By Michael Gilbert
February 15, 2007
“And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife,
except it be for fornication,
and shall marry another, committeth adultery:
and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery”
Marriage and divorce is a touchy subject. However, Jesus himself spoke these words, and man’s responsibility is to conform to the teachings of the Master. After all, humanity will be judged according to His words (Jn. 12:48).
The Master gave one reason for divorce and remarriage – fornication. Most understand that term, but for those who don’t, it simply means sexual intercourse with someone other than your husband/wife.
If a divorce occurs for a reason other than fornication, neither party is free to remarry. The government may sanction divorce and remarriage for trivial reasons, but Jesus does not.
Some have divorced for reasons other than fornication, waited until the former spouse gave in to lust, then claimed “My husband/wife committed fornication, and I am free to remarry”. The divorce was not “for fornication”. Rest assured, the God of heaven is not easily deceived.
On the other hand, according to Matt. 19:12, some have divorced (not for fornication) and have “…made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake…” (i.e., remained single to obey God’s marriage law). An action that is pleasing to Jesus, to be sure.
All people should ask, “What about my marriage?”.