The burden of this tract is to show that the Bible, given here in the King James Version, establishes the following truths of the marriage bond: • God created human marriage as a reflection, even an embodiment, of the unbreakable covenant of God with His elect people. (pg. 4, 5) • God thus created marriage as an earthly bond unbreakable by man. Marriage is only an earthly bond because there is no human marriage in heaven. (pg. 3, 5) • God alone breaks the earthly bond of husband and wife and does so only by the actual physical death of the mate. Such a death is the only biblical ground for a second marriage. (pg. 5) • God, with divine carefulness, provides the possibility of divorce on the sole ground of fornication, but does not allow this legal separation to sever the real marriage bond, for both partners are required to remain unmarried or be reconciled. (pg. 7, 8, 9, 10) • God judges it as adultery should either husband or wife marry some other person while the original spouse is still living. (pg. 5, 6, 8) • Such adulterous remarriage, if persisted in, is continuing in sin. No adulterers shall inherit the kingdom of God if they do not repent of that sin. True repentance of this sin is confession of it in godly sorrow, turning from it in separation of the adulterous partners, and living alone unless reconciled to the original partner. (pg. 6, 9)
This pamphlet is an edited version of a sermon first preached in 2013 at a worship service of the Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, CA. The sermon addressed the question whether the “innocent party” in a divorce is permitted to marry another man, or another woman.
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