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Answering Questions About Divorce and Remarriage No. 2

March 10, 2013

Answering Questions About Divorce and Remarriage No.2

The issue of marriage, divorce, and remarriage is definitely relevant in our day. Some people have even described it as a “hot button topic.” A lot of emotions are attached to the subject, and whenever this is the case, it is difficult to get people to reason on a rational basis.

Human emotions will cause a person to disregard the teaching of the Bible.

It will also cause a person to excuse things that God will not overlook on the day of judgment. (Hebrews 13:4) Knowing how serious the subject is, let us consider the following questions and answers.

4. Is it possible for two people to be married according to the laws of the state, yet not bound to each other because God did not “join” them since they had no right to be married to one another? Yes. God does not join people in marriage unless they have the right to be married.

The state recognizes some marriages that are not approved by the Lord.

God joins people who have his authority to form a marriage relationship. Those who have God’s authority to enter the marriage:

(A) People who have never been married (Matthew 19:4-6);

(B) People who divorced a mate who committed sexual immorality (Matthew 19:9), and people whose mate has died. (Romans 7:2-3)

Furthermore, we have an example of two people who were married, but they were not joined by God because it was not lawful for them to have each other. King Herod had married “his brother Philip’s wife.” Please note: Herod had married her, but she is called his brother Philip’s wife. How can she be his brother’s wife if he had married her? She was his brother’s wife because though Herod had married her, God had not joined Herod and Herodias. Therefore, it was not lawful for him to “have” her. (Mark 6:17-18)

5. Does God’s law governing marriage and divorce apply to people who are not Christians? Yes. Marriage is not a “church ordinance,” which is applicable only to those who are children of God, but it is designed for the human race. If God’s law governing marriage is not applicable to unbelievers, then what would be wrong with two men or two women marrying one another as long as they are not Christians? If God’s law governing marriage does not apply to unbelievers, what would be wrong with unbelievers marrying and divorcing, marrying and divorcing till their heart is content? When the Pharisees questioned Jesus about whether or not “it is lawful for a man to divorce his wife for every reason,” he pointed them to “the beginning.” (Matthew 19:4,8) The point is: in the beginning the intent of marriage was for the two to be one and to stay together. In the beginning there were no Jews or Christians—there was the human family. God’s will for marriage applies to all. (1 Corinthians 7:14)

6. If a believer is married to an unbeliever, and the unbeliever leaves the believer, does this free the believer to marry someone else? No. In Corinthians 7:15 Paul says, “Yet if the unbelieving departs: the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases … ” The word from which “bondage” is translated means “to be enslaved.” Paul is not giving a reason for remarriage. He is saying the believer is not enslaved to the unbeliever, and therefore the believer is not under obligation to force the unbeliever to stay, or to do anything else that would violate the principle of peace. “God has called us in peace.” Christians are enslaved to Christ. (1 Corinthians 7:22-23) Remarriage is only granted on the ground of sexual immorality. (Matthew 19:9)

Ron Daly

For more teaching on crucial issues visit the following blogs:
www.exegeticalessays.blogspot.com
www.biblicallanguagesresearch.blogspot.com
www.dalysnttranslationproject.blogspot.com

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Answering Questions About Divorce and Remarriage

March 3, 2013

Answering Questions About Divorce and Remarriage

The issue of marriage, divorce, and remarriage is definitely relevant in our day. Some people have even described it as a “hot button topic.” A lot of emotions are attached to the subject, and whenever this is the case, it is difficult to get people to reason on a rational basis.

Human emotions will cause a person to disregard the teaching of the Bible.

It will also cause a person to excuse things that God will not overlook on the day of judgment. (Hebrews 13:4) Knowing how serious the subject is, let us consider the following questions and answers.

1. What is the reason or ground that God gives, that allows a person to divorce their mate and marry another person? In order to answer the question in a manner that pleases God, we must appeal to the sacred scriptures. Jesus said, “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” (Matthew 5:31-32) He also said, “And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:9) Therefore, we must conclude that the only reason God gives for a person to divorce his mate and marry another is sexual immorality. Sexual immorality refers to an illicit sex act.

2. May two people who are married to each other divorce or separate when there is no sexual immorality, as long as they do not marry anyone else? No. God’s word does not allow separating or divorcing at will. Jesus said, “What therefore God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matthew 19:6) Paul said, “To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.” (1 Corinthians 7:10-11) Someone may ask, “Doesn’t Paul say, ‘But if she does … ‘ showing that she has permission to separate from her husband?” Do you really believe Paul would say, “A wife must not separate,” (verse 10), then say as some allege “She may separate?” So, what does Paul mean by the phrase “But if she does … ?” It could be that some would separate anyway, and if they do so, they must remain unmarried or be reconciled!

3. If two unbelievers are married to one another, and if their marriage is “adulterous” because they have no right to be married; if they are immersed may they remain married since a person’s sins are forgiven when they are immersed into Christ? No. If they are in a marriage that constitutes adultery before they are immersed, they are in adultery after they are immersed because the adulterous relationship has not changed. A person must repent before they obey the gospel of Christ. (Acts 2:38)

Obeying the gospel does not remove a person from an unacceptable marriage; they must remove themselves from such!

Two men who are married to one another cannot remain in that relationship; neither can a man and a woman remain married when God says they have no right to each other. (Mark 6:17-18; Luke 16:18; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Revelation 21:8)

The questions I am seeking to answer are serious, and the consequences of rejecting Yahweh’s word on this important subject are eternal. (John 12:48-50) I have several more questions to answer and I beg you to believe and accept the truth regarding this issue.

Ron Daly

For more teaching on crucial issues visit the following blogs:
www.exegeticalessays.blogspot.com
www.biblicallanguagesresearch.blogspot.com
www.dalysnttranslationproject.blogspot.com

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