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What the Bible Really Teaches About Marriage & Divorce:

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     To all the holy brethren, beloved of God, and called to be saints; scattered abroad yet united in the truth, sanctified in Christ Jesus and preserved in God our Father; grace, mercy, and peace be unto you, with love multiplied, from God our Father, and Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

     In the pure love of Christ Jesus I write unto you, and with exceeding great joy because of the excellency of his name, which joy I extend to you all, even as you already know that in his presence is fullness of joy, and at his right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

     Inasmuch as with great joy and consolation I write this epistle unto you all, it is also with gravity, and the grief which the Holy Ghost spake of in Solomon, saying ,

"In much wisdom is much grief, and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow."

(Ecclesiastes 1:18).

 

      So, it seemed good and necessary to the Holy Ghost to address the general assembly of the saints, with the fellow elders and bishops which are called to the ministry of Jesus Christ to the church, concerning an issue of great importance to God, and to his people, and which is both highly controversial and widely misunderstood; and although it is, by the grace of our God, evidently set forth in scripture, still it (or rather the perversion thereof) is killing multitudes of God's people and sealing them unto destruction. And yet it is not because God's word doesn't make it clear, but only because rebellion causes spiritual blindness.

"Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, through the lusts of their own hearts..."

(Romans 1:24)

 

"...an heretick...is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself."

(Titus 3:10,11)

 

"...hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not."

(Isaiah 6:9)

     The reason for the concern about this issue is exemplified by an excerpt from a little booklet called, "Articles of Faith of the United Pentecostal Church International: What We Believe and Teach",

which states:

"When this sin [fornication] has been committed, the innocent party may be free to remarry only in the Lord. Our desire being to raise a higher standard for the ministry, we recommend that ministers do not marry again." (page 13, par. 1).

 

     What is our concern? It all centers around one little word, which is very simple, yet widely misunderstood.

"fornication - n. sexual intercourse between

unmarried persons."

(Webster's Dictionary)

     Because of the perversion of the understanding of this word in the scripture (and its outright omission in the new age bible per-versions), millions of people are perishing in the sin of adultery, while they live happy, contented, and deceived lives; under the leadership of ministers who share their deception and condone their rebellion (Romans 1:32, 2 Timothy 4:3,4, etc...).

 
     This popular plague of deception is centered around the unscriptural concept that, if your spouse is found to be sexually unfaithful to you (commits adultery), that act gives you the right before God to put away that spouse and marry another.

But where is this teaching in the scripture?

Nowhere.

     These poor deceived souls (fooled only by their own rebellion) derive this doctrine from a perversion of basically 4 passages of scripture...
 
 
     The first is Deuteronomy 24:1-4, which the religious hypocrites of the first century misunderstood then just as they do now.

(Mind you-when I say hypocrites-I speak not of those who are babes and unlearned, but of those who should know better but are blinded to the truth by their own theology.)
 

     "When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favor 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 send 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." 
 

(Deuteronomy 24:1-4)

 

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