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1 1 Method Mutilation Movement (of today) THE a present danger facing the church!

2 2 29 "For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 "Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. 31 "Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears. (Acts 20:29-31, NKJV) A PART OF PREACHING IS WARNING BRETHREN OF WHAT IS GOING ON!

3 3 1 John 4:1 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (NKJV)

4 4 Philippians 3:2 “DOGS”(Matt. 7:6; Ps. 22:16) “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!”

5 5 Barnes on “DOGS” “Dogs in the east are mostly without masters; they wander at large in the streets and fields, and feed upon offals, and even upon corpses.... The term dog also is used to denote a person that is shameless, impudent, malignant, snarling, dissatisfied, and contentious, and is evidently so employed here....The reference here is, doubtless, to Judaizing teachers; and the idea is, that they were contentious, troublesome, dissatisfied, and would produce disturbance. The strong language which the apostle uses here shows the sense which he had of the danger arising from their influence.” (Barnes, New Testament Notes)

6 6 Philippians 3:2 “DOGS” “EVIL WORKERS” (Matt. 7:6; Ps. 22:6) (Ps. 94:16; 2 Cor. 11:13) “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!”

7 7 2 Timothy 3:1-5 1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self– control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (NKJV)

8 8 Example: David Watts Jr. Boasts in Defending His Integrity I left behind my own lucrative technology consulting firm in order to preach full-time. I travelled this country and worked with the largest corporations at the highest levels. I did not compromise to anybody or anything in business, and I most certainly am not going to do it while preaching the Gospel. I have dedicated my life to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and work for no man and certainly no preacher. ( in attempt to rebut my material, sent to a list of over 70 Christians: 6/20/2005)

9 9 2 Pet. 2:18 “For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness...” BALLOONISH BRETHREN!

10 10 Philippians 3:2 “DOGS” “EVIL WORKERS” “MUTILATION” (Matt. 7:6; Ps. 22:6) (Ps. 94:16; 2 Cor. 11:13) “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!” (Gal. 2:3, 4)

11 11 My Warning to the Church! “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the division!” Beware of those who bind a protocol for divorce!

12 12 The Fornicator Versus the Non- Fornicator in Divorce “But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery” (Matt. 5:32, NKJV) Jesus excuses one class here from being guilty of causing adultery – those who divorce for the “reason” of sexual immorality Context: Addressing what has been taught about giving a certificate of divorce (Matt. 5:31)

13 13 Matthew 5:31 A “particular” of a method was once bound viz. the giving of a certificate (Deut. 24:1) Jesus doesn’t bind the certificate for anyone? Where is a scripture that shows a protocol that must be followed in a “divorce” for it to be lawful to God? Shall we define Jesus’ “divorce” with American divorce? “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’”

14 14 Deut. 24:1 I wonder if some would refer to this as “mental divorce”? writing a certificate, then send away was the divorce in the “sending” or the giving of a “certificate”? Jesus said in the “sending” (Matt. 5:31) Pharisees understood they were different (Matt. 19:7) “When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some uncleanness in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, puts it in her hand, and sends her out of his house”

15 15 Matthew 5:31 the certificate was not the divorce the divorce was the sending away which was preceded by “MENTAL THOUGHT!” the certificate was given to “certify” the divorce death certificate is not death birth certificate is not the birth The sending away was viewed as the divorce “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’”

16 16 Mental Divorce? “... So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin” (Rom. 7:25) Mental Service? “Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream...” (Matt. 1:19, 20) Mental Divorce?

17 17 Context of Matthew 5:31, 32 “There was considerable difference of opinion among the Jews for what causes the husband was permitted to do this. One of their famous schools maintained that it might be done for any cause, however trivial. The other, that adultery only could justify it. The truth was, however, that the husband exercised this right at pleasure; that he was judge in the case, and dismissed his wife when, and for what cause, he chose.” (Barnes, NT Notes)

18 18 Jesus had to deal with their “trivial” causes? “The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?’” (Matt. 19:3) Matthew 5:32 and 19:9 must be understood with the “just any reason” thought Today Pharisees test, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife with just any method?”

