Our position on divorce: We believe that marriage is a covenant, the terms of which are the vows. Habitual, unrepentant, violation of those vows destroys the covenant and entitles the wronged spouse to divorce, though does not require it.
The Bible sets out covenant-destroying sins:
- desertion and abuse (1 Cor. 7:15) – abuse is a form of desertion because the evil conduct violates and repels the victim
- adultery (Mat 19, Mk 10).
God doesn’t hate the legal process of divorce; he hates the sins of desertion, abuse and adultery that cause marriages to break down.
We believe that a wronged party, after divorce, is free to remarry, only in the Lord (i.e., another believer).
The Bible DOES allow divorce for domestic abuse
Biblical Divorce for Abuse explained in a nutshell
God hates divorce? Not always.
Does God hate divorce? (Youtube)
Isn’t adultery the only ground for divorce?
Let’s Put This “But he hasn’t physically abused you” Nonsense to Rest Once and For All
True or False? “Jesus speaks of divorce being permissible, and his reason for such is that our hearts can be hard.”
Stop Saying “God Hates Divorce”
Church discipline and church permission for divorce – how my mind has changed (by Barbara Roberts)
Arguing From the Lesser to the Greater to Establish Biblical Divorce
Challenging the No Divorce for Abuse Fortress Which Has Been Raised Up Against the Knowledge of God
Is Mercury Poisoning a Valid Reason for Divorce?
Interview with David Instone-Brewer, author of “Divorce & Remarriage in the Bible”
David Instone-Brewer, The Westminster Confession, and Judging Divorce
The Puritan Confessions on Divorce & Remarriage — Ps David Dykstra discusses why the London Confession (the confession of Reformed Baptists) did not include the section on divorce and remarriage which the Westminster Confession included.
Carl Trueman and Todd Pruitt believe that abuse is grounds for divorce
Is Divorce For Abuse Biblical? Who’s Asking?
Abusive Marriages Portray God’s Covenant With His People? – Really? (a challenge to John Piper)
The Bible virtually commands divorce for domestic abuse
Good men: please denounce the Permanence View of Marriage that denies any reason for divorce
You have heard that it was said “God hates divorce,” but I say unto you. . .
We Make Void God’s Word when we Prohibit Divorce for Abuse
Which One is Worse? The Adulterer or the Abuser? Thoughts on Divorce for Abuse