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  1. The Husband of One Wife

    I've heard the side of the debate that states even after you're divorced, you are still married in the eyes of God. Deuteronomy 24:4 lets me know exactly how God feels about divorce. If I rephrase the question to; "Does a man who has been divorced and remarried have more than one wife?" then is there a particular verse in our bible that says, or at least points to, God still looking at you being married after the divorce? In 1 Corinthians 4:6, Paul warned people not to "go beyond what is written." In Revelation 2, Jesus rebuked a couple of churches for tolerating evil and false doctrine. If the phrase "husband of one wife" is properly interpreted as "never divorced" then we should never go beyond what the word of God allows. If "husband of one wife" does not refer to divorce, then those who have issued a blanket prohibition of service by divorced men have gone imposed human rules on God's Word and that is no small matter. Has the growing prevalence of divorce made the baptist church compromise on the matter; or has the growing prevalence of divorce made the church study the subject and find out they were wrong? One side of this debate is wrong and goes against God's Word. Being relatively new in my walk with Christ (compared to those raised in God's house), you can understand my concern about not being led off the narrow path, even by those who honestly feel they are right. I do thank you for any input and guidance on the subject.
  2. The Husband of One Wife

    My apologies up front for any aggravation or heartache this question poses, as it seems to evoke pretty passionate responses when brought up, but the only way for me to learn is to ask. If Paul intended for "The husband of one wife" to mean never have been divorced, would that include a divorce before a man was saved? God tells us in Hebrews 8:12, Isaiah 43:25 and Psalm 103:11-12 that He not only forgives, but that He will also forget our transgressions when we turn to Him. One gentleman told me that sin has consequences (such as unwed pregnancy or drunk driving, etc), which I agree with, but the ones he listed are societal consequences for our sin and the penalties ensued. Are we always married in the eyes of God, even if we are divorced before we become aware of His loving grace and give ourselves to Him?
  3. Growing in Christ

    Always looking for any venue that can help me find answers, explore God's Word, grow in fellowship and my walk with my Lord and Savior. "I'm not where I need to be, but thank God, I'm not where I use to be!"