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Carpenter's Wife Returns to Megachurch He Rebukes Christian Leaders Who Supported Divorce
Christian Post ^ | February 17, 2014 | Nicola Menzie

Posted on 02/20/2014 4:40:53 PM PST by Gamecock

Full Ttitle: Pastor Ron Carpenter's Wife, Hope, Returns to SC Megachurch as He Rebukes Christian Leaders Who Supported His Desire for Divorce

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Hope Carpenter, co-founder of Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C., was enthusiastically welcomed back by congregants on Sunday months after her marital infidelities were exposed at the pulpit by her husband, Pastor Ron Carpenter. Carpenter, this time around, took other Christian leaders to task for supporting him when he declared he would be seeking a divorce.

With his wife and family sitting in the very first row of the sanctuary, Pastor Carpenter manned the pulpit not to preach a sermon, but to tell "a story" about how God changed his "hardened heart" and reminded him of his marriage vows and how his love for his wife should reflect Christ's love for the Church.

Reading from several passages he said he felt led to by God one "miserable" night when he was looking for answers, Carpenter began his story by reading from Mark 10:1-11. The New Testament passage describes Jesus' interaction with some Pharisees ("church folks," as Carpenter called them) on the subject of divorce.

When asked by the Pharisees divorce was allowed, Jesus responded, "It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law."

"But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female,'" Jesus continued. "'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.'"

"I don't care what they do, they are not two. They are one," Carpenter commented on the passage.

"Therefore what God has joined together, don't let people mess it up," he added.

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke attribute similar remarks to Jesus on the issue of divorce, although two passages in Matthew include Jesus' suggestion that "sexual immorality" was grounds for divorce (5:31-32 and 19:1-9).

Carpenter also read from 1 Corinthians 7:12-16, in which the apostle Paul suggests that believers with "unbelieving" spouses who are willing to remain married could influence their eventual conversion to Christianity.

Carpenter's interpretation: "He said if your first instinct is to give up on it, how do you know what could've happened? Why do you give up on God so quickly? He said how will you ever know what I could've done if you didn't even give me a shot?"

Revisiting his Oct. 2013 confession of his marital woes, which the Pentecostal preacher had said involved adultery and an unspecified "sickness" on Hope Carpenter's part, Carpenter reminded congregants of his emotional state at the time in explaining why he had been dead set against reconciling with his wife.

He explained that the emotion was so raw at the time that he had told those helping his wife, who had voluntarily checked into an unidentified facility, that she would not be welcomed back to the home they had shared.

Carpenter's then relayed that afterward, he had an exchange with God in which he said he heard the "near audible" voice of God tell him to call Mrs. Carpenter at the facility she had voluntarily checked into "and tell her you will not abandon her." Out of what he said was a "sheer fear of God" and not "lovey-dovey feelings," Carpenter did what he felt God wanted him to do.

"A man can only put away his wife because of the hardness of his heart," Carpenter repeated, returning to the Mark 10 passage.

"I read that Scripture on my way toward filing papers and I'm thinking, 'I don't want to live like that. … How can I preach every Sunday with a hard heart?"

"How am I going to get up and preach to the grace and the mercy and the goodness of God and my heart's full of brick and mortar? I looked at God and said, 'I don't want to live like that.'"

"I've had marriage conferences for 10 years, and then when I have to face the same thing that everybody's in there trying to get help from me to face, I can't face it myself? ... I don't want to sit under nobody like that," he added.

Pastor Carpenter reminded congregants that the marriage vow was not only between the husband and wife, but also between the couple and God.

"These are vows to God. God takes covenant so serious. And if you cannot mean your vows, don't go up there," the minister added.

Carpenter went on to read from Rev. 12:9-11 and spoke of dying to himself, living for Christ, and no longer being a lover of himself, but a lover of the truth and righteousness.

"Now this is just me and God, God wearing me out," Carpenter said of the night he felt led to read these Bible passages at a time he called the most "miserable" period of in his 45 and a half years of life. "This is me getting all the voices out of my head and saying, 'What do You want? What is Your standard?'"

