The Importance of Marriage

Plymouth Brethren - Marriage

The subject  of  marriage  is of  immense  importance   to Brethren  as  divinely instituted  and regulated  by the authority  of God’s word contained  in the Holy Bible.

 See Mark chapter 10 verses 6-8:  “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.  For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be united to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh: so that they are no longer two but one flesh”.

 Brethren   believe  and experience  that the  adherence   to  the  sanctity   of  marriage,  and  the  guiding principles  of Holy Scripture  lay the basis for a loving, compassionate,  understanding  relationship,  in which mutual  respect for one another  forms a stable and mutually  satisfying union.

 Children that are born into such a relationship grow up and develop in an atmosphere where they are encouraged to gain a respect for guidance, the authority in the wider community, and a willingness to help others. 

 Brethren children usually remain in the household environment until marriage. This facilitates not only the support of the parents throughout their education, but also helps prepare them for the responsibilities of adult life including marriage and care of a family.

24 thoughts on “The Importance of Marriage”

  1. Crunchy says:

    It’s only, when we come to it that submitting to the will of God that marriage works. His Will is supreme and if the whole world were in submission to ‘His will’ people would be married to their soul partners and there would be fewer marriage break ups. Its not that you wont be tested but its a smoother ride than without Christ. Trust me.Also the devil is always against what is true so lean on Christ through your tests and blessing will be great. Never give up.

  2. prawn says:

    are all negative comments removed?

  3. prawn says:

    This website says nothing about the role of women in the community. I’ve heard that plymouth brethren have very outdated views on the role of women, that almost all marry young, have large families, don’t go out to work etc.

    1. so happy :) says:

      Hello Prawn

      Great to see you have checked out the website and although you haven’t found what you were looking for, have been good enough to not just go off hearsay but check up for the truth!!

      Being a women and also a part of the PBCC, I can confirm that there are many stories floating around that are nearly all completely false.

      Below are a few points that answer questions I am often asked:
      * Yes, we can get any further education we want/need once leaving school
      * We can continue working after we are married, normally in the family business if need be.
      * No, marriages are most certainly NOT arranged in any way at all.
      * No, we do not “marry young”…normally anywhere between 22 and 32 is “normal”
      * These days, family size is normally 1-3, sometimes but rare 4-5.
      * Women have very important roles in our church gatherings
      * As far as I know, there aren’t any women that are a part of the PBCC that feel they are treated inferior or don’t have access to the full benefits of a modern way of life.

      Hope this helps you and be free to check up on anything else you want to understand 🙂

    2. nct says:

      Have you looked at the main website: There is stories on there from women with in the community>

      Also I am not sure where you are getting your information from but from what I know from my limited knowledge, I know several that haven’t married young, lots that would have no children, or three or less, and many that would be business owners and or co-workers.
      For example, the PBCC business I work in is 50% owned by a woman. She comes in one day week, works at least two more days a week from home and is still able to provide a clean house, clean clothes, and home cooked meals every day of the week for her husband (the other co-owner) and her children.

      I don’t know if this helps with your question.

  4. John Wales says:

    My parents were not married. N my family is a mess up. My wife’s family are strong Christian who come from a long line of believers. Certainly a better model for a happy family. God 1, world 0.

  5. DavidM says:

    Just to say Amen to the recommendations of a lifetime marriage, over 53 years so far. So sad that the Government don’t support as they should.

  6. mary says:

    Marriage is the only basis of moral structure in this world!

  7. got the t-shirt says:

    I now live a safe, loving, secure, peaceful life amongst the PBCC.
    My experiences of seeing marriage in this world and now be in a marriage myself based pure and simple In Our Lord Jesus Christ, I believe it is the only way it can last. What God finds such delight in, the devil will be set to destroy. The devil has had a good go at trying to ruin our marriage and our whole household, NEVER, as our bond is based on The Rock. Thank God for his mercies.
    God Bless all who have found The Lord Jesus as their Saviour and friend, and to all those who are yet to find Jesus, just call out His Name ” Jesus ” and your life will be changed forever.
    All praise to God

    1. John Wales says:

      Cool. So are you a convert to the PBCC?

  8. Young Person says:

    I am 13 years old and I am from PBCC, and love being at Christian weddings!!

  9. NSW mum says:

    I always am very glad/happy to see old couples in the church still enjoying each others company – what a wonderful thing to look forward too!

  10. I AGREE says:

    I am a PBCC member and my family have grown up in such a loving, secure enviroment that it is a shock to go out into the world and see how some parents treat each other. John Wooden is exactly right. My Dad and Mum have a fantastic relationship and you can see it getting better as time goes on. If you have a right link with the Lord – your relationships will be right.

    1. Laurence says:

      This is so true, marriage in its true seting as ordained by God is the basis of stability in the world.
      Its distressing to note that where it breaks down its the children that suffer the worst and we see this all around, its the burning social issue in the whole world.

  11. John says:

    Being a member of the PBCC, I can’t express how happy life is in a family where the parents have been married in the name of the Lord.

  12. love is everything says:

    it’s definietly something special coming from a family where the parents are happy. children can see whether their love for each other and their family is true.
    i would agree to that statement of john wooden’s as being a child from a secure family. i would say to those families who haven’t got this love, or parents who aren’t sure about their relationship, its all written sure as can be, in black and white in the Holy Bible.

  13. BC says:

    It is a wonderful, stable environment for young ones to grow up in, where the parents are happily married and have a deep love for the Lord Jesus Christ and for each other and for all mankind. I grew up in such a household – my parents were married for 67 years. My husband and I have been married for 48 years; our children for over 25 years. Marriage is for life, and it is no problem getting along well together when we have love for our Saviour and love and respect for each another.

  14. tired... says:

    amen to the below posts 🙂 I’m a young PBCC member and it really is an awesome thing being in such a stable environment. And since 99.99999% of all brethren come from stable families, i know that if i ever get married and have a family of my own, what better place can i learn from to make sure I do the same? 🙂

  15. Nola Elgee says:

    Thank you for this article. It is good to be reminded of the rightness and importance of marriage. How many families would be saved from the sadness and sorrow that comes from broken households if everyone entering into marriage committed themselves to these principles.

  16. Janet says:

    I feel completely secure with parents that are bound together with a spiritual link – this to me is a real future for children and a real foundation for them to uphold their own households.

  17. Gary says:

    “The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” ― John Wooden

  18. Truth, Peace, Faith and Love says:

    I’d jst like to say …
    I am a 15 yr old member of the PBCC and to me, knowing that mom and dad love each other creates a sense of security for me, and in turn our family shows one another the love that our parents display to us and to each other because they are happily married unto the Lords name.

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