“And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.”

One has to wonder how difficult the English language must be. Because as simple as the wording is in this paragraph, there is nothing but mass confusion when it comes to dividing and rightly understanding this verse. And, it is not that I think there is mass confusion, as much as it is that many wish it just said something else. But, no matter what one feels, the passage here is as clear as day. One cannot scripturally put away their spouse and remarry unless their spouse fornicates. And people today think this is harsh, and even the disciples present on that day answered, “If the case with the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry,” Matt. 19:10. The disciples were free not to agree with what Jesus said, and people today are free to claim what Jesus taught here is harsh. But, the fact remains, our ways are not His ways, and His ways are not ours, Isaiah 55:8-9. And, add to that, He created the institution of marriage, and He is the one who defines what constitutes a scriptural marriage or not.
Jesus even agreed in Matthew 19:11 that “all men cannot receive (Accept – HS) this saying.” But, just because a person can’t accept it, doesn’t change the facts at hand. Not everyone can accept Christ, does that negate Him being the Son of God? The truth of the matter is, as Jesus said, because of the messes some create with marriage, divorce and remarriage some just need to be eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven, Matt. 19:12.

I know there is only so much I can say on this topic in a front page article. One thing is clear; God will judge our congregations and leaderships for allowing adulterous relationships. Have you ever read and studied 1 Corinthians 5:1-13? Here we have a couple living in an unscriptural relationship, and the leaders of the church were doing absolutely nothing about it. So, Paul condemns the entire congregation for being prideful, arrogant and failing to hate the sin of 1 Corinthians 5:1-2. And if Paul was going to write a letter to the congregation where you attend, would he need to address the same?

Friends, we need to be very careful where we worship today. Just because some congregation has the name “Church of Christ,” above the door, doesn’t make that congregation pleasing to God. God as is evidenced in 1 Cor. 5, isn’t pleased with congregations that have unscriptural relationships in them, while the leaders sit back and do nothing about it. What makes us better than Corinth, where God would be upset with them, but not us on this issue? Through scripture, God has told the church in Corinth and us in 1 Corinthians 5:4-5 that we are to deliver those who refuse to get out of those relationships to Satan. Instead of trying to ignore the situation. Ignoring the situation isn’t helping anyone’s soul. But, giving them a false hope that all is well, when, according to Scripture it is not. Well, how loving is that?

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