He also read from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 about the characteristics of love. "When you tell somebody 'I love you,' that's what you say. So unless you mean this, don't say it," said Carpenter.

After sharing 1 John 4:18, Carpenter suggested that none of the passages he had read describing love had anything to do with "any emotion or any feeling."

He added, "It was a commitment made. In fact, it's such a commitment it says I will love you until the feelings come back. I'm here when I don't feel nothing. And I'm here till they return. I will suffer, I will bear, I will believe and I will hope. And while I'm believing and hoping, I won't keep your wrongs posted on the refrigerator for you to read. Because I do not rejoice in iniquity. I rejoice in what God says."

"The demonstration of Christ in the earth is not a preacher and preaching," Carpenter continued, commenting on Ephesians 5's discussion on Christ and the Church. "It's about a marriage that don't bust up. It's about a Christ who will stay with the Church at all costs."

Carpenter added in a whirlwind closing that saw him gripping the mic and pumping a fist in the air, "All I'm asking you to do is understand is that your vows mean something to God."

"Those of you whose marriages are about to fall apart… if you will say, 'I will fight...'" he trailed off.

Regaining composure, Carpenter took to the steps of the altar and said he he had one final "assignment" before dismissing worshippers.

"I've got to call out the leaders in America," he explained.

Pointing at the cameras recording his message and broadcasting it live on the Internet, the pastor added, "I love you guys and I may be risking a lot of relationships right now, but when I said I wasn't getting reconciled, you immersed me in support.

"Now that I've announced that I'm gonna fight for my vows, I ain't heard from none of you. None of you. The only two that I have heard from, you ridiculed me. If that's where the leaders' standards are, no wonder the people are so jacked up.

"I'm not calling the leadership to perfection cause I tried to do that and it crushed us. But I am calling you to fight. I'm calling you to fight. I'm calling you to support me in this decision, not just the last one."

He continued, turning to the congregation, "I'm asking this church to let us come and worship together understanding we are not a finished product. But we are aggressively pursuing getting every devil under our feet and we will not stop until total victory. We make that pledge to you."

Ron and Hope Carpenter have been married for 23 years and have three children. The Carpenters founded Redemption World Outreach Center in 1991 with just three people and "a passion for breaking down the walls of racism, crossing cultural lines, and changing poverty mindsets..." The multiracial RWOC congregation, affiliated with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, spans three campuses and is home to about 19,000 members.


TOPICS: General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: christian; divorce; megachurch; pastor; ybpdln

1 posted on 02/20/2014 4:40:53 PM PST by Gamecock
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2 posted on 02/20/2014 4:42:51 PM PST by Gamecock (Grace is not opposed to human activity. It's opposed to human merit. MSH)
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To: Gamecock

How dare you agree with me when I’m wrong! You must be evil for thinking I was right about leaving her. (This is Pastor Ron’s alternate alternate alternate personality speaking. Send more money.)


3 posted on 02/20/2014 4:47:57 PM PST by Resettozero
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To: Gamecock

I’ve never heard of this couple.


4 posted on 02/20/2014 4:48:02 PM PST by dragonblustar (Psalm 37:7)
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To: Resettozero

Pastor Ron sounds passive aggressive. He could have said these things in private.


5 posted on 02/20/2014 4:51:40 PM PST by dragonblustar (Psalm 37:7)
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To: Gamecock

Marriage vows made before God and family and friends do mean something.


6 posted on 02/20/2014 4:51:59 PM PST by liege (America 180)
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To: Gamecock
The Carpenters founded Redemption World Outreach Center in 1991 with just three people and "a passion for breaking down the walls of racism, crossing cultural lines, and changing poverty mindsets..." and whopping great wads of cash, don't forget the cash... whopping great wads of it.

For once Gamecock and I are in agreement, the rest of you are lucky not to have these loons in your backyard.

