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The Historical Development of the PCA Book of Church Order

Chapter 59 : The Solemnization of Marriage

Paragraph 5 :

59-5. Parents should neither compel their children to marry contrary to their inclinations, nor deny their consent without just and important reasons.

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ANTECEDENT TEXTS:
1. PCA 1973, Adopted text, DfW, 13-5 [M1GA, Appendix, p. 160]
2. Continuing Presbyterian Church 1973, Proposed text, DfW, 13-5
[p. 75]
3. PCUS 1933, DfW, XIII-5 [§367]
Parents should neither compel their children to marry contrary to their inclinations, nor deny their consent without just and
important reasons.

PCUS 1925, DfW, XII-5
[§359]
PCUS 1894, XII-5
Parents ought neither to compel their children to marry contrary to their inclinations, nor deny their consent without just and important reasons.

PCUSA 1789, DfW, XI, Section V.
Parents ought neither to compel their children to marry contrary to their own inclinations, nor deny their consent without just and important reasons.

The Directory for the Publick Worship of God; agreed upon by the Assembly of Divines at Westminster,... [1645]
The Solemnization of Marriage, paragraph 7
Parents ought not to force their children to marry without their free consent, nor deny their own consent without just cause.

OTHER COMPARISONS:
RPCES, Directory for Worship, XIV-2
Parents ought not to force their children to marry without their free consent, nor deny their own consent without just cause. God's redeemed people are to marry "only in the Lord." There should be no exception to this rule.



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