Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

The scandal of evangelical silence on divorce
Life Site ^ | Eric Metaxas

Posted on 08/06/2013 12:01:51 PM PDT by Morgana

August 6, 2013 (Breakpoint) - If I asked you to name the “hot button” social issues of concern to Christians, you’d probably cite abortion and gay marriage right away. Of course, the coarse and hyper-sexualized nature of popular culture might also come to mind.

But what probably wouldn’t come to mind is the high incidence of divorce. Given the clear biblical teaching on the subject and its impact on families and children, that is, to put it mildly, more than a little odd.

Actually, as one Christian leader rightly puts it, our lack of attention to the subject is a “scandal.”

That leader is Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. I recently came across a three-year-old podcast—better late than never, especially in this case—in which he labeled our indifference to divorce “the scandal of the Evangelical conscience.”

The podcast began with an interview of Mark A. Smith, a political scientist at the University of Washington. Smith had recently written a paper entitled “Religion, Divorce, and the Missing Culture War in America.”

As Smith studied the culture wars across the U.S., he was struck by the issue that was conspicuous by its absence: namely divorce.

For instance, during its existence, the Moral Majority “mobilized and lobbied on many political issues, including abortion, pornography, gay rights, school prayer . . . and sex education in schools.” In contrast, divorce ranked “so low on the group’s agenda that books on the Moral Majority do not even give the issue an entry in the index.”

This makes no sense. As Smith noted, “from the standpoint of simple logic, divorce fits cleanly within the category of ‘family values.’” In fact, “divorce seems to carry a more direct connection to the daily realities of families than do the bellwether culture war issues of abortion and homosexuality.”

Click "like" if you support TRADITIONAL marriage.

So Mohler asked Smith, why the silence on divorce?

Smith’s answer is that “the inclusion of divorce on the agenda of the Christian right would have risked a massive alienation of members,” so the issue went virtually unmentioned.

Or, as Mohler put it, “evangelicals allowed culture to trump Scripture.” According to him, “the church largely followed the lead of its members and accepted what might be called the ‘privatization’ of divorce. Churches simply allowed a secular culture to determine that divorce is no big deal, and that it is a purely private matter.”

This happened despite the clear scriptural teaching that marriage is the union of one man and one woman for life.

As divorce has been privatized—fenced off from Scripture, Christian teaching, and from the community—so has marriage. If marriage is merely a means to happiness or sexual fulfillment (instead of a sacrament, a life-long commitment of sacrificial love open to the creation of life), no wonder same-sex couples argue that they deserve the same happiness and fulfillment available to heterosexuals.

In addition, what Mohler calls the “real scandal”—the fact that “evangelical Protestants divorce at rates at least as high as the rest of the public”—creates a “significant credibility crisis when evangelicals then rise to speak in defense of marriage.”

No, divorce is not an unpardonable sin but, as Mohler insists, it is a sin, and our acceptance of this particular sin while inveighing against other violations of God’s plan for marriage is hypocritical.

My point here is not to pour salt on the wounds of divorced Christians—they deserve and need our compassion; but it’s to get the Church to acknowledge the beam in its own eye and, thus, end a silence that is not only conspicuous but scandalous.


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: divorce; evangelical; evangelicals; family; moralabsolutes
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-108 next last

1 posted on 08/06/2013 12:01:51 PM PDT by Morgana
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Morgana

Certainly up until this summer, HETEROSEXUALS have been wholly responsible for the destruction of the institution of marriage.

Irony, the Mark of Quality Literature.


2 posted on 08/06/2013 12:03:40 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Morgana

I was shocked to realize recently that Reagan has been our only divorced and remarried president - ever. Not to say that some of them weren’t fornicating scumbags (Jackson married a still-married woman not yet divorced from her husband), but the fact that we have had a pretty high moral social standard for the presidency overall comports completely with the values espoused at the founding of our Nation. But, I don’t see this happening much in the future, if we even have one.


3 posted on 08/06/2013 12:11:52 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Morgana

Pride ruins marriage like pride ruins all of us... gay pride can counterfeit God’s union but their pride will be their ruin too...


4 posted on 08/06/2013 12:16:42 PM PDT by delchiante
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Buckeye McFrog

It is imperative that a pastor be “the husband of one wife,” not divorced. I get sick when I see presumptuous people dragging this abomination into the pulpit.


