The following articles are related to the topic of DIVORCE

Are the Gospels a Part of the New Testament?

Jesus Christ taught that a person who divorces his or her marital companion and then marries another is living in a state of adultery-unless the divorce was initiated by an innocent victim whose trust had been violated by the sin of fornication (see Mt. 19:9; cf. 5:32). The implication of this statement, of course, is this. The innocent victim does ... read more »

What Is the Meaning of “Not under Bondage” (1 Cor. 7:15)?

Would you address 1 Corinthians 7:15? Does desertion by a non-believing mate grant the abandoned Christian the right of remarriage? In First Corinthians, chapter 7, the apostle Paul responds to a number of questions that had been submitted to him by various members of the church at Corinth (cf. 1 Cor. 7:1). Some of these queries had to do with ... read more »

A Footnote on the Mary Winkler Case

Ann Rule has been writing about crime for the past thirty-eight years. A former police officer, she teaches seminars to law enforcement groups, including the FBI, and has testified before U.S. Senate Judiciary Sub-committees. She has authored numerous books, some two dozen of which have been on the New York Times best seller list. More than twenty million copies of ... read more »

What Is the “Gift” of Celibacy in 1 Corinthians 7:7?

Occasionally, when one of some years and experience believes he has heard about every devious manipulation of scripture that is possible, he must pause and confess that he has not. There is always a new, bizarre twist to some text. Let me introduce you to one of the latest that engaged my attention, resulting in an uncommon degree of dismay. ... read more »

Is Lust Fornication?

The word "fornication" derives from the Greek term porneia, one of a cognate group of five words that together occur fifty-five times in the New Testament. The noun form is found twenty-five times, predominately in the letters of Paul. The word is generic in scope in that it refers to a variety of physical sexual acts between persons who are ... read more »

Marriage: As Designed by God

The institution of marriage involves a covenant between a man, a woman, and God. Man and woman, by mutual consent, enter the arrangement. But the procedure, in order to be valid, must be consistent with divine law. The Origin of Marriage According to anthropologists, there is no society wherein marriage does not exist in some format (Montague, p. 240). The ... read more »

Mark 6:17-18 — An “Unlawful” Relationship

Of all the Herods in the bloody family of that name, Antipas receives the most prominent treatment in the New Testament - and this because of his connection with John the Baptizer. Though Antipas was married to the daughter of an Arabian king, en route to Rome (cir. A.D. 29), he became infatuated with Herodias, his brother Philip's wife. They ... read more »

Amos 5:21,22 – Vain Religion

It is commonly believed by many that so long as a person is religious - in some generic way - he is well-pleasing to God. The notion is popular that man is free to direct his own manner of service to the Creator. And for many, there is little connection between one's religious exercises and his daily life. Worship God ... read more »

Does Ezra Deserve Criticism?

A Bible class recently was engaged in a discussion regarding Ezra's command that the men of Israel, in the post-Captivity period, put away their foreign wives (Ezra 10). The text reads: "And the priest stood up, and said unto them, 'You have trespassed, and have married foreign women, to increase the guilt of Israel. Now therefore make confession unto Jehovah, ... read more »

What Is Adultery?

Several years ago it would hardly have been necessary to discuss the meaning of "adultery." Virtually every educated person knew that adultery is a sexual relationship that somehow or another breaches a marriage relationship. In recent years though, a new view of adultery has been espoused by a minority element within the church. It is the notion that adultery is ... read more »