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Satan's strategy to destroy marriages

By Faeza
15 July 2016

Thembelani Jentile warns against false teachings that promote singleness as an essential element to salvation.

THE consequences of sin on marriage have been seen in every generation. Lamech shattered monogamy (Genesis 4:19), heterosexuality was abandoned (Genesis 18:16–19;28), the permanent nature of marriage was ripped apart with divorce (Deuteronomy 24:1-4) and the natural boundaries were erased with perverted, unnatural sexual liaisons (Exodus 22:19). The Bible gives examples of marriages that stand in opposition to God’s glory.

INTER-RELIGIOUS MARRIAGES

Satan is the driving force of all false religions (Deuteronomy 32:16; Psalm 106:37; 1 Corinthians 10:20). God forbid Israelites from marrying outside the faith lest their hearts be turned away from God to demonic idols (Exodus 34:11–16; Deuteronomy 7:3–4). Christians are commanded, “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers” (2 Corinthians 6:14). Satan tempts Christians to marry unbelievers to compromise the gospel, discredit the integrity of the faith and weaken the church.

UNHOLY MARRIAGES

The first mention of Satan after Pentecost was also within the context of marriage. Ananias and Sapphira failed to resist satanic temptation but gave him the opportunity to exert his influence within their marriage. This husband and wife conspired together to deceive the church (Acts 5:1–11).

CELIBATE MARRIAGES

In 1 Corinthians 7:1–5, Paul has instructed this church that men and women should remain chaste prior to marriage. Very clearly, Paul also instructed that a husband and his wife are to have regular, normal sexual intercourse. Neither spouse has unilateral authority to cease sexual activity. Paul commanded, “Do not deprive one another” (1 Corinthians 7:5). And what is the reason for this instruction? “So that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”

FORBIDDEN MARRIAGES

In 1 Timothy 4:1–3, Paul warned Timothy that some people departed from the faith because they had listened “to deceitful spirits and the teaching of demons”. These satanic teachings did not attack the cardinal doctrines of the faith like denying the Trinity, or the deity of Christ, or salvation by grace alone. Rather, these satanicallyinspired false teachers attacked the institution of marriage by forbidding it. Evidently, some were teaching that singleness was an essential element of salvation. The false teachers in Corinth allowed marriage but not sex. The false teachers in Ephesus denied the goodness of marriage altogether and forbid it. No Christian marriages means no display of the gospel in the world.