19 19 What Protocol do the Scriptures Teach a Non-Fornicating Mate to Submit to When Divorcing? “For Adultery” on document Some used to preach “For Adultery” had to be placed on a divorce document.

20 20 Bill Cavendar “I remember years ago when the divorce problem increased dramatically after World War II, and to the present. Back then brethren insisted that ‘For Adultery’ had to be written on the divorce decree from the court in order for the innocent spouse to be free to remarry. But changes in civil laws nullified that idea and we don't hear it anymore. ‘For Adultery’ on the divorce paper from the civil court did not make it so or prove it scriptural.” (Bill Cavendar,

21 21 What Protocol do the Scriptures Teach a Non-Fornicating Mate Submit to? “For Adultery” on document Must contest counter-suit talk to elders/preacher, make public declaration before church of one’s innocence

22 22 What Protocol do the Scriptures Teach a Non-Fornicating Mate Submit to? “For Adultery” on document Must contest Must be the first to courthouse, initiate divorce

23 23 What Protocol do the Scriptures Teach a Non-Fornicating Mate Submit to? “For Adultery” on document Must contest Must be the first to courthouse, initiate divorce Must not sit back and be put away full intention fully engaged to put away

24 24 The David Watts’ Protocol? “When a fornicating husband seeks to divorce his wife, she must engage herself in the divorce process with the full intention of putting him away for fornication. It matters not what the divorce papers ultimately say as to the reason. It matters not what the Judge eventually says as to the reason. She must not sit still and become the put away wife. If she allows herself to be put away, she is forbidden remarriage” ( , June 22, 2005) WHERE IS THIS TAUGHT IN THE SCRIPTURE?

25 25 Watts Up? Watts doesn’t define what “engaged” must do? he admits it matters not what are on papers or what judge says as per the reason states what she must NOT do (viz. not to sit still. Is squirming in a chair enough?) Must have full intention How does he know what intentions anyone has? Where does Watt’s get the power to say what does/doesn’t matter regarding the “METHOD?”

26 26 Watts Up? Doesn’t take into consideration that: she may wait to get a grip on what is going on she may wait to see if her husband will come to his senses “must be engaged” promotes action against biblical doctrines: longsuffering/patience forbearance hope

27 27 Mental Divorce “Sadly, brother Wallace's application of the ‘mental divorce’ theory to the ‘fornicating husband’ scenario is still false” ( , 06/23/2005) I am charged by David and his cohorts as teaching “MENTAL DIVORCE” by teaching that a faithful vow-abiding spouse who resists her unfaithful vow-breaking, sexually immoral husband’s civil divorce, that she can later repudiate/send him away and remarry”

28 28 The David Watts’ Protocol? states “must have full intention” Is Watts promoting “MENTAL DIVORCE”? doesn’t say what the “full intention” should do? yet makes this an issue of fellowship and would consider one in sin, going to hell and unworthy of fellowship if they just “sit still.” where is a scripture for any of this contention?

29 29 David Watts is full of feeble boldness sent an to a list of over 70 people challenging me to debate the following proposition “In the interim, I suggest the following propositions would be useful for any such future discussions between us: The Scriptures teach that when a wife is divorced by her husband (a man who was unfaithful to the marriage) she may not lawfully marry another. Affirm: David Watts Jr. Deny: Steven J. Wallace ( , 6/23/2005) THE PROBLEM IS, HE NEVER SENT HIS PROPOSITION TO ME!

30 30 Watts Doctrine “The Scriptures teach that when a wife is divorced by her husband (a man who was unfaithful to the marriage) she may not lawfully marry another.” Essentially affirms this: 1) “The Scriptures teach that when a vow-keeping faithful wife is divorced by her vow-breaking unfaithful fornicating husband, she may not lawfully repudiate him and marry another” 2) “The guilty fornicator can take away the Jesus-given right of the non-fornicator to put him away by being the first to divorce”

31 31 Woman Gets Divorce Papers 42 Years Later March 1, 2004 ReutersReuters AMMAN (Reuters) - A Jordanian woman received formal divorce papers 42 years after her husband left, and long after she remarried and had children, the official Petra news agency said on Sunday. The 68-year-old man divorced his wife verbally in 1962, but only registered his new marital status two weeks ago, when he needed to apply for an official identity card, Petra said. In Islam, a man is considered divorced from his wife after declaring it to her verbally three times. The man filed formal divorce papers only after a civil servant dealing with his ID card application asked for proof that he was no longer wed to his former wife. “TALAQ” (Tim Hail,

