onsdag 9. november 2011

Nr. 128: Marrying a divorced is mortal sin!

Nr. 128:

Marrying a divorced is mortal sin!

Luke 16 18 Whoever separates himself from his wife and marries another woman, he commits adultery, and whoever marries a woman divorced from her husband committeth adultery.
1. Joh. b. 5 16 If anyone sees his brother doing a sin not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life - I mean those who sin not unto death. There is sin unto death: it is not about it I tell him to pray.

Christian life is impossible to live in their own power.

As a ministry of the word proclaims, as both believe and I know both from personal experience and what God's word teaches that it is in many ways impossible to live the Christian life without God's help, support and power!

If you feel offended by what I hold out, I have great understanding of it, I also felt if it was that this was you or I live by our own power. But now God has given us his Spirit and given to us by himself and with the Spirit's outpouring that occurred on the day of Pentecost when the Spirit came as a very rushing wind and since then the Spirit of God available to all believers to "take out" a need to any situation in life, as the need is.

File. 4. 19 And my God shall be according to his riches supply all your need in glory in Christ Jesus.

Notice the wording, according to his wealth, not by their wealth. God gives and gives to all his children, only we want to take back and have what he has to give. The same is true when it comes to moral and ethical questions. We can get the help we need and are in need of getting, or live our lives as believers and as human beings in our sole discretion or compensated God's help and guidance.

Receiver is as good as stealing shoulder

An old proverb says that "the Receiver is as good as stealing does." It is possible to "steal" part of God's Word. - That is to say, - remove the "objectionable" passages from conversations and pulpit. This makes all those who are trying to adapt the Bible by the spirit and thus deceive people! How to do it when there is confidence in the Bible! Jesus told his disciples: "It is impossible but that offenses will come: but woe unto him through whom they come! It were better for him if it was hung a millstone around his neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. " (Luke 17:1-2).

Whoever marries a divorced is just as guilty as the estranged when one of its action directly endorses divorce and remarriage.

Whoever marries a divorced, make a sin unto death. Sin unto death, what it is, well, then lose a life relationship with God because one does not live in repentance and life long commitment to Christ. And is just as guilty of adultery as it is divorced. It is the responsibility divided even if it is the divorced who do not have God's permission to marry again, think of it!

The blind leading the blind

Matt. 15. 14 Let them go! they are blind guides, but if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

It is so dangerous and it will cause all the destruction that follows a leader who is going there yourself. When you choose to marry a divorced get his sentence over you and will suffer the same fate as him. A blind leading another, the "cause" his \ her his blindness. This is scary when we think of the end one will even a self is not necessarily so overloaded as it comes.

What does the Scripture say so about divorce and remarriage?
When one listens to the conversation about this around coffee tables, it may seem as if the Bible is unclear on this topic. Many say the lore that divorce and remarriage is not a problem. I would argue that it is the general understanding of the day. But you should not read much of what Jesus and Paul say about this before you realize that God has clear ideas on the subject and that he still hates it.
We face the problem for the first time in Matthew 5.31-32 that says: "Furthermore, it is said:" Whoever divorces his wife must give her a divorce. " But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason other than fornication, causes her adultery. And whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery. "
This statement is so similar to what Jesus says in Matthew 19.8 to 9 so I will take it in this round. Jesus says: "He said to them:" Because of their hard heart Moses allowed you to separate you from your wives, but from the beginning was not so. But I tell you, whoever divorces his wife for any other reason unchastity, and marries another commits adultery. And whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery. "
In these verses it becomes quite clear that Jesus did not support the authorization which Moses gave. He said that this was given only because of people's hard hearts. At the same time, he says that it was not intended as part of God when He created man. What Jesus does here is to make death the custom of the people had created where the divorce was accepted and implement God's plan that says that God hates divorce and that it thus is not a situation that Christians should go in.

So, what Jesus says in these two occasions?

The final sentence is the same on both occasions: "And whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery." Jesus says that it is to marry a woman who is divorced from her first husband leads to her adultery and the same is true of the man who marries her. And how God looks at adulterers, we can see in 1 Corinthians 6, 9 - 10, which says: "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, or men who allow themselves to use unnatural fornication with men, or thieves, or greedy, or drunkards or blasphemers, or pengeutpressere shall inherit the kingdom of God. "
And again in Hebrews 13, 4: "Marriage should be honored among all and the marriage bed be kept uncontaminated, for fornicators and adulterers God will judge." To be an adulterer is not something that can be combined with living clean for God.
Some claim that the first part of these verses is a permission from Jesus to divorce at a special occasion - namely adultery. Let us look at this.
First, we see that Jesus here puts into two limitations that must be satisfied that you can stand. In the Greek there is here an understanding of that separates him and I want to use that word as it is closer to the content of what Jesus said and it matches better with the message that Paul comes along as we shall see later.

