by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
“The Bible on Divorce and Remarriage”
Deuteronomy 24; Matthew 19; I Cor. 7

One of our men handed me a clipping from the April 20, 1981 issue of the Little Sentinel. In that particular issue, the report showed that there were 76 marriages and 125 divorces filed in that particular week. This means that at that particular time there was a 2:1 ratio in Orange County. A few years ago it was one out of every three, then it became one out of every two, and now it’s becoming two out of every three marriages are ending in divorce courts.

The movie, “Kramer vs. Kramer,” recently won many awards because it spoke to the heartache and touched the heartstrings of so many people who are going through the trauma of divorce. Therefore it becomes imperative that, as a minister of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, you speak all the Word of God. Even when it’s on an issue where there are always divided opinions, it’s still incumbent that the pastor tells his folks what he believes God is saying in His Word. To fail to do that would be failing to touch on other issues of gravity, and that would be cowardice. It would not be fair if I did not. So I’m speaking on a subject that is not easy, and yet it’s very much imperative because it’s in the Word of God, and God has a word to say to you about it.

I realize there are two sides, and I realize that I may speak on the side you like, and I may not. But I do not want to be in the place of one man who said he'd been a Christian for 49 years, and had never heard his pastor preach on divorce. I just don't want to be that kind of pastor, so please pray and listen as I follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in preaching this Word.

We looked in recent weeks at some of the causes for divorce. As we looked at the Christian home we found that there has not been an understanding of roles. Many people grow up in homes where they do not understand or teach the Bible, go to Sunday School, or know the proper role for ...

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