The Reign of Christ. Book Two. Chapter Sixteen: What Must Be Established Concerning the Contracting and Entering of Holy Marriage

In the first place, therefore, Your Majesty will propose laws to his subjects concerning the correct contracting and holy entering into marriage so that no one will be associated with another in matrimony unless it is according to God’s will for one person to be joined with another in this agreement and the contract concerning this union is entered into gravely, deliberately, and religiously, as befits those who have professed piety.

By Martin Bucer

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