Jesus says here that the only reason for separation is "porneia" or adultery on the Norwegian and the only man who has this opportunity. It NOK at first glance seem not a little discriminatory to women!

God's word does not give different laws for men and women when it comes to who is allowed to commit adultery - it is excluded. Therefore it is important to see what Jesus is talking about here and not just take the sentence out of a whole. We can not just insert the NOK also applies to the man for it is as it is and we must also see if we can find an explanation for the wording of the Lord has given in his Word.

The explanation can be found by going to Matthew 19 and start from the first verse. We see here that the Pharisees trying to trap Jesus in a temptation in that they put forward the following questions:
"The Pharisees also came unto Him, tempting Him. And they said to him: "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?"
They wanted Jesus to intervene in an ongoing debate among the scribes and Pharisees who went on a text from 5 Gen. 24, 1 which says: "If a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she no longer find favor in his eyes because he has found something obscene at her, then he will write a divorce letter to her, give it in her hand and send her away from her house. "
The debate went on what is in that phrase "an indecent thing". Could it mean any thing he does not like - keep it that she burns the food or have a pimple on my nose? Or should there be sexual immorality behind? There were two main wings of this debate.

Jesus says that the only reason for separation is adultery and it is important to see what is the Greek word "porneia" which in Norwegian is translated as adultery. Porneia is a word that describes sexual immorality, and especially with the weight of that immorality has taken place between two people who are both outside of marriage. We have no such words in Norwegian, but by reading the King James in English you can see that the translator has used two different words in this verse. It says that the reason for separation is "fornication" and that he who marries a woman who was divorced as a result of this commit "adultery".

This will facilitate the whole. What Jesus says is that God - in the 5th Gen 24.1 - talking about a situation where the husband has been promised a virgin - which was not unusual in Israel - but that he was on the wedding night is that she was not. He could thus assume that she had had sexual intercourse with another "fornication" before marriage, and he could then raise the marriage. Thus, marriage is considered void and there was no need to distinguish themselves.

Thus you see that Jesus is not discriminatory in women and that he does not allow for divorce. Jesus says clearly from that there are no grounds for divorce after the marriage is first made and that any "new" marriage leads everyone into a sinful state.

It was the understanding of this that made the disciples to exclaim in Matthew 19.10: "His disciples said to Him:" If there is such a man and his wife, it is better not to marry. "

To explain this even further you will see that Jesus takes his disciples aside and emphasizes the seriousness of the next verses. Matthew 19, 11 to 12 says: "But He said to them:" Not everyone can understand this word, but only those that have been given: For there are eunuchs which were so born from the womb, and there are eunuchs who are made to it by human beings. And there are eunuchs who have made themselves what for heaven's sake. It is able to accept this should accept it. "

In Mark 10 we have a statement from Jesus that goes on this. The starting point is that he is tempted by the scribes and Pharisees, and he responds in a slightly different way. In verse 9 he concluded that: "Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate." And later he elaborated the above disciples versne 11 to 12 where He says: "He said to them:" The who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery. "

Here we see that Jesus did not include the clause that "adultery" may be a reason for that marriage can be dissolved. The same we see in Luke 16, 18 which states: "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery. And whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery. "

If we have only had these two references the case would have been ready and we had not had any debate on divorce and remarriage. What could the reason be that it is not spoken about this exception in this text?

One of the most common understanding is that Matthew is aimed at a Jewish Christian audience and thus it becomes natural to bring this about adultery because among the Jews had this custom. While Luke and Mark wrote in a hedningekristen context that did not have the same divorce laws. In the Greek world could a woman divorced from her husband just as her husband. Thus we see that Mark brings a statement from Jesus in which he also addresses the woman. We see that the conclusion is the same but that Jesus puts himself different.

Kenneth Hagin has written a book called "Marriage, divorce and remarriage" where he says that it is a free for all to divorce and remarry. Many people use this book as an approval of his decision to re-marry. When one looks at the arguments Hagin uses one can not but reject the entire book. He acknowledges that Jesus puts strong restrictions on divorce and remarriage but he solves it by saying that Jesus addressed to Jews and that therefore do not apply to us! It is the same as Åge Åleskjær say about the new Reformation.
See more here: http://blog.janchristensen.net/2010/09/nr-15.html
Should we follow this way of reading the Bible, we would be able to take away everything that Jesus said and some of the letters also speak of when they are written to a Jewish Christian audience. All thoughtful believers will have to realize that we can not treat God's Word in the way.

