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The most common emails that we receive are the ones that state;

"The only reason you hold to this Doctrine is to justify Divorce."

 

Please, please, please, that is such an uneducated and childlike response.

Divorce is only  5 %  of the content of "Rightly Dividing" God's Covenants.

 

Please don't make such absurd statements but rather obtain the

understanding and knowledge of the other   95 %   of God's True Doctrine.

 

Thank you.

 

 

Marriage / Divorce / ReMarriage (MDR)

 

Most  Important

(Plain Biblical Fact)

 

Under Christ's New Covenant, Divorce is not a sin.

Period.

 

Exactly like God's Old Covenant Sabbath Law of Moses,

the Old Covenant  "until death"  marriage Law

was

" Nailed  to  the  Cross ".

 

 

Today, Christ's New Covenant Marriage Law is not until death.

 

The only MDR Laws within Christ's New Covenant to the church

(Acts 2 - Revelation 22)

are found in the book of

1Corinthians Chapter 7

Period.

 

Today Christ's New Covenant marriage Law is simply a law that gives

permission for Christians to have sexual intercourse.

 

and

 

Since when ? do genuine Bible students change the definitions of Greek words in order to accommodate their Doctrine, instead of changing their Doctrine to accommodate the specific words that the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write ?

Because that is exactly what some members of the church are doing.  They want "their" MDR Doctrine to fit into their Matthew 19 (Old Covenant) scriptures.  So what they have to do, is change the definition of the last word in  1Corinthians 7:11  from

 

Aphiemi  to  Apoluo.

(Separate)  to  (Divorce)

 

They change the specific Greek meaning from  Separate  to  Divorce.  Two absolutely different words.  Not only is this an enormous breech of integrity but it still doesn't fix their problem. Because 1Corinthians 7:10 still then does not 'fit' into this contorted web. So to make it fit, what they then do is say that 1Corinthians 7:10 is only talking about divorce due to reasons not for fornication.  Because if 1Corinthians 7:10 was talking about divorce for adultery it would contradict their Old Covenant Matthew 19:9 by forcing the mate to remain celibate.

 

God's Word is not "conditional" nor open to manipulation.

 

This is what happens when you make one change to God's Word, down the line it will then force other discrepancies and in the end you wind up with a tragic and pitiful mess, exactly what the church has obtained with their

 

6 different MDR Doctrines.

 

When a person  " Rightly Divides "  God's Covenants there is only

 

1  possible MDR Doctrine.

 

 

These sorts of False Doctrines need to be settled and denounced once and for all.

 

True Doctrine is only possible when we Rightly Divide the Word of Truth.

 

Please note; This is the most important statement that could ever be made when dealing with the issue of Marriage and Divorce Doctrines;

 

1Corinthians 7:2

To avoid fornication, allow every man to have his own wife,
and allow every woman to have her own husband.

 

That is God's final New Covenant command regarding the

option of marriage for all Christians.

 

 


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If Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is about to give a scripture regarding Marriage and Divorce, and he clearly states that God does not have a command pertaining to what he is about to write and Paul also declares that what he is about to write is simply

- his opinion -

the fact of the matter could not be any more clear, Paul's opinion is the end of the discussion.  And Paul's opinion is not a command.  As well, no scriptures can contradict Paulís inspired opinion.  This is exactly what is found in

1Corinthian 7:25-28.

 

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1Corinthians 7:25-28

I have no command from the Lord but I give an opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.  26 Because of the present crisis I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.  27 Are you married ?  Do not seek a divorce.  Are you Divorced ?  Do not look for a wife.  28 But if you do marry (surely including divorce), you have not sinned.

 

Please understand that the biggest problem with religious teachings on Divorce, is the

Mis - Translation

of the last word in 1Corinthians 7:11.  This word is to Leave (Separation)

not

Divorce.

 

1Corinthians 7:10-11

To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband.  11But if she does separate, she must remain unmarried (to another man while yet married) or else be reconciled to her husband.  And a husband must not leave (Separate from) his wife.

 

That word at the end of verse 11 is the Greek word

 to Leave, Separate from (Aphiemi)

not

the Greek word for Divorce (Apoluo).

 

 

Special note:  In verse 11 above, the word unmarried is the Greek word for

Un-Married (Agamos)

not

the Greek word for Divorced (Luo)

 

as found in 1Corinthians 7:27.  Traditionalists love to say that the phrase is "she must remain divorced" so that they can then say that the action of the previous word  Separate  is equal to  becoming divorced,  in order to make their False Doctrine "fit" into their Old Covenant.

 

Do average English speaking people think there's a difference between the words

Reconcile  and  Re-Marry  ?

 

To be reconciled to a husband does not = To marry once again the husband that you just divorced. (Good grief.)

