Marriage, Divorce & Remarriage


Introduction

There are many Christians, who believe if they divorced before becoming a Christian, he or she has no problem for remarriage. These Christians claim this previous marriage means nothing, and in the sight of the Lord, it has no value. The question is, is this, a viable truth, or a lie perpetrated by Satan as truth?

This article will attempt to show what Scripture teaches what marriage is according to the Bible and let the individual reader decide for them-self.

Marriage

God performed the first marriage in the Garden of Eden with one man and one woman. This wedding laid God’s intended foundation for marriage.

Genesis 2:21-24, says,

21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place.

22 The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had removed from the man and brought her to the man.

23 The man said, this is now of my bones and flesh of my flesh; and I shall call her, Woman, because God took her from Man.

24, Now, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (NASB).

As time passed this union between one man, and one woman became corrupted and had brought splits and multiple marriages as a way of life. However, several divorces and remarriages were never an option.

The Law of Divorce & Remarriage

Moses gave the people what they desired, the ability to divorce their spouse showing the hardness of their heart. This hardness of their heart was not toward their spouse, but directed to God in refusing to be obedient and to LOVE each other.

One could say divorce, is the ultimate cruelty by the individual who begins the divorce procedure toward their spouse, and their children. Separation results from the hard heart of one person. The hardness often starts with wandering eyes and a desire for a younger person.

One can see an excellent example of multiple marriages, divorces, and remarriages by just looking at Hollywood today. These actors and actresses will divorce on an average of three or more times throughout his or her life. The men when they remarry will marry an individual twenty or more years younger than themselves. For these people, their ego comes into play.

However, there are rare circumstances when you hear of a Hollywood couple staying together until one dies, but this is seldom the case. These individuals deserve recognition for loyalty and love for each other.

But in Hollywood divorce is predominant. The book of Deuteronomy speaks of an abomination when a person married and gets divorced, remarries and then severs this new relationship with their spouse and returns to the original spouse.

Deuteronomy 24:1-4, says,

1 When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens, she finds no favor in his eyes because he has seen an indecency in her. He writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her from his house.

2 She leaves his home and becomes another man’s wife.

3 Now, if the latter husband turns against her and writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her from his house, or if the last husband dies who took her to be his wife.

4 Then her former husband who sent her away cannot retake her to be his wife since she has defiled herself; for that is an abomination before the LORD, and you shall not bring sin on the land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance (NASB).

Hollywood brings this evil to fruition with regularity. When one denies the God of creation, sin is the result. I have found God gives no Scripture to support any reason for divorce except one, the immorality of a spouse.

A divorce before or after becoming a Christian if you are not the innocent party and remarry you have committed adultery.  Thus, adultery is not perpetual as the Church wants us to believe. However, the sting of one not innocent will always have the term adultery hanging over them.

Matthew 19:8-9, says,

8 He said because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning, it has not been this way.

9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery (NASB).

God’s View on Divorce

Malachi 2:16, says,

16 For I hate divorce, says the LORD, the God of Israel, and him who covers his garment with wrong, says the LORD of hosts. So, take heed to your spirit, that you are not treacherous (NASB).

God’s viewpoint is, He says, “For I hate divorce,” the word hate is unyielding when it comes from the God of creation.

Hollywood has perpetuated and given support to divorce as acceptable, but in the eyes of God, this will NEVER BE.

Who is Exempt from The Divorce Law?

The innocent of an immoral act from a spouse who commits adultery can remarry. This blameless victim can remarry without the stigma of committing adultery if they remarry.

Matthew 19:8-9, says,

8 He said because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning, it has not been this way.

9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery (NASB).

Conclusion

God hates divorce, even the non-Christian ones. People that claim otherwise do not understand Scripture. This applies to the annulment, as they are nothing more than a divorce granted by the Church, if an individual remarries and is not the innocent party, they are committing adultery.

Because the government controls marriage, they believe they can control the right to grant a divorce for any cause; they are wrong once again.

Marriage is the hardest work one will ever do because it is the joining of two separate personalities together and over time, they will work to blend their lives, but still stay independent with love.

May God grant whoever reads this article and plans to wed or married know His strength to show the world that God is the glue that holds you together.

Again, there is no scriptural support for the non-Christian marriage and later remarriage without the stigma of adultery unless you are the actual, innocent party.

Hollywood is the domain of Satan in America and spreading the sin of divorce and immorality through its movies is their goal.

Sola Scriptura–By Scripture Alone

Sola Fide–By Faith Alone

Sola Gratia–By Grace Alone

Solus Christus–By Christ Alone

Soli Deo Gloria–Glory to God Alone

Copyright Dr. George L Gallant, ©2019

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About Dr. George Gallant

I have had the opportunity to work in many fields in my life, and excelled in all of them. I started as a mechanic in the Army then went to the Infantry in Vietnam. After returning to America, I worked as a mechanic for a few more years off and on until I found a position as a Dialysis Technician until I became a Chief specialist in a major Boston hospital. In 1981, I became a Police Office in a small town in Northeast Georgia and continued to work with law-enforcement for seven years. I also preached the Word of God in the Toccoa community and wished that I could have found a church that would have taken me on to preach every week. In 1993, I became a computer programmer for many years and loved that job much. In 2003, my wife came down with the worst breast cancer one could get, so I retired and took care of her until her passing in 2006. Then in 2007, I moved to China and started teaching both verbal English and American History to high-school students; this by far was the best job I ever had. Sola Scriptura– By Scripture alone Sola Fide– By Faith alone Sola Gratia– By Grace alone Solus Christus– By Christ alone Soli Deo Gloria– Glory to God alone
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