Sunday mornings, we are now at the 19th Chapter
of Matthew. I have decided to skip past the first 12 verses
which deal primarily with the subject of divorce. This is
highly unusual for me, and so I would like to explain the
reason for this decision.
that Dennis preached four sermons on the subject of divorce
and remarriage out of Matt 5:31-32, Dennis and I have always
planned to have him preach Matt 19:1-12. Because Dennisí
sermons represented a thorough handling of the subject
matter, we both believed that having him preach on Matt
19:1-12 would be a wise stewardship of time and resources.
last few weeks, I have not had peace with this original
plan. Dennis ministered in the Czech Republic as we
approached this passage, is presently readjusting to life
back at home, and is not in position to begin this series.
I also for other reasons believe that it would be better to
forgo having Dennis preach these messages.
believe that Dennisí prior sermons out of Matthew 5
thoroughly present what our Church teaches on this subject.
I am making these sermons available this morning on the back
table for any of you who would like to listen to them. I do
not think that most in the congregation need further
teaching on the subject of divorce and remarriage. If they
do, listening to Dennisís prior sermons should suffice.
know that there are a people in our Church who do not agree
with what our Church teaches on divorce and remarriage.
Talking with a few of these people, I now realize that they
still feel we have not addressed several questions which
linger in their minds. I would like to take some time to
identify these questions, study the answers to these
questions from Scripture and communicate either just with
them or perhaps compose a position paper on the subject of
divorce and remarriage available to whomever would like to
I am not
planning on preparing a complete treatment of this rather
large subject knowing that there are several well written
and comprehensive books that are available presenting the
various views. My intent would be to focus on the specific
questions that people in our congregation feel we have not
addressed thus far.
issue is whether or not Scripture allows for divorce amongst
Christians. There are some in our Church who believe that
Scripture forbids all divorce by a Christian. This is a
position held by other respected theologians, but this is
not the majority position. The majority position is the
position that our Church teaches. In brief, our Church
teaches that, even though all agree that God hates divorce,
divorce and remarriage are permitted by Christians under
certain conditions identified as Biblical exceptions
to Godís general commandment against divorce.
certainly does not matter to our Elder Board which view is
the majority view. We desire that our Doctrinal Statement
accurately reflect the correct interpretation of Godís Word
no matter what others may believe. Being in the minority is
the place to be if Godís Word is being handled accurately.
am planning on moving forward this Sunday with Matthew
19:13-15. Later I will return to the subject of divorce and
remarriage and respond in a manner which seems best to the
understand that for some in our Church, this is a delicate,
weighty, and difficult issue. I would urge all of you to
pray for me as I seek the Lordís guidance as to what would
best meet the needs of our congregation. Certainly each of
us has the responsibility to treat this and all doctrinal
issues as ďBereansĒ, Acts 17:11:
Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica,
for they received the word
eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see
whether these things were so.
free to E-mail me if you have questions concerning this