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Objections to Marriage Permanence Answered (Part 2)

Jun 13, 2019

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The following is the second part in a series answering common objections to the unbreakable nature of the marriage covenant. The video series on my Youtube and Godtube channels is a bit longer, as my ministry partner who is asking the questions gets more detailed, and raises other objections in the middle. I recommend looking at the video series for this reason.

This section answers: Objection 1: My divorce is in the past so I'm free to remarry and Objection 2: This marriage permanence talk is a new doctrine.


My divorce is in the past so now I'm free in Christ to move forward and remarry


If your legal separation from your spouse is in the past, you are certainly NOT free to “move on” and remarry. In 1 Corinthians 7, the Bible explicitly gives instructions for separated spouses, and it gives two options: remain single, or reconcile with your spouse. Remarriage is not among the options given. That’s because remarriage is sin. It is taking another partner while your real spouse still lives. That’s adultery.


Since the marriage bond is only ended by death, we can see the logic behind the New Testament teaching that remarriage is adultery, since that’s what God calls it when you sleep with someone other than your spouse. We can go straight to the Ten Commandments – You shall not commit adultery. This is confirmed as a sin multiple times in the New Testament as well. The only difference is that the remarried give this sin the outer sheen of respectability by calling it a marriage, and having a legal certificate for it. Yet this is nothing but an outward pretense. In God’s eyes it is sin, because He says so. Adultery called a marriage is still adultery. If you live in it, you must repent.



This marriage permanence talk is a new doctrine 


If we knew very little about the history of the Christian faith, and only looked around at the state of many churches today, it would seem like the permanence of marriage teaching is very new, and would seem odd in any ministry. How radically different it is from other attitudes about marriage. However, that observation would reflect a very myopic view of the Church. If we actually studied Church history, we would find something quite different. In fact, we’d find almost the opposite is true: that the allowance of divorce and remarriage is grand departure from past Church teaching. It includes radically different interpretations of Scripture than the early Church had. The idea that remarriage is acceptable is the novel doctrine.


The early Christian leaders, those of the first approximately four centuries after Christ, took the Word of God at face value. They took Jesus and Paul at face value. They recognized that the New Testament taught many times in clear language that remarriage is the sin of adultery; no matter how hard of a teaching that sounded, they respected it. They recognized that Paul taught plainly that the marriage union is for life and is ended by death, that it is the death of one partner that allows for taking another spouse. That is why the abundant teaching of early Church leaders was that their flock could not remarry, and sinned if they did. Those leaders were faced with partners who had been cheated on, and with partners who had been left, and with partners who had a terrible sinner for a spouse. Yet they stood strong with the word of God and they didn’t try to come up with a loose liberal interpretation of Jesus and Paul’s words. When faced with separated spouses, they taught they must remain single, and could not remarry. The early Church DID allow divorce in the very limited circumstance of ongoing adultery, yet even in this case, it was not like divorce as most understand it, as it neither ended the covenant nor allowed for remarriage. It was in practice a mere formalized separation.


That was the predominant view of the early Church. Their writings are easily available and I recommend that you look at them to learn more. It is clear these leaders understood the temptations of being single, as well as the hardships of having a sinful partner, but they stood strong with the Word of God over human emotions. They taught we may not take another husband or wife, as this is the sin of adultery.


Once you read their teachings - and this was one of several factors that changed my mind on this doctrine years ago - you will see how starkly different are the modern views of marriage. You will also see how loose and liberal are modern approaches to interpreting these passages compared to the early Church, which it’s fair to say let Scripture speak for itself here. The modern Church has a novel, and a-historical view of marriage, and has had to use some very bad methods of interpretation to get there. 


If you trust that marriage is for life - that what God has joined together, man may not separate - you stand with the Word of God on solid ground. You ALSO stand with 2,000 years of Church teaching, regardless of how the rest of the Church has fallen away. You stand with history, and with the early Church.


You can find my marriage book Get Married and Save the World right here: https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781 545659052&HC_ISBN=

It is available on e-book here: https://www.amazon.com/Get-
Married-Save-World-Christian-ebook/dp/B07RT6ZKCL/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encodin g=UTF8&qid=1558227515&sr=8-1

Feel free to sample some excerpts from the book: https://www.holinessofthebride.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Bo ok-Portions-and-Sales-Link-for-Website.pdf 

I’ve been working for holiness and reform in the Church at this website: https://www.holinessofthebride.com/

Contact me anytime at: kodeshkallah@yahoo.com