We have now seen what Jesus says about this matter. Let us conclude by looking at what Paul says when he takes this to 1 Kor. 7, 10 - 11, which says: "Those who are married, obliges me, it was not I but the Lord: A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she is divorced from him, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife. "
As we can see, Paul is just crystal clear that Jesus and he maintains that this is as binding on the man to the woman. It is also interesting to see that he emphasizes the seriousness of the matter by making it explicitly clear that it is God who says this.

Here we also see why it's important to talk about a separation and a divorce. When we use the word "divorce" in Norway, most people understand it so they can marry again. By using the word "separation" understand the people that there is talk that they have moved apart but that it may come to a settlement at a later date. This will be in accordance with what Paul is talking about when he says that those who go from one another to live alone or be reconciled with each other. Current practice with that one marries again leads the to a settlement with subsequent decline to a relationship becomes even more difficult to implement even if one realizes that it was wrong to stand in the first place.

Many hung up in what Paul says in the next verses of 1 Kor. 7, 12 to 15 where he says: "But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her . And a woman who has a husband who is not a believer should not divorce him if he is willing to live with her. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband, would their children be unclean, but now they are holy. But if the unbeliever will stand, so he must be allowed to stand. A brother or a sister is not bound in such cases. God has called us to peace. "

What is Paul saying here?

In our society, anyone who would stand to do this with the law in hand, without considering what the other party wants and how it was also in the community, Paul worked in. There Paul is saying here is that if one party wants a divorce and she will believers do not make noise about it but accept the condition and let there be peace. Notice three things:
1. Paul taught here to the Corinthians who were Gentile and unfamiliar with God's word and will, unlike the Jews who knew what God's word said about this that God hates divorce, etc. Then Paul had to teach about this regarding marriage in which one was saved and the other would not accept the conversion to Jesus, and as a starting point both were pagans when they entered into marriage.
2. Paul makes it clear that it is the believer who will initiate the process.
3. Paul opens in these verses that the believers party may marry again, but not hold any office in the church if he \ she gets married by force of example and it will hold an overseer must be one woman men or one man's woman. If he had done so it would be in complete contradiction to what God says in the verses before and then wanted Paul to have spoken against God, to whom shall we ascribe the greatest importance in a debate. What God says - or what Paul says? Paul was the apostle to the Gentiles and taught some things that Jesus taught, when Jesus was speaking only to Jews but Paul spoke to both Jews and Gentiles.

The conclusion must be that Paul says the same as Jesus and that is that divorce is not a viable way for the believer and if you have chosen separation due to a difficult relationship situation, one must also accept that one can not go into a new relationship with someone else .

"For the Lord God of Israel says He hates divorce, for it covers clothes with violence, says the Lord Almighty." (Malachi 2:16)

Despite the fact that the Bible is so clear that God hates divorce, we see that more and more Christians choose this way out when the marriage encounter resistance. There is currently no difference between the rate of divorce in Christian circles and in society at large, and it is a shame for our preachers that they do not teach clearly about this subject, and sin is great when empty preachers lead the way by himself to stand and operate with remarriage and accept that kind of immorality.

It's not just individuals who suffer during a divorce. Entire families are broken and it brings with it that congregations are paralyzed. The practice of divorce and remarriage is about to crack the churches as it is an attack on God's decrees, and where the Word of God is broken, God will no longer be able to bless.

Remarriage is what is sin, not to be separated.

1. Kor. 7. 10 The married I command, yet not I but the Lord, that a wife should not separate herself from her husband, 11 but she is separated from him, as she remain unmarried or be reconciled herself with her husband - and that a man does not to separate himself from his wife.

It is when one gets married again or a person who has not been married before, marries a divorced that makes sin to death and sexually immoral. It does not matter to confess this, it is only when one makes up his sin, repent and leave and go out of this bad marriage that forgiveness "is".
Prior to that, as a living in a mortal sin and whoredoms!

Death Syndrome

From major Norwegian encyclopaedia, mortal sin, a Christian theological concept, according to the New Testament a sin that causes the loss of God's grace (end of quote).

Whoever marries a divorced and those who are divorced to marry again, they both do a mortal sin and lose the grace of God and should not belong to the local church and much less possess an overseer.

For Protestants, this has been so bad there doing that one must say that they follow Satan more than they follow Christ on this point! Unlike the Catholics who, after all, hold here more again.


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