Episode 24.2: The Purposes of Marriage


How do you think most people would answer the question about God’s design for marriage? Does the chapter’s ordering reflect anything historically or polemically? What is meant by “mutual help”? What does that look like? What is “legitimate issue”? How can Christians help support non-Christians in the area of marriage? Does God ordinarily build his church through the children of believers? Is it wrong for Christian couples to not want children at all? What about “preventing uncleanness”? Is this a legitimate reason to marry? Tune in as Nathan, Shawn, Joel, and Kyle discuss WCF 24.2:

Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of husband and wife; for the increase of mankind with a legitimate issue, and of the Church with an holy seed; and for preventing of uncleanness.

5 thoughts on “Episode 24.2: The Purposes of Marriage

  1. Hello,

    Thanks for your latest episode. Will you be sharing pastoral insights on the following?

    Larger Chatechism 137-139 Shorter Chatechism 63-66, 70-72) Chapter 24: Of Marriage and Divorce

    1. Marriage is an ordinance of God; however, to be unmarried is also an equally honorable state, and it may be the will of God for a person to remain single. Every effort should be made to submit to the direction of God in this matter, and to maintain a chaste and obedient life style.
    (1 Cor. 7:7-8)

    Hope to hear back. Thanks.



  2. Hey James!

    Thanks for the comment. Specifically, the podcast usually sticks closely to the WCF and its paragraphs, and this chapter doesn’t say what the RP Testimony does on singleness. We’ve interacted a bit with the WLC and “lawful” vs “unlawful” marriages. Of course, we try to address things from a pastoral perspective and I assume at some point in our discussions on this chapter singleness will be discussed. If you’re looking for something more specific let me know!



  3. Thanks for your Biblical and pastoral insight in these important areas and answering my question! It’s refreshing to tune into the whole counsel through your explanation of the WCF. You all memorized catechisms in seminary as I did, but it sure helps to be reminded of instructions from the Bible through these WCF discussions!


  4. Thanks for your reply! In an earlier reply I accidentally posted Janes not James which is not in the comments section any more. Blessings.
    – James


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