7 posted on 02/20/2014 4:57:21 PM PST by Legatus (Keep calm and carry on)
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To: dragonblustar
Pastor Ron sounds passive aggressive. He could have said these things in private.

dragonblustar makes a good point.

dragonblustar could have sent R2z a private message.

dragonblustar might have faulty hearing, maybe.
8 posted on 02/20/2014 5:04:50 PM PST by Resettozero
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To: Gamecock
Carpenter's then relayed that afterward, he had an exchange with God in which he said he heard the "near audible" voice of God tell him to call Mrs. Carpenter at the facility she had voluntarily checked into "and tell her you will not abandon her."

Translation: Honey, come on home, there's bucks to be made in the house of the lord so don't ruin this cash cow we got goin' for us.........

9 posted on 02/20/2014 5:04:55 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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10 posted on 02/20/2014 5:07:36 PM PST by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: All
Interesting supplemental read: After Multiple Affairs, Pastor Ron Carpenter’s Wife Seeks Psychiatric Treatment

Psychiatric Treatment?


11 posted on 02/20/2014 5:07:52 PM PST by Gamecock (Grace is not opposed to human activity. It's opposed to human merit. MSH)
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To: Gamecock
He needs to prove his motivation to his congregation before he goes off and chastises them for their sin or ignorance of the scripture.
Questionable motivations for sure.
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12 posted on 02/20/2014 5:25:04 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: liege
“Marriage vows made before God and family and friends do mean something.”

I agree. I am Catholic and 3 times I was engaged to get married. In my heart I could swear to the guy that I loved him, but I couldn't swear to God that I would love him/stay married to him forever.

I'm 53 and never married. Which is better than 3 times divorced.

The Lord goes on to say that if you divorce your wife and marry another, you cause that woman to comitt adultery.

To you non-Catholics, does His words really mean that?

13 posted on 02/20/2014 5:31:47 PM PST by BarbM (Portuguese Dog--Kenyan president)
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To: BarbM
If my wife and I separate for anything other than death, I would not re-marry. We are one flesh; do I really understand what that means? No.

For those that do choose to re-marry after divorce, there is forgiveness for sin. Still, I would not remarry.

14 posted on 02/20/2014 5:38:28 PM PST by liege (America 180)
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To: Gamecock
had voluntarily checked into a one-year rehabilitation clinic

One year?

Expensive. Ummm. Must have good insurance, yeah.

A lot going on here.

Redemption World Outreach Center

Their membership document is an interesting document to peruse. Based on that and not finding a statement of faith, I think you are correct to ping your "YBPDLN" list.

Interesting pic.

15 posted on 02/20/2014 6:05:33 PM PST by Lee N. Field ("And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise" Gal 3:29)
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To: BarbM
To you non-Catholics, does His words really mean that?

That's what it says.

16 posted on 02/20/2014 6:07:27 PM PST by Lee N. Field ("And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise" Gal 3:29)
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To: Lee N. Field

You may have a point.


17 posted on 02/20/2014 6:10:10 PM PST by Gamecock (Grace is not opposed to human activity. It's opposed to human merit. MSH)
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To: Gamecock

1 Timothy 3
King James Version (KJV)

Apparently this pastor was surrounded by individuals encouraging him to continue in sin.

Too many pastors keep their pastoral position after a divorce instead of stepping aside and allowing others to take over. Is that not pride?


18 posted on 02/20/2014 6:10:49 PM PST by RginTN
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To: BarbM
I agree. I am Catholic and 3 times I was engaged to get married. In my heart I could swear to the guy that I loved him, but I couldn't swear to God that I would love him/stay married to him forever.

You want a hard saying about marriage? A wife is to respect her husband, and a husband love his wife, "as Christ loved the church".

(The disrespect of men that I sometimes see in the white american evangelical-ish Protestant circles I inhabit is a sin.)

19 posted on 02/20/2014 6:20:28 PM PST by Lee N. Field ("And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise" Gal 3:29)
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To: BarbM
To you non-Catholics, does His words really mean that?

