Transcribed from actual tape of sermon May 20, 1979 AM
JESUS' TEACHING ON DIVORCE Matt. 5:31-32
The trumpet sounds of the Christian church concerning divorce are certainly uncertain,
and many times - conflicting - and confusing. Some churches say separation okay.
Divorce - never. Other churches say divorce - but only with the one proviso the fine
print - except for the cause of adultery. Others say - we live in a new era a new
world - a new culture - a new life-style - with all the pell-melling of brand new social
influences - therefore, we as Christians must interpret divorce in the light of love.
And in the understanding of the message of forgiveness. In the gospel - in the Good
News of Jesus Christ.
Certainly we do not have to spend a lot of time stating a very obvious fact - that -
divorce is a rampant disease in our society - last year in America - 2,176,000 marriages
were performed. Last year in America - 1,090,000 divorces were decreed. So we see in
our land, approximately one out of every 2 marriages - end in divorce! Last year in
the major cities of America - almost - without exception - more people were granted
divorces - than there were individuals who decided to get married. So therefore - we
see in our day and our age - a virtual revolution of understanding as far as the marriage
and family and the home is concerned. Divorce - ladies and gentlemen - is at epidemic
proportions and I am confident that there is not an individual here this morning - who
4as not been touched in some way - in your family - among the circle of your friends -
by this staggering, staggering... thing ... we call .... divorce.
Now to take the teachings of Jesus Christ and to deal with them in an expository nature -
even if we took them in the context by which they were written and inspired ...
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