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Are All Remarriages Acceptable? October 8, 2019 East Cullman Invitational Clinic (ECIC) Speaker: Allen Dvorak How?? All Second Marriages Acceptable! The Scriptures teach that God approves marriage for every person, including all who have divorced or have been divorced by a mate, regardless of cause. May Hicks-Deaver Debate proposition Unscripturally And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual Divorced and immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever Remarried marries her who is divorced commits adultery.

Couples Matthew 19:9; NKJV Continue in that But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the Marriage ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and without Further whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. Sin? Matthew 5:32; ESV Are All Remarriages Acceptable? Marriage is for everyone! Overview Major Errors of the Position

Failure to harmonize passages An improper definition of adultery An incomplete view of repentance Marriage is Gods plan for everyone. A failure to recognize the difference between married and bound Marriage is Gods Plan for Everyone! Argument: Marriage is Gods plan for everyone, particularly for the purpose of avoiding sexual immorality. There is just no case for forbidding marriage. Its not bad enough that the Bible says plainly in Gods word, I want people to be able to marry to avoid immorality, but the Bible even goes ahead and says in 1 Timothy 4:1-3 that to forbid

marriage is to teach a doctrine of demons I want to show you some express statements from God that He wants everybody to be able to marry and why. I think thats pretty significant when God not only tells you what He wants but why He wants it. Here are five Bible statements, that expressly say that God authorizes or approves marriage for everybody and why thats the case. Example texts Marriage is Gods Plan for Everyone! Argument: Marriage is Gods plan for everyone, particularly for the purpose of avoiding sexual immorality. Genesis 2:18 (ESV) Then the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him. 1 Corinthians 7:2 (ESV) But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. 3 1 Thessalonians 4:34 (ESV) For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you

abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 1 Corinthians 7:89 (ESV) 8 To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single, as I am. 9 But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion. 1 Corinthians 7:28 (ESV) But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. Hebrews 13:4 (ESV) Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Example texts Marriage is Gods Plan for Everyone! Argument: Marriage is Gods plan for everyone, particularly for the purpose of avoiding sexual immorality. Response: One Scripture can be qualified in its application by another passage. Argument: Marriage is Gods way to preserve purity and to aid us and enable us to live morally pure and upright lives. Marriage is Gods way. (Hicks-Deaver debate, p. 140) If an unscripturally divorced person is unable to remain pure, can people who have never been married remain pure? What about teenagers,

individuals not able to be married? What about those who have no suitable marriage partner? If an unscripturally divorced person is unable to remain pure, can those who have homosexual urges remain pure? Marriage to a person of the opposite sex wouldnt necessarily help in such cases. What is adultery? Adultery Redefined Argument: Adultery has a non-sexual meaning in these passages and refers to the divorcing of ones spouse and marrying another. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery. Matthew 19:9; NKJV But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the whoever divorces his wife, ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit

adultery, and commits adultery and marries another, whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. Matthew 5:32; ESV = What is adultery? Adultery Redefined Argument: Adultery has a non-sexual meaning in these passages and refers to the divorcing of ones spouse and marrying another. The act in the protasis in Matthew 19:9 is the dual action of putting away a wife and marrying another. That is where the adultery occurs each

time it is done. Adultery therefore, is not seen as an act of sexual intercourse with the second wife. Hicks, What the Bible Says about Marriage, Divorce, and In Matthew 19:9, what is the adultery? You see, in that passage, these two things, divorcing one and marrying one, they are mentioned explicitly in the book. They are mentioned and they are called adultery. Over here in the marriage you will have later sexual activity, you expect that such activities come along later. What is adultery? Adultery Redefined

Argument: Adultery has a non-sexual meaning in these passages and refers to the divorcing of ones spouse and marrying another. Argument: Adultery has multiple meanings in Scripture. Idolatry (Jeremiah 3:9) Sign seeking (Matthew 12:39) Breaking wedlock (Ezekiel 16:38) Friendship with the world (James 4:4) Evil in general (Hosea 7:1) Divorce and remarriage (Matthew 19:9) = whoever divorces his wife, and marries another, commits adultery But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife,

except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. Matthew 5:32; ESV How does this definition work with Matthew 5:32? What is adultery? Adultery Properly Defined BDAG be caused to commit adultery, be an adulterer/adulteress, commit adultery Louw-Nida sexual intercourse of a man with a married woman other than his own spouse to commit adultery, adultery Liddell to commit adultery Kittel to commit adultery Moulton & Milligan commit adultery with

Swanson commit adultery Balz & Schneider be led into adultery; be an adulterer (adulteress), commit adultery Strong commit adultery Lexham Analytical - to commit adultery; (metaph.) to practice idolatry By Context Adultery Properly Defined Matthew 5:28 (ESV) But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. John 8:34 (ESV) 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Hebrews 13:4 (ESV) Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. No more obligation?

Married Versus Bound Argument: When a marriage is ended by divorce, no bond or obligation remains. Thus anyone can remarry regardless of the cause of the breaking up of a former marriage. To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate 11 from her husband (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife. 1 Corinthians 7:1011; ESV 10 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever

marries her who is divorced commits adultery. Matthew 19:9; NKJV Adultery: unlawful sexual intercourse with someone other than ones spouse Defined by Paul Married Versus Bound Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the 2 law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the 3 husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. Romans 7:13; NKJV

1 A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. Paul did not write as long as they are married. If she marries another man while her husband still lives (and thus she is still bound to him), she will be called an adulteress. She is married to the second man, but not bound with reference to him; she is still bound to the first man. Even though she has sexual relations in her remarriage, it is adultery because she is not bound to the second man even though she is married to him. Adultery: sexual relations between a bound person and someone to whom that person is not bound Consequence of bad definition Repentance? Argument: The person who commits adultery by divorcing his spouse and remarrying

someone else must simply make the decision not to break wedlock again. The reason they charge that we do not teach real repentance is that they assume a major point at issue. What we deny is not that repentance demands the cessation of the sin. What we deny is that repentance demands the cessation of marriage. We deny that the marriage relationship is what constitutes the sin. Our issue is not May the sin continue? Our issue is What is the sin of adultery? According to the text the sin of adultery is committed when a man does two things. 1. Puts away his wife without cause and 2. Marries another. They dispute that and assume that the sin of adultery occurs in the course of the subsequent marriage relationship and thus it continues in practice. To accuse us of contending that The sin may continue, one has to assume that the sin is in the subsequent marriage relationship instead of where Jesus said it is. The difference then is not in the meaning of repentance, but in identifying the sin. What is the sin? What Sin? Marriage is a covenant relationship in which husband and wife vow to remain faithful to one another for life. Genesis 2:24 [Matthew 19:4-6]; Romans 7:2

Malachi 2:14 (ESV) But you say, Why does he not? Because the Lord was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Divorcing my spouse is a violation of that covenant, i.e., my vows. Having sexual relations with another (even a spouse in a remarriage) is also a violation of that original covenantand continues to be a violation of that covenant with every occurrence, even in a remarriage. Repentance of what? Fruit Worthy of Repentance Repentance for breaking wedlock in general? Dont break any more marriages, including my remarriage.

Repentance for breaking the specific marriage covenant that I made? I attempt to fulfill my marriage covenant by returning to my wife. Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. Matthew 3:8; ESV Overview Major Errors of the Position Failure to harmonize passages An improper definition of adultery An incomplete view of repentance Marriage is Gods plan

for everyone. A failure to recognize the difference between married and bound

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