A Texas megachurch pastor preached against unmarried couples living together, and within a month of his sermon, he performed seven weddings — in one day.
Senior pastor Pete Briscoe officiated seven marriage ceremonies on “Wedding Day,” Saturday, Sept. 29. Starting at 10 a.m., Briscoe performed one wedding every hour — with a one-hour break for lunch — until all seven couples were married, according to Charisma News.
“I encouraged couples in our church who were living together to really think through whether that was God’s best for them,” he explained. “At the end of the sermon, we gave them the option that if they felt God was leading them to get married, we would hold a free wedding for them on this one specific day.”
And that’s exactly what he did.
During the sermon, which was part of a series called “Awkward,” Briscoe described marriage as a “holy estate instituted by God and commanded in Scripture,” The Christian Post reported.
“I know for a fact that some of you here are living together and you’re not married, so you’re feeling a little awkward right now, which is OK,” he explained.
To those who were living together in romantic relationships, Briscoe encouraged them to pursue one of three paths: He said they could break up, move into separate homes and continue their relationship, or get married.
Briscoe, who described the free wedding day as “incredibly fun,” said seven couples signed up. He sat down with each couple for some premarital counseling, “and we married them all off.”