The latest Journal is out, issue 165 (pg.10). One of the advertisements this time is from Lawrence Mumme on weddings. Like any good Armstrongite he has to find something pagan about weddings. Anything that is enjoyable in the world and daily life seems to lead directly back to paganism. Nothing can be simple in Armstrongism.
"Heathenism Is Still With Us
We have cast off the pagan holidays,such as Easter sunrise services, Christmas with its exchanging of gifts, Halloween and its evil. But how about the other paganism? From the very most ancient times, the heathens have followed the “Queen of Heaven” by doing what she did:having weddings. She came down the aisle (in her temple, dressed in white with a white veil; “here comes the bride”). The glory went to her,not to God. All eyes were upon her. This was an incestuous union—with her son.The two were known as Isis and Osiris, or Easter and Tam-muz, or Inauna and Damuzi (Tammuz). This was very sinful. The righteous people had no such thing."
"One of hte ways of the devil's church that we of the Church of God still observe is that of having weddings."
If you read his article you will quickly see that the entire thing is focused upon the women. They are the sinners that wear white. They parade down the aisle like "the queen of heaven" and they file for divorce. Its all their fault. Men seem to be hapless bystanders sucked into the deception of the vile satanic women. Only men can file for divorce and it is the disruptive women of society that have caused the divorce rates to skyrocket. Apparently the woman must remain in the abusive or failed marriage and if that fails must remain single the rest of her life."Every day, thousands of women march down the aisle dressed like the Queen of Heaven. Is this Christian? Invoking the name of Christ at a wedding ceremony does not make it Christian any more than placing the name of Christ on the Saturnalia, calling it Christ- mas,makes it a Christian holy day"
At least 50 percent of husband-wife unions fail, along with the backing by the government that upholds the wife with alimony and property. This is the scourge of this nation:the breakup of the home.
Jesus gives only one exception to divorce, and that is to the man:“except for fornication”(Matthew 19:9).
If he ﬁnds out she was not a virgin,fraud.If she afterwards fornicates.If she withholds herself from him so that he is tempted to fornicate (1 Corinthians 7:5).
Adultery is the classiﬁcation for all sexual sins. Women have no biblical authority for divorce.1 Corinthians 7:1-5 is very important. Romans 7:1-3:
Its all the fault of those damn Catholics! They had to go and ruin everything for those in Armstrongism.Here she has no way out, except possibly to remain single. (See 1 Corinthians 7:10-11.)
“By the authority of Jesus Christ, I now pronounce you man and wife.”
These words are heard every day.Yet,without authorization from the state,such a ceremony is illegal and will not hold up in a court of law. There is no right of inheritance for the children either.
This ceremony is a mockery to Jesus Christ and is not found in the Bible, either in an example nor any words to that effect.
A woman does not become a wife till the union is consummated.
Isaac took Rebekah to his mother’s tent and she became his wife (and not till then) (Genesis 24:67; see also Song of Solomon 3:4).
The ceremony called “the wedding”came down through the centuries from heathen religions to Rome and the Catholic Church,which uses it and did use it to control people and exert authority. If you do not go through their ceremony by one of their priests,it is considered a sin and your children are considered illegitimate,so they say.
It has erroneously been said that “God performed a ceremony for Adam and Eve”(Genesis 1:28). This was a command from God, not a ceremony. Adam and Eve had no choice in the matter.
If you are a minister, you have authority only from the state in these matters,and not from Jesus Christ
I guess the pagan origins of wedding rings, wearing white are not as bad as wearing white and walking down the aisle with a veil. Damn women! Its all YOUR fault...and Isis, and Tammuz, and Herbert Armstrong, and SATAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!The Queen of Heaven had her incestuous union stamped with approval by the rite we now call the “marriage ceremony.”
God’s Word shows no rite whatsoever. It is not the taking of vows that I am writing about. It is that heathen rite where the bride enters, dressed and veiled as the Queen of Heaven, and the audience rises in homage.The groom comes in silently from the side (based on a quote from HWA in 1957).