Marriage, Divorce, Adultery

Clear New Testament Scriptures Concerning

Marriage, Divorce, and Adultery

I have removed this post from my blog because I’m not sure about its doctrinal soundness. If you want a copy of it, you can contact me HERE and I’ll email you a copy.

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Free lance writer and editor. Author of a dozen books, husband of one wife, father of six, grandpa of ten.
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  1. Is this comment going to Lester B.? I think I agree with the article if I understand it but would Delbert Mast seem to feel like you seem to say ,–that someone who married a divorced person should not marry again? This does not make sense to me if the article is correct.
    Also I am not sure of Delbert’s meaning of fornication in Matt. 5 and Matt 19? Would he think it is like a Joseph/Mary issue or something else?
    Is Delbert a Mennonite? How would I get in touch with him?
    Sincerely, Sara Kane

    • Yes, this is Lester B. I posted that post originally so that I could share it with a discussion group I was part of at the time. There are several prominent positions in the conservative Mennonite / Anabaptist groups on divorce and remarriage. I posted this to illustrate one of them. In a nutshell, Delbert and his friends believe that the permanence of marriage is over-arching. No matter what someone does, who he “marries” afterwards, the only marriage that God recognizes is the first one, and the only God-approved avenue for that person to take is to go back to that original partner. Either that or stay single.

      The other view is more common. It would state that God recognizes the divorce, and while he considers any subsequent relations to be adultery, He also considers it to discredit the ordinance or sacrament of marriage for the divorced person to return to his original partner. In this case the only option left open is for that person to remain single.

      There are probably a lot of people in our circles who aren’t sure which to believe, but consider the second option to be the safest one. But the issue is not whether a divorced person is free to remarry. Both sides would agree on that, and say that it is adultery to remarry unless the original partner has died. The issue is whether God approves of a divorced person to return to his original partner IF HE HAS REMARRIED IN THE MEANTIME. The first groups says yes, God expects that of you. The second group says no, that would be wrong.

      That might help you to understand where this is coming from. You might also want to read the essay by David Bercot at this link CLICK HERE

      I haven’t communicated directly with Delbert. I received the essay from another brother who helped him to put this together. I might be able to get an email address for Delbert. Or I could put you in touch with Dallas Witmer, if you agree to let me forward your email address to him. I don’t want to publicly post his email. I could add that they sent me this essay to try to persuade me to take their position on the issue.

      • Is this the only way to reach you, Lester? Or do you have an email? This is Sara Kane and I especially wanted contact information for Delbert Mast as I think I like his article but I want to know if he thinks someone who has married a divorced woman and who has repented–if he is now free to remarry? That would seem the logical thing from what he shared!
        Sara Jane

      • Sara: I am forwarding your comments to Dallas, and he will know how to contact Delbert. I will let them contact you directly. –Lester


    Matthew 19:9 KJV
    [9]..and shall marry another, committeth adultery:..

    Mark 10:11 KJV
    [11]…and marry another, committeth adultery…

    Mark 10:12 KJV
    [12]… and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

    Luke 16:18 KJV
    [18]…and marrieth another, committeth adultery:..

    Galatians 5:19-21 KJV
    …Adultery,..that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

    Romans 6:14-15 KJV

    [14] For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

    [15] What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
    _ _ _ _
    The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.
    2 Timothy 4:22 KJV

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