Of Wives and Unbelieving Husbands
A divided household, particularly in the matter of religion, can cause major problems if not handled correctly. The following revelation is counsel to the wives of unbelieving husbands who want to be baptised. She must weigh all things carefully, not making a rash decision, remembering that the welfare of all should be uppermost in her mind. But if forced to make a straight choice, having exhausted all other avenues, she must put Christ first in her life. The same counsel is applicable, to some extent, to husbands of non-believing wives and of children whose parents are hostile to them being baptised [Bergen, Norway].
1. Q. Should a woman ask permission of her unbelieving husband before accepting the ordinances of the New Covenant, O Lord?
2. A. Beloved, beware of the traditions of the fallen churches of the world and seek the spirit of wisdom.
3. Those whom I call unto Myself I call unto Myself without regard for the opinions of the world.
4. I have called you to be peacemakers in the world but I have not called you to compromise with the world.
5. For it is the sin of all the children of men that they hearken unto the world before they hearken unto Me, and therefore the world claimeth them and maketh them her own.
Wives are Subject to Christ First
6. A wife is subject unto her husband and should obey him in the Lord, but she is not called to follow him down to hell, nor to obey him in the things of Babylon.
7. She should love and cherish him as her husband but is not to love and cherish his false beliefs, but patiently minister to him, not compelling1 him toward the Kingdom nor departing from him, save under those conditions that I have already revealed (Mt.19:8; 1 Cor.7:10-11; NC&C 56).
Plead With an Unbelieving Husband
8. If a wife embraceth the New Covenant in her heart and desireth to partake of the ordinances thereof, and her husband is set against her, she should plead with him, seeking to honour him in righteousness, but not unto a denial of the truth, for such is born of faithlessness and idolatry.
Her Own Choice
9. Let her choose after careful deliberation and prayer that she may act according to a pure and undefiled conscience and the testimony and strength of heaven.
10. All must choose whom they will serve; therefore let all choose wisely.
11. It is the same with children, saith the Lord, and in this great care should be taken, for children do not always have the discernment and strength of spiritual adulthood.
Consider All Laws
12. Ye must weigh all things in the balance, saith the Lord, having regard for the laws of the land and the laws of God.
13. And then when ye have obtained the mind of God, after the trial of your faith, ye should be obedient, nothing doubting, that ye may be justified and sanctified.
Beware of False Motives
14. There are some wives who will use the opportunity of entering the New Covenant as an opportunity to flee the responsibility of a faltering marriage, which thing is not pleasing in My sight, saith the Lord, especially if they have children in their watchcare.
15. Beware of evil motives, using not righteous endeavour to excuse yourselves from your other responsibilities and commitments unto God, for such is born of cowardice and hypocrisy.
All Things are Equal
16. And what I say unto the wives I say unto the husbands also, that all things may be understood to be equal.
17. For I am not a partial God and My laws discriminate not against male or female, black or white, bond or free.
Take Courage in Adversity
18. I say unto those who are standing at the gates and undergoing the trial of their faith because of unbelieving wives, husbands or parents:
19. Beloved, be strong, abide in peace, for if ye have received Me, I am your peace.
20. Grieve not over those who are unbelieving but be filled with faith and a spirit of praise, for all things are possible in God if ye will keep faith.
Do Not Sacrifice the Greater for the Lesser
21. Sacrifice not the greater for the lesser but have regard for your eternal salvation2;
22. But neither should ye despise the lesser, for ye too are called to be redeemers [as bearers of the Gospel], through Christ Jesus your Saviour, even He who speaketh unto you now.
23. I have not called you to be instruments of destruction but of creation;
The Old and the New
24. Nevertheless it is sometimes necessary to sacrifice the old that the new may be born, that the new is not destroyed by the old.
25. But thou shalt not sacrifice the old if the old will abide in peace with the new, and thus the old may be transformed into the new by the grace of the Father.
26. Ye are not alone for I am always near those who are making difficult choices.
27. Listen keenly unto My Spirit and hear what I would say unto you. Amen.
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