DIVORCE

“For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.” Malachi 2:16

THE BIBLE SAYS…

DEUTERONOMY 24:1-4

“When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife. And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife; Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.”

MARK 10:2-7

“And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;”

THEREFORE…

WE BELIEVE THAT ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE, MARRIAGE IS A LIFETIME COMMITMENT: God hates divorce.

“Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” Matthew 19:6

WE UNDERSTAND THAT SINCE MARRIAGE INVOLVES TWO SINFUL HUMAN BEINGS, SADLY, DIVORCES DO OCCUR: In the Bible, God layed down laws to protect the divorcées, especially women.

“He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.” Matthew 19:8

WE RECOGNIZE THAT ONE POSSIBLE ALLOWANCE FOR DIVORCE IS MARITAL UNFAITHFULNESS DURING THE BETROTHAL PERIOD: In Jewish custom, a man and a woman were considered married even while they were still “betrothed.”

“But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery:” Matthew 5:32a

WE SEE IT IN SCRIPTURE: An example of this is when Joseph considered divorcing Mary during their engagement period.

“Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.” Matthew 1:19

WE ACCEPT THAT A SECOND POSSIBLE ALLOWANCE FOR DIVORCE IS DESERTION BY AN UNBELIEVER: When an unbelieving mate does not desire to stay with his or her believing spouse, divorce is allowed.

“But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.” 1 Corinthians 7:15

WE ENCOURAGE FORGIVENESS: True Christians should be willing to forgive even the most grievous of sins.

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15

WE STRIVE FOR PEACE: True Christians should always be gentle and soft-hearted.

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” Hebrews 12:14

WE LOVE: True Christians love others.

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:35