Is Divorce A Cure For A Sick Marriage? (7 of 8) by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #135, CT #306122

"IS DIVORCE A CURE FOR A SICK MARRIAGE?"
I Corinthians 7:10

BUT TO THE MARRIED, I GIVE INSTRUCTIONS, NOT I, BUT THE
LORD, THAT THE WIFE SHOULD NOT LEAVE HER HUSBAND
(BUT IF SHE DOES LEAVE, LET HER REMAIN UNMARRIED, OR ELSE
BE RECONCILED TO HER HUSBAND), AND THAT THE HUSBAND SHOULD
NOT SEND HIS WIFE AWAY. (Or it can be translated,
"should not leave his wife.")
BUT TO THE REST I SAY, NOT THE LORD, THAT IF ANY BROTHER
HAS A WIFE WHO IS AN UNBELIEVER, AND SHE CONSENTS TO LIVE
WITH HIM, LET HIM NOT SEND HER AWAY.
AND A WOb{AN WHO HAS AN UNBELIEVING HUSBAND, AND HE
CONSENTS TO LIVE WITH HER, LET HER NOT SEND HER HUSBAND
AWAY.
FOR THE UNBELIEVING HUSBAND IS SANCTIFIED THROUGH
HIS WIFE AND THE UNBELIEVING WIFE IS SANCTIFIED THROUGH
HER BELIEVING HUSBAND; FOR OTHERWISE YOUR CHILDREN ARE
UNCLEAN, BUT NOW THEY ARE HOLY.
The judge in a New York City court gave this charge to the jury who was
hearing a divorce case. He said:
"I charge you, gentlemen, so far as any religious or
sacramental, or church bond existing between these people,
we have nothing whatever to do with it. If you decide for
divorce in this case, remember, you only cut the knot tied
by the state's laws. But you absolutely do not touch the
religious or sacramental bond which states that persons
are married, "till death do them part." When we are through
with this case, that obligation is left untouched. People
are just as much bound by it after we are through with them
as they were before. We do not sever it; we do not break
it. And that is something that it seems to me is very often
misunderstood."
A North Dakota judge said this:
"According to the laws of the State of North Dakota, I must
declare you free from the bonds of marriage; but may I re-
mind you, that probably on the books of Almighty God, you
are still husband ...


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