Wedding Rings

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  1. Travis Fentiman

    Travis Fentiman Puritan Board Freshman

    Some of the early puritans refused to wear wedding rings as Romanism in their day had caused wedding rings to bear a commonly superstitious meaning. To wear them was to affirm that meaning, and was hence scandalous. Some persons today teach that it is wrong to wear wedding rings.

    However, as wedding rings in many cultures do not bear that superstitious meaning today, nor is it even known that they ever did bear that meaning, to prohibit wedding rings on this account is to revive the knowledge of idolatry, which is contrary to the purpose of Scriptural teaching.

    It should also be noted that numerous of the reformers and puritans did approve of wedding rings, and made frequent positive allusions to them, such as the Westminster divine, Samuel Rutherford.

    Learn more about this subject and what Scripture and the Westminster documents have to say about it, here:

    Feel free to debate the matter below, if you so desire.
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  2. Ryan&Amber2013

    Ryan&Amber2013 Puritan Board Junior

    I love my ring and most importantly, what it points to.
  3. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    This is why the Dec 25th tree is not an idol (necessarily), why we use the names of the days of the week, and conversely why ongoing corrupt RCC practices remain monuments of idolatry to be handled like poison, such as this whole 'holy' week.
  4. Bill The Baptist

    Bill The Baptist Puritan Board Graduate

    I agree. We must focus our energies in fighting the genuine paganism of the RCC and not phony paganism such as wedding rings.
  5. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    The Puritans didn't wear wedding bands because the rings just broke when they did dead-lifts and heavy squats.

    That's my theory gained from personal experience.
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  6. JTB.SDG

    JTB.SDG Puritan Board Sophomore

    What was the superstitious meaning?
  7. JTB.SDG

    JTB.SDG Puritan Board Sophomore

    If Beeke's work gets over 5,000 pages he better deal with this.
  8. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritanboard Colporteur

    When he gets back from Brazil, I will tell him that his ST won't truly be his "magnum opus" unless he covers the Puritan view of wedding rings. :)
  9. JTB.SDG

    JTB.SDG Puritan Board Sophomore

    Haha, thanks. (please don't!)
  10. Travis Fentiman

    Travis Fentiman Puritan Board Freshman

    He is the superstitious Romanist ritual (it is often adapted and truncated in modern Romanist weddings):

    Then the Priest sprinkles them with holy water. The Priest then blesses the rings which have been placed on a small salver saying:

    Priest: Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth, O Lord hear my prayer and let my cry come unto thee, the Lord be with you, and with thy Spirit.

    Priest: Bless the Lord. O Lord, this ring and this man we bless in your name. Give him unbroken loyalty in that it is to be a husband in peace and obedience to thy will and may their mutual love live forever, through Christ our Lord.

    Then the Priest sprinkles the rings with Holy Water in the form of a cross and holds one of them out to [Groom’s name]. Then [Groom’s name] says to [Bride’s name]:​

    Groom: With this name, I wed you:

    In the name of the Father ([Groom] places the ring on the [Bride’s] left thumb)
    and in the name of the Son (he moves it to her index finger)

    and in the name of the Holy Spirit (he moves it to her middle finger)

    Amen (he places it on her ring finger and leaves it there)

    Then [Groom] places gold and silver coins into [Bride’s] hand saying:

    Groom: This gold and silver I give you, tokens of my worldly goods.

    [The Bride] then places the other ring on [Groom]’s finger...​
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  11. Pilgrim72

    Pilgrim72 Puritan Board Junior

    Puritan, William Secker has a work entitled "A Wedding Ring", which is a sermon preached at a wedding.
  12. SavedSinner

    SavedSinner Puritan Board Freshman

    On the continent, in Germany, the reformed wore the ring on the opposite hand as the Lutherans. Also Reformed say the name of the Lord's Prayer backwards from the Lutherans and Rome: Reformed "Our Father" instead of Lutheran "Father Our".
  13. meanderingwanderer

    meanderingwanderer Puritan Board Freshman

  14. Travis Fentiman

    Travis Fentiman Puritan Board Freshman


    Do you have a reference for this?
  15. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritanboard Colporteur

  16. TylerRay

    TylerRay Puritan Board Senior

    Secker was a conforming Anglican. If you want use the term puritan that broadly, then fine, but it's doubtful that you will find any nonconformist speaking well of the use of wedding rings.

    Funny enough, there's not a word about wedding rings in the sermon.
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  17. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritanboard Colporteur

    I will be honest. I haven't gotten around to reading it. I put it on here so those interested would have access to the material being referenced. Did I really link to Anglican without verifying he was a Puritan!? The horror! No wonder I had never heard of him.
  18. TylerRay

    TylerRay Puritan Board Senior

    It's a good sermon--he's certainly an evangelical Calvinist, just not a Puritan, technically. Of course, some people will say that Spurgeon, Ryle, and Chalmers are all puritans.
  19. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritanboard Commissioner

    Of course, I would argue that there is no such thing as Puritanism and it is all a chimaera. :stirpot:
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