The widely held view that divorce and remarriage are permissible on the grounds of sexual unfaithfulness or desertion, as I hope to have shown, is not consistent with the whole counsel of God and especially the teaching of Jesus and Paul.

Firstly it is inconsistent with what Jesus and Paul taught about love and faithfulness. Secondly, the prevailing view that the exception for divorce as recorded by Matthew justifies divorce and remarriage is based on a number of assumptions, none of which can be satisfactorily upheld. This view effectively undermines the sanctity of marriage by making love and faithfulness conditional.

The exception for divorce in Matthew only applied to the circumstance of betrothal unfaithfulness.

Understandably to live by the standard that I believe Jesus taught about marriage is not always easy, but it is possible by the grace and power that God willingly supplies (2 Peter 1:2-4) . To remain faithful and possibly be single is not unreasonable or a burden too great to bear for what God has asked of us, He also gives the grace to do.

Peter Miles

March 2019

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