If you don’t know where the conversation began or what the context of the whole conversation is you are more likely than not to misunderstand and misinterpret the isolated parts of the conversation that you did hear. Furthermore, you are in danger of misapplying any instructions that you may have heard because you don’t know the initial premise upon which the entire conversation rests. And like any story told over and over again by different people, over time it become corrupted and it never ends up the way that the Author told it, especially in the case of those who are unfamiliar with the mind and thoughts of the Author.
A little education is a dangerous thing, especially in the hands of self-righteous, legalistic zealots whose zeal is not according to divine revelation (Knowledge).
I wish to speak more on this from the aspect of marriage and divorce and a Saint’s right to marry again after a morally legitimate divorce – one who is divorced because of a breach of the marriage contract vows through sexual uncleanness and/or infidelity in the marriage. (Ref. Deuteronomy 24:1-4, Matthew 5:32, 1 Corinthians 7:15 and 1 Corinthians 7:9)
It is well-known that some of the Baptist, Pentecostal, Catholic, Protestant, Apostolic, Holiness, Evangelical Churches frown upon and condemn marriage after divorce without knowing GOD’S divine qualifications for divorce and without understanding GOD’S definitions of “husband” and “wife.” Many Christians and so-called Saints assume that the legal civil union of a man and woman constitutes and sanctions them as husband and wife but this is not so. The same-sex marriage laws prove that legitimate civil marriage doesn’t make anyone morally married or a husband or a wife. Only God Can Make Someone A Husband and Someone A Wife for Only God Rules Supreme In The Institution of Marriage – not Churches or Pastors or Civil Governments. I feel that I have the gift of divine revelation in this matter. And I am unbiased on this subject as I am not seeking to marry anyone and I deem myself sold out for CHRIST and married to HIS Gospel.
I think that it would be wonderful to hear what GOD actually says consistently about marriage and divorce and remarriage out of HIS HOLY WORD which does not change. After all, GOD alone instituted Marriage – not organized Christian churches or Christian Institutions and denominations or so-called none denominational churches as some would have us to believe and submit to.
Let us pray for divine revelation as we prepare by reading Deuteronomy 24:4, Matthew 5:32, Mark 10:11 and Luke 16:18. Please read these passages before continuing.
In the Gospels of Matthew 5 and Mark 10 we will find a discourse on the legitimacy of marriage, divorce and remarriage. This discourse did not appear out of thin air but out of a controversy of religious teachings that were being debated during the time of CHRIST’S ministry and needed some clarification.
The divorce debate in Jewish circles in Jesus’ day pitted the followers of Hillel against those of his rival, Shammai. Hillel took a more liberal view, permitting divorce in a variety of circumstances (even if the wife spoiled a meal!). Many used Hillel’s teachings to justify them divorcing and changing wives as easy as changing sandals. The used Hillel philosophy to commit legal whoredom and victimize women. But Shammai took a more restricted and Rabbinical view, only permitting divorce in the case of adultery (sex outside of marriage or sexual impurity prior to marriage unbeknownst to the other spouse or any other sexual perversion that is forbidden by God).
Dr. Craig L. Blomberg notes in his commentary on Matthew that in both Jewish and Greco-Roman societies, “divorce and remarriage were universally permitted and often mandatory following adultery.”
Donald Hagner’s in his commentary agrees with Blomberg and says that: “Rabbinic Judaism required a husband to divorce an unfaithful wife” presupposing the right to marry again.
Qumran literature references Matthew 5 and Mark 10 regarding marriage and divorce and ties them not to Hillel and Shammai, but to the Rabbinical understanding of Deuteronomy 24:4. Nevertheless, his point is the same: the exception to divorce and one’s right to marry again are presupposed and understood by all, including CHRIST.
In other words, both sides agreed on the exception clause which Matthew proclaimed and by the same token, Jesus would have certainly and safely presupposed it without any fear of misunderstanding. If the Omniscient Spirit of Christ thought that the exception clause permitting morally divorced persons to marry again within the faith was a problem he would have elucidated on it further. But He Did Not.
Parenthetically speaking, one loses their title of “Husband” or “Wife” in a morally qualified and legitimate divorce and may only be referred to as a former spouse. (Ref. Deuteronomy 24:4) Even Jesus Recognized This Truth In His Encounter With The Woman At The Well In John 4:7-18. During their exchange, Jesus did not scorn or condemn her for having been divorced and married five time. And in addition, Jesus recognized her as having had five (5) legitimate husbands and five legitimate divorces (verse 18). He did not say that she had one husband and 4 adulterous affairs as some of our more zealous Christians and Saints like to say about some of our morally legitimate divorcees who have dared to marry again. These self-righteous bigots have only added further injury and despair to an insufferable situation.
The bottom line is this. Christ, operating in the ministry of reconciliation and divine forgiveness put an end to the debate and controversy between the two schools of religious thought (Hillel and Shammai) by proclaiming and declaring that God doesn’t sanction divorce just for any old reason like Hillel taught but only for the cause of sexual infidelity including sexual harlotry and perversions like Shammai taught and GOD’S ETERNAL MORAL LAW teaches and the Rabbinical Father’s believed. (Ref. Deuteronomy 22:13-21)
Therefore, morally legitimate divorce carries with it the presupposed right to marry again. God doesn’t punish the innocent victim of infidelity (Adultery) with perpetual loneliness as some may preach, teach and practice. God would not purposely create a situation of temptation for the innocent victim of infidelity and divorce to be overcome by sexual needs and then condemn them for addressing their sexual needs by sincerely and in accordance with holy scripture marry again (Ref. 1 Corinthians 7:9). God is LOVE and GOD certainly doesn’t force the victim of adultery to live with an unloving abuser and without the hope of ever having a loving companion (Mate). That would place the adulterous perpetrator in POWER over her victim and victimize the victim perpetually.
We Must Remember The Divine Character of God. GOD is Just And His Mercy Is From Everlasting To Everlasting.
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Regarding the above picture quote relative to this discussion:
Let me be very clear here. If an unbelieving sinner wants to divorce a Saint of GOD, the Saint is not bound (Under any obligations) under the marriage covenant and is free to marry again within the FAITH. God is about peace and LOVE and not forced marriages or forced loneliness.
Copyright © Othealor W. Prince August 2016
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TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!