If Marriage Licenses Don't Make Marriage Legal
(And They Don't) What Do They Legalize?
More on Separation of Church and State...how ministers cross God's boundaries and constitutional boundaries by seeking licenses (which make things legal that would ordinarily be illegal).
The issue of Church freedom from government interference is mandated by God in the first commandment "You shall have no strange gods (and their laws) before me."
God made this exquisitely clear because many of the Israelites wanted to remain in slavery to Egyptian rule:
"Did we not tell you this in Egypt, when we said, 'Leave us alone. Let us serve the Egyptians'? Far better for us to be the slaves of the Egyptians than to die in the desert." Exodus 14:12
The freedom of religious interference from the government is guaranteed in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Yet churches and ministers routinely flee back to Egypt by seeking government censorship and control by seeking a tax exemption with a 501c3 application which they do not need since under the Constitution they cannot be taxed...
Or by ministers seeking a license to function as such by applying for a ministry license which is nothing more than a request for the government to censor a minister's political speech...And under the Constitution ministers do not need state authorization to minister.
Or by ministers counseling and requiring engaged couples to obtain and submit a marriage license application. However,
Marriage licenses do NOT make marriage legal, because marriage has NEVER been illegal in any society. And a license specifically makes the illegal into something legal.
So what does the marriage license legalize that would be illegal without the license? Follow the link just above and you will get quite a surprise.
Then consider whether you are doing authentic ministry according to the First Commandment or whether you are a state agent, a "strange god", intervening between God's Law and God's People.
To be effective, ministry must be governed by God's law. It is rendered ineffective when ministers seek man made laws to suppress their religious activities.