The answer to your question is yes…. but here is the problem with your question. It really comes down to a fundamental understanding of what the terms of reference are and what the true meaning of the various words are. What this really comes done to is that before one enters into a discussion on this topic, it means first having a session where everyone discusses and has to agree to the meanings of the words used… to not do so means that people are talking different languages. You said that you never married….or are you just saying that you never signed a ‘certificate of marriage’. What is the definition of marriage? What exactly is a husband or wife? What is the moment in time when a marriage start?…..if you think it’s when you sign your name to a piece of paper, you’re wrong. What is divorce? When exactly does divorce start? Focus on the Family is actually a very good organization that addresses marital issues in Biblical common sense way. Have a look at their answer to this question and you realize how flawed (or at least how difficult) your question is to answer. http://family.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/26520/session/L3RpbWUvMTM5Mjk1MjQwMy9zaWQvMnNRbDVzTmw%3D

20 posted on 02/20/2014 7:43:54 PM PST by hecticskeptic
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To: Gamecock

He’s married to her forever anyway, man’s laws be damned, but he could remain separated from her and chaste, and that’s still married and not sinning.

But heck, might as well try to work it out. Adult kids are involved. It took 23 years to make this divorce, and they need to finally resolve what led to her feeling ‘what the heck, I deserve it (affair)’.

They have real problems to resolve and real hurts to acknowledge and forgive. Mother Angelica says you get humility from humiliation. They both need total humility and I’d say this great humiliation was a good start. Now they need to humiliate themselves before one another, get the real issues out, and work them through.

Yes, Christians should have encouraged this as part of their basic hope....like the pope keeps saying.


21 posted on 02/20/2014 8:07:07 PM PST by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: BarbM

Yes, marriage is for life.


22 posted on 02/20/2014 9:06:57 PM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: liege
Still, I would not remarry.

That's what I said...I was wrong...I suspect most people say that...

23 posted on 02/20/2014 11:08:39 PM PST by Iscool (Ya mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailer park...)
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To: If You Want It Fixed - Fix It

Right after this story of her infidelity broke, I heard this pastor on local talk radio basically saying there had a history of this behavior with her and I was under the impression he knew about most of them but I think the last trist must have been a doosey. He choose his words carefully on that radio show but it sure was clear she was a tramp....well, my word


24 posted on 02/21/2014 5:36:47 AM PST by 4everontheRight (And the story began with..."Once there was a great nation......")
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To: 4everontheRight

Well bless both their hearts!


25 posted on 02/21/2014 6:07:45 AM PST by Gamecock (Grace is not opposed to human activity. It's opposed to human merit. MSH)
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To: Resettozero

Dragonblustar is not a pastor nor does she lead a congregation at a mega church. Her comments are in a thread which has less than a handful of readers.


26 posted on 02/21/2014 6:58:27 AM PST by dragonblustar (Psalm 37:7)
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To: BarbM
To you non-Catholics, does His words really mean that?

"But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.- Matthew 5:28"

How many married men have looked at another woman lustfully, catholic or otherwise?

Here are some things to remember.

"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. - John 1:8

"“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven". -Luke 6:37

"5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”-Romans 5-13

27 posted on 02/21/2014 7:23:47 AM PST by dragonblustar (Psalm 37:7)
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To: Gamecock

I hope they do stay together and their marriage is repaired. But why is he still pastoring the church?


28 posted on 02/21/2014 7:25:28 AM PST by opus86
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To: dragonblustar
Her comments are in a thread which has less than a handful of readers.

dragonblustar does not know that many FReepers including Resettozero receive access to most if not ALL Free Republic threads. As for your PRIVATE thread, that's news to me. How did you set that up?
29 posted on 02/21/2014 8:23:49 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

Sorry, but I fail to see your point, R2Z. You seem to be equating a comment on a thread with a rebuke from the pulpit.

Kind of like a bible study discussion being confused with a pontifical pronouncement.


30 posted on 02/21/2014 8:34:10 AM PST by MortMan (Is a delayed shower a "stay of exablution"?)
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To: Resettozero
Resettozero receive access to most if not ALL Free Republic threads

So, why have you diverted from the topic of this thread and made it all about you? Are you a troll or just in desperate need of attention?