5 posted on 08/06/2013 12:17:53 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Morgana
...as one Christian leader rightly puts it, our lack of attention to the subject is a “scandal.” That leader is Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. I recently came across a three-year-old podcast—better late than never, especially in this case—in which he labeled our indifference to divorce “the scandal of the Evangelical conscience.”

Ping for later.

6 posted on 08/06/2013 12:20:01 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("Thus, my opponent's argument falls.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Morgana

Sometimes the truth hurts. We give liberals Christians a lot of crap for excusing bad behavior - rightfully so - but we excuse things of our own. This is one of those times when we need to look at the plank in our own eye.

I’m the product of a divorced family, and even I didn’t realize how much I’d come to excuse divorce. There’s something to be said for that.


7 posted on 08/06/2013 12:23:20 PM PDT by Cato in PA (Smile, you're on NSA camera!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fwdude
I was shocked to realize recently that Reagan has been our only divorced and remarried president - ever.

His role in the history of divorce in america goes way beyond that.

8 posted on 08/06/2013 12:24:00 PM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Orangedog

I realize that. As Calipornia goes, so goes the nation, as the saying goes.


9 posted on 08/06/2013 12:25:00 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Buckeye McFrog
You got it.

Cohabitation - contraception - divorce
Wrecked marriage
before the gays even got interested in camping out in the rubble.

10 posted on 08/06/2013 12:27:17 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Point of clarification.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Morgana
No, divorce is not an unpardonable sin but, as Mohler insists, it is a sin, and our acceptance of this particular sin while inveighing against other violations of God’s plan for marriage is hypocritical.

Divorce is not a sin. God does not like it and He, also, doesn't like gossip.

And since when are faggots and their supporters concerned about sin? So much for their hypocrisy about what is suspicious in their thirst to be accepted when God has destroyed a city because of it's depravity.

11 posted on 08/06/2013 12:39:55 PM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Morgana
Even after it was known how harmful smoking was, we used to joke that Catholic priests never preached against it because so many of them smoked.

Today we say that Catholic priests don't preach against contraception because so many in their congregations are guilty of it, and would quit coming back to church.

I suspect that many preachers don't preach against divorce because so many in their congregations are divorced and would leave, along with their contributions.

12 posted on 08/06/2013 12:41:32 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fwdude

And Reagan was highly embarrassed by his divorce. He regarded that as his biggest personal failure.


13 posted on 08/06/2013 12:44:11 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: JoeFromSidney

Or could it be that many Evangelical churches are populated with ex-Catholics who left because they did not want the annulment hassle?


14 posted on 08/06/2013 12:45:24 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: JoeFromSidney

The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.


15 posted on 08/06/2013 12:45:34 PM PDT by Cato in PA (Smile, you're on NSA camera!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: JoeFromSidney

When I was in hs, I had a tough old priest for Latin class who had been an army chaplain who went in on D-Day and the France and German campaigns.

He couldn’t make it through a full hour class without a cig. He would teach 40 mins, give us a worksheet, and split until dismissal.

One day he came running back in and said “guys, I just heard President Kennedy was shot by a sniper”


16 posted on 08/06/2013 12:47:01 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Mrs. Don-o
before the gays even got interested in camping out in the rubble.

So being gay is new? Not according to God's Word.

This is simply an Alinsky type attack on showing the traditional their own beliefs as a way to accept/condone what God says is an abomination to Him. Don't be caught up in it nor justify it some way. God created marriage between a man and woman. Period. End of story. Let them live with their own mess.

17 posted on 08/06/2013 12:50:40 PM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Morgana

bkmk


18 posted on 08/06/2013 12:51:53 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Morgana

Churches simply allowed a secular culture to determine that divorce is no big deal, and that it is a purely private matter.

Indeed - one of the things I’ve never been able to understand. Especially the divorced people who were having affairs with other congregation members, then get married IN THE CHURCH and expect everyone to rejoice with them. And too many do.


19 posted on 08/06/2013 12:56:42 PM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Morgana

Mohler is exactly right. Toleration of divorce is a huge black eye on Protestant churches. I have only attended one church that took divorce seriously, and that one ended up splitting because the majority of the congregants were unhappy about the ban on divorced officers. Now I’m told the same people are grumbling about the ban on female officers. All the other churches have been A-OK with divorce. I’ve even heard pastors admit to counseling in favor of it even in cases where there was no abuse.


20 posted on 08/06/2013 12:59:41 PM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jboot
Mohler is exactly right. Toleration of divorce is a huge black eye on Protestant churches.

