How can one who believes that Jesus is coming soon and who believes we have a world to warn and to win to the distinctive, last-day message of Seventh-day Adventists unite in life’s strongest tie with someone who does not share that passion?When you think about it in that light, it really does not make sense to marry someone who doesn’t share our convictions and mission.
Dating in the public school scene has its issues, but defining it isn’t one of them.
I have a friend who’ll take out a few different girls every semester.
He believes that as long as he lets them know that he’s not interested in courting them, it’s just a date.
The agrees, devoting nearly two pages to these matters.
On the specific point of the minister’s performing the ceremony, it concludes, “If a member chooses a partner who is not a member of the Church, the Church hopes that the couple will realize and appreciate that the Seventh-day Adventist pastor, who has covenanted to uphold the principles outlined above, should not be expected to perform such a marriage” (1997 ed., 261).