The Word “Except” In Matt 5:32 Proves Divorce (By Itself) Is A Sin

Some people say God allows divorce as long as you don’t get remarried, but notice how the word “except” is used in Matt 5:32 compared to the following …

• John 3:5 “except a man be born of water and of the Spirit” – rules out all other ways to enter the kingdom

• John 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father … draw him” – rules out all other ways to come to Jesus

• Luke 13:3 “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” – rules out all other ways to avoid perishing

• John 8:24 “except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” (ASV) – rules out all other ways to avoid dying in your sins

• John 14:6 “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” – rules out all other ways to come to the Father

• Matthew 19:9 “Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery” – rules out all other causes to divorce and remarry → used to refute James Bales’ and Homer Hailey’s desertion cause in I Corinthians 7:15, right?

• Matthew 5:32 “whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery” – rules out all other causes for divorce period (the divorcer’s remarriage is not under consideration in the verse)

So divorce (except for fornication) is a sin, even if no remarriage follows.

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