 

Reconciliation = The act of two married people getting back together after having become Separated. (It's hard to believe this needs defining.)

Once again Traditionalists don't believe that the Holy Spirit could have been wise enough to write  "She must remain divorced or else she must re-marry the husband that she just divorced."

 

We must begin the study by listing all the possible words for Divorce.

 

 

Strongís Greek Words

 

Divorce            # 630    Apoluo (to set free)

Divorce            # 647    Apostasion (certificate of divorce)

Not Divorce     # 863    Aphiemi (to leave)

Divorce            # 3080  Lusis (to set free)

Divorce            # 3089  Luo (to loosen)

Not Divorce     # 5563  Corizo (to separate)

 

 

 

1.

The Greek word for

Divorce (Apoluo)

Strongís # 630 ( to Set Free, to Put Away, to Loose Off )

is found 12 times in the Bible in this context.

Matthew 1:19  He had in mind to divorce (# 630, to Set Free) her quietly.
Matthew 5:31  Anyone who divorces (# 630, to Set Free) his wife
Matthew 5:32  Anyone who divorces (# 630, to Set Free) his wife
Matthew 19:3  Is it lawful for a man to divorce (# 630, to Set Free) his wife
Matthew 19:7  His wife a certificate of divorce and to divorce (# 630 to Set Free) her.
Matthew 19:8  Permitted you to divorce (# 630, to Set Free) your wives
Matthew 19:9  Anyone who divorces (# 630, to Set Free) his wife
Mark 10:2  Is it lawful for a man to divorce (# 630, to Set Free) his wife ?
Mark 10:4  To write a certificate of divorce and then divorce (# 630, to Set Free) her.
Mark 10:11  Anyone who divorces (# 630, to Set Free) his wife
Mark 10:12  And if she divorces (# 630, to Set Free) her husband
Luke 16:18  Anyone who divorces (# 630, to Set Free) his wife

 

 

So please ask yourself,

 

If the Holy Spirit used the word Apoluo for Divorce 12  times in all these verses,

WHY ? would He not use it as well in 1Corinthians 7:11 ?

 

No Kidding.  Please let us stop belittling the Holy Spirit.

 

 

2.

 

The Greek word for

Separation (Corizo)

Strongís # 5563 ( to Separate, to Divide )

is found 4 times in the Bible in this context.

 

1 Corinthians 7:10  A wife must not separate (# 5563 Corizo) from her husband.
1 Corinthians 7:11  But if she does separate (# 5563 Corizo), she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband, and the husband should not leave his wife.
1 Corinthians 7:15  But if the unbeliever separates (# 5563 Corizo) let him separate (# 5563 Corizo)

 

 

3.

 

The Greek word for

Leaving (Aphiemi)

Strongís # 863 ( to Leave, to Depart )

is found 3 times in the Bible in this context.

 

1 Corinthians 7:11  But if she does separate, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband. And the husband should not leave (# 863 Aphiemi)(separate from) his wife.
1 Corinthians 7:12  Willing to live with him, he must not leave (# 863 Aphiemi) her.
1 Corinthians 7:13  Willing to live with her, she must not leave (# 863 Aphiemi) him.

 

The verses from 1Corinthians 7:10 to 1Corinthians 7:15 are talking about

Separation  not  Divorce.

 

Separate     =   Aphiemi  =    Apo (Separate) + Hiemi (Send)

Divorce       =   Apoluo    =    Apo (Separate) + Luo (UnBind)

 

It would be ridiculous to try and say that God is using the word Divorce in these other passages here below where He also uses the Greek word  Aphiemi (Separate).

 


Matthew 5:24  Leave your gift there in front of the altar

Greek = Aphiemi                       Ekei       Ho       Doron

Greek = Separate from you       there      the       gift

(You would not divorce yourself from your gift !)


Matthew 18:12  Will he not Leave the ninety-nine and go to look

Greek = Ouchi                   Aphiemi       Ho       Enenekonta       Ennea       

Greek = Would he not       Leave           the       ninety                nine

(The shepherd would not divorce himself from his other ninety-nine sheep !)


Hebrews 6:1  Let us Leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity

Greek = Dio                  Aphiemi        Ho       Ho            Arche

Greek = Therefore       Separate       the       of the       elementary      

(We do not divorce ourselves from any teachings of Christ !)


 

It's more than obvious that the Greek word  Aphiemi  means

" to Separate "     not     " to  Divorce ".

 

 

4.

 

The Greek word for

Divorce (Apostasion)

Strongís # 647 ( Divorce, Certificate of Divorce )

is found 3 times in the Bible in this context.

