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.
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.
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).
There are many views today on morality, relativity and right and wrong. Dr. Tony Evans refuses to let the voice of God be drowned out amidst the clamor of the crowd. In the age where people can get a “no-fault” divorce (When is it ever nobody’s fault?) believers who claim to live by God’s word cannot dodge the issue: we cannot skip it, run from it, or ignore it. God has spoken clearly on this subject and while it is far from easy to address, it must be dealt with. Combining a high view of marriage, compassion, and biblical authority, Tony Evans gives invaluable insight into divorce and remarriage as he explores real-life fears and questions by looking at the issue from God’s vantage point, not from our emotional one.
The Bible's "Law and Grace" approach is summed up in the one short saying (1 Corinthians 7:27-28, CEB.): "If you are married, don't get a divorce. If you are divorced, don't try to find a spouse. But if you do marry, you have not sinned." This book provides a careful and detailed presentation of these aspects of the Bible's teaching, and its application in the lives of Christians in the twenty-first century.Divorce is completely contrary to the will and purpose of God, which is: "One man, one woman, for life." "For I hate divorce, says the Lord" (Mal 2:16). But Jesus focuses our attention on the real problem: sin disrupting, damaging and ultimately destroying the marriage relationship. "Do not let this happen," Jesus warns us. He says, "They are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore humans shouldn't pull apart what God has put together" (Matt 19:6//Mark 10:8-9, CEB). And to allow (or to cause) the marriage relationship to be sundered is a serious sin. But the grace of Christ can forgive sin, and restore the sinner. And in certain circumstances, as set out by Paul, the Apostle says to those who have been divorced, "they must marry." THE THREE-STEP PAULINE PROCEDURE when a marriage is being sundered: If there is a rift in the marriage relationship, "seek reconciliation" (1 Corinthians 7:11b). Paul bases this instruction upon the crystal-clear command of Christ: "Do not let anyone sunder the one-flesh relationship of marriage" (Matt 19:6). Whatever is going wrong with that relationship: deal with it. This is the word of the Lord himself-But if because of human sin and disobedience the marriage breaks up, then "remain unmarried" (1 Corinthians 7:11a). And seek now whether God is giving the gift of celibacy, chastity and continence, as Paul himself had received (1 Corinthians