Divorce, Remarriage And Adultery
by David J. Stewart | December 2005 | Updated July 2015
"For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away..." —Malachi 2:16
Divorce is a sin! It is hard to imagine that anyone in this country has not been touched by divorce in one way or another. Divorce is a sin that perpetuates for a lifetime. Divorce, the most visible sign of a culture in collapse, has become easy in our society. Americans have become so accustomed to sin that we're continually sinking to new moral lows as a society.Nearly two-thirds of today's marriages will end in divorce or separation. Forty-five percent of all first marriages end in divorce. [Dwight Hervey Small, The Right to Remarry, 1975]
Of these divorces, seventy-five percent of the divorced women remarry while eighty-three percent of the men do. [Florence W. Kaslow and Lita Linzer Schwartz, The Dynamics of Divorce: A Life Cycle Perspective, 1987]
The figures for second marriages are even more discouraging. Fifty-five percent of these end in divorce [Small, 1986]
Sadly, divorce is not just a non-Christian problem. Pollster George Barna discovered that born-again Christians actually have a higher rate of divorce (27 percent) than nonbelievers (23 percent). Fundamentalists top them all (30 percent). And 87 percent divorced after accepting Christ, presumably aware of the Biblical teaching on divorce. [Chuck Colson, "Any Ol' World View Won't Do," Jubilee Extra, May 1996]
I don't know if those statistics are true. It seems odd to me that fundamentalist Christians would have the highest divorce rate, but then again, our churches are in a heap of a spiritual mess these days. Can you image, if it's true, that fundamentalist Christians have the highest divorce rate? It is clear from reading the news that feminism has crept into our homes and churches. Many religious women don't even realize that they have been horribly influenced by feminist ideologies. Carnal women today hate Biblical authority! They murder their children by abortion. They curse in the Lord's name. They strip down nearly naked in public and cause men to sin. They constantly challenge their husband's authority. They don't hesitate to divorce and move on in another adulterous marriage. There is no fear of a holy God before their eyes. They are of the Devil. Jude 1:8 foretold that the wicked would DESPISE DOMINION in the last days. The feminist agenda is the driving force behind America's shamefully high divorce rate. Any attitude other than total wifely submission and respect for her husband is feminist rebellion. Bobbed Hair, Bossy wives And Women Preachers.
Why such a high rate of divorce?
Americans are wicked sinners, that's why there's so much divorce! The Holy Bible teaches in Proverbs 13:10, “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.” We are a proud nation today in America! As Christian believers we ought to tremble at God's Holy Word. Isaiah 66:5, “Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word...” The heathen world do not fear God, nor do they tremble at God's Word. Psalms 36:1, “The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.” If a man fears God, he lives it. A religious woman who wears immodest clothing, like pants and tight blouses, manifests to others that she does not fear God as she ought. Something is wrong with her testimony. Most professed Christians live horrible lives, showing that they do not fear God nor tremble at His Word. It is wickedness!!!
For many people today, divorce seems like a relatively simple solution to their complex marriage problems. Prior to the divorce reforms of the 1970s, most divorces were based upon the grounds of a “fault.” Generally one of the spouses had to be guilty of some act of unfaithfulness or misbehavior; such as adultery or a crime. More recently this has given way to "no-fault" divorces. Sadly, people can get divorced for anything these days. One reason why divorce rates are so high is because the government sponsors women's shelters to promote divorce during marital times of struggle, and then the government provides free attorney representation for the women, free welfare, free section 8 housing, free everything. It's all part of the destructive feminization of America, which is synonymous with the lesbian and abortion movements. It's all rebellion against God. The Illuminati are working relentlessly on all fronts to infiltrate, corrupt and destroy the United States. Please read, The Luciferian Creed.
Men are often forced into divorce court against their will, horribly bullied by a thug legal system that threatens to take away their children, drag the case on for years, and result in costly legal fees if they refuse to sign the divorce agreement papers. This is heathendom. Lawyers and judges are thugs who take advantage of people during difficult times in life. Divorce is now a lucrative $50,000,000,000 a year racket in America!!! Lawyers by default will nearly always push for a divorce, because it is what the rigged system wants them to do, and that's how they make much more money. Lawyers are monsters! Picture a woman who gets hit by a car. While injured, two men drag her to safety, but then rape her, claiming they did her a favor by bringing her to safety. That's what lawyers do. They rape people financially at perilous times in their life, claiming that they helped them.
