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Divorce and Remarriage

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God's ideal plan is that when people marry, they remain married for life. People have different opinions on what the Bible teaches about the morality of divorce and remarriage.


Contemporary Moral Issues

Part 7

VIII. Divorce

A. Positions on divorce

1. Never permissible

2. Sometimes permissible

a. Adultery

b. Adultery and desertion

c. Adultery, desertion, and extreme cases

3. Usually permissible

4. Always permissible

B. Questions and Biblical Answers on Marriage

1. What is the biblical view of marriage?

a. Utilitarian view of the world

b. Covenantal view of Scripture

c. Permanence is the ideal.

2. What is God's view of divorce?

a. Malachi 2:16

b. Deuteronomy 24:1-4

3. Are there scriptural grounds for divorce?

a. Matthew 19:8-9

i. Porneia, not moicheia

ii. Permitted, not commanded

b. 1 Corinthians 7:15

4. What is porneia?

a. Not simply adultery (moicheia)

b. Sexual immorality

c. Hosea 1:2 and Jeremiah 3

5. What is desertion in 1 Corinthians 7:15?

a. Additional grounds for divorce

b. Sub-instance of porneia

c. Does not expand porneia


IX. Remarriage

A. Reconciliation, if possible

B. Repentance, if necessary

C. Right to remarry?

D. Counseling

1. Premarital

2. Value of the single life

3. Principles for remarriage

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