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Why do some churches require
premarital counseling?

Due to our society's deteriorated values of the sacredness of marriage, an increasing number of ministers require premarital counseling with couples before they will perform a marriage ceremony. Years past, when divorce was less frequent and children had better family role models, such counseling was not as common. Counseling will usually establish a scriptural foundation for marriage and try to prepare them for the inevitable challenges ahead.

A minister generally feels that he has been given a sacred trust by God to perform a marriage, and will be reluctant to discharge such functions for a couple who are obviously unprepared. Many ministers may refuse to perform a marriage between a Christian and an unbeliever, between persons who have been previously divorced without scriptural grounds, or for other reasons of conscience.

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