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DEATH the Only Ground for Remarriage

DEATH the Only Ground for Remarriage

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A letter to a Christian friend who believed that Adultery and Desertion were a valid ground for remarriage. An honest look at the two sole Scriptures to which men appeal for remarriage while the spouse liveth!
A letter to a Christian friend who believed that Adultery and Desertion were a valid ground for remarriage. An honest look at the two sole Scriptures to which men appeal for remarriage while the spouse liveth!

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‘DEATH’ the only ground for ‘Remarriage’!
Letter to a Christian friend who believed that Fornication and Desertion were aground for Remarriage.Dear Brother,Thank you for your prompt reply. I am not writing this letter to burden you witha debate on ‘Divorce and remarriage’, knowing that right now time is very precious to you, as you are preparing for your upcoming exams. Neither do I write this to show how you are wrong and Brother C and I are righton this matter.I admit that for a long time after my salvation, I too believed exactly the way youright now see things in this regard. I was convinced that fornication or thedeparture of an unbelieving spouse was a valid ground for remarriage. I praiseGod for showing me His mind on this.The scriptures are written with one purpose in mind, i.e. to enlighten and save theelect and to confuse and damn the reprobate! The Apostle says, there must beheresies also [1Cor 11:19]. And the Scriptures are written in a way for theseerrors and heresies to thrive. At face value many Scriptures seem to teach theexact opposite of what they actually teach and affirm!Two Scriptures that had convinced me that ‘Divorce and remarriage’ are permissible while the spouse liveth are – 1.And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife,
except it be forfornication
, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whosomarrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. [Mat 19:9]2.But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is
notunder bondage in such cases
: but God hath called us to peace. [1Cor 7:15]
 
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.
ALL
marriages are ordained of 
God
: in every case
God
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
one flesh
’ (Genesis 2:24)ANYONE who comes between a man and a woman thus joined commitsadultery.“Divorce then is sin. Jesus gives only
one exception
, "except it be for fornication." (Matthew 19:9) Note that in giving this permission, Jesus is givingthe sole reason for 
divorce
, 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
 
divorce may separate married persons. They give none the right to remarryanother”. [Rev. Thomas Miersma]“If a man divorces his first wife he is NOT FREE to make wedding vows toanother woman: unless the first spouse is
dead!
NOTHING can sanctify / or make lawful a ‘marriage’ to a second spouse: neither the passage of time, nor conversion of one or both of the partners, nor custom, nor human law, nor publicor popular opinion, nor church decree or ‘blessing’ can make lawful a second‘marriage’ while the first spouse lives. Jesus confronted the many-times marriedSamaritan woman with these words, ‘Thou hast had five husbands; and he whomthou now hast is not thy husband’ (John 4:18). John the Baptist confronted Herodand Herodias (because Herodias’ first husband Philip was still alive), ‘It is notlawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife’ (Mark 6:18). It would not have beenagainst the law of Moses for Herod to marry Herodias if Philip was dead.Deuteronomy chapter 25:5-6 actually commanded it. Because Philip was stillalive Herod and Herodias were committing adultery. For speaking out. John theBaptist was persecuted. The same happens today. Today the persecution comesin the form of anger against the messenger. ‘You’re a legalist’, ‘God wouldn’texpect that of me’, ‘You are making everything too hard’ are common objectionstoday”. [Martyn’s Tulip Garden]What of an innocent victim deserted and divorced by an
unbelieving spouse?
"But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or sister is
not underbondage
in such cases: but God hath called us to peace." [I Corinthians 7:15]The first few years of my life as a Christian I took the words
not underbondage
’ to mean ‘
free to marry again’
.But that is
not
what the Spirit through the Apostle is saying!“The kind of desertion Paul speaks about is one where the unbeliever departs
because of the piety of the Christian spouse
. In that case, the believer can have agood conscience. The spouse left because of the godly behaviour of theChristian. There is no guilt, no need to fear church discipline or disapproval of 

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