In our previous post, we established that divorce is adultery — but we hear two objections: 1. That one verse, taken in isolation, can distort the real meaning; and 2. That the Jewish law was valid and therefore divorce was licit.
To reply to those who argue that there is only an isolated verse which rejects divorce (and remarriage) as adultery, we shall continue to provide scriptures. Today we will review the Gospel of Mark, chapter 10, verses 2-12.
And the Pharisees coming to him asked him: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. But he answering, saith to them: What did Moses command you? Who said: Moses permitted to write a bill of divorce, and to put her away. To whom Jesus answering, said: Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you that precept.
But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife. And they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. And in the house again his disciples asked him concerning the same thing.
And he saith to them: Whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if the wife shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.
For the stubborn who look for loop-holes so they can foster secret desire for serial monogamy, Moses is not your answer. Jesus is clear that the law allowing divorce came from man, not God — and that God’s law has always been that marriage is for life, divorce is a lie, and remarriage is adultery.
What is truly sad is that so few Christians follow Jesus’ basic teaching on marriage and divorce. So many denominations claim to preach Jesus’ word. But which are true to God and which are liars?
Lets take a look at what denominations exist — and what congregations are faithful to Jesus in this one matter, divorce:
|Southern Baptist||Divorce Allowed|
|United Church of Christ||Divorce Allowed|
|Salvation Army||Divorce Allowed|
|Disciples of Christ||Divorce Allowed|
|Seventh-day Adventist||Divorce Allowed|
|First Baptist||Divorce Allowed|
|Catholic||Divorce NOT Allowed|
Skeptical that there is but one Christian faith that keeps Jesus’ word on divorce? Does your denomination allow divorce? Do they preside over marriages where one or more partner is divorced? Do the research yourself, find one denomination out of the thousands and thousands which claim the gospel message that rejects divorce as a lie and remarriage as adultery.