I have more respect for a street pimp than I do for most lawyers and judges (MP3 interview exposing CPS administrative judges). Judges are nothing more than overpaid lawyers wearing robes. Even worse are the abundance of lesbian, pedophile and homosexual judges who are infamous for abusing their power. How can wicked people make sound righteous decisions? They are sick-minded, evil, Godless, hypocritical, shameful people.
Please read: Americans Murdering Judges And Families (when u lose everything, u have nothing to lose!). I don't hate anybody, but I detest anyone who preys upon others for a living.
Hell will be filled with lawyers and judges. Judges removed the Bible from our schools. Judges legalized abortion. Judges have legalizing same-sex marriage. On June 26, 2015 the ungodly judges of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex PERversion in all 50 states! It is an abomination!!! It is also a fact that many top sleazy politicians like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are lawyers. Lawyers are behind the divorce racket! Do you know why attorneys are buried 10-feet-deep instead of 6-feet-deep? It's because deep down under they're really not that bad!!!
Woe Unto You Lawyers! (the economic rape of America is made possible by lawyers!)
Prior to modern “no-fault” divorces, traditional legal marriage was grounded in the Christian conception of marriage (as a sacrament in the Catholic religion), a holy union between a man and a women, a commitment to join together “to love and cherish, in sickness and in health, for better, for worse, until death do us part.”
[Marriage] is the most solemn and important of human transactions. It is regarded by all Christian nations as the basis of civilized society, of sound morals, and of the domestic affections...The mutual comfort and happiness of the parties are the principal, but not the only, objects of the [marriage]. It is intended also for the benefit of their common offspring, and is an important element in the moral order, security and tranquility of civilized society. The parties cannot dissolve the contract, as they can others, by mutual consent, and no light or trivial causes should be suffered to effect its recission... according to the experience of the most enlightened nations, the happiness of married life greatly depends on its indissolubility. [Sheffield v. Sheffield, 3 Tex. 79, 85-86 (Tex. Sup. Ct. 1848)].
Writes Lenora Weitzman in her book The Divorce Revolution. "Divorce laws reinforced those responsibilities, rewarding spouses who fulfilled their marital obligations and punishing those who did not." If a man ran off with his secretary, his wife got the family home, child custody, child support, and alimony until she remarried or died. No-fault's goal was to reduce the acrimony of divorce proceedings by eliminating arguments over who was most at fault. But in abolishing "the concept of fault, it also eliminated the framework of guilt, innocence and ... the law's condemnation of marital misconduct," Weitzman says.
These "convenience" divorces have both weakened the institution of marriage and undermined the lifelong commitment that God ordained for marriage. The result has been a soaring rise in divorce rates that is destroying the middle class. Divorce rates have soared from 706,000 in 1970 to 1,169,000 in 1995.
What the Bible says about divorce
Regardless of what you or I may think about divorce or whether its socially acceptable or not, you must understand what God thinks about divorce... GOD HATES DIVORCE:“Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD.” —Jeremiah 3:20
“For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away...” —Malachi 2:16
Pretty simple, huh? That shouldn't be too difficult to interpret. God hates divorce! Divorce is TREACHEROUS!!! There is nothing more evil than to walk out and abandon a spouse who has sinned. Such hypocrisy is rooted in self-righteousness and hatred.
For an in-depth look at what God thinks about marriage and divorce, read the Old Testament book of Hosea. We should all have the same attitude that Hosea had, which is, “I'll die before I'll divorce!” That's the spirit of a martyr in marriage, and we need a lot more of that type of loyalty in our homes today. Staying married is a matter of being loyal to one's marriage vows, God and your spouse. I'd hate to think that a witch like Hillary Clinton is more loyal to her adulterous husband than the average professed Christian wife is today. Think about that!
Despite the plain language of the Word of God condemning the sin of divorce, people refuse to obey. Mankind always attempts to rationalize evil doing, justify sin and live by his own laws instead of God's. The one big consuming quality of the Oprah Winfrey Show is ME, MYSELF and I. You'll hear the word “I” continually by guests, speakers and Oprah herself. Rick Warren says some really great stuff, but when the sun goes down at the end of the day, it's all about SELF. Even when he teaches about living for others, it always ends up benefiting SELF. On the Oprah Winfrey Show, Warren said that forgiveness is the bridge to Heaven. He said if you don't forgive, then you burn your own bridge to Heaven. That's false teaching, a doctrine of devils. Refusing to forgive is a horrible sin, but it will not keep you out of Heaven. The only sin which can keep a person from entering into Heaven is unbelief.
