Through a careful exploration of the background literature of the Old Testament, the ancient Near East and ancient Judaism, Instone-Brewer constructs a biblical picture of divorce and remarriage that is directly relevant to modern relationships.
The entire subject of divorce and re-marriage is a complex and emotionally charged issue. It is one of the most vexing problems the church faces in these modern days. Historically, Christians have been divided on the issue of divorce and re-marriage. On the one side, it has been held that Jesus declared it not a sin to remarry in the case of marital infidelity while the Apostle Paul declared it not a sin to remarry in the case of abandonment. On the other side, it has been held that it is adultery to remarry while one's former spouse is still alive; which is consistent with the words of Jesus in The Gospel of Matthew and the words of the Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Romans. So why are there two different interpretations of the same Scriptures? Which interpretation is correct and in keeping with the context of Scripture? In this thorough exegesis of all the Bible texts on the issue of divorce and re-marriage, Timothy Klaver once again leads the reader by the hand, allowing the reader to see with their own eyes what the Bible actually has to say on this life-altering issue. In this book, you will appreciate the Divine logic as you begin to see Scripture in all of its glorious consistency. This book will be a great tool to instruct those who are troubled and struggle with this subject. May we give marriage the same reverence that Scripture gives it: "Let marriage be held in honor among all" (Heb. 13:4a).
Marriage is under attack! ... of course, this might be a shock to you if you weren't living in a culture in which 40 percent of people think marriage is a useless tradition--even with all the evidence that broken families are ravaged financially, physically, and emotionally by divorce. Yet God's Word is clear that this institution, created at the beginning of time, is the foundation of a healthy family and nation. Ultimately, marriage is God's idea. So what are believers to do in an age of rapid-fire marriages, rampant divorce, and tricky remarriages--individually and as a church? Pastor Doug Batchelor tackles these sensitive issues with tact and Bible clarity in an effort to help broken marriages mend, keep strong marriages together, and enable those dealing with divorce and remarriage to keep their lives in a biblical framework. Sure, perhaps it's a little strange that a person named "Batchelor" has written a book about marriage, but if you're struggling through a troubled marriage and divorce, you don't want to skip this counsel.
Divorce is a very real problem in today's churches, but the Bible's teaching on this vital subject is very often misunderstood. Many faithful Christians are marginalized because of a past divorce, often resulting in unnecessary (and undeserved) guilt. Taking the position that the Bible is both inerrant and essential for guiding our beliefs and practices, the author finds that divorce is not only permitted in certain circumstances but it is regulated by scriptural principles as well. A number of common question are answered, such as: - What constitutes marriage? - Are all marriages recognized by scripture? - Does the Bible allow divorce? - Is divorce forgivable? - Does the Bible allow divorced men to be pastors or deacons? - Does the Bible permit remarriage after divorce?