As if the problem doesn't exist in Catholic churches.
21 posted on 08/06/2013 1:08:10 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Morgana
Divorce is problematic for Christians because the culture has made it easy to obtain and socially acceptable. In 1969, California Governor Ronald Reagan signed the first 'no fault' divorce legislation and other states quickly followed. In time, the social stigma of divorce gradually waned. With the rise of the Feminist Movement, women began seeing divorce as the solution to what was often little more than boredom with a spouse. Meanwhile, Christian churches saw their membership's divorce rate rising but were reluctant to flatly condemn it. Some Christians who were divorcing their spouse justified their decision by claiming that "God wants me to be happy" (often with someone else). Ministers counseled divorce-bound couples but had no power to stop them from divorcing and Christian Protestants do not dis-fellowship a member simply on the basis of their obtaining a divorce unless adultery is involved and the adulterer remains unrepentant. In the case of a spouse who is faithful but the victim of adultery, scripture permits re-marriage.

It all comes down to the fact that, today, the church, be it Catholic or Protestant, 'mainline' or evangelical, has far less of an influence on its members lives than it did as recently as 50 years ago. Cultural mores have replaced the church for many, especially the 'C&E Christians'. That (purportedly) Christian Americans divorce at the same rate non-Christians do is not only sad but emblematic of the tragic loss of God's influence on American lives.

22 posted on 08/06/2013 1:13:01 PM PDT by Jim Scott
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Morgana

In my opion, after 52 years in evangelical circles, the problem is:

1) Lack of catachism training. Standard Sunday school and Youth groups are not the same as catechizing children. Do you teach kids all about marriage and divorce as 6 year olds? No. But you should as 14+ year olds. And basic Christian ethics as well as doctrine should be taught to younger kids too. This simply isn’t being done today in evangelical Churches...and a simple “Jesus, Others, You” ethic doesn’t cut it in these times of ethical confusion and moral “pluralism.” This is also, in my opinion...exactly WHY so many evangelicals still vote Democrat—as they are confused on basic Christian ethics—starting from when they were kids.

2) Lack of specific biblical ethical teaching from the pulpit. Many churches pastors will preach the bible—but, when it comes to ethics, real issues of right and wrong—especially in the political realm—pastors shy away from being clear. I think I’ve heard one or two sermons (if that)—in my whole life on why and how abortion is wrong. Do the pastors I sit under firmly believe abortion is wrong? YES! Biblically literate evangelicals ALWAYS do....however, many in the pews are not biblically literate—and too many pastors assume they are—and therefore they don’t touch controversial topics, which might turn some new-comers, or baby-Christians off. The same is true for divorce.

If all members of conservative, evangelical churches can’t even submit to the idea that abortion is murder—and therefore MUST be opposed—and compromise over it, is actually SIN...how in the world can we expect them to heed biblical teaching on divorce?

Too long has ethics been ignored in evangelical churches—for fear of being labeled “legalist!” This is silly, as God’s people are called to be holy, and holiness is described in biblical ethics. The good news of Jesus saving us from sin—AND, once saved, avoiding sin to please our Savior, are both a part of the gospel.

Ethics, including especially biblical teachings on marriage and divorce, needs must be part of our preaching again.


23 posted on 08/06/2013 1:23:35 PM PDT by AnalogReigns (because the real world is not digital...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: presently no screen name
I think you've misunderstood what I wrote. I did not state, nor even imply, that "being gay is new." I did not state, nor even imply, that gay sexual arrangements could be "accepted, condoned, or justified."

Where you got that from, I do not know. It's not what I wrote, and it's the opposite of what I believe.

24 posted on 08/06/2013 1:23:59 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Point of clarification.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Mrs. Don-o
it's the opposite of what I believe.

I have no doubt about that. It's why I said don't get caught up in it. You listed them after cohabitation, abortion, etc. as if the wrongs of man/women can justify their depravity. While you showed how mighty we have fallen as a society, this article, IMO, is mocking the 'traditionalists' into accepting 'homo' marriage is just as valid - with their 'beam in their own eye' comment.

25 posted on 08/06/2013 1:42:35 PM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Mrs. Don-o
I think you've misunderstood what I wrote.

I think are minds were on different things. Your's was on the progression of wrongs in society and mine was on the intent of this article.

26 posted on 08/06/2013 1:52:26 PM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: presently no screen name; Mrs. Don-o

I find it unlikely that Eric Metaxas, writing for BreakPoint (Charles Colson’s old outfit), discussing Albert Mohler, and published by LifeSite is promoting the homosexual agenda.

