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Congratulations Brother Lawrence Daney of Atlanta Georgia. You are The Bible Scholar Champion for Friday, May 10, 2013.
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Many Churches and various denominations have scorned and ostracized divorced persons who have re-married. They are treated as leapers and undesirables. They are disqualified for service either as a Pastor or worship leader regardless of the evidence of God’s acceptance (Acts 15:8-9). Many have been told to leave their present marriage and return to the former spouse.
Where is this practice supported in Holy Scripture either by doctrine or example? Please give scriptural references.
The answer for today’s Bible Challenge Question is:
The Bible does not support such behavior or practices. Please see Deut. 24:1-4 where returning to a former spouse is counted as an abomination (sin). Those Pastor who instruct their members to do such a thing are inviting the wrath of God. They may as well advocate for homosexuality and prostitution. The notion that divorce alone disqualifies one from pastoring is a foreign concept to Christ and his Apostles. Such practice would render the god-called male impotent and at the mercy of a manipulative spouse. It would place the man of God at a disadvantage with regards to an unfaithful, manipulative, greedy and wicked souse. Literally, he could only serve in the position to which he was sent by God if he could appease his wicked spouse. God is not in agreement with this.
Let’s not forget that once a person has been forgiven by God for their sins, whatever that sin may be, God doesn’t remember their transgressions anymore. In addition, once a person has repented and has the blood of Jesus applied through the washing of water by baptism in his name, they are forgiven and cleansed of all unrighteousness and made new creatures in Christ Jesus. Old things are passed away and all things are become new.
An illegitimate divorce is just as forgivable through the blood of Jesus Christ as any other sexual sin or transgression. Otherwise, anyone who has ever lusted after a women or a man – committing adultery in their hearts – or anyone who has ever had sexual encounters outside of the bounds of marriage or any anyone who has parented children without the benefit of matrimony – are treated by God as less sinful and more deserving of forgiveness than a divorcee. This cannot be so since God is no respecter of person.
It amazed me how so may people attempted to answer this very important and life-altering question with quotes of scripture and theological rhetoric and assumptions without any real etymological and linguistic study of key phrases and terms such as the phrase “Husband of but one wife.” We cannot bring our western thoughts and assumption to bear on scriptural and spirituals truths. We must allow them to speak to us out of their on vernacular. The Challenge for us to revelate as opposed to translate and the only way to accomplish this is though the power of the Holy Spirit. (1 John 2:27). Without being born Again, one cannot see (understand, comprehend or grasp hold) of the Kingdom of God.
For a more detail explanation on this subject of Divorce and Re-marriage, you may find the following article helpful:
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