The High Walls of Divorce: Guarding Gospel Treasure
Passage: Luke 16:18–16:19
The New Testament teaches there are only two grounds for a divorce to be valid in the eyes of God.
• Sexual immorality
• The wilful separation by the unbelieving partner of a spiritually mixed marriage because of the conversion of their spouse.
Biblical principles on divorce and remarriage
• Marriage is the sacred union between one man and one woman and God’s intention is for marriage to last a lifetime.
• Divorce is not always sinful.
• Divorce is permitted, but not required, on the ground of sexual immorality.
• Divorce is permitted, but not required, on the ground of desertion by an unbelieving spouse (see above).
• When the divorce was not permissible, any subsequent remarriage (to someone other than the original spouse) results in adultery.
• In situations where the divorce was permissible, remarriage is also permissible.
• Improperly divorced and remarried Christians should stay as they are, but repent and be forgiven of their past sins and make whatever amends are necessary.