Jesus addressed the specific issue of divorce in Luke 16:16...Some Pharisees came to Jesus to test Him
"The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery. —Luke 16:16
They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?” “Haven't you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning 'the Creator made them male and female,' and said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become 'one flesh,' so they are no longer two, but one.” Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate. 'Why then, 'they asked,' did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?"
Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.” The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.” Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.” —Matthew 19:3-12
Jesus answered the Pharisees by correcting them and stating that the original intent was not to have divorce, but because of the sinfulness of man, divorce was reluctantly allowed by Moses. Jesus reminds them of Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24. ...
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." —Genesis 1:27,28
"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." —Genesis 2:24
Jesus focuses on God's intent for marriage rather than on divorce. God intended for the husband and wife to be spiritually one. This divine intent is what makes a marriage permanent because the two become a single unity. He pointed out that Scripture intended marriage to be permanent and gave four reasons for the importance of marriage:
- God created man and woman.
- Man should leave his father and mother, and be forever united to his wife.
- The two shall become one, no longer two, but one.
- No man may divorce what God has joined together.
Marriage is a lifetime covenant
Marriage is not only a covenant between the man and woman, but a covenant with God. Maybe you feel that you married too young and that God had nothing to do with the selection of your mate. But once you made that commitment, that covenant, God recognizes it as a lifetime covenant no matter who you married (1st Corinthians 7:10-17). Anyone can live with anybody if they can learn to be a nobody. Sinful pride causes all divorce. If you think that you married the WRONG person, please understand that they became the RIGHT person the moment you were married.
God pity the shameful David Gates song “IT'S SAD TO BELONG” which contains the adulterous lyrics, “Yes, it's sad to belong to someone else when the right one comes along.” Today's internet dating websites advertise on television, enticing people to open an account and find out who's interested in you (maybe a rich doctor? or maybe a trophy wife?). No wonder our nation is so adulterous! David Gates is a wonderful singer, composer and musician. Yet, the music of Gates' super popular 1970's band BREAD and David Gates' solo albums are worldly. Many people are familiar with the blockbuster song, “IF,” both written and sang by Gates. Gates hit song “IT'S SAD TO BELONG” caused MUCH divorce around the nation.
Gates is still performing concerts and in response to public criticism from Christians about his song, he jokingly tells audiences today to make sure you marry your second spouse first. Sadly, there is much truth to what he is saying. Most people select their automobiles more carefully than they do a wife or husband. I think most people who experience marriage difficulties wonder at times if they should have married someone else, but such thinking is sinful if dwelt upon, because it will eventually lead to adultery and divorce. America has deteriorated spiritually into a decadent culture of wickedness. Abortion just didn't happen. Only after the 1950's Playboy philosophy targeting men and the 1960's feminist indoctrination targeting women did sexual immorality become prevalent in the United States. Rock 'N' Roll music was the catalyst, promoting a selfish religion of immoral sex, substance abuse and rebellion. Even the west coast's BEACH BOYS admitted to trying to make “WITCHCRAFT MUSIC.”
In today's society, a trend that's in the church as much as it is in the world is to not take the marriage covenant as seriously as we once did. People don't respect the sacredness of marriage anymore. Churches are filled with feminists and marriage meddlers, who prey upon weak-minded women, doing everything in their power to cause a divorce. People often take sides in matters which they don't fully understand, hurting others by allowing themselves to becoming personally involved in someone's marriage problems. God will punish anyone who meddles with someone else's marriage. God HATES divorce, which means that He hates anything and everything which causes a divorce. People who wouldn't want someone interfering in their private life and marriage, don't even hesitate to destroy another person's life. The Lord warned in Matthew 7:1-5 that we will all be judged by the SAME standard by which we have judged others. If you cause a divorce, God will condemn you with the same condemnation by which you condemned that other person. A wife who files for divorce is declaring her own self-righteousness, telling the world that her husband is a bigger sinner than she is, so she has a right to destroy him and divorce him. That is 100% evil self-righteousness on the wife's part.
Today, if a Christian wants a divorce, they twist the scriptures to fit their desire or they hear a prophecy, or a voice that says, "God doesn't want you to suffer anymore." They try to justify their decision to others because they KNOW they're guilty. These fine Christian people, ministers, pastors, prophets, and evangelists come up with all sorts of wild ideas why it's okay to divorce. I believe that God has ONE PERSON for each of us in this life. No matter what happens, you stay with that person until death. You married each other. Nothing has changed your vows to stay together. No sin can change that.