31 posted on 02/21/2014 8:37:42 AM PST by dragonblustar (Psalm 37:7)
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To: MortMan
Sorry, but I fail to see your point, R2Z. You seem to be equating a comment on a thread with a rebuke from the pulpit. Kind of like a bible study discussion being confused with a pontifical pronouncement.

I understand each individual word you wrote but I wish I knew what theology you were talking about. What ARE you talking about? And why to me? And if I do not believe Pastor Ron's comments, what is that to you?
32 posted on 02/21/2014 8:46:20 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: dragonblustar
So, why have you diverted from the topic of this thread and made it all about you? Are you a troll or just in desperate need of attention?

Your first post to me on this thread hijacked the thread. I have responded to your posts to me, even this uncivil one, dragonblustar. R2z
33 posted on 02/21/2014 8:50:35 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: dragonblustar
Pastor Ron sounds passive aggressive. He could have said these things in private.

And mess up a great marketing opportunity?

34 posted on 02/21/2014 8:55:41 AM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: Resettozero

Let me be clear. I am asking why it appears you are attacking Dragonblustar for expressing her opinion on a thread designed for that very act.

As I have read the exchanges between the two of you, I did not see any evidence of your expressing doubts over the pastor’s words from the pulpit, but rather a zeal to try and convict Dragonblustar for having the temerity to suggest that the pulpit was the wrong place to excoriate the church elders for supporting him, when he has decided his earlier position was wrong.

It’s not personal - just curious as to why you feel this discourse is important.


35 posted on 02/21/2014 8:57:44 AM PST by MortMan (Is a delayed shower a "stay of exablution"?)
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To: Resettozero

True, I posted to you, about the topic of this thread but you made this personal then tried to make about yourself.


36 posted on 02/21/2014 8:58:27 AM PST by dragonblustar (Psalm 37:7)
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To: MortMan
Let me be clear. I am asking why it appears you are attacking Dragonblustar for expressing her opinion on a thread designed for that very act.

As I have read the exchanges between the two of you, I did not see any evidence of your expressing doubts over the pastor’s words from the pulpit, but rather a zeal to try and convict Dragonblustar for having the temerity to suggest that the pulpit was the wrong place to excoriate the church elders for supporting him, when he has decided his earlier position was wrong.

It’s not personal - just curious as to why you feel this discourse is important.


Thank you for being clear. Now I understand what you are talking about. Your presumptions are all incorrect.
37 posted on 02/21/2014 9:08:46 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: dragonblustar
True, I posted to you, about the topic of this thread but you made this personal then tried to make about yourself.

Deny entirely.
38 posted on 02/21/2014 9:11:10 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

As is your definition of “presumption”. Have a good day. Obviously, you are uninterested in any discourse on this subject.


39 posted on 02/21/2014 9:27:28 AM PST by MortMan (Is a delayed shower a "stay of exablution"?)
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To: MortMan
As is your definition of “presumption”. Have a good day. Obviously, you are uninterested in any discourse on this subject.

I stand by the wording I chose. Even more so after reading your next unFRiendly post.

"Have a good day" sounds more like a curse when you say it.

What you mean by "discourse" and "this subject" remains unclear, MortMan.

R2z

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40 posted on 02/21/2014 9:43:31 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

You’re kinda fun, playing the curmudgeon.

Have whatever kind of day you would like.


41 posted on 02/21/2014 9:56:51 AM PST by MortMan (Is a delayed shower a "stay of exablution"?)
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To: BarbM
The Lord goes on to say that if you divorce your wife and marry another, you cause that woman to comitt adultery.

Well, she is not committing adultery if she does not remarry and remains celibate. A careful study of the Bible will show that adultery of one of the partners is not an excuse for divorce. A divorced person that remarries when his/her former spouse is alive commits adultery. A correct non-Catholic sees such conduct as an ongoing sin of remarriage adultery. You can review an excellent doctrinal treatment by clicking here.

My wife divorced me in 1972, and I have not remarried. Staying single has been a very interesting challenge.

42 posted on 02/21/2014 5:00:31 PM PST by imardmd1 (Fiat Lux)
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