Divorce Is Wrong

Matthew 5:32 reads, “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.”

Notice Jesus says if a man divorces his wife for any reason other than fornication he sins. The divorce itself is sinful, and passages like Matthew 19:9 state any subsequent remarriage results is a second sin – adultery. The simple fact is, this verse rules out all causes for divorce, except for fornication.

The following passages also teach that divorce/separation is wrong: I Corinthians 7:10, 3-5, Romans 7:2-3, I Peter 3:7.

Most churches don’t care about this truth anymore, but God sure does! They are calling Jesus Lord, but not making him their Lord (ultimate boss).

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4 Responses to “Divorce Is Wrong”

  1. David Says:

    Yes, but this is a sin that God allows, even though it is not His perfect will. It is always best to do exactly what you are saying, but life gets in the way, because of our stubbornness. A marriage has two partners and one partner can put the other in a position of sin. God allows divorce and remarriage, but it is not His best for us.

    Jesus explained all this, but He did not change anything – He explicitly says He did not change anything (Matt 5:17-18) “… not one jot or one title shall pass away…”

    • Patrick Donahue Says:

      David – Don’t Matt 19:9 and Matt 5:32 make “fornication” the only scriptural cause for divorce?

      • David Fischer Says:

        Jesus in Matt says fornication is the only way to divorce without it being adultery. Jesus is not changing or adding, He is explaining OT law. God allows “putting away” even though He doesn’t like it. God has had to divorce Israel for fornication (idolatry).

      • Patrick Donahue Says:

        David – I appreciate the kind manner in which you make your comments, but Jesus most certainly was teaching something different than the law of Moses on divorce and remarriage. In both Matt 5:31-32 and Matt 19:8-9 Jesus quotes Moses on the subject, and then gives His New Testament teaching on the subject, which was stricter than what Moses “allowed.” Do you see the contrast being made in both texts? And if it is adultery to divorce for a reason other than fornication and remarry, then we should not do that, and if we do we cannot continue in the adulterous relationship (Mark 6:18), correct?

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