 

Matthew 5:31  Must give her a certificate of divorce (# 647 Apostasion).
Matthew 19:7  Give his wife a certificate of divorce (# 647 Apostasion)
Mark 10:4  A man to write a certificate of divorce (# 647 Apostasion)

 

 

So,

 

From reading 1Corinthians 7:11 that a wife must not Separate from her husband and a husband must not Separate from his wife, we can see that Paul is not saying that a husband cannot divorce his wife or a wife cannot divorce her husband.  Besides the fact that such a command would also be in direct contradiction to Paulís "opinion" in 1Corinthians 7:27.

 

1Corinthians 7:25-28

I have no command from the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.  27 Are you married ?  Do not seek a divorce.  Are you Divorced ?  Do not look for a wife.  28 But if you do marry (surely including divorce), you have not sinned.

 

From all the New Covenant scriptures pertaining to Divorce which are found only in 1Corinthians 7:27-28, the New Covenant teaching on Divorce is so very, very simple.  God has plainly removed Himself from governing any "Civil" Law in regards to Marriage and Divorce as opposed to how He did govern it under the Old Covenant.

 

There is absolutely no difference between God having done away with binding Law on Divorce as He also did away with binding Law regarding the Sabbath.

 

The only Biblical address to the topic of Marriage and Divorce is done by the Apostle Paul (and he declares that he received his Doctrine directly from Jesus Christ in Heaven via revelation).  And because Paul then simply gives his opinion which certainly is not a command, it cannot be made binding upon any Christian.  Also, because the Holy Spirit inspired Paulís opinion to be recorded, it cannot contradict any other related scriptures.  And this opinion of Paulís could certainly not contradict any other Divorce / ReMarriage commands in the New Covenant, even though there arenít any.

 


 

If God wanted to make Divorce a New Covenant command He could have done it so extremely easily and without question.  The exact same way that He did with other Old Covenant Laws that He wanted in His New Covenant.  All He had to do was place;

(Matthew 19:6, Mark 10:9)

Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.

in between  Acts 2 - Revelation 22.

But He didn't.

That would have settled things bam, without question.  But God didn't.

Why ?

Because Divorce is not a sin.

Matthew 19:6 and Mark 10:9 are Old Covenant commands.

They are not New Covenant Law.

Here's perfect examples of God repeating OLD Covenant commands in order to place them into His NEW Covenant.  God repeated them for only one reason, because he wanted them in His NEW Covenant.


Matthew 5:37  Simply let your Yes be Yes, and your No be No; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

Specifically repeated because God wanted it in His NEW Covenant.

James 5:12  Let your Yes be Yes, and your No be No, or you will be condemned.


Matthew 15:4  For God said, Honor your father and mother, and, Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.

Specifically repeated because God wanted it in His NEW Covenant.

Ephesians 6:2  Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise.


Matthew 22:39  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.

Specifically repeated because God wanted it in His NEW Covenant.

Romans 13:9  The commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not covet, and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: Love your neighbor as yourself.


 

Here's a list of discrepancies that the people who preach

False Traditional MDR Doctrine

 are completely unable to explain.

 

1.  Why do Traditionalists change  Aphiemi  in 1Cor. 7:11 to  Apoulo, when they are two absolutely different words ?

 

2.  Why do Traditionalists think that God would punish an innocent women (by forcing her to remain celibate) if her husband one day decided to divorce her.  God doesn't punished people for other people's sin.

Ezekiel 18:20  The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.

 

Matthew 5:32

. . . and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.

1Corinthians 7:11

But if she does, she must remain unmarried . . .

 

3.  Why do Traditionalists want to say that the man in 1Corinthians 7:11 is still her husband ?  1Corinthians 7:10 is not talking about Divorce (it's talking about Separation, exactly what the Greek word means) because if it's talking about Divorce, then Paul definitely should have written

"ex-husband" in verse 11.

 

1Corinthians 7:11

But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her (ex)husband.

 

4.  Why can't Traditionalists see that their 1Corinthians 7:10 contradicts their Matthew 19:9 ?  In Matthew 19:9 Moses declares no divorce (you were stoned to death for divorcing because by doing so you committed adultery) and yet Paul (even though he's only talking about Separation) says that if divorce occurs all you have to do is remain single.  That is absolutely not the command of Matthew 19:9.

 

5.  Why do Traditionalists encourage people to postpone being baptized if they have a pending divorce and thus play Russian Roulette with their soul ?  Because if you become a new creation after being baptized into Christ you can marry anyone you want, but they say if you divorce after being baptized, you cannot remarry.

 


 

Here's a wonderful visual for you.

Below is a perfect parallel of what people do when they take 8 separate Scriptures from God's Word and formulate Doctrines from them.

