1958 Bakersfield Minister’s Meeting (Two Living Companions)

Question: Should anyone qualify to preach or even teach Sunday school, if he has two living companions even though he is not living with either of them? Answer: On January 17 and 18, 1958, a ministers’ meeting was held in Bakersfield, CA, which dealt principally with this same question and there were perhaps ten or…

Validity of Common Law Marriages

Question: There appears to be a need for the Church to take a firm stand on a couple of related questions. When couples live together as man and wife without having taken marriage vows, does God consider them married? Should we tell young people that after they have lived together after this fashion for a…

The Meaning of Fornication As It Pertains to Divorce

Question: I do wish that you could clarify the meaning of “fornication” as it pertains to divorce in Matthew 5:32. Also, other scriptural references to “fornication,” such as I Corinthians 5:9-11 and 6:13, and Matthew 19:9. I feel that some sound teaching in this area is needful at this present time. Answer: I wish I…

Whosoever Shall Put Away His Wife

Question: Please explain Matthew 19:9, “And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.” Answer: The basic law for interpreting Scriptures any Scripture and all Scriptures is known as “Unanimity of…

Role Of Husband And Wife In The Home

Question: Are men supposed to be lords over women as we think of it today? Would you please explain the Bible version of a man and wife role in the home? Answer: No, I do not think that men should be lords over women or that any person whatever his position is, should be lord…