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For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband.

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1 For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. Romans 7:2

2 Marriage Remarriage?

3 Questions And Consequences Married or Bound? Who can marry? [a scriptural right] Who cannot marry? [no scriptural right] What are sexual immorality and adultery? Does not under bondage mean free to marry? This position is usually called Mental Divorce, or Post-civil-divorce putting away Can the innocent party remarry if guilty does?

4 Counter-issues And Counter-arguments A closer examination of Mental Divorce attempts to establish that not all divorces seen as REAL, accepted, scriptural, in Gods eyes The unscriptural divorce argument – a divorce NOT for fornication is called unscriptural argument is made that it is not a REAL divorce, but only a divorce in the legal sense by MANs law being under GODs law, one put away unscripturally still has the right to a scriptural or REAL divorce in certain circumstances; can marry again without sin – is this taught by the scriptures on marriage & divorce? Mans Law ??? Gods Law ??? OR

5 N.T. Marriage and Divorce Scripture Matthew 5:31-32 [Gods righteousness vs. Mans] Their abuse of Gods law resulted in adultery Matthew 19:8-9 [is it lawful? (Gods law)] Gods law, as taught by Jesus correcting the Pharisees Mark 10:11-12 [is it lawful? (Gods law)] Luke 16:18 [self-justified vs. God-justified (His law)] Romans 7:1-3 [to those who know the law (Gods)] 1 Cor. 7 [The Lords command (Gods law) v. 10] Gods law, as applied by apostle Paul in his teaching

6 Counter-issues And Counter-arguments A closer examination of Mental Divorce attempts to establish that not all divorces seen as REAL, accepted, scriptural, in Gods eyes The unscriptural divorce argument – a divorce NOT for fornication is called unscriptural argument is made that it is not a REAL divorce, but only a divorce in the legal sense by MANs law being under GODs law, one put away unscripturally still has the right to a scriptural or REAL divorce in certain circumstances; can marry again without sin – is this taught by the scriptures on marriage & divorce? Mans Law ??? Gods Law ??? OR The scriptures make no such distinction! The unscriptural divorce argument BEGINS with supposition rather than with scripture

7 based in Jesus teaching on Gods marriage law: Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate… [Mt. 19:6; Mk. 10:9] Counter-issues And Counter-arguments A closer examination of Mental Divorce attempts to establish the reason not all divorces seen as REAL, accepted, scriptural, by God The unscriptural divorce argument – God separates only fornicators; man cannot separate The men cannot divorce (only God can) argument

8 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce When an innocent woman is divorced, this divorce is, in the sight of God no divorce. He does not recognize it! The innocent woman is still married in Gods sight and the husband who divorced her is still married to her in Gods sight. Their marriage has not been dissolved as far as God is concerned she is not put away the innocent may then put away her husbandWhen an innocent woman is divorced, this divorce is, in the sight of God no divorce. He does not recognize it! The innocent woman is still married in Gods sight and the husband who divorced her is still married to her in Gods sight. Their marriage has not been dissolved and as far as God is concerned she is not put away (apoluo). When her husband remarried he committed adultery. I contend that the innocent may then put away her husband. Reason? That is exactly what Christ said she could do! Ken Cheatham (The Gospel Anchor, June 1979, Vol. 5, p. 301)

9 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce one is not divorced except it be for fornication As far as God is concerned one is not divorced except it be for fornication. KEN CHEATHAM (The Gospel Anchor, June 1979, Vol. 5, p. 299) such putting away is futile Remember, to deny this divine right to such a person on the grounds of her being a put away person overlooks the fact that such putting away is futile and dethrones divine authority and enthrones human authority. (Searching The Scriptures, Mar 1987, Vl. 28, pp ) MARSHALL PATTON

10 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce an unscriptural divorce releases neither party from marriage. When you have an unscriptural divorce, as men count it, its not so with God. That bond is still in tact Gods law rules over the laws of men And so, in conclusion from this, we learn that an unscriptural divorce releases neither party from marriage. When you have an unscriptural divorce, as men count it, its not so with God. That bond is still in tact. And that little piece of paper is nothing in the sight of God. Just as well use it as Kleenex and blow your nose and drop it in the toilet. It doesnt mean a thing to God. Gods law rules over the laws of men. Ron Halbrook (MDR sermon preached in Wilkesville, OH, June 14, 1990)

11 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce if its not lawful, its not legitimate if its not approved, its not actual if its not permitted, its not possible if its not right, its not real The Conclusions Summarized

12 based in Jesus teaching on Gods marriage law: Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate… [Mt. 19:6; Mk. 10:9] Counter-issues And Counter-arguments A closer examination of Mental Divorce attempts to establish the reason not all divorces seen as REAL, accepted, scriptural, by God The unscriptural divorce argument The men cannot divorce (only God can) argument – is this taught by the scriptures on marriage & divorce? – God separates only fornicators; man cannot separate

