[Due to technical difficulties, the first few minutes of this lesson were not recorded. Sorry about that! -MRW]
- This is such an emotional topic, but we must remain objective and appeal to God’s word.
- Mark 6:17, 21 – John ended up being beheaded because he called out the marriage as unlawful.
What should happen in an unlawful marriage?
- Luke 16:18
- They must divorce and repent of their adultery. I Corinthians 6:9
- “But marriage itself is holy. No one should be told to divorce.”
- Ezra 9-10 – These marriages were unlawful and had to be broken up.
- Mark 6:17-18
Are divorced people still “marriage in God’s eyes?”
- I know of no passage that uses or implies that wording or concept. Sometimes we might say that because we’re trying to communicate the fact that God doesn’t approve.
- Luke 16:18
- Romans 7:2-3
- Mark 10:11-12
- These people were really divorced and actually marriage to other people. They were married to one person, yet bound to another, thus it is adultery.
- Matthew 19:9 – These divorces and marriages are real.
What about marriages and divorces before one was ever a Christian?
- God’s laws are for everyone, both Christians and non-Christians.
- Mark 6:17-18 – Herod and his wife were not Christians, but they were in sin.
- I Corinthians 6:9-11
- If God’s laws do not apply to non-Christians, why are people told to repent before they are baptized (Acts 2:38)?
- And why would you even get baptized and become a Christian, if prior to that you have no sin and therefore no need of salvation?
Does forgiveness change the situation?
- Acts 2:38; 8:22; 26:20
- There is still a need to repent and not keep sinning.
- If I steal a car…
- Then I pray for forgiveness ….
- Can I keep the car?
- No – it is still a sin for me to have it.
- If I take an unlawful wife …
- They I pray for forgiveness …
- Can I keep the wife?
- No – it is still a sin for me to have her.
Does I Corinthians 7:15 give another exception?
- I Corinthians 7:10-17
- I Corinthians 7:10 – “Leave” here means “divorce.”
- I Corinthians 7:11 – This does not imply approval of the divorce. See I John 2:1.
- I Corinthians 7:12-13 – It is okay for a Christian to be married to a non-believer.
- I Corinthians 7:14 – This cannot be saying that an unbelieving spouse can be saved by the believing spouse (II Corinthians 5:10). It is merely saying that the marriage is legitimate.
- I Corinthians 7:15 – There is no permission for remarriage here. Matthew 5:32
Does I Corinthians 7:27-28 give another exception?
- I Corinthians 7:27 – “Released” here cannot mean “divorced for any reason” because it would contradict what Paul just wrote in I Corinthians 7:10-17.
Can the innocent party divorce years after the divorce?
- Suppose that:
- A man divorces his wife (not for fornication)
- Years later, he remarries.
- Can the wife now divorce him for fornication and remarry with God’s approval (Matthew 19:9)?
- No. You can’t divorce someone you’re not married to.
- Luke 16:18
Nothing is greater than fellowship with God; nothing lasts longer than heaven.