Divorce And Remarriage
1) Jesus taught but one exception for divorce and remariage. Matthew:31-32, Matthew 19:3-9

a) Many of the Jews believed one could put away his wife for any cause and they used the commandment in the Law of Moses to suppor ttheir practice. Deuteronomy 24:1-2 "Uncleanness" - blemish, fault, shame, disgrace. Some of the Jews divorced their wives if they were unable to bear children, has a cross disposition, was a poor house keeper, and many other reasons.

b) Whatever the excuse given for divorce by the Jews, this bill of divorcement was written not for adultery or sexual unfaithfulness.  Leviticus 20:10 Those that committed adultery were put to death. The Jew's were gong to stone thewomancought in the act of adultery.
John 8:3-5

2) In the gospel dispensatin under the Law of Christ, can we put away our wives for every cause? No, there is only one biblical reason. Matthew 19:9

a) Fornication - a general term for  "illicit sexual relations." Stong's Exhaustive Concordance  "harlotry including adultery and incest." Vines Expository Dictionary - "illicit sexual intercourse, stands for and includes adultery." 

b) Example of forniction - I Corinthians 5:1 A manhaving his father's wife - incest. She could also be called an adulteress.

c) Fornication. Acts 15:20 A general term for all unlawful sexual relations before and after marriage. Fornication includes all illicit sexual relations with another: fornication before marriage, adultery after marriage, incest, homosexual relationships, etc.

3) Jesus' exception is not a commandment to do, but an allowance if only absolutely necessary. Forgiveness, reconciliation ought to be in order first.

a) The rule is one man and one woman for life.
Mark 10:1-12 If you put away a sexually innocent husband or wife and remarry another you commit adultery, Jesus' teachings concerning divorce and remarriage protects the innocent party.

b) Jesus spoke again to the Pharisees ( the Jews who believed they could put away a wife for every cause) of the rule. Luke 16:14-18 He had already spoke the exception.

c) Other scriptures which some wrest to promote the false doctrin of "no exception."
Romans 7:1-4 Paul's burden here is not the teaching of divorce and remarriage, but the truth that we are no longer bound by the ceremonies and ordinances of the Mosaic Law because we are now married to Christ. (verse 4) Paul used the rule of literal marriage found in the Mosaic Law for comparison's sake. (verse2-3) The Mosaic Law also proscribed exceptions in Deuteronomy 24:1-2. Paul could not have used the exception but the rule to get the comparison.

d) Again we see the rule in Corinthians 7:39. However, there may be situations in which a wife must depart from he husband: as in the cause of physical danger to her, to her children, etc.  (verse 11) IN similar situations she must remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. There is only one exception and reason for divorce -- fornication. Most men or women that leave their spouses today end up having illicit sexual relations with another. The innocent spouse is not under bondage in such case. (verse 15) 

4) The false doctrin of "no exception" is a doctrine of bondage. It puts the innocent person under unnecessary temptations, gives place for the devil to work, and brings people under bondage all their lives thinking they are doing God's service. 

a) Many people who hold to that fanatical " no exception) doctrine alsohold to other fanatical ideas such as no musical instruments in the church, no necties, no coffee, etc. 

b) Serving God is "reasonable service." Romans 12:1-2

c) The Word of God, the gospel of Jesus Christ stresses over and over the rule of one man and one woman for life. Christ gave but one exception for divorce and remarriage. 

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