The Problem of Divorce and Remarriage in The Congregations of Our Day
The Holy Bible clearly commands that the wife is bound by the law to her husband until death.
“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 7:39)
Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
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.
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.
Therefore, there is not to be divorce and remarriage under any situation ever.
There are no exceptions!
Passages such as Matthew 5:32 and Matthew 19:9 are being used currently to teach that divorce and remarriage are permissible by fornication.
However, a very close and careful study/analysis of the Holy Bible in passages such a Deuteronomy 22:13-21 and Deuteronomy 24:1-3 shows that this is not the case!
Congregations traditionally in the past have correctly understood this, but especially in recent years, this rule has been completely set aside, and the result is that divorce rates are as high within the assemblies as with the lost outside secular world.
Marriage is God’s holiest instutition by far.
Virtually every denomination has made provision(s) for divorce, and the result of this has been grave and severe upon society as a whole.
There are broken homes, mixed-up children, single parents, etc.
The solution is to go back to the Biblical statues and commandments of God pertaining to no divorce and remarriage, but we do not see this happening for a lack of Godly leadership in most pulpits.
By R. Dean
Divorce and remarriage are becoming more and more common and accepted in the current society. Marriage can easily be seen only as an agreement that can be cancelled any time. People may think that if problems arise, “we can always get a divorce if this does not work out.” The doorway to getting a divorce can be held open all the time, so people do not take proper care of their marriage. People do not invest fully in their marriage because divorce is seen as an alternative.
How can this be fixed? There is no other alternative than to start committing to the relationship. Do not take your spouse for granted, but reserve time for your spouse and give him/her the same attention you pay to other things; actually, your spouse should be the most important thing after God. If we have this kind of a right order of importance, the relationship will not fade completely.
We must also note that marriage is really a lifelong relationship that will end when we die. If we do not understand this, our motivation to build up our marriage is not right.