The West Angeles Church of God In Christ congregation was both entertained and enlightened by Bishop Blake’s lively, spirit-filled sermon on love and marriage titled, “Invite Jesus To Your Wedding and Into Your Marriage.” This entire sermon and more is available HERE on West Angeles Gospel On Demand.


Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake delivered a wonderful sermon titled, “Invite Jesus To Your Wedding and Into Your Marriage,” a poignant lesson on love and marriage inspired by John 2:1-2. In the scripture, Jesus and his disciples were invited to a very special wedding, best known for the first of Jesus’s signs and miracles. However, “In the early days of the Christian church,” Bishop said, “many false and heretical teachers arose attempting to indoctrinate the church. One of the false doctrines that was taught was the assertion that marriage was adverse to the life of the Holy Spirit, adverse to the work of the church, and adverse to the will of God.”

Bishop Blake continues by saying that even today, many devalue the power and importance of marriage, preferring cohabitation, same-sex involvement, and raising children in single-parent homes.

Bishop also includes statistics which reveal the important balance created by marriage between a man and a woman, and the value provided to human development when children are raised by both parents within its confines.

“The traditional wedding ceremony says that marriage is an honorable estate Instituted of God,” Bishop preached, “signifying unto us a mystical union that’s between Christ and His church.”

Bishop Blake’s message was also a “sermon-within-a-sermon”; taking a humorous turn with his essay called, “Before You Fall In Love.”

Highlights from Sunday’s sermon follow:

“Marriage is commended by St. Paul to be honorable among all men, and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly, or lightly; but reverently discreetly, soberly, and in the fear of God.”

“Even today, there are many who would depreciate the value and the importance of marriage.”

“I read a little while ago about ‘stage of life’ marriages: you marry one person for the first stage of your life and another person for the second stage… and so on.”

“It is undeniable, irrefutable, that human progress would have been radically retarded if God had not instituted marriage.”

“Nothing in creation was sufficient for Adam except Eve.”

“In taking woman out of man, God implied that woman was a part of man.”

“Whatever man did to womankind, he did to himself. If he abased and disrespected them, then he disrespected himself.”

“Anybody who knows anything about biology knows that the male and female bodies join together to constitute the reproductive unit.”

“One of the great and destructive challenges of our day is that so many children are being raised by one parent only. They need the parental couple to love them and to provide for them, and to model life for them.”

“God devised marriage. God ordained marriage. Marriage is a life-long, loving, committed relationship between a man and a woman.”- Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“God gave man a sexual nature, and God’s Word declares that the only context for sexual involvement is within the boundaries of marriage.”

“If we are so bold to feel that somebody ought to be sexually abstinent…how much more should we obey the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, Creator of the ends of the earth when He lays out the rules for our behavior?”

“A mother has no doubt of whether she’s the mother of the child or not. She knows that that’s her child. But a man needs some assurance as to whether he’s the father of not.”

“We desire exclusivity. The integrity of the family is essential for economic well-being.”

“Multiple families and divorce can devastate any wealth that a couple has accumulated.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘It’s cheaper to keep her!’”

“Marriage not only involves individuals, but it also involves their families.”

“When two individuals are backed by two sets of parents and four sets of grandparents, and when parents and grandparents have married for life… the likelihood of generational, economic wealth and well-being skyrockets.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake

“The children of single parents or children from broken homes face economic and emotional deprivation, and a variety of disadvantages.”

“When you marry somebody, you not only bring them into your family, but you bring their mom, their dad, their brothers and their sisters, and their grandparents into your family also.”

“Before you look for a wife, look at yourself. Do you have yourself together? Are you sane? Are you economically sound?”

“Do you have qualities of life and pursuits and dreams that you can share to enhance somebody else’s life?”

“Make sure that you love the Lord. ‘There are ways that seem right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.’
Be careful in your selection of a mate.”

“Some people are more careful about choosing their clothes, about choosing their apartment, choosing their car, than they are about choosing a marital mate.”

“I believe in marriage at first sight –  I also believe in taking a second look!”

“Wisdom and love need to drink form the same cup.”

Husbands, love your wives just as Christ also loved the church. – Ephesians 5:25

“I’m going to tell you how to prevent an unhappy marriage and how to prevent a divorce; and the way you do it is to marry the right person in the first place!”

“Her hair may be long and black…it’s a weave! Her teeth may be beautiful and white…they’re false! Her shape is out of sight…her hips are latex!”

“I know he came by in a fine car, but he stole that car. He’s hiding it, trying to keep it from being repossessed! He says he works days and at night he’s working on his master’s degree. He’s lying. He’s a drug pusher! ‘Oh, he has such big muscles!’ He should. He works out every day in jail!”

“Before you fall in love, put priority on spiritual and emotional excellence, not just on physical and erotic attractiveness.”

“The best way to tell what a person will do is to look at what a person has done.”

“Before you fall in love, make sure that person is available!”

“When two people love the Lord, who committed to the way of God, who believe the Word of God, and who believe in Christian principles, living, and raising their family, they’ve got a marriage that’s going to work and be Blessed.”

“Having a mutual commitment to Jesus Christ is a key area of compatibility in marriage.”

“Ephesians 5:25 says, ‘Husbands love your wives just as Christ also loved the church’…The husband and wife have got to love one another like Jesus loved the church.”

“There are some who’ve said that it’s the role of the husband to love, and it’s the role of the wife to submit, but I would say that both the husband and the wife must love and submit… The bible says in 1 Peter 5:5, ‘All of you must submit to one another.'”

“Is there anybody in here glad that Jesus loved you?”

“No matter how you’ve lived; no matter what you’ve done; no matter who you’ve hurt, God loves you today!”

“Jesus can change your life!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – John 2:1, Genesis 2:18, Hebrews 13:4, Proverbs 14:12,  Amos 3:3, 2 Corinthians 6:14, Proverbs 3:5-6,   1 Peter 5:5-6, John 15:7, John 15:4-5 , John 15:13, Ephesians 5:25-27.

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