Must a priest, preacher, or pastor perform a marriage for it to be valid?


Have a good day!

I just want to ask a question: One of our pastors said it is against the Law of God if the marriage is done by a judge or by a mayor.  He also said that the marriage must be done by a priest or a preacher or a pastor.  Since our marriage was done by a judge, does it mean that our marriage never really happened in the eyes of God or in the Law of God?

Thank you and God Bless!


If it is against the Law of God, then he should have been able to cite the passage that says who has to perform a wedding ceremony. I would challenge him on that because I happen to know that there is no such passage. Quite the opposite actually: "For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy" (I Corinthians 7:14). What makes a marriage is a covenant between the man and woman (Malachi 2:14). The reason preachers do weddings is not that it is a church ordinance, but because they can ensure that the couple is well prepared for marriage. Who actually administers the vows does not matter.

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