Friday, July 17, 2015

The Seriousness of the Sin of Remarriage after Divorce, part 8


This is a series of posts designed to convince people of the Biblical truth that remarriage after divorce is adultery and that the fact that the modern American Christian church has by-and-large rejected this teaching is proof that it is in a state of apostasy.  This article is the eighth in the series.  Click here to read the first article.

In conclusion, remarriage after divorce is adultery in all cases except for the three very clearly defined exceptions (a woman remarries after her last ex-husband dies, a man remarries after he sends his wife away because of her fornication, or the man remarries after his wife leaves him without his consent.)  There are no gray areas.  The consequences of disobeying this teaching are monumentally devastating.  Arguments to the contrary are visceral and foolish.  It is illogical to claim that this an overly judgmental or unforgiving teaching.  It is absurd to claim that it is legalistic.  Claims of additional exceptions either have no biblical basis at all or can be disproven on close examination of the passages in question or with very simple logic.

II Peter 2:7-8 describes how I feel about it:
Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)—

Finally, I have one last plea.  Genesis 3:1 says,
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

Is Satan whispering in your ear, “Did God really say, ‘You must not...’”?



At August 28, 2015 at 7:51 AM , Blogger Paul G said...

I fully agree with you brother Matt, but that problem is in all churches alike, and all the teaching has not solved that problem.

Concerning Lot, what do you think about Lot's incest with his daughters? (Gen.19:33)
Well, what about Abraham's treachery?
Or, what about Noah, what did Canaan do to Noah? (Gen.9:23)

Well brother, show me a married man who has never lusted after another woman?
I think you know what the Lord Jesus said about that.

At August 28, 2015 at 10:01 PM , Blogger Matt said...

What Lot did with his daughters was sinful and also what Ham (not Canaan) did to Noah. Leviticus 18:6. It was partly Noah and Lot's faults for getting drunk (Galatians 5:21, Ephesians 5:18, etc.). But Ham and Lot's daughters were the ones who committed sexual immorality.

I don't quite know what you are referring to by "Abraham's treachery". We have no scriptural evidence that polygamy is a sin--at that time or any other. However, Abraham's marriage to Hagar is considered a lack of faith because Abraham thought that he had to help God to fulfill the promise of a son. As a result, there were negative consequences which we are living with to this day. Now Jesus said, "That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery..." Matthew 5:32 (KJV) Recall that God commanded Abraham to put away Hagar (yes, she was his wife, and yes it was a divorce, see Genesis 16:3 and 21:10). But God can make any exception to any rule. God commanded Israelites to kill all people living in Canaan including infants. You cannot use these exceptions, given at specific times to specific people, to justify breaking God's commandments.

If you are talking about Abraham's remarriage to Keturah (Genesis 25:1), this is also probably a violation of Jesus' teaching on marriage. This is because it is marriage to another woman, probably haven taken place after the divorce of Hagar. There is also a question of whether Hagar was living at that time. However there is no explicit scripture indicating that that matters--it is the other way around in Romans 7:2-3 and I Corinthians 7:39. That is, it is the woman who is free to marry another husband after the death of the man she married. It does not mention a man being free to marry another wife at the death a woman he previously married. But the Bible does not say that this marriage was a good thing any more than the marriage to Hagar. God may have later revealed to Abraham that his actions were sinful. He then may have repented. We do not know.

Yes, of course the sin of lust is something that virtually every man has committed. But that doesn't mean that the church should condone it. It doesn't mean that we should have party to celebrate it.

At August 29, 2015 at 7:21 PM , Blogger Paul G said...

Yes brother Matt, again, I fully agree with what you are saying and I don't try to justify or condone the sins committed in all the churches, including our sins.

I was only pointing out some of the sins of our fathers in the Faith, who walked with the Lord Jesus long before us.
It was not right for them to brake God's holy Law (without exception) just as it is not right for us to brake the Law and the Commandments.

But remember, for that reason the Lord Jesus came into this evil and wicked world to suffer the consequences on the cross for our sins and transgressions, and also for the sins of our fathers in the Faith.
Apart from the Lord's sacrifice, they and we would not be the righteousness of God in Christ.

Ups! Nearly forget.
It was Canaan who committed the sin with Noah (Gen. 9:24+25), and for that reason Noah cursed Canaan (v. 25) for what he had done.
Ham only saw it (v.22) and told his brothers.


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