Question:

I would like to get married without the state's license and with a preacher, of course. Could you please help me find a preacher that would marry in my state?  I would also like to obtain more information on this subject.  Could I get some more information on how to be married legally or how to obtain my future husband's last name.  Thank you so much for your time.

Answer:

"Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves" (Romans 13:1-2).

The government's request that a license be obtained prior to marriage violates no law of God. I don't know of a preacher who is willing to go against God by going against the government just for a whim. You asked about getting legally married, so why not get legally married in all respects? And getting the license will also give you the paperwork needed to legally change your last name to his.

Thank you! I misunderstood your web site. I was reading a letter from a guy talking about the license who wanted to send you an audio tape. I understand what you are saying but what about God seeing the government as crooked? You should not have to have permission from the state to get married. Most people do not realize when you get that certificate permission from state they have control over your life and children. That does not add up to what the Lord would want. Most people do not understand what they are signing, which is called fraud! This is Satan's world and God is in control. This is his will and our home is not on this crooked earth but in the new Heaven when the New Earth will sit here, Amen!

Unlike you, I've read my marriage license. I also do genealogy and have read many licenses. The only fraud being perpetuated is the one you are a part of -- a false claim that getting a license gives the government control over people's lives. It never has.

In answer to your question, at the time Paul wrote Romans 13:1-2, where Christians are told in no uncertain terms to be obedient to the government, the government in power was Rome. It was the very government which Paul and the other apostles warned would be persecuting Christians. As long as a government acts within the bounds of God's laws, a Christian must be obedient to the government as it represents God's justice.

There is more than enough evil in this world. It doesn't require people to make up imaginary wrongs. Instead you are promoting evil by advocating actions based on lies. Your parents had a marriage license. The government had no control over them or their children, including you, as a result of that license.

Thank you so much for the information! You are right, just pray for me! I do love the Lord and try to see positive! I know that he has his arms around me, and looks after me! I am so sorry that I was negative here. I just pray for everyone! Thanks again for your honest words! Bless you Mr. Hamilton! I am always learning!