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Sunday School: Christian Ethics (Pt 16.8: Divorce and Remarriage, Pt.1)

January 22, 2023 Speaker: John Bell Series: Sunday School: Christian Ethics

Divorce Texts: Deuteronomy 24:1-4; Matthew 5:31-32; Matthew 19:3-9; Mark 10:2-12; Luke 16:18; 1 Corinthians 7:10-16

Big Picture: The New Testament teaches there are only two grounds for a divorce to be valid in the eyes of God.

  • Sexual immorality (πορνεία)
  • 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.
  • When the divorce was not permissible, any subsequent remarriage (to someone other than the original spouse) results in adultery.
  • In situations where the divorce is 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.