13 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce …let not man put asunder. – ASV, DRB, KJV, RV, Web, YLT …let not that which has been joined by God be parted by man. – Bible in basic English Let not man therefore put a sunder, that which God hath coupled together. – Bishops Bible (1568) And no one should separate a couple that God has joined together. – Contemp. English Version, German versions No human being must separate, then, what God has joined together. – Good News Bible Therefore, dont let anyone separate... – Gods Word

14 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce ? Did Jesus mean that man CANNOT separate or that he SHOULD NOT separate what God joined ? Why would Jesus say let not man separate what was joined by God if man COULD NOT ! The fact that Jesus commands NOT TO separate indicates that man has the POWER to separate, but does not have Gods PERMISSION to do so Gods law teaches man what he should not do, not what is impossible for him to do! [Romans 2:12-13; 7:7; and Galatians 3:19]

15 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce [Matthew 6:3] But when you do a charitable deed, do not let (let not - ASV, KJV) your left hand know what your right hand is doing… CANNOTSHOULD NOT

16 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce [Luke 21:21] Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. CANNOTSHOULD NOT

17 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce [John 14:1] Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. CANNOTSHOULD NOT

18 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce [John 14:27] Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. CANNOTSHOULD NOT

19 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce [Romans 6:12] Therefore do not let (let not – ASV, KJV) sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. CANNOTSHOULD NOT

20 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce [Romans 14:3] Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. CANNOTSHOULD NOT

21 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce [Romans 14:16] Therefore do not let (let not – ASV, KJV) your good be spoken of as evil… CANNOTSHOULD NOT

22 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce [Ephesians 4:26] Be angry, and do not sin: do not let (let not – ASV, KJV) the sun go down on your wrath. CANNOTSHOULD NOT

23 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce [1 Timothy 5:16] If any believing man or woman has widows, let them relieve them, and do not let (let not – ASV, KJV) the church be burdened, that it may relieve those who are really widows. CANNOTSHOULD NOT

24 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce [James 1:7] Let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord… CANNOTSHOULD NOT

25 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce [Matthew 19:6] Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate. CANNOTSHOULD NOT [Mark 10:9] Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.

26 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce Consider … God condemns murder but does not impede it God condemns prostitution but does not impede it God condemns fornication but does not impede it God condemns unlawful divorce but has not made it impossible to attain one – He does not impede it

27 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce Consider … Right or Wrong Marriages as seen in the Bible Real or Unreal Approved or Unapproved Lawful or Unlawful Permitted or Prohibited Actual or Apparent In Gods eyes or In mans eyes N O T

28 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce Consider … The Marriage of Herod and Herodias [Mark 6:17-18] For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philips wife; for he had married her. Because John had said to Herod, It is not lawful for you to have your brothers wife. It was not right (approved, lawful, permitted) but it was still real

29 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce Consider … Concubine [Gn 16:3; 25:1, 5-6 & 1 Ch 1:32; Judges 19:1-5, 7, 9; 20:4] The use of Wife in the Bible Betrothed person [Dt 20:7; 22:23-24; Mt 1:18-20; Rev 19:7] Bride [Judges 14:15-16, 20] Widow [Rt 4:10; 1 Sm 27:3; 30:5; 2 Sm 2:2; 3:3; 11:26; 12:9-10, 15] One who is married to another [Judges 15:1-2; 1 Sam 25:44; 2 Sam 3:14-16; Mt 14:3-4; Mk 6:17-18; Lk 3:19; 1 Cor 5:1]

30 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce Consider … 1 Corinthians 7:10-11 Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife. When a woman departs from her husband – whatever the reason – she is unmarried, or divorced

31 …let not man separate [Mt 19:6] A closer examination of Mental Divorce Consider … Did Jesus Mean What He Said? [Matthew 19:9] And I say to you, whoever divorces [really? Not really?] his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries [really? Not really?] another, commits adultery; and whoever marries [really? Not really?] another, commits adultery; and whoever marries [really? Not really?] her who is divorced [really? Not really?] commits adultery.

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34 God condemns murder, but does not impede it God condemns prostitution, but does not impede it God condemns unlawful divorce, but does not impede it God condemns people who are converted, but fall away; yet, he does not impede it The Baptists have a similar argument, saying that a person can NEVER fall away once converted – that is, by Gods law, they are ALWAYS a Christian once converted because nothing can separate them from the love of Christ! Thoughts from Luis em Portugal

35 Can the innocent party remarry? Mental Divorce The basic position stated: Innocent person is put away for just any reason The unscriptural divorce is not recognized by God, only by the law of the land Guilty person eventually marries someone else by the law of the land, which allows for such actions law of land nullifies Gods law: innocent is barred from obtaining a scriptural divorce because civil law says theyre already divorced [but not in Gods eyes]! innocent person who has not sinned must suffer life of chastity while the guilty person lives Scott free This position must be true, or else:


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