Ellen G. White Writings

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Living by Principle, Page 21

Marriage

There is not one marriage in one hundred that results happily, that bears the sanction of God, and places the parties in a position better to glorify him. The evil consequences of poor marriages are numberless. They are contracted from impulse.—Testimonies for the Church 4:504.

Genesis 6:2: The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

In your letter-writing, leave match-making and guessing about the marriages of your friends. The marriage relation is holy, but in this degenerate age it covers vileness of every description. It is abused, and has become a crime which now constitutes one of the signs of the last days, even as marriages, managed as they were previous to the flood, were then a crime. Satan is constantly busy to hurry inexperienced youth into a marriage alliance. But the less we glory in the marriages which are now taking place, the better. When the sacred nature and claims of marriage are understood, it will even now be approved of Heaven, and the result will be happiness to both parties, and God will be glorified.—Testimonies for the Church 2:252.

He [Satan] is busily engaged in influencing those who are wholly unsuited in each other, to unite their interests. He exults in this work, for by it he can produce more misery and hopeless woe to human family than by exercising his skill in any other direction.—Testimonies for the Church 2:248.

1 Kings 11:2: Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not

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