But What About… Is It Ever Ok to Divorce?
You’d be hard-pressed to find a family who hasn’t been affected by divorce in some way, whether that’s divorce of parents, a child, an extended family member, or a family friend. Because it’s such a relevant topic it’s important that we understand what the Bible teaches about it.
Pastor Mike looked at the topic of divorce in his sermon last Sunday as we continued to work our way through our series on the book of Mark. In his Gospel, Mark focuses on the general principles when it comes to divorce and remarriage. Matthew, however, adds an exception in the case of sexual immorality which Mike covered. (If you missed his sermon, I’d encourage you to listen to it).
There’s another exception found in Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 7—desertion of an unbelieving spouse. Pastor Mike preached a sermon on that passage a couple years ago at East Evangelical Free Church that you can read here. He also has written a lengthier paper on divorce and remarriage that covers the topic in more detail.
Another helpful resource I’ve found is a book I read in seminary, Divorce and Remarriage: Four Christian Views by Wayne House. Though it’s a little technical in places, this book presents the four most common views of divorce and remarriage with helpful case studies and interaction between the four authors that hold those views.
I’d encourage you to look at any or all of these resources if you’re interested in learning more about this important topic and what the Bible has to say about it.