The Divorce Delusion: Marriage Matters for the Gospel's Sake

The prevalence of divorce today means Christians should understand marriage even better.

If you search the Internet for any length of time, you will find site after site, and story after story affirming a new definition of marriage and encouragement to divorce “for happiness sake.” Fact is, the biblical family is facing endangerment and tragically most Christians have studied little what Scripture says on this topic.

I state that with a confident assessment from my own personal counseling experiences. In almost every conversation I’ve had on this topic with a struggling married person, a friend, or a family member the response was, “but doesn’t God allow divorce if someone’s unhappy?” Or as the court system defines ‘irreconcilable differences.’

When we studied what the Bible actually stated on this topic, they were shocked realizing they had believed a pop-Christianity—a mixture of culture and nuggets of Bible heard in church—instead of what God has defined in Scripture. In every case, this newfound truth gave them biblical insight, and for the burdened, a passion to fight for their marriages and hope for restoration!

Jay Adams appropriately conveys the concept of divorce as biblical; therefore, he instructs Christians to do all they can to understand it and to teach what God, and His Word, say about it.[i]

Unfortunately what the Bible says about marriage and divorce is mixed with an unhealthy dose of loud, unbiblical voices in our culture shouting about marriage and divorce.

Journalist LZ Granderson stated the view of some in popular American culture today:

‘Til death do us part. On my wedding day, I will not be saying that sentence. Not that I'm not in it to win it—I am—only that if two people are told they can never leave, how ...

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