Jonathan lindvall an alternative to dating
It would seem unlikely that Courtship standards could get even more oppressive considering that Christian notions of “biblical match-making” have already been taken to outrageous extremes. As “bible believers” jumped on the bandwagon of father-led pairing of qualified young men and women in serious pursuit of marriage, popular Quiverfull patriarchs took biblical courtship to a new level of paternal domination as they pointed to Old Testament examples of “betrothal” as the very best way to ensure the future success of Christian marriage.
Joshua Harris started a back-to-bible-living revolution among Christian young people when he advocated the courtship model in his book, . Jonathan Lindvall, teaching “God’s Design for Youthful Romance,” cited the betrothal of Matthew and Maranatha Chapman (link no longer active) as an ideal example of a “true romantic betrothal.” Lindvall describes the crazy-making process by which Maranatha’s father, Stan Owen, orchestrated a year-long betrothal which was to be a “demonstration of Christ’s coming for His bride” based on the parable of the Ten Virgins. Owen still faithfully directed both Matthew and Maranatha to avoid physical affection until their wedding.
Instead, I asked X’s father for his blessing in taking her hand in marriage.
When he gave his blessing, X and I considered ourselves to be unbreakably betrothed in the sight of God.
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But the Bible records nothing abnormal about Joseph's approach to his relationship with Mary.
Especially since Maranatha was rather young, their wedding might be quite a long way off yet.
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If marriage is to mirror this principle, we believe that a woman has no right to select a husband for herself, but that she is to be chosen by a man and marriage is to be an unbreakable arrangement between the man and her father.
While we had initially intended to consummate our marriage after today’s symbolic ceremony, we instead did so secretly after private scripture reading, prayer, and mutual foot-washing.
As Quiverfull Believers dig ever-deeper into their Bibles in search of the truly “biblical model” for godly marriage, ideas about courtship and “betrothal” are becoming increasingly savage and brutish.
The sooner there is such a movement, the sooner we will have a voice in government.