Mrs. Don-o, I recall your mentioning the idea that all decent people are opposed to abortion, except for rape, incest, and their particular circumstance. In a similar way, it seems that most Christians are opposed to divorce, except for adultery, abuse, or their particular circumstance.

What can be done about it, with the state of the law, I don’t know. Anyone can be dumped, for any reason, at any time, and churches can’t be expected to re-litigate every divorce in order to decide whom to praise and whom to blame.


27 posted on 08/06/2013 1:59:59 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Ask me about the Weiner Wager. Support Free Republic!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: AnalogReigns
Lack of catachism training. Standard Sunday school and Youth groups are not the same as catechizing children. Do you teach kids all about marriage and divorce as 6 year olds? No. But you should as 14+ year olds.

Your post is way too bias and all over the place besides not knowing what you are talking. The Cuomo and Kennedy kids would laugh at it. Especially, the ones whose parents marriage was annulled like it never happened.

And you go on about ethics? LOL!

28 posted on 08/06/2013 2:06:41 PM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Morgana
The scandal of silence among "Evangelicals" is that they won't preach the Truth that most contraceptives work by causing an abortion.

All the SBC churches I'm familiar with at least make that point to couples in premarriage counseling even if they don't mention it in sermons much if ever. The "Independent Evangelicals", though, just wink and nod at two thirds of all abortions in this country and pretend they're solid pro-life Christians.

First contraception, then divorce & remarriage, then abortion disguised as contraception, and now a whole lot of "Evangelicals" are endorsing queers marrying one another because that's the "fair" thing to do.

It's just another example of how the "go along to get along" approach always leads to self-destruction.

29 posted on 08/06/2013 2:08:10 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: presently no screen name
"You listed them after cohabitation, abortion, etc. as if the wrongs of man/women can justify their depravity"

Justify? No, it's exactly the opposite. I listed homosexual intercourse together with cohabitation, abortion, etc. in order to show that NONE of them are justified. The males and females, by their depravity, degraded marriage even before gays decided to adopt pseudo-"marriage" as part of their agenda.

Through most of the 20th century, gays and sexual activists were generally anti-marriage. They described it as a regressive, bourgeois structure. They didn't make a strategic pivot toward "marriage" until very, very recently. The first laws in history enabling same-sex so-called "marriage" were not enacted during the first decade of the 21st century.

30 posted on 08/06/2013 2:10:01 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Point of clarification.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: presently no screen name
Divorce is not a sin. God does not like it and He, also, doesn't like gossip.

Jesus said, "He that has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me." (John 14:21) In 1 Cor 7:10, the scripture says, "Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord:A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife."

Jesus said, "Whom The Lord brings together, let NO man put assunder." How can you say divorce is not a sin?

31 posted on 08/06/2013 2:13:39 PM PDT by aimhigh (Guns do not kill people. Abortion kills people.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Tax-chick
I agree. We're in a hell of a mess. I confess sometimes I think we'll just have to be utterly destroyed before we realize what we've done. The Muslims may be God's instruments of judgment upon us like the Assyrians in the OT, a "razor that He hired to shave us," a scourge on our backs. I see nothing in the future but the natural and logical consequences of our sex-gender-marriage-family nihilism.

Costa Rica might be the place to go, when the USA goes under. Nice Catholic people, good climate, fascinating gardening possibilities.

32 posted on 08/06/2013 2:21:31 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Point of clarification.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: SoConPubbie

Divorce exists, but not the degree of toleration for it. It is basically a non-issue in many churches.


33 posted on 08/06/2013 2:25:42 PM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Mrs. Don-o
The Muslims may be God's instruments of judgment upon us like the Assyrians in the OT, a "razor that He hired to shave us," a scourge on our backs.

I have thought that myself. I remember when I read Never Let Me Go, I said, "I hope the Moslems win before this happens."

Costa Rica: Earthquakes, mudslides, and incredible (largely unreported) crime. Much as I love Hispanics, there's a good reason they're all moving to North Carolina. My friend Brad from Cub Scouts has a Costa Rican maid.

You can come here! Anoreth will fortify the perimeter, and I will invent brilliant uses of kudzu. Bill will look pretty.

34 posted on 08/06/2013 2:28:49 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Ask me about the Weiner Wager. Support Free Republic!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: jagusafr

It’s all about the offering plate, especially in the mega-churches.


