Archive for July, 2013

Does It Matter Who Gets The Divorce?

July 26, 2013

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

This verse envisions a man Fred who divorces his wife Ethel unscripturally, and then marries another. The verse goes on to say that it is adultery if someone then marries Ethel after Fred has put her away, and even after Fred has remarried and committed adultery against Ethel. At this point Ethel would have scriptural grounds, but the verse still says she may not remarry.

Let’s call “Whosoever putteth away his wife” the ‘a’ part of the verse, “and marrieth another, committeth adultery” the ‘b’ part, and “whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery” the ‘c’ part.

We are not saying the ‘c’ part is only true when both ‘a’ and ‘b’ have happened. What we are saying is that it is false that the ‘c’ part is only true when the ‘a’ part is true and the ‘b’ part is false. That’s the “mental divorce” position and is absurd on the face of it.

This verse proves it matters who gets the divorce along with who commits fornication. If it didn’t matter who got the divorce, then the woman of the ‘c’ part ought to be able to remarry, since when ‘b’ is true, she has the grounds. But ‘c’ says she can’t remarry even if ‘b’ is true. It is because she didn’t divorce her husband for his fornication as Matt 19:9a requires.

So you see it really does matter who actually gets the divorce.

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We Must Be Baptized To Be “Of Christ”

July 19, 2013

I Corinthians 1:12-13 reads “Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?”

This passage teaches that for a person to be "of Paul," two things would have had to have been true:

1. Paul must have been crucified for that person.

2. That person would have to be baptized in the name of Paul.

Likewise then, this passage also implies that for a person to be "of Christ," two things would have to be true:

1. Christ must have been crucified for that person.

2. That person would have to be baptized in the name of Christ.

The UNAVOIDABLE conclusion then is that one must be baptized in the name of Christ to be "of Christ" (a Christian). That’s saying the same thing as Galatians 3:27 when it teaches one must be baptized in order to “put on Christ.” Does anybody out there think one can be saved without being “of Christ” / without “putting on Christ”?

Acts 22:16 Says Our Sins Are Washed Away At Baptism

July 12, 2013

Acts 22:16 reads “… Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

The sentence structure of Acts 22:16 is similar to the following examples where the word “and” connects and shows dependence (the second upon the first):

· everyday example – Cut my yard, and receive your five dollars pay

· James 4:7 Resist the devil, and he will flee from you

· Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you

· Luke 10:28 … this do, and thou shalt live

· Matthew 13:15b lest … they … should be converted, and I should heal them

So Acts 22:16 is saying the washing away of Saul’s sins was dependent upon his water baptism. As a matter of fact, the verse shows the following three things happened at the same time:

1. "be baptized"

2. "wash away thy sins"

3. "calling on the name of the Lord" (which all admit is necessary to salvation)

Acts 22:16 therefore proves Paul’s sins were not forgiven at the point of his faith on the road to Damascus. Instead he was forgiven at the time of his baptism.

Is Divorce Without Remarriage Sin? – Some Crucial Comparisons To Matthew 5:32

July 5, 2013

A number of gospel preachers (Mike Willis for example) say a Christian can divorce their spouse for reasons other than fornication as long as they don’t remarry. But let’s notice a couple of crucial comparisons to help us to see that Matthew 5:32 refutes their claim.

John 3:5 reads “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” I think we all understand that if there is another way of entering heaven in addition to being born of water (baptism), then John 3:5 is not true.

Matthew 19:9a says “Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery.” Even Mike Willis can see that if there is another ground for putting away one’s spouse and marrying another in addition to fornication, then Matthew 19:9 is not true.

Matthew 5:32a reads “whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery.” Based upon the same logic we noted regarding the previous two verses – if there is another ground for putting away one’s spouse period (even without remarriage) in addition to fornication, then Matthew 5:32 is not true.

The remarriage of the one doing the putting away is not mentioned in Matthew 5:32. It condemns divorce by itself.  That is the force of the exception clause.