Biblical view on dating after divorce
I do not claim to have seen or said the last word on this issue, nor am I above correction, should I prove to be wrong.
I am aware that men more godly than I have taken different views.
Only when I was compelled, some years ago, in teaching through the gospel of Luke, to deal with Jesus' absolute statement in Luke did I begin to question that inherited position.
I felt an immense burden in having to teach our congregation what the revealed will of God is in this matter of divorce and remarriage.
1.2 The second half of the verse shows that not merely the divorcing man is guilty of adultery when he remarries, but also any man who marries a divorced woman.
1.3 Since there are no exceptions mentioned in the verse, and since Jesus is clearly rejecting the common cultural conception of divorce as including the right of remarriage, the first readers of this gospel would have been hard-put to argue for any exceptions on the basis that Jesus shared the cultural assumption that divorce for unfaithfulness or desertion freed a spouse for remarriage.
In a similar passage in Mark 12, Jesus widens the scope of the teaching to show that such dissolution may apply to the behavior ...
After discussing his views contrasted with those in Judaism, Jesus remarks, "It was also said, ' Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.' But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery." It is noteworthy that Jesus clearly sees some circumstances that legitimize divorce.
He is author of more than 50 books, including Reading the Bible Supernaturally. That document, dated May 2, 1989, represents the position on divorce and remarriage that will guide the church in matters of membership and discipline.
The paper you hold in your hands is NOT the official church position on divorce and remarriage.
A marriage continues to be valid until one party dissolves the marriage through unfaithfulness.
This so-called exception clause appears here in Matthew 5 and again in Matthew 19 but does not occur in either Mark or Luke.
For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.