35 posted on 08/06/2013 2:33:31 PM PDT by CityCenter (Pleading the 5th is just so 1972.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: CityCenter

The ironic thing about Reagan’s divorce is that he possibly might not have become president without Nancy. Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Jane Wyman list as a main complaint that he spent too much time on politics?


36 posted on 08/06/2013 2:51:00 PM PDT by Liberty Wins ( The average lefty is synapse challenged)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Morgana

It took me years to realize that all professing “Christians” are not followers of Christ. Particularly in the South, my family for instance would say they are Christians because it the South everyone is, they all go to church but do they follow Christ? It is a social network. This is the problem with Evangelicals and SBC.


37 posted on 08/06/2013 2:53:58 PM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mrs. Don-o
I listed homosexual intercourse together with cohabitation, abortion, etc.

Really? I didn't see that in your post.

Cohabitation - contraception - divorce Wrecked marriage before the gays even got interested in camping out in the rubble.

They didn't make a strategic pivot toward "marriage" until very, very recently.

S&G didn't consider marriage because there was 'no freebies' in it for them back then. Evil knows no bounds when it comes to attempting to mock God - so now they will mock those who do honor God - while getting their 'married' freebies, and can by 'law' now. And that is how evil had the open door - simply make ourselves equal. man/man or woman/woman will never equal man/woman.

38 posted on 08/06/2013 3:08:00 PM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: ThisLittleLightofMine

And who are Mormons and Catholics following?


39 posted on 08/06/2013 3:10:07 PM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: Tax-chick
I find it unlikely that Eric Metaxas, writing for BreakPoint (Charles Colson’s old outfit), discussing Albert Mohler, and published by LifeSite

You can all you want - until you get in the mind of Eric and really know. What 'scandaleous' and 'silent thing' does he have, you will never know. Calling divorce 'scandalous' and 'silent' for others is over the top and that could be that there is something brewing beneath.

Calling obama's past scandalous and his records being silent I can see - but I doubt Eric is interested in that.

And that's the beam that Eric doesn't want to discuss. Priorities, priorities.

40 posted on 08/06/2013 3:21:44 PM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: presently no screen name

Well, everyone has his own perspective.


41 posted on 08/06/2013 3:28:43 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Ask me about the Weiner Wager. Support Free Republic!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: aimhigh
"But even if she does depart,

Did you overlook that....How does she depart but divorce?

And a husband is not to divorce his wife.

Did you overlook that... a husband can't.

" But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so...."

Now what? It's OK to 'sin' sometimes?

"I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.

Did you EVER gossip in your life? He HATES that also.

42 posted on 08/06/2013 3:35:01 PM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: jagusafr

**Churches simply allowed a secular culture to determine that divorce is no big deal, and that it is a purely private matter.**

Not with the Catholic Church. Once married — let nothing take them apart except death.

I know that divorces happen. As long as a divorced person does not remarry — they can still receive the Sacraments.


43 posted on 08/06/2013 3:38:20 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Buckeye McFrog

An anullment really isn’t that much of a hassle.


44 posted on 08/06/2013 3:39:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: jboot

As it should be. It is between two people and God. It’s only fuel for gossipers inside the church. Who needs a sermon on divorce? Both or at least one is more than likely devastated by it. A preacher should not waste the time of a whole congregation to preach/teach on divorce when no one wants divorce but some do ‘want out’ and they/or one goes privately to the pastor for counseling.


45 posted on 08/06/2013 3:55:26 PM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: Rashputin

There is no bigger black eye than annulment and by men who have never been married! Just pay up and magic happens - your marriage never happened!


46 posted on 08/06/2013 4:01:45 PM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Tax-chick

And what their focus is.


47 posted on 08/06/2013 4:03:32 PM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: presently no screen name
Yeah, yeah, so says someone who accepts the Rabbinical Pharisees as their highest authority regarding Scripture.
48 posted on 08/06/2013 4:04:58 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: presently no screen name

Gossip isn’t connected to the word ‘commandment’. Divorce is. It sounds like you are trying to justify yourself.


49 posted on 08/06/2013 4:11:41 PM PDT by aimhigh (Guns do not kill people. Abortion kills people.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: aimhigh
Show me the 'Thou shalt not' for divorce.

It sounds like you are trying to justify yourself.

It sounds more you don't know God nor how to interpret HIS WORD.

50 posted on 08/06/2013 4:16:50 PM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 49 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-108 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson