Mercy Street Church of Christ
Abilene, TX
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Submission and Obedience

Submission and obedience...
In my view the 1662 Prayer Book marriage service was wrong
to include the word 'obey' in the bride's vows. The
concept of a husband who issues commands and of a wife who
gives him obedience is simply not found in the New
Testament. The nearest approximation to it is the cited
example of Sarah who 'obeyed Abraham, calling him lord'.
But even in that passage the apostle Peter's actual
instructions to wives is the same as Paul's, namely, 'Be
submissive to your husbands' (1 Pet. 3:1-6). And ... a
wife's submission is something quite different from
obedience. It is a voluntary self-giving to a lover whose
responsibility is defined in terms of constructive care; it
is love's response to love.

grace and peace to you,

For Mercy Street Ministries, I'm Stan Baldwin.



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