Category Archives: Divorce and Remarriage

MDR: A Question from an Elder

I’ve gotten this question from a number of readers lately. It seems there’s a fresh questioning of the traditional view blowing across the Churches — a very good thing. I have read your book, “But If You Do Marry,” and … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7:36-40 (remarrying in the Lord)

(1Co 7:36-8:1 ESV)  36 If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed [or virgin], if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry — it is … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7:29-35 (living as though Jesus will return tomorrow)

We are continuing to work our way through 1 Corinthians after having been interrupted by a couple of surgeries and a much needed vacation. (1Co 7:29-31 ESV) 29 This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7: Is Marriage Indissoluble Because Covenants are Indissoluble?

[Mojohn: I’m convinced that “contract” is not the most accurate English word to describe the marriage relationship. God himself calls marriage a covenant (Malachi 2:14). As I understand covenants in the ancient Near East, a party was bound to perform his … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7: When Jesus Speaks of “Adultery,” Is He Being Figurative?

Reader Mojohn’s extensive and thoughtful comment questions my view that “adultery” in Jesus’ teaching on divorce in Matthew 5 is used metaphorically [Mojohn: According to CWDNT, the Greek word moichao (Strong’s # 3429) is translated “adultery” and “committing sexual acts … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7: Does “Not Under Bondage” Allow Remarriage? Part 2

Is remarriage permitted? Now, the next question — although it’s really the same question — is whether the Christian may remarry. I mean, if the couple is “unmarried,” it follows that they may marry because they’re not married — unless … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7: Does “Not Under Bondage” Allow Remarriage? Part 1

I get emails. I respond to an edited version of reader Mojohn’s extensive comment in this and in the next few posts. The full text of the comment is linked here. This and the next post will deal with the meaning of “not … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7 (The Early Church Fathers on Divorce and Remarriage)

[This is long enough for at least two posts, but given its nature, I thought it would be more helpful to the readers to post this all at once and then skip a day. And I’m posting this from the … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7:27-28 (“But if you do marry, you have not sinned”)

(1Co 7:27 ESV) 27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. The first question and answer is clear enough. Those who are married should … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7:17-26 (“Let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him”)

[I’m splitting Part 2 posted yesterday into Part 2 and Part 3 as Part 2 dealt with two very different subjects and to better set up the posts that will follow.] (1Co 7:17-20 ESV) 17 Only let each person lead … Continue reading

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