Divorce & Remarriage

Divorce & Remarriage
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First, she should call the police. The Bible says that the king does not bear the sword in vain: The Bible says that God gives to the government the authority to restrain evil and to punish evildoers, so if a wife is struck by her husband she should call the police. God gives guns and Tasers and handcuffs to the police for the protection of the vulnerable.

A wife should make appropriate use of that provision. Government officials are charged by God to restrain evil and to punish evildoers. The church must never stand in the way of that commission. The second thing an abused Christian woman should do is call her pastor or the elders of her church.

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If the husband is a member of the church he should immediately come under discipline. If he does not repent, he should be excommunicated. Excommunication implies that the church can no longer credit his profession of faith. In the eyes of the church, the woman is now married to an unbeliever, with all that that implies — see grounds for divorce 5 as detailed above.

When the Bible permits divorce, it is so that the wronged or abandoned party may remarry. Therefore, in any case where a divorce is biblically permissible, it is by definition also permissible for the wronged or abandoned party to remarry. Here Jesus is simply saying that if a divorce is not legitimate, then the remarriage is not legitimate. Similarly the Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 7 that if the unbelieving spouse does not want to stay in the marriage and does not want to live with an active and obvious Christian, then the believer should let them go.

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The Bible commands a Christian to: It may well be that when the Pharisees asked Jesus if divorce was legitimate he based his negative answer not only on God's intention expressed in Genesis 1: Wenham, Jesus and Divorce Nelson: God has called you to peace. Scripture permits remarriage after divorce under certain circumstances. The second reason for permitting a divorce is in cases where an unbelieving mate does not desire to live with his or her believing spouse 1 Cor.

In such cases the believer is not bound — that is to say they are free to remarry. The Pillar Commentary on 1 Corinthians 7 makes that point clearly:. Not bound here refers to freedom to remarry.

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If the individual believer had Biblical grounds for divorce, then he or she is permitted to remarry — but only in the Lord 1 Corinthians 7: The Pharisees thought that divorce was required and commanded in the Scriptures, but Jesus sets them straight. Jesus corrected them saying: The Bible does not command divorce — it permits, regulates and limits divorce.

The Bible allows divorce — in certain situations — because of the hardness of human hearts. Hard hearts cause people to persist in sin and hard hearts make it hard to forgive others but becoming a Christian is about getting a new heart — a soft heart filled with the Holy Spirit. Such a heart is capable of change in the direction of Jesus Christ and is capable of forgiving a brother or a sister of even the most grievous of sins.

Therefore, there really is no reason for two legitimately born again Christians to ever get divorced. If she repents from her sin of unbiblical divorce, the true fruits of that repentance would be to seek reconciliation with her former husband Matt. The same is true for a man who divorces unbiblically 1 Cor.

What does the Bible say about remarriage after divorce?

The only time such a person could remarry another is if the former spouse remarries, proves to be an unbeliever, or dies, in which cases reconciliation would no longer be possible. The Bible also gives a word of caution to anyone who is considering marriage to a divorcee.

If the divorce was not on biblical grounds and there is still a responsibility to reconcile, the person who marries the divorcee is considered an adulterer Mark Believers who pursue divorce on unbiblical grounds are subject to church discipline because they openly reject the Word of God. The one who obtains an unbiblical divorce and remarries is guilty of adultery since God did not permit the original divorce Matt. That person is subject to the steps of church discipline as outlined in Matthew If a professing Christian violates the marriage covenant and refuses to repent during the process of church discipline, Scripture instructs that he or she should be put out of the church and treated as an unbeliever v.

Before such a divorce, however, reasonable time should be allowed for the possibility of the unfaithful spouse returning because of the discipline.

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The leadership in the local church should also help single believers who have been divorced to understand their situation biblically, especially in cases where the appropriate application of biblical teaching does not seem clear. Again, in some cases this would affect the application of the biblical principles 1 Cor. According to 1 Corinthians 7: Scripture permits remarriage after divorce under certain circumstances.

If, after being divorced, one of the original marriage partners dies, the remaining partner is free to remarry. When an adulterous relationship has brought about a divorce, the party who is innocent of adultery has a right to remarry Matthew 5: The right to marry anyone guilty of adultery is denied and as well as to marry anyone who obtained divorce for the express purpose of remarriage Mark The consistency between the Old Testament and the New Testament is recognized as Jesus interpreted it.

The passage in Deuteronomy that Jesus quoted in Matthew 5: Jesus did not change the nature of divorce as dissolving marriage and permitting remarriage; He simply rejected all rationalization and excuse for divorce and made clear that only the innocent party whose former marriage was revoked by divorce could remarry without guilt.

According to 1 Corinthians 7 , remarriage on grounds of desertion alone is not permitted. When two unbelievers have been divorced and one is subsequently converted and neither has remarried, the Christian should attempt to restore the marriage. If the non-Christian refuses, this makes the marriage the same as the kind described in 1 Corinthians 7: If a person is divorced on other than the above scriptural grounds and his or her former partner remarries, that partner by remarrying has, according to scriptural standards Matt.

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Remarriage is never commanded; it is, in some cases, only permitted. Divorced persons who have scriptural grounds for remarriage should enter into such remarriage only with the greatest caution. A believer who seeks to remarry should demonstrate an attitude of repentance for any part he or she may have had in the original failure. Such individuals should receive counseling from the church so as to avoid repeating destructive attitudes and behaviors.

Persons who remarry after being divorced on other than scriptural grounds are guilty of adultery Matthew 5: A Christian clergyman should not perform such marriages.

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Persons who have been divorced on other than scriptural grounds who subsequently become Christians are not absolved from the necessity to remain unmarried by having become Christians. While it is true that we are made new creations in Christ, we continue to bear legal and moral responsibilities that existed before conversion.