Part 117 In continuation with the discussion on marriage, divorce, and remarriage, it was asked, “Can a person divorce for any reason?” Many would say an immediate “No” and then quote Matthew 19:9. However, let us consider the passage for a moment. Christ said, “And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.” The passage is actually discussing divorce and remarriage, not solely divorce. Notice that Christ did not say that one cannot divorce except in the case of fornication, He said that one could not divorce and remarry except in the case of fornication; there is a difference! If a person has put away their spouse (divorced), the individual cannot remarry except if they divorced for reasons of fornication. If the person divorced for reasons other than fornication, then they cannot remarry; it would be a sin.

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