The False Teaching
Cause for Divorce?
Matt.5 :31,32 It
was also said, `Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate
of divorce. But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife,except
on the ground of unchastity, makes her an
adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Ask your pastor and he will probably tell you,
on the basis of the above text, that Jesus allows only one ground for divorce:
if the wife (or husband) has had sexual relations with another. Is this
what Jesus intends by this saying?
Ask your Pastor!
Exposing the Error
Matt. 5:32 is a very simple statement
that everyone can easily understand. It says that every
one who divorces his wife . . . makes her an adultress.
How so? Being divorced causes her to go to another man, and "whoever
marries a divorced woman commits adultery."
Thus, divorcing her makes her an adultress. For one who remarries,
there can be only one exception to this: if she was already an adultress
before the divorce, divorcing her doesn't make her one. Hence the exception,
"except on the grounds of unchastity."
Some make a distinction between
"putting away" and divorce (serving a writ of divorcement). The word
used here for "divorce" means to "put away." This view is nonsense
here, coming in the context of the question with its reference to Moses'
command to give to her a certificate of divorce. So, Matt. 5:32 gives no
justification for divorce.
Declaring the Truth
Mark.10 And Pharisees came up
and asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"
 He answered them, "What
did Moses command you?"
 They said, "Moses allowed a
man to write a certificate of divorce, and to put her away."
 But Jesus said to them, "For
your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.
from the beginning of creation, `God made them male and female.'
this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his
the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh.
therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder."
 And he said to them, Whoever
divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; 
if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.