Fit For Marriage
A weekly Fit For Marriage message from Russell Yates, a man with a compelling message— straight from the Bible—that challenges the disintegration of the Christian family.

What Can One Man Do?

The film “The Passion of the Christ,” reminded us what one man can do. But Jesus was no ordinary man. What can one ordinary man do?

Our world is endangered from within and without. Marriage and family are not just insecure; even the institution is being contested. Politicians and the judiciary would like to rewrite the Constitution. A mother's womb is no longer a safe place. The dominant news is little more than propaganda. Terrorism makes no sense, yet it is a frightening reality. What can one man do?

Israel has long been the victim of suicide bombers—next came America. Now Spain has become the target. Another report tells us they are deliberately setting forest fires for the purpose of destroying the economy of the West. What can one man do?

How does our present situation tie in with the passage that follows?

I will send you [one man] Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children … lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. Malachi 4:5-6, emphasis added

Most of the answers are nothing more than band-aids.Notice it says God, not Satan, will strike with a curse. And why? Because of broken families. … It's not just the U.S.—the whole earth will be smitten. The curse that has been future is now present. Political answers abound, but they are nothing more than band-aids. What can one man do?

The idea of one man taking the initiative and solving the problem is not new:

A Philistine named Goliath appeared, day after day, to challenge Israel. Many people had ideas on how to deal with the giant, but David was the one man God had called for the job—no one else would do. Still, David had to sell the project to King Saul (1 Samuel 17:31-37). Finally the king said, “Go, and the LORD be with thee.”

There is an answer to this problem.It's natural to think there is no answer to the family problem, but that is simply not true. It's also natural to expect some large Christian organization to solve the problem. In the above illustration, the “giant” problem Israel faced was solved by one mannot by the “giant” armies of Israel.

A Giant Contradiction

Let me make a comparison between marriage and “gay marriage.” Christians argue as follows: A homosexual lifestyle is a sinful lifestyle, so “gay marriage” is just an attempt to legitimize sin. They do not hestitate to quote Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:24-27, etc. to make their point.

The Bible also has some things to say about heterosexual marriage. Ephesians 5:22-25 e.g. says a woman should submit to her husband and a man should love his wife. Most Christians carefully ignore biblical teaching on submission. It is dreadfully unpopular—even in church.

Cultural ideas about submission are quite different from what the Bible actually means. So the question becomes: Are you willing to resist the culture? Many Christians rightly understand Biblical teaching on submission, but refuse to stand up for what is right.

The Bible says you should remove the log from your own eye before attempting to remove the speck from the eye of your brother (see Luke 6:42).

No established ministry has been willing to tackle the submission issue. Could one man actually solve the problem? Or at least get the ball rolling in the right direction?

My wife and I have a unique testimony and a persuasive word. Our Fit For Marriage program will provide the following:

  • Sound marital training from the Bible
  • Fellowship with other like-minded believers
  • Correction for faulty marriages
  • Help for members who are looking for a suitable mate

If you're not willing to settle for a counterfeit marriage, join our association.There's no end to the dating programs that can help you meet someone; or marriage programs that can take a good marriage and make it better. But Fit For Marriage is unique. We teach God's Word, which can take a bad marriage and make it good. Here's the bottom line: The only marriage that works is one that has the Bible for its foundation.

If you're not willing to settle for superficial religion, shallow relationships, or a counterfeit marriage—if you want genuine friendship, marital intimacy, and wholesome, well-adjusted children—we invite you to join our association. The Fit For Marriage fellowship is for humble men and women who will settle for nothing less than God's best.

Fit For Marriage is affordable. It is your program—I'm just the director. We offer a twelve lesson study course on CD or cassette tape as part of the membership package. It is available only to those who enroll in the program.

My book, Restoring the Father to the Family, is for sale to the general public, but the study course is for members only.

Picture of CD collection inlcuded with FFM membership.Restoring the Father to the Family, included in FFM membership.

To learn more about the Fit For Marriage fellowship, visit our website. We have provided two ways to enter the site:

  • Click here to go to the Fit For Marriage homepage. It is an invitation, followed by instructions on how to enroll.
  • Click here to go to the Introduction, which amounts to an open letter. There, I discuss the challenge of making marriage work in today's world. Then I explain the operation of the Fit For Marriage program. If you have questions after reading this, please email.

We invite you to join our association!

Russell & Theresa Yates

To participate in the Fit For Marriage program will take some time. But it will change your life—you'll never be the same again!

Portrait of Russell and Theresa Yates

C. Russell Yates

Husband of Theresa C. Yates

Father of Deborah Ruth Yates

Author of Restoring the Father to the Family

Founder of Family Foundation Ministry

Director of the Fit For Marriage Program

Servant of the Most High God