32 32 Matthew 19:9 and Islamic Verbal Divorce Declaration  What if a man committed fornication and said three times, ‘I divorce you,’ before she could speak? Does Matthew 19:9 now prohibit her from remarrying?  What if his innocent wife interrupted her fornicator- mate, and said ‘Stop, I divorce you,’ before he was able to make his 3 rd declaration against her? Does Matthew 19:9 now permit her to remarry? “I DIVORCE YOU” “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.” Matthew 19:9 (Tim Hail,

33 33 Matthew 19:9 and Islamic Verbal Divorce Declaration  Does Matthew 19:9 base the innocent person’s right of remarriage upon the speed with which he acts in rejecting his mate? Or upon the cause of fornication?  Do the fornicator’s quick actions force God to retract the exception clause and withdraw His permission for the innocent spouse to remarry? “I DIVORCE YOU” “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.” Matthew 19:9 (Tim Hail,

34 34 Matthew 19:9 Then this statement is true: “And I say unto you whoever shall put away his wife for fornication and marries another doesn’t commit adultery” “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” (KJV)

35 35 Matthew 19:9 This statement is presumptive: “And I say unto you, whoever shall put away his wife, even if he is unfaithful, makes her commit adultery when she later remarries” “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” (KJV)

36 36 Acts 15:24 why don’t people get back to preaching what is commanded? “Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, ‘You must be circumcised and keep the law’ ––to whom we gave no such commandment”

37 37 Where is such commanded? “And I say unto you whoever shall put away his wife, even if he is unfaithful, makes her commit adultery when she later remarries” (Watts’ Doctrine) It is not of Christ! It is not of the Apostles! It is of Human Opinions and Traditions Volume 666: No. 666!

38 38 The effects of this doctrine Matthew 7:20 “Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” i.gives the unlawful, ungodly fornicator power over Jesus’ law against fornicators ii.sows strife among brethren (Prov. 6:19) iii. flies in the face of doctrines of patience, longsuffering, etc.

39 39 “The very obvious practical upshot and glaring feature of this theory advocated by David Watts is that a faithful, vow-keeping, pure husband/wife, who has the sad misfortune of learning that the spouse has been, or is being, immoral and unfaithful, would be an absolute idiot and imbecile if he/she did not immediately, at once, without delay, get a lawyer, file for and obtain a divorce, and be rid of the adulterous mate. Otherwise the innocent spouse would never again have any opportunity of marriage, companionship and bliss, according to brother Watts!...” Bill Cavendar (www.biblebanner.com)www.biblebanner.com

40 40 Bill Cavendar (www.biblebanner.com)www.biblebanner.com “...The theory advocated by David Watts and others completely nullifies patience, waiting, working through the problem, prayer, counseling, love, long-suffering, repentance, sorrow for sin, restoration and forgiveness of the offender, conversion of the sinner, reconciliation, and full restoration of the marriage in all facets. Instead of being long-suffering as God is (2 Peter 3:9; Rom. 2:4), the innocent had best act hastily to end the marriage and forget about forgiveness. The innocent, if he/she has any foresight at all, should ‘beat the sinful, adulterous spouse to the draw’ and ‘beat him/her to the judge and the courthouse,’ or else that innocent spouse can never marry again without committing adultery. Believe it, who can? But some are doing so!”

41 41 In the next lesson we will define “put away” as Jesus used it clarify what the issue is/is not list the effects of the movement that binds the METHOD/TIMING/ PROCEDURE of divorce rather than focusing only on the CAUSE identify the hypocrisy of the movement

42 42 If you are not a Christian: believe only what is taught that is documented in scripture believe all that the Bible says on any subject believe only what the Bible says truth doesn’t contradict truth recognize that sin separates you from God (Is. 59:2)

43 The PUZZLE of Salvation is not so PUZZLING! Believe Heb. 11:6 Repent Acts 17:30 Matt. 10:32 Confess Be Baptized Mk. 16:16 Rev. 2:10 Be Faithful


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