If your spouse commits murder and goes to prison for life, then you are supposed to visit your spouse regularly in prison and remain married, remain faithful and become celibate. This is God's unconditional love. I believe that is totally Biblical, as evidenced by the story of Hosea and Gomer in the Bible. Call me what you will, I just don't understand a person abandoning their imprisoned spouse and moving-on to enjoy their new life with someone else. What a selfish thing to do!!! The attitude of this selfish society, thinking that we have a right to move on with our life, if things go bad in a marriage is devilish. Here's A Beautiful Story Of Tragedy, Friendship, Marriage Commitment And God's Precious Love.
1st Corinthians 7:13 says..."And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him."
It may not be God's perfect will, being married to an unbeliever, but God still recognizes the covenant.
Is it OK to Divorce an Abusive Spouse?
Call me what you will, I just believe that God meant for two people to spend life together, for better or for worse. I heard a preacher one time telling childhood stories about his parents down in Tennessee. I was shocked at what I heard. One day his father ran around the corner of the barn and said, “Son, go get my shotgun, your mother just stabbed me!” They never divorced. Now I'm not justifying that kind of crazy behavior, but I will say this to those of you who have ears to hear—we've lost personal integrity in America! People used to have something that this weak-kneed generation just doesn't have today—CHARACTER!!!
Surely it can't be God's will for me to stay with a person who beats me up? I think that is entirely the wrong way to look at things. As Christians (I speak to saved people) we ought to have a determination in our heart to stay married through thick and thin, no matter matter. If you're not saved, then Satan is in control of your life, so I do not speak to you. Jesus Christ cannot become your Lord (Master) until you first receive Him as your personal Savior (John 1:12-14). The moment you get saved, Jesus automatically becomes your new Master instead of the Devil. You don't have to acknowledge Jesus as your Lord to be saved, for that would be adding human effort to the simple plan of salvation given in the Bible. 1st Timothy 4:10 says that Jesus is “the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.” I love that Scripture! We have a good God ladies and gentlemen!
I love my mother and father, both born-again Christians, who have both gone onto to be with Jesus in Heaven. What a blessing to be with Jesus! I miss them dearly. But they had a rough marriage for 36-years. I could tell you hundreds of horror stories. I'd imagine every family has their share of dirty laundry, and I advise people to always keep their dirty-laundry at home where it belongs. What we need to do is place all that dirty laundry into Jesus' hands, and let Him deal with it—He'll cleanse all sin with His precious blood, and straighten everything all out! Jesus died on the cross so He could make everything right, because there's nothing that you nor I can do to straighten up the mess we've made out of life.
Is your life more resemblant of a train-wreck than a normal life? If so, you are in good company my friend. Our Savior uses the misfits, poor, ex-cons, failures, the destitute and broken-hearted, the lame, diseased, in debt, tired and weary souls. Where Did David Get His Mighty Men? (an awesome MP3 sermon, by Dr. Jack Hyles). God doesn't need our money, talents and education; but rather, he needs our heart to be humble in prayer, and obey to Him at all times as we forsake the sinful world and live for Jesus to get souls saved and .
Sometimes two people change and cannot live under the same roof, or at least in the same space, together. But for the sake of the children, honoring one's vows and the sacredness of marriage, no one should ever even consider getting a divorce. A divorce hurts everyone in the family. Most second marriages end up in divorce. That's not surprising, because a quitter is a quitter. Americans are so selfish these days, only thinking about themselves. Without faith in God, a society cannot function properly. Everyone makes excuses for divorce, but there is no excuse except personal sinful pride (Matthew 19:8, a hard heart).
America is an adulterous, wicked, sick-minded nation in 2013. The common consensus in society today is to date around, which is nothing more than a lifestyle of whoring around. When a women says, “I'm not in a relationship right now,” what she really means is, “I've temporality stopped whoring around.” It is a shame that courtship no longer exists in America. Walt Disney teaches teen boys to 'score' with the girls and for teens to date around and fornicate. Teens are taught that it's ok to have premarital sex using condemns, and then when you find that special one you take off the condom. This is the sinful Playboy philosophy that has corrupted our nation's youth. Hebrews 13:4 warns that God will judge whoremongers and adulterers. Colossians 3:5-6 warns against all forms of sexual immorality. Bachelor parties are sinful. Premarital sex leads to a lifetime of sexual immorality.
