In fact these are the same verses used by many to justify remarriage while thespouse is alive! We shall consider these verses as we go, but first a word onmarriage itself.
marriages are ordained of
: in every case
joins a man and awoman in an unbreakable bond until death parts them. This is the case, even if the wedding vows were exchanged in a registry office between two pagans. Amarriage is not a sacrament - as Rome teaches - so a non Christian marriage in asecular place, or a marriage in a false church is still a joining of two in anunbreakable bond. ‘What therefore God hath joined together, let not man putasunder’! (Matthew 19:5) & ‘The wife is bound by the law
as long as herhusband liveth’
(1 Corinthians 7:39) & ‘For the woman which hath an husbandis bound by the law to her husband
as long as he liveth
’ (Romans 7:2).‘Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto hiswife: and they shall be
’ (Genesis 2:24)ANYONE who comes between a man and a woman thus joined commitsadultery.“Divorce then is sin. Jesus gives only
, "except it be for fornication." (Matthew 19:9) Note that in giving this permission, Jesus is givingthe sole reason for
, not a
ground for remarriage
. The text does not say,Whosoever shall put away...and marry another..., except it be for fornication.Jesus is not giving permission, even in such a case, for remarriage. Of remarriage, He says, "...and shall marry another, committeth adultery." (Matthew19:9) And He says of the spouse, whether guilty or innocent victim, "...andwhosoever marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery." (Matthew19:9)Jesus makes it clear then that
divorce does not dissolve the original marriage.
Therefore such remarriage is always called "adultery." Moreover Jesus' wordsmake it clear that it is not simply the act of remarriage which is adultery, but theremarriage relationship itself is a state of adultery, a constant walk of sin. Sin and