Biblical Economics 84: Biblical Marriage and Church Funds

A man leaves his father and mother, and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. –Genesis 2:24

The Puritan view of romantic heterosexual marriage is expressed in Leland Ryken’s Worldly Saints (ch. 3) and William Gouge’s Building a Godly Home: A Holy Vision for Family Life.

On homosexuality as a sexual deviation according to the old school of psychiatry (DSM-I 320.6), see Stanton Jones and Mark Yarhouse, Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in the Church’s Moral Debate (InterVarsity Press, 2000), chs. 3-5; and on the Puritans’ rejection of homosexuality, and their frequent use of the word “Sodomite,” see Alan Bray’s Homosexuality in Renaissance England.

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