16/16


Rita_H:

You wrote: Whether God approves is another issue (which is not part of the question of course).


Actually, that is PRECISELY the question. Is marriage without a legal marriage license a sin?

We think of three kinds of marriages - recognized by community (common law), state, and church. Most marriages are all three. It gets complicated when they're not. Before wide-spread bureaucracy, common law without official sanction was common, no so much today.

Two people going to a justice of the peace (rather than a preacher) and getting married does not have the sanction of the church, but where does the Bible actually say you need to have the sanction of the church (so not having it would be a sin)?
---StrongAxe on 8/15/16




A note about common-law marriage.

Back when county officials, judges, and preachers were few and far between, a couple could establish a marriage by being known and accepted by their neighbors and acquaintances as a married couple.

During this time, births, marriages, and deaths were not recorded by the state, but in family Bibles. When I was growing up in Alabama, entrance in the family Bible was accepted as evidence of birth. I don't know if the law still allows it.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/15/16


I would ask.... what is the purpose of the question? Is it to evade the laws of the land?

I would think if one wanted the benefits of marriage, one would seek legal recognition of marriage (not counting Common Law marriage, which con be contracted in 8 states. )
---NurseRobert on 8/14/16


Without a licence I would think that it would not be a legal marriage and so could affect the woman's rights in some matters and I don't think that it is a good thing for any resulting children. However, very many families do live this way and the number is on the increase.

Whether God approves is another issue (which is not part of the question of course).

When we are saved it is very wise, when in doubt about anything, to seek the advice of God so it is His will you need to seek right now and not be asking, with little detail, on a website such as this one.
---Rita_H on 8/14/16


Thanks Strongaxe, I understand. Thanks
Your response should sufficiently answer Richard's question, and has enlighten me. I must acknowledge that common law marriages regardless of any legal rights that these couples may or may not have, can create public confusion both in regard to the term, and in regard to the legal rights of the partners, which a marriage license would clarify, solidify and satisfy.
---Josef on 8/13/16


Josef:

You wrote: I never said common law marriages were full marriages, whatever that means,

That has to do with their legal status in the eyes of the government. Two people married by a preacher, but without a marriage license, would be considered common law. So would a couple just living together for a few years.

What constitutes marriage in the eyes of the church? I can not find a scriptural reference.

There are none. ALL biblical marriages were common law - civil contracts entered into between two parties, pehaps with a written contract, without a legitimizing "ceremony" performed by a rabbi or minister, and without a legitimizing document performed by a government official.
---StrongAxe on 8/13/16




"Josef: The blog question is not whether you can get legally married without a license. It is whether getting married without a licence is a sin in the eyes of God." Strong axe I understood the question, and answered it, with this, Neither the law of Moses nor the ten commandments mention a marriage license. I never said common law marriages were full marriages, whatever that means, I said they were considered legal in todays society. "First-century Christians who were married in the eyes of the church,.." What constitutes marriage in the eyes of the church? I can not find a scriptural reference. Unless, of course you are referring to the woman being given in marriage by her parent or guardian.
---Josef on 8/13/16


Josef:

The blog question is not whether you can get legally married without a license. It is whether getting married without a licence is a sin in the eyes of God.

In Rome, only citizens had full civil rights. Most people didn't. Full marriage "connubium" was reserved for citizens. Non-citizens only had "concubinium" (from which we get our word "concubine"). First-century Christians who were married in the eyes of the church, but not Rome, were not living in sin.

Common law marriage depends on the jurisdiction. Most U.S. states no longer recognize common law marriage as full marriage (although it does convey certain rights, e.g. palimony).
---StrongAxe on 8/12/16


"Is it a sin to get married without getting a license?"
Richard Moore one can not get legally married in todays society without a license. However in todays society cohabiting couple are considered legally married by "common law" after living as man and wife over a certain period of time. Neither the law of Moses nor the ten commandments mention a "marriage license". So whether one considers it a sin or not is irrelevant.
---Josef on 8/12/16


Can anyone get married without a license?
---Leon on 8/12/16


How do you intend to get married without a license?

Many things that are not necessarily sins are still illegal, such as driving while intoxicated, the Bible says NOTHING about this. OTOH, there are things which are not illegal, such as remarrying after divorce, which the Bible calls sins.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/12/16


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