Jesus said in John 3:20 that sin hinders men from desiring to come to the light to be saved. Hence, sexual immorality leads many people into the fires of Hell. A person doesn't have to stop living in adultery to be saved, but an adulterous person won't want to be saved according to John 3:20. This is why the false teaching of Lordship Salvation is totally unnecessary. People who love their sins don't want to get saved, lest their evil deeds should be reproved.
Is it okay to divorce my unbelieving spouse?
Crown Bible College in Knoxville, Tennessee, says 'yes' to this question on their website. This does seem to be a second possible allowable case for divorce. If two unsaved people get married, and then years or decades later one of them become a born-again Christian, there is likely going to be sharp contention. If the couple still get along and can live peaceably as such, then they ought to stay married and make th best of it. And perhaps the good conversation of a godly and obedient wife may win over the unbelieving stubborn husband. Albeit, it the contrast is too sharp, causing serious fights and domestic violence, then perhaps the couple need to divorce as per 1st Corinthians 7:15, which plainly says...
"But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace."
This doesn't mean that God will honor a wicked person who falsely accuses their spouse of being unsaved, as a means of getting out of a troublesome marriage. A Christian couple is not permitted by God to divorce merely because they don't get along, or don't like each other. My experience as a preacher has shown me that people always do what they have chosen to do, and then secondarily, look for reasons to justify the decisions they just made. So the reason why people do the HORRIBLE things they do will always be: I DID IT BECAUSE I WANTED TO!!!
Once a women decides that she wants a divorce, she then starts looking for excuses to justify her decision, no matter how good or bad her choice(s) may be. So she starts reading umpteen religious websites, consulting different Bible versions, seeking counsel from various pastors and reading numerous books on Divorce and Remarriage—all intended to justify in her own carnal mind the decision which she made long ago. The correct way to make decisions is to seek godly counsel first (Proverbs 3:5-7), from the Holy Scriptures and mature Christians in the Lord.
What are Biblical Grounds for Remarriage?
There are NO Biblical grounds for divorce. The only allowance for remarriage is if one's spouse permanently abandons them for another mate. Adultery is NOT grounds for divorce, any more than murder or robbing a bank is grounds for divorce. Only perpetual adultery where a spouse has run off with another is grounds for divorce. Abandonment!
The very idea that a person (whose spouse has been unfaithful) can merely file for divorce, pack her suitcase and leave town, to move elsewhere and marry the next handsome hunk she meets, is in my mind, an abomination in God's eyes. There are many aspects to be considered. If a spouse is shamed, apologetic and sorrowful, we ought to forgive and move on in the power of Jesus Christ! We do not live in a Christian nation. If we did, adulterers would be executed immediately. Since our laws are reprobate, it makes things much more complicated.
If a man's wife has been unfaithful with another man in the church, and she is devastated and apologetic, repentant toward God; you cannot just continue day-by-day after something like that has happened, pretending that nothing has changed. If I were the victimized husband, I would move my family across the state or country to another church. I would not return to that church again while that other man is there. You need to get your wife away from that reprobate and shameful male lacking manhood, who violated your wife.
A wife who divorces her husband is commanded by God to remain unmarried for the rest of her life, or reunite with her husband...
“And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.” —1st Corinthians 7:10-11
Whichever spouse FILES for divorce is the quitter and God forbids them to remarry. To remarry is the horrible sin of adultery...
“And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.” —Mark 10:11,12
Americans have excuse-after-excuse for their sins, whether it be the evils of abortion, homosexuality, adultery, gossip, drunkenness, et cetera. America is a sick nation where one person gets life in prison for downloading some dirty pictures, while murderers only receive 5-years in prison. Injustice abounds and the love of many has waxed cold (Matthew 24:12).
To divorce one's spouse is to force them to commit adultery by remarriage. You abandoned them, so they had no choice in the matter. You broke your promise (marriage vows) to remain with them until death. The following Scripture is woefully misunderstood by most preachers. In view of the two previous Scriptures, Matthew 5:32 and 19, we learn from Jesus that the only time remarriage is allowed is when one's spouse divorces them and has run off in adultery with someone else. Since there is no hope of reuniting the marriage at this point, only then is it clear that one's spouse is not returning and it is ok to remarry. ...causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.” —Matthew 5:32
“But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication,
“He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.” —Matthew 19:8-9
I believe this is what the Lord meant in Matthew 19:9. Jesus plainly says in Matthew 19:8 that ONLY BY A HARDENED HEART (sinful pride) does divorce happen. Matthew 18:22 teaches UNLIMITED forgiveness, but the act of divorce shows one's unwillingness to forgive. If a couple needs to live apart, then do so, as many married couples do; but you NEVER divorce.
