Sunday, October 15, 2006

Ace's Sunday Sermon - Divorce

I Corinthians 7:10
To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord Jesus): A wife
must not separate from her husband.
11But if she does, she must remain
unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not
divorce his wife.

I Corinthians 7:27
Are you married? Do not seek a divorce.

Mark 10:11
He answered, "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman
commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries
another man, she commits adultery."

Matthew 5:31
"It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a
certificate of divorce. But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife,
except for marital unfaithfulness(Adultery), causes her to become an
adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.

Matthew 19:9
I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital
unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery."

Luke 16:18
"Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery,
and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Malachi 2:16
"I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "

Walter A. Mayer wrote back in the 1930's that in 1990, the divorce rate would be 50%. He had to defend his claims back then. As it turned out the divorce rate hit 50% in 1977. 13 years ahead of his prediction. The divorce rate doubled between 1967 and 1977.

But the true seriousness of divorce mostly effects the believer. Non-believers are bound for Hell so it matters not how many times they stand at an altar and insult each other and God. However the true believer stands before God and swears an oath of a life long committment. Not just to the future mate but to God and his glory.

As you have read in the above Bible verses, God hates divorce. And Jesus went on to say that if a couple divorces in the absence of adultery by one of the mates, they force their mate to go out and commit adultery if they remarry another person AND they themselves commit adultery when they have sex with another human.

Upon hearing this the disciples said, wouldn't it be better then not to marry? And Jesus responded: "It's a consideration" (i'm parapharasing). Christians are divorcing at a slightly higher rate than non-believers. In the book of Malachi. (last book of theold testament) Malachi scorns the priests saying you're watering down the word of God. The liberal clergy put the feelings of man ahead of the word of God. If you think about it. There isn't a more important vow that you will ever take than to promise to take another human in marriage forever in the sight of God, with the exception of your confession to Christ for forgiveness of your sins and salvation in the Lord almighty.

So why do Christians divorce in the absence of adultery? They are counting on the grace of God for forgiveness. But let grace not be an excuse for disgrace. And just so you know; in the old testament, there was no type of offering for a "premeditated sin". You can't decide to commit murder and say, well, God forgives all. Then go commit your evil deed. God does not condone sin. And how many things in the Bible does God go on record as claiming to HATE. He hates Sin and loves the sinner. But outside of Malichi 2:16, he rarely uses the "H" word.

Let's examine the plan to divorce while counting on God's grace for forgiveness. Jesus said, that if adultery is not involved, both divorced parties are pretty much cast into a life of adultry unless they remarry each other. Go ahead and re-read the introductory verses.
If then we become adulterers (forgiven for the act of divorce) We have only 3 options. And remember; the requirements for forgiveness is confession (1 John 1:9) Repentence (which means you would have to re-marry the person you divorced) Repenting means to change course with contrition. So instead of continuing in a sinful life of singleness, you need to reconcile and make things right.

. If the couple reconciles their marriage, God is pleased and sin is cut short.

2. Lifelong Celibacy . This keeps you from causing others to commit adultery as well as keeping yourself free from adultery. However God Himself said, "It is not good for man to be alone". This is why God takes marriage so seriously.

3. Apostasy. Hellbound. No holds barred. You're going to hell. WHY? Because you will become an adulterer. Not just a Christian that slips into adultery like King David did with Bathsheba, but knowing that if you have sex with ANYONE, it's adultery. And what does the Bible say about adultery?

I Corinthians 6:9-10
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,
nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

So if you're planning to divorce fellow Christian; either reconcile, become celibate or go to hell.

One more thing. Suppose you remarry another Christian and you both are committing adultery yet worshipping every week and trying to keep God's will.......

Remember Matthew 7:22
"Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'
"And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you;DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'


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