TYPES OF MARRIAGES
TYPES OF MARRIAGES
Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 6:9
"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites," NKJV.
In South Africa we have different types of marriage regimes:
1. The "Lobola" or Customary marriage
2. The Civil marriage which has the:
(2A) In Community of Property and
(2B) the Out of Community of Property
1. CUSTOMARY OR LOBOLA MARRIAGE
This is the negotiated, celebrated or concluded marriage according to any of the systems of indigenous African customary law which exist in South Africa. "Lobola" is referred to as "bride price", which is property in cash or kind, which a prospective husband or his family undertakes to pay to the bride's family as a way of the customary laws.
2A) IN COMMUNITY OF PROPERTY MARRIAGE
Well, in an In Community of Property marriage, both husband and wife equally share the risk and benefits of a joint estate. In fact their estate will be regarded as one estate. They are both liable for the debts and liabilities of the other, regardless of which one of them incurred the debt. Whatever property either of them had either prior to or during the marriage belongs equally to both of them. In the event of one of spouse becoming insolvent, the other spouse, in most instances, will also be sequestrated. Harsh but true.
Any couple, who get their marriage registered without any other formality, will be deemed to have entered into an in community of property marriage. This means that if a couple have not gone to an Attorney and had an Ante-Nuptial Contract drawn up and notarized by a Notary Public, then the marriage would automatically be considered to be in community of property.
2B) OUT OF COMMUNITY OF PROPERTY “WITHOUT ACCRUAL” MARRIAGE
There is no sharing of debts or liabilities and each of the spouse retains his or her independence. Their assets remain their own separate property and cannot be touched by any creditor.
2C) OUT OF COMMUNITY OF PROPERTY "WITH ACCRUAL"
This is also registered by way of an ANC and has all the same benefits as the one without accrual. However, when the marriage is dissolved, a calculation is done to determine how much of assets each of the spouses accrued for the duration of the marriage.
All “Out of Community of Property” marriages, either with or without accrual have to be registered by means of an ANC. This means that the couple has to go before a Notary Public and execute an Ante- Nuptial Contract. The word “ante” means “before” marriage). The ANC must be done prior to the marriage being registered as a civil marriage with the Department of Home Affairs.
GOD IS NOT HAPPY ABOUT FORNICATORS
Why do we talk about marriages. God is no happy about people who live in fornication. He is not happy about those who stay in relationships without the commitment of a marriage certificate or not paying the Lobola in full.
According to 1 Corinthians 6:9, fornicators are sinners who will not inherit the Kingdom of God. My brethren, get out of fornication. Seek marriage counselling from the church to make sure that you live a righteous life. If you have been staying with someone that you are not married to, you are living in sin. Get your things right, have your marriage registered at the Department of Home Affairs and pay in full the Lobola (bride price) required by your in-laws.
Let me emphasise that it doesn’t matter how long you have been staying with that man or woman, and it doesn't matter how many children you have together, if you are not in a recognised or registered customary (full lobola) marriage or civil marriage, you are committing a sin of fornication/cohabitation ('vat 'n sit'). God is not happy with fornicators like you.
Get out of that sinful arrangement, seek godly counselling at church and make things right with God.