What about divorce?
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).
Does God hate divorce? (Youtube)
Church discipline and church permission for divorce – how my mind has changed (by Barbara Roberts)
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.
Abusive Marriages Portray God’s Covenant With His People? – Really? (a challenge to John Piper)