I. The Characteristics of Marriage
A. To be between one man and one woman
B. No man shall have more than one wife at the same time.
C. No woman shall have more than one husband at the same time.
II. The Purpose of Marriage
A. For the mutual help of husband and wife
B. For the increase of mankind with legitimate issue
C. For the increase of the Church with an holy seed
D. For the preventing of uncleanness
III. Lawful Marriage
A. Those who are able with judgment to give their consent may marry lawfully
B. Christians may lawfully marry only in the Lord
C. Christians may not marry infidels, papists, or other idolaters
D. Christians may not marry such as are notoriously wicked in their life or maintain damnable heresies
IV. Marrying in the family
A. Marriage within the bounds of consanguinity forbidden by the Word of God is forbidden
B. Civil Authority may not legitimize what Scripture forbids in this area.
C. A man may not marry any of his wife's kindred, nearer in blood than he may his own.
V. The Treatment of Adultery before or after marriage
A. Adultery detected after the initial contract for marriage is made is sufficient cause to dissolve the contract.
B. Adultery detected after marriage is sufficient cause for divorce with
the offended party being able to
remarry after the divorce as if the offending party were dead.
VI. The only sufficient conditions for divorce and how the divorce is to be conducted
A. Only adultery or willful desertion are cause for dissolving the bond of marriage.
B. How the divorce is to be handled
1. A public and orderly course of proceeding is to be observed.
2. The persons concerned in divorce are not to be left to their own wills and discretion.