INTRO: In our doctrinal statement, we have 10 secondary doctrines that we hold to. And I think that truly they are secondary issues, with one exception, and it is that of divorce and remarriage. I think the reason this was left to stand in the secondary section is because we are at odds with well over 90% of Evangelical Christianity. This majority group allows for the remarriage of the so called ‘innocent party' even though the other partner is alive.
Here is how our statement reads: We believe that marriage is honorable (God recognizes and approves of the marriage of believers and unbelievers) in all (Heb. 13:4) and that the marriage bond is in force until the death of either partner (Rom. 7:1-3) and that this is the only condition upon which one may remarry (1 Cor. 7:39). All other remarriages constitute the sin of adultery which, if persisted in, the individual shall not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9; Gal. 5:19-21; Rom. 7:1-3). We believe that the exception clause as recorded in Matt. 5:32 and 19:9 refers to unfaithfulness during the betrothal stage of Jewish weddings. For this reason this exception clause is found in Matthew, who wrote specifically to the Jews, and not in Mark and Luke whose Gospels were written to the Gentile world.
It comes as a surprise to many who have grown up in this community that by far the majority of Evangelical Christianity disagrees with us in this doctrine which we view as very, very important. So in these few brief messages I want to give an overview of the OT and divorce and then cover the NT a little more in depth.
Great Sermon! Excellent sound accurate biblical teaching. "Remarriage" is ongoing adultery and should be repented of just like any other sin, but Scripture is clear that no adulterers or fornicators will inherit the Kingdom of heaven God will not be mocked. The enemy has had a hand in corrupting translations and definitions of words to blind us. God bless you for speaking the truth in love
Daniel Swarz (9/13/2013)
Great Sermon! http://www.4shared.com/mp3/4Ll 5jHdk/Ruckman_-_Marriage_Divorc e__Re.html
Thanks for a Much Needed Sermon! Mr. Schlamp, thank you for preaching all the counsel of God (Acts 20:27) in exposing "remarriage" for the wicked sin that it is, adultery, and including a plea for repentance. It is unbiblical merely to confess this sin verbally, but then go right back to committing it. A person must divorce a "spouse" with whom he/she is committing adultery and either remain unmarried or be reconciled to the bride/bridegroom of his/her youth (I Cor. 7:10-11). I left a church over their failure to acknowledge this sin and repent of it. What are we doing to our testimony and to the picture of marriage as a type of Christ's (the bridegroom) love for his church (the bride) when we insist we can divorce and "remarry" at will and misuse the Scripture to justify our sin? God is not the one who "blesses" divorcees with another "spouse." This is nothing more than fulfilling the lust of the flesh. God help us!
Margaret Wiebe (12/31/2009)
Great Sermon! I so agree with this sermon,and how it hurts the children ,I lived it, and see it in our grandchildren ,very true,painfull.this pain is what God wanted to spare us from.God has the perfect plan.if we temper with his plan. we suffer.