The subject of divorce and remarriage has been a divisive subject since Christadelphians first became a recognised body and for millennia before that. Bre Simon Griffiths, Nigel McCorrie and David Brown from the Coventry West Ecclesia in the UK in his study takes us on a journey through scripture to establish the facts.
As many in society bombard us with their own definitions of marriage, are you left wondering and puzzled…
– what really is the meaning of this long-revered institution?
Are the benefits of marriage only for men and women to enjoy now or is there something more that God is seeking from His creation?
– What exactly is the arrangement instituted by the Creator and why is it the vital instrument in fulfilling His purpose?

Study 1: What therefore God hath joined together, let NOT man put asunder. – Bro Simon Griffiths

Study 2: Wives Submit yourselves to your OWN husband – Bro Nigel McCorrie

Study 3: Husbands Love your wives. Bro David Brown

Study 4: His wife hath made herself ready – Bro Nigel McCorrie

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I cannot fault the brother’s conclusions in the video he speaks the Biblical TRUTH.

But the question is, what course of action do you take when brethren & sisters go ahead and divorce, and even worse, remarry, often to an unbeliever?

And the same applies to those who recklessly marry out of the faith, when already in it?
Do you allow them, to back into fellowship and partake of the emblems?

Dear Jeff
This is a question that has troubled the brotherhood. I will answer simply. The ideal is as our Lord said in Matthew 19. God’s intention is that a man and woman commit for life – their lives become blended, each provides something in character that the other lacks. However, humans don’t always keep to their vows. The Law therefore regulated divorce to prevent the worst abuses. This is the point our Lord made to the Jewish leaders – Moses “suffered” the desire for divorce.

So what do believers do when they are in this situation? I would hope that the couple or one of the individuals in the marriage would seek some guidance. We can easily get offside with others, let alone within the close confines of marriage!

But if the worst happens, and they separate, and eventually one remarries? We do not have this in our Statement of Faith, but most would agree that honouring the marriage vow is important. If it does occur and someone remarries, the procedure our ecclesia would take is dis-fellowship. My husband worked with a brother and his second wife in a very complex situation. He was dis-fellowshipped, but the aim was to restore him and procedures were put in place, doing the Bible readings with him, regularly talking with them as a couple and so on. Reconciliation was the aim, and ought to be the aim. Each case needs to be handled on an individual basis.

Therefore we ought to aim for re-fellowship. We cannot claim that this is the unforgiveable sin. Our Lord made that clear in Matthew 12:31,32. How then does the ecclesia handle such a sin? There were major issues as the gospel was launched into the Gentile world. Issues which arose were discussed at the Jerusalem Conference (Acts 15). There were certain conditions which were put upon the Gentile believers because of the Jewish conscience so that they could share a meal with each other. The issue of divorce, remarriage is not on the agenda. We must think about this. Right through Acts of the Apostles, and the epistles there is no reference to it. Some detail is given in 1 Corinthians 7, but there is no mention of refusing fellowship to a divorcee.

The Corinthians had problems with fornication. There was a particular case under discussion in 1 Corinthians 5. Paul adjudicated to “put away from yourselves that wicked person.” The brother was therefore dis-fellowshipped, and was terribly upset and repentant, so Paul counselled that because of his repentance, he ought to be brought back into the fold (2 Corinthians 2:5-10). Is this not the Lord’s way? (Luke 15). Admin

Hi .You stated:
The Corinthians had problems with fornication. There was a particular case under discussion in 1 Corinthians 5. Paul adjudicated to “put away from yourselves that wicked person.” The brother was therefore dis-fellowshipped, and was terribly upset and repentant, so Paul counselled that because of his repentance, he ought to be brought back into the fold (2 Corinthians 2:5-10). Is this not the Lord’s way? (Luke 15).”

So do you think he would have been be allowed back into the fold if he was still keeping on with the unlawful sexual relationship with his mother in law, just as before?

Or would the sinful alliance have to cease?

Jeff…

More on the rest of your posting later.

hi Jeff, I agree with your reasoning. The sinful alliance would have to cease in that case. Bro Art Courtonel

Quite.
And would it not be the same for those who have divorced & remarried and are then living in a kingdom excluding adulterous union, just as the Lord Christ has so plainly taught his faithful followers?

“What God hath joined together let not man put asunder”

Along with:
“18 Every one that putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and he that marrieth one that is put away from a husband committeth adultery.” Luke 16:18 (ASV)

Jeff. Hickling

Hi.
Did you receive my question I sent to you the other day?
Jeff…

Hi,
After reading your response may I put the following questions?

Once a person has divorced & remarried are they are now not living in an adulterous union, committing adultery as the Lord Christ has plainly stated.?
“Any man who divorces his wife to marry another woman is committing adultery. The man who marries a woman divorced in this way is committing adultery. ”
Luke 16:18 (GW)

So how can such a person be bought back into fellowship while being a practicing adulterer?.

Are they not now “Drinking damnation” to themselves by partaking of the Emblems “Unworthily” ?

Also are they not involving others in their adulterous remarriage who are prepared to offer them re-fellowship?
“For he who bids godspeed is a partaker of their evil deeds”.

For as St. Paul has well warned “Be not partakers of other men’s sins. keep thy self pure”?

What is the point of re fellowshipping adulterers who are ‘having their cake and eating it’.?

Jeff Hickling.

I take it from your refusal to answer the questions and refute their conclusions, is because you cannot in all conscience give answers that are not contrary to the Truth’s teaching on these subjects plaguing the churches of Christendom as well as the Christadelphian ecclesias.

Jeff Hickling.
“2 Be ready to spread the word whether or not the time is right. Point out errors, warn people, and encourage them. Be very patient when you teach.
3 A time will come when people will not listen to accurate teachings. Instead, they will follow their own desires and surround themselves with teachers who tell them what they want to hear. 4 People will refuse to listen to the truth and turn to myths.”
2 Tim 4:1-4 (GW)

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