This is a hard pill for many to swallow. In situations dealing with Marriage and Divorce many will take only what Brother Branham said in his Message entitled "Marriage And Divorce" , failing to see that prior to preaching that Message the prophet was dropping hints about the "Truth" of the Bible teaching on this very serious subject. We'll get into these things in a separate link.
We were married twenty-one years ago by the justice of the peace. Yes, it was wrong for you to do that. Marriage belongs in the house of God. But being that you are married, here's when you're really married: The justice of peace could give you license; that's legal terms of living together as husband and wife without being common law husband and wife. But when you promise this girl and this [girl] - you promise that man that you'll live true to him, and you take him to be your husband, you're married then.
You remember, I explained that last week, I believe it was. When you promise her Even in the old Bible, if a man was betrothed to a maid, and You know the laws on that.
Why, it was just the same as an adultery. Certainly was, when he promised, that was it. When you ask me those questions, friend, you don't know what that does to me. I've got many friends setting here that's married two or three times. Did you realize I'm talking to my own son, Billy Paul? Would I spare Billy Paul? Billy Paul got married to some little girl, and come up, and said, "Daddy, I'm going to get married.
He said, "I'm going to get married. He goes around and tells his mother, and his mother laughed at him. You know what he done? Run off with some little kid still in common school and got married. We annulled the wedding, the father of this girl and myself. We annulled the wedding, but he was married just the same. He's my boy setting here listening at me now.
He come to me with the girl that he lives with now, my daughter-in-law. He said, "Daddy will you marry me? You think that don't cut me to the core when I packed him in my arms and done everything I could do, and I've been both father and mother to him?
You think that don't kill me to say that? But it's the truth. My boy setting here listening My daughter-in-law and my little grandson setting right here now But I tell him it's wrong See? I'm duty bound to that Word. Branham walked off the platform and the first one he met was his son, Billy Paul. Looking into his son's eyes, he said, "Son, Don't ever forget the mercy of God to you. You should've been married by the church, by the minister. That's the decent thing to do for a Christian.
But being that you have already made that promise, and vow, and been married twenty-one years ago, I think it's all right. The question might be, "Should I come and be married again? Don't have nothing in your mind that bothers your faith, because if anything's there, you can't go no further than right there; you stop right there. When that question mark come, that's where you end, right there. But I, for me it would be all right. The man that baptized me in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ finally run me out of the church, because I wouldn't agree with him on women preachers.
That didn't make me be re-baptized again. In the above statement he says that it is "indecent" for Christians to be married in that way. When asked the question; "Was it wrong to get married by a Justice of the Peace? I got bosom friends setting here, men and women that would pull their eye out and give it to me if I'd ask them for it Yes, sir. And my own boy, my own grandson, my daughter-in-law that I love Look at Billy, how I stood by him and how he stood by me, but to say truth or truth, it's truth's truth.
I could go out here today and call up some of these Assemblies of God or some of these people and tell them, "I was all wrong; I am not going to stay with that Word, I'm going to stay with you. To throw all my influence to one of those organizations, I'd probably have a big name among them. I am not caring about my name among them. I love them; that's the truth. But I got to be truthful. I'd be a hypocrite if I did that.
If he never even had the ceremony said over him, no matter if he ever lived with the woman, or slept with her, the girl, or whatever it was, when he made that vow, he's married, Billy Paul or no Billy Paul. That's exactly the truth. He's married when he made that promise. If it's me, it's the same. We've got to be honest. If I can't be honest with my boy, I can't be honest with you. If I am not honest with you, I won't be honest with God. And I want you to believe what I tell you to be my honest-to-goodness opinion.
Don't make anything else out of it; just say it the way I said it See? Brother Branham wasn't quick to give Bro. George Smith consent to "engage" Sister Rebekah; and when he did consent to an "engagement" he told Bro.
George, "Don't even think about marriage till you got the Holy Ghost". Remember, don't assume a young man or woman got the Holy Ghost, just because they're professing to follow the Message of Malachi 4. You watch their life, their attitude, motives and objectives in life.
I got friends setting right here, out in this audience here that I know It just nearly kills me to say that, but I got to say it.
And the world is in such a corruptible condition. Some poor, little, old woman make a mistake and marry some alcoholic and they turn that way, or some poor man married some streetwalker and not know it, and then be bound to that woman or man as long as they live.
That's a horrible thing. Marriage is a sacred thing. Many times sinner kids run in and do those things, and then they wonder what it's all about. I believe, if the Lord will permit me to explain this marriage and divorce the way it should be, I believe it'll clear up a whole lot of that. It's not to be played with or taken lightly.
Remember, once a "decision" to marry a certain individual, or the "mistake" of pre-marital sex etc. There are serious circumstances physical abuse, etc. It was hard for Brother Branham to say these things in and it's just as hard for me to have to remind people today. I'm not going to do this. I'll separate and leave you. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such case, that is, if your companion is putting you away and wants to depart for it.
You don't have to just hold onto them. If they're wanting to leave you and they're going to leave you for the cause of Christ, let them leave. Now, NOT that you can remarry again; he's already stated that, but you don't have to live with an unbelieving husband or an unbelieving wife if they are not willing. Now, if you want to go down there, that's your business. You want to go to your church, you go ahead.
For me, I don't believe It. And I'll do anything for you; I'll not stand in your way, you go ahead," then you just remain there, knowing not that your sanctified life will sanctify that believer, cause them to believe. Either side, man or woman But now just to say, "Brother Branham, I got married and my wife's an unbeliever, and here's a sister over here I can marry. I'm going to leave this one and marry that one. Your vow is until death you separate, and there's nothing else in the world will permit you to marry in the Bible until your companion is dead.
The only grounds - There's no remarrying nowhere at all, except a dead companion.