This undertaking is the humbling response of my heart to being pierced by the truth of God’s word on the subject matter at hand.
There is no escaping the unpleasantness of this topic; to ignore it is to leave the door open among God’s people by which adultery will be perpetuated and multiplied, and to preach it is to offend a great many in the Church today.
Being aware of this terrible reality, I have elected to preach this message with as much grace as the Holy Spirit gives in Scripture.
The most illuminating truth for me in this study was the reality that the sin of divorce is not divorce itself, but adultery. Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:31-32 on divorce is the second part of the greater context of His teaching on adultery from Matthew 5:27-32.
Divorce is a mechanism by which adultery is perpetuated and multiplied among God’s people and the whole world. Divorce perpetuates adultery by the false notion that divorce legitimizes adulterous relationships. And divorce multiplies adultery because one divorce can bring adultery on up to four people: the husband who divorces his wife – except for sexual immorality – and remarries another woman brings both himself and the woman he marries into adultery, and the wife who is divorced – except for sexual immorality – if she remarries another, brings both herself and the man she maries into adultery as well.
If this is true that divorce perpetuates and multiples adultery in this manner, then divorce is far from being innocent; it is a destructive mechanism by which men and women are snared in the sin of adultery and the coming judgment of God.
Therefore, we will devote this doctrinal treatment to the topic of divorce-and-remarriage.