I also believe that it is a horrible sin to run out and remarry before the ink is even dry on one's divorce papers. If you filed for divorce, you have no right to remarry. The Bible is very clear on that. You quit. You lied. You walked out on the spouse of your youth (Jeremiah 3:20; Malachi 2:16). God will punish anyone who files for divorce and then remarries. If you are the victim of a divorce, then only if your spouse find's another mate are you freed to Biblically marry with God's blessing. I believe that. I believe this because of the book of Hosea in the Bible. Hosea's wife, Gomer, betrayed him by running off to commit a life of adultery. Hosea stayed single. Years later, they reunited when Hosea bought Gomer at a slave auction. This is a beautiful picture of God's love, Who bought us from the slave market of sin. The Lord bought us and now owns us, and He is good to us, and has given to us eternal life and all the blessings of Heaven.
There is further Biblical
support for this doctrine, that is, to remain single after a divorce.
1st Corinthians 7:27, “Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be
loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.” It
is not a sin to remarry if one's spouse has died. Albeit, if they are
still alive I believe that it is Biblical to remain single. In America's
sex-perverted culture where everything is being sexualized, people think
they will blow up if they don't have sex; but it is possible to subdue the
flesh by abstaining (avoiding) the lusts of the flesh as 1st Peter 2:11
teaches. 1st Peter 2:11, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and
pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
What's the remedy for the sin of adultery?
It's the same as for any other sin. Adultery is not the unforgivable sin. Rejecting Jesus Christ is the ONLY unpardonable sin. If you've made a mistake, don't defend your action, ask for God's forgiveness! Ask God to forgive and cleanse you. He'll forgive the sin of adultery just like He'll forgive any other sin, whether it be lying, murder, or any other sin that we could ever commit. You might think that God can't forgive you because you can't make it right. Well, if you murdered someone and they're dead in the grave, how do you make that right? God will forgive you if you ask Him.
Please understand the difference between forgiveness verses the consequences of one's sins. Divorce is a sin that perpetuates for a lifetime. Although God will forgive you for your sin, you will still have to suffer the consequences of that sin for the rest of your life. Some sins don't produce lasting earthly consequences, but many DO! Sin destroys lives, marriages, families, churches and nations. It takes 20-years on average for broken families to reunite, and often they don't unite at all. Sin ruins families. Divorce is a horrible sin that breaks apart marriages and the consequences last a lifetime and beyond for generations to come. To encourage, recommend or support abortion in any manner is a wicked sin which God hates. Marriage meddlers will be punished by God in eternity. The Bible calls Satan a thief who comes only to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). People who do the same by encouraging a divorce are of the Devil. God is in the building business; but Satan only comes to destroy, like the newsmedia and the divorce racket in America.
Marriage is like plywood, which is manufactured layer-by-layer using glue, heat and pressure. Trying to separate plywood after it is made causes it to rip apart into pieces of useless rubbish. Likewise, marriages are made over time. Children are the biological DNA offspring of a male and female bonding together. A child is a gift from God, a life entrusted by God to two parents. A child is the ultimate expression of love between a married couple, sharing the DNA of both sexes.
Thank God for the gift of His dear Son Jesus Christ. Although divorce is a sin that has lifetime consequences, God's forgiveness is instant. If you murder someone, God will forgive you right away if you ask Him on the basis of Christ's blood sacrifice at Calvary (1st John 1:7; Romans 5:9; 1st Peter 1:18-19). There is hope for the worst sinner. God's forgiveness is immediate, permanent and eternal. But you'll still have to go to prison, likely for the rest of your natural life. That's the difference between the consequences of sin verses forgiveness in Christ for our sins. The Lord paid for our sins so we wouldn't have to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire for our sins. We pay for our sins in this life, but Christ took our eternal punishment upon Himself on the cross.
Romans 6:23 teaches “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” All pain and sickness is caused by sin. Maybe not our particular sin, but just the world's sin in general. But somewhere, somehow, all pain and suffering is caused by someone's sin. It is corporate greed and selfishness that causes so much death, poverty and pain around the world. The poor starve while the rich get richer. Isaiah 13:11 warns that God will punish the world for their evil.
There is no risk of eternal damnation for any child of God, that is, for those who have been born-again by believing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet, we must give account to God one day for all our sins (Ecclesiastes 12:14; Romans 14:10-12). Christ took our punishment
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." —1st John 1:8-10
"Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD..." —Malachi 2:17
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