REMARRIAGE AFTER DIVORCE

“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 7:2

THE BIBLE SAYS…

MARK 10:2-12

“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; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.”

MATTHEW 5:31-32

“It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.”

THEREFORE…

WE BELIEVE ALL REMARRIAGE AFTER DIVORCE IS SIN WHILE BOTH SPOUSES ARE ALIVE: Jesus does not recognize divorce as terminating a marriage in God’s sight. The reason a second marriage is called adultery is because the first one is considered to still be valid.

“Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.” Luke 16:18

WE UNDERSTAND THAT ALL REMARRIAGE AFTER DIVORCE IS ADULTERY WHETHER IT IS THE HUSBAND OR WIFE WHO DID THE DIVORCING: There are no exceptions mentioned to this rule.

“And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.” Mark 10:11-12

WE AFFIRM THAT ALL REMARRIAGE AFTER DIVORCE IS ADULTERY, EVEN FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DIVORCED INNOCENTLY: Jesus’ opposition to remarriage seems to be based on the unbreakableness of the marriage bond, in His eyes, by anything but death.

“and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.” Matthew 5:32b

WE BELIEVE DIVORCE IS WRONG, BUT THAT IF IT IS INEVITABLE, THE PERSON WHO DIVORCES SHOULD NOT REMARRY: In cases of unrepentant adultery, or desertion, or brutality, the person who feels constrained to separate should not seek remarriage but should remain single.

“And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.” 1 Corinthians 7:10-11

WE ACCEPT THAT REMARRIAGE IS LEGITIMATE ONLY AFTER THE DEATH OF A SPOUSE: Remarriage in such cases is not adultery.

“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

WE ENCOURAGE THOSE GUILTY OF THIS SIN TO REPENT: Those who are already remarried should acknowledge it as sin and seek forgiveness. They must now remain faithful to their current vows, resting in God’s unfailing promise to forgive sin.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9