Monthly Archives: May 2012

Refuting Perpetual Adultery

Originally, I had hoped to address both the Betrothal View of Matthew 5:32/19:9 and refute the concept of “perpetual adultery” for divorced individuals who have remarried. I had written before on betrothal and thought that it would be a quick … Continue reading

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Idolatry of Divorce

Many people make an idol of marriage. They look to their spouse to provide them with purpose in existence and meaning. They seek for their marriage to provide a fulfillment that only Christ alone can provide. However, it can also … Continue reading

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What Should the Divorced and Remarried Do?

I’ve laid out several posts to explain why I think the “perpetual adultery” perspective is faulty, particularly the application to sever the relationship and abandon one’s spouse. These things simply aren’t taught in the Scripture. So what should a person … Continue reading

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No Help Wanted

In my conversations with those who advocate the “perpetual adultery” question, they are rarely willing to dig into the languages. I just keep being told the passage clearly teaches perpetual adultery, even though I don’t believe it is. I then … Continue reading

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Mishandling More than Texts

There are a lot of reasons to address the “perpetual adultery” issue even though our church rejects it. People in our church have borne this load before as they have been told they are in this condition. People in our … Continue reading

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Looking at Commitment

The case for a divorced and remarried couple to be in “perpetual adultery” is weak from Matthew 19:9 (at best) and missing from the rest of Scripture as well. You simply can’t find other passages that support the idea that … Continue reading

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A View with No Support

Proponents of the “perpetual adultery” perspective for divorced and remarried couples claim that Matthew 19:9 clearly teaches this perspective. However, closely looking at the languages shows that maybe Matthew 19:9 allows for this perspective, but it certainly doesn’t require it. … Continue reading

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Perpetual Adultery, A Tense Situation

Before we go any further, let me explain that I am using “Perpetual Adultery” as shorthand. The question, “Do you believe in perpetual adultery?” is not a long enough question. Obviously, a person involved in an extramarital relationship is engaged … Continue reading

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Not Splitting Hairs, but Cutting Skillfully

While I am a strong advocate of the clarity of Scripture (ironically called “perspicuity,” a word most people don’t know clearly), it is not wrong to acknowledge that some passages are more difficult than others. Check out Peter on reading … Continue reading

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Betrothal and Perpetual Adultery

As we’re working through our “Prototypical Marriage” series at our church, week three dealt with the pain of divorce and broken marriages. In so doing, we find ourselves in Matthew 19:1-12, and specifically at verse 9: “And I say to … Continue reading

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