Marrage & Divorce
John 5:39-44 KJB Search the sriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father's name, and ye receie me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
Jeremiah 5:25-31 KJB Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you. For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
Divorce: The only scripture indicates that no divorce is recognized by the Lord unless one of the mates has been guilty of fornication.
1828 edition of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language fornicationFORNICA'TION, n. [L. fornicatio.]
1. The incontinence or lewdness of unmarried persons, male or female; also, the criminal conversation of a married man with an unmarried woman.
2. Adultery. Matt. 5.
3. Incest. 1Cor. 5.
4. Idolatry; a forsaking of the true God, and worshipping of idols. 2Chron. 21. Rev. 19.
Note, guilty by association:
Some people say that Fornication is sex before marriage, some say, adultry is the second ceremony. Is this because, if these were not the definitions, then divorce is not always a sin, and then some men might therefore, be considered by the LORD not to be double married, making them qualified to preach when the rulers say otherwise. And if they didn't commit adultery (2nd ceremony), they haven't disqualified themselves from the ministries. The innocent party in a divorce (the mate who is not guilty of fornication) is made a sinner by association by these people.
Divorce in the Bible:
The only recorded divorce in the Bible is God's divorce from Israel for her adulteries-
Jeremiah 3: 8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also and Isaiah 50:1 Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is to whom I have sold you? Behold for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.---
Divorce is a tragic experience, but not a sin if GOD himself made it a provision of grace to some who through no fault of their own, find themselves joined to an unfaithful spouse.
To interpret 1 Timothy 3:2, A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach;,
one must use a present state of true being not a past condition of man's situation of life. Because if this means having been married one time it has to include ALL, not just the divorced. ALL because it ONLY says husband of one wife. If a man's wife dies and he remarries, would he still be qualified to preach? Just as death had changed his marital status, so does the legal sanctioned divorce (by fornication Matt 19). If you exclude the divorced, you must exclude the widower, too, for again, 1 Timothy 3:2, A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach.
One more question for you...
Do you not think that someone who has been through a divorce, sanctioned in the Bible, would be qualified to warn the world of what would destroy our homes and family through fornication, whether it be physical or spiritual? We all love to hear the wonderful conversion stories of preachers who were sinners before their conversion. Please pray, and discern what GOD says.