Wednesday, 27 July 2016

God HATES Divorce, No Exceptions or Qualifications

 "For I hate divorce!" says the LORD, the God of Israel (Malachi 2:16).

God hates divorce. Full stop. There has been much debate within the Church of Jesus Christ about the issue of divorce and remarriage. There are three main views within the Church of Jesus Christ, the permissive view, the semi-permanence view and the permanence view. 

Caleb Corneloup, a street preacher from Australia, made an excellent explanation of what the Bible really says about marriage and divorce:

It is highly recommended that Christians watch this video. He gives a properly exegeted, logical and step-by-step explanation of the issue. The fruit of this theology is one which glorifies Christ, that which is a sign of good, right and proper theology. 

Some people, however, who claim the name of Jesus Christ, think that God permits divorce in the case of abuse, abandonment or even neglect. While, of course, God hates all wickedness, including abuse and the failure to love one's spouse and children, and He will surely punish such sins, this does not justify divorce and remarriage in God's sight.

Malachi 2:16 makes it very clear:

"For I hate divorce!" says the LORD, the God of Israel. "To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty," says the LORD of Heaven's Armies. "So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife."

God never changes (Malachi 3:6). So, God who hated divorce in Old Testament Israel, hates it today in the 21st century. He absolutely detests divorce, and you who support or permit it. For support of divorce is wickedness, and God hates the wicked everyday (Psalm 7:11), and is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11; Acts 10:34), as some of you think, in misinterpreting the Scriptures to make Him out to be one who favours victims of so-called 'domestic abuse' and therefore permitting them to divorce. 

Divorce itself is cruel, as Malachi 2:16 says, whether it be done by the husband or wife. Yes, of course, many of you, including you from the true Church of Jesus Christ think that the wife should have a greater "right" to divorce, just because she is the 'weaker vessel' (1 Peter 3:7). To think that any individual has a greater "right"  to divorce, or do any wickedness, or to think it to be more 'forgivable', is itself to be a respecter of persons.

Divorce is cruel because it is the manifestation of an absence of love, which itself is cruel. The absence of love is hate (Matthew 12:30; Mark 9:40; Luke 9:50; 1 John 3:17, 4:8,20). How? Because a person either has the love of Christ in him, or have no love of Christ in him. If one does not have the love of Christ in him, he hates not only God, but also his fellow man:

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:7-10). 

Anyone who professes to follow Christ, but who even thinks divorce is permissible is either deluded or a false professor of Christ. 

Anyone who thinks that God permits divorce in the case of abuse, abandonment or neglect is a false convert, a goat, who may be dressed up in such an innocent way, but is not a true follower of Christ. For there is absolutely nothing in the entire text of the Bible which says even speaks about divorce being permitted in such cases. 

Beware the innocent-looking wolves dressed up as sheep, who claim to fight for justice for 'victims' of 'domestic abuse' in the Name of Jesus Christ, but claim that God does not hate divorce, and who secretly introduce ideas which attack the Biblical doctrines of headship and submission (Ephesians 5:22-30).