... to him who has, more will be given and he will have abundance. But, from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away” (Matthew 13:12).

The story is told of an old missionary who needed an assistant. They sent him a young scholar with a Ph.D. in Theology. When he arrived, the young man had to speak to the natives through the old man because he didn’t know the language yet. In his first talk to these simple but wonderful people, the young man delved deep into his learning and made this profound statement: “Truth is absolute and relative. The Gospel is absolute truth, but its application is relative to immediate needs.” When the old missionary heard this, a frown came over his face for a moment. Then he arose to translate and said: “He says he’s glad to be here.”

Before coming here today, I began to ponder over all I had been taught and all I had read about the theology of marriage. And the more I thought about it, the more determined I became to favor this wedding ceremony with a profound statement on the theological implications…

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