Excuses That Men Have Used So That They Can Remarry

In this article we will deal with excuses that men have thought up so that they can divorce and remarry.

In 1 Corinthians 7:15 speaks of desertion or abandonment which men use in an excuse to divorce and remarry.

Is this a legitimate biblical ground to divorce and remarry?

Let’s back up a few verses in this same chapter to 1 Corinthians 7:10-11 and see if this is Paul’s answer on this subject.

And behold we see that Paul is speaking to the “married” and not to the betrothed.

Paul says to the “married”:

“Let not the wife depart from her husband.”

Then Paul says the the married husband: “let not the husband put away (divorce) his wife.”

Here Paul gives only two choices if a husband and wife separates one from the other.

First choice: “remain unmarried”

Second choice: “be reconciled”

Paul is clearly saying that remarriage is not an option as long as a spouse is still living.

1 Corinthians 7:39
The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.

Paul does not say “the wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth and does not commit adulteryor desert her ; but if her husband be dead or commits adultery or deserts her, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in ther Lord.”

That is what men would like for Paul to have said.

Paul did say “The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth.”

Adultery does not change this.

“If her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married.”

Adultery does not give her the liberty to marry.

Death and death alone is the biblical grounds for remarriage.

Paul, never ever gave his permission for a believer to remarry after his or her unbelieving spouse departs.

But men who want an excuse to divorce and remarry try and say that they understand Paul to be saying “if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or sister is free to remarry in such cases.”

So men and so-called preachers lead astray ignorant men and women to believe that desertion/abandonment is grounds for divorce and remarriage.

But nothing could be further from the truth.

Romans 7:2
For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

Romans 7:3
So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

1 Corinthians 7:39
The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 7:11
But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

Your friend in Christ,
Calvin Waller

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