Here's what happens when they take 2 different Scriptures from the Old Covenant, and 6 different Scriptures from the New Covenant and formulate Doctrines from them.

Here are the 8 different rectangles containing 8 different objects that represent the 8 different Scriptures.

 

NEW Covenant

New Covenant Greek word for

Divorce

OLD Covenant

New Covenant Greek word for

Separation

NEW Covenant

New Covenant Greek definition

"a temporary obstacle that is corrected by reconciliation."

OLD Covenant

New Covenant Greek definition

"to end a marriage."

 

Now when people take these Scriptures that are within these two Covenants

and then formulate Doctrines out of them, either by

"Mixing"  the Covenants,

or by

"Rightly Dividing"  the Covenants,

you can see below what they come up with.

 

Traditionalist  Doctrine

True  Doctrine

Separation  =  to end a marriage. Divorce  =  to end a marriage.
Divorce  =  a temporary obstacle

that is corrected by reconciliation.

Separation  =  a temporary obstacle

that is corrected by reconciliation.

Please don't   mix   God's Covenants.

 

When you boil down salt water, after all the water boils off,

you're left with just the salt.

When you boil down   Traditional   MDR Doctrine

this is what you're left with, one simple question;

 

How crazy is that ?

 

Because here's the reality;

 

If 1Cor. 7:25 is true, it can only be talking about

Adultery Divorce

otherwise it would contradict Matthew 5:32

 

1Corinthians 7:25  says

Are you Divorced ?  Do not look for a wife.

But if you do marry, you have  not  sinned.

 

So the above can only be talking about people divorced for adultery because people divorced for any other reason according to Matthew 5:32 (which of course is Old Covenant) would not be allowed at all.

 

So the only 4 scenarios that it's talking about, that do not contradict Matthew 5:32, would be;

 

A1. The woman divorced her husband for adultery.
A2. The man divorced his wife for adultery.
A3. The woman is divorced by her husband for adultery.
A4. The man is divorced by his wife for adultery.

 

Because these other 4 scenarios below (red) are in opposition to Matthew 5:32 which declares that people cannot marry "NonAdultery" Divorced people.

 

Matthew 5:32

. . . and anyone who marries the divorced woman (man) commits adultery.

 

B1. The woman divorced her husband for Non Adultery.
B2. The man divorced his wife for Non Adultery.
B3. The woman is divorced by her husband for Non Adultery.
B4. The man is divorced by his wife for Non Adultery.

 

So with the 4 purple options above, of course we know that under Moses the guilty spouses would have all be stoned to death for committing adultery, but here in 1Corinthians 7:25 Paul declares that in the church they can now re-marry.

 

So we have;

A1. The woman divorced her husband for adultery.
A2. The man divorced his wife for adultery.
A3. The woman is divorced by her husband for adultery.
A4. The man is divorced by his wife for adultery.

 

It's obvious that A1 (she) can re-marry because he committed adultery on her.
It's obvious that A2 (he) can re-marry because she committed adultery on him.

 

So really the only two scenarios left in the MDR dilemma (even though there is no dilemma at all with True Doctrine) are A3 and A4

 

God now says that;

A3. She committed adultery and can now remarry.
A4. He committed adultery and can now remarry.

 

So that then leaves us with the final boiled down contrasts between;

 

False Tradtional MDR Doctrine

 

and

 

True Covenant Division MDR Doctrine.

 

With the False Traditional Doctrine, the final results are

2  gross injustices

and they are;

 

1. The first injustice is in B2 where a man cheats on his wife and then decides to divorce her, you have God double punishing a woman for someone else's sin.

 

Her first punishment is that her husband cheated on her, and her second punishment is that now she cannot re-marry (according to Matthew 5:32).

 

2. The second injustice is that these two people in A3 and A4 are the ones who actually sinned but can now live a new married life.

 

How crazy is that ? ?

 

 

Where as with True Covenant Division MDR Doctrine, the only final boiled down result is that the English definition of the Greek word Separate (Aphiemi) is kept pure and not mistranslated as Divorce (Apoulo).

 

 

With the False Doctrine you have two gross injustices.

 

And with the True Doctrine you have one act of a Greek definition being kept correct.

 

Again our question is;

 

How crazy is that ?

 

 

Man has done a wonderful job of distorting Christ's New Covenant Law on Marriage and Divorce.  Man has actually caused it to be one of the

Most  Distasteful

subjects in all of Christianity.

 

Please donít allow this tragedy to bring any confusion upon your life or your desire to serve God.  And our hearts go out to those who have been so tragically wounded by man's blunder and his neglect to thoroughly study

God's Word with an open heart.

 

Be sure to click on this and view all the answers to common

Objections.

 

Tell your friends now and save them at least ten years of Bible Study.

 

 

 

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