Two favorite things “standerinfamilycourt” dearly loves to share with you, dear audience, are miraculous restoration testimonies of a God-joined, one-flesh relationship after decades of man’s divorce, and pastors’ sermon series from the small but growing number of faithful shepherds who preach the whole counsel of God concerning the sinful state of dying “married” to the spouse of another… no excuses, no exceptions. Previously, we shared the bold and truthful series by Brother Sproul, a Florida pastor in the Church of Christ, and Brother Phil Schlamp, a Canadian pastor of an Evangelical Church. We left you with a teaser to stay tuned, because we had our eye on yet another pastor whose sermon series (and plain-spoken boldness for the kingdom of God) is well worth the listen.
SIFC is not African American but has great admiration for the fire and passion of several wonderful black pastors, unfortunately not all of whom preach an uncompromisingly biblical view of marriage indissolubility, though the one just cited did teach a faithful view until his own daughter “married” another woman’s estranged husband in 2001. By way of contrast, Pastor Jennings, of the First Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Philadelphia, is a sterling (if slightly brash) example of faithfulness to the hard teachings of Jesus Christ in this matter. We apologize that most of these recordings end pretty abruptly, but we guarantee that not a single one will put you to sleep.
From a 2001 sermon on divorced remarriage:
Part 1 Summary: After dealing with false salvation, Pastor Jennings begins to deal at 6 minutes in with remarriage after divorce, based on Romans 7:1-3.
Part 2: Continues…”if the husband be….what?” Pastor Jennings continues on, to Matthew 19 and wealthy adulterers running the church, and taking on the homosexualists in the church, as well as the legalized adulterers who try to use the existence of concurrent polygamy in the Old Testament and some current faiths to justify serial polygamy: marrying another while estranged from a God-joined spouse.
Part 3: Continues in Matthew 19…”who commits fornication?” and underscores it with Matthew 1:18. “You can go to church tomorrow and shout all you want with that second wife….” Pastor Jennings goes on to deal with physical abuse in marriage based on 1 Cor. 7:10-11.
Part 4: Continues in 1 Cor. 7:11…”Most of the preaching in Delaware is different from this …because the preachers there gonna pick a second wife for ya!…Some of you may marry a man who already got a wife…you can’t say that’s your husband….you got another woman’s husband!!”
Based on Hebrews 13:4, he rebukes pastors who justify and even participate in serial polygamy, based on spiritual condition at the time of marriage, as false prophets.
Ten years later in 2011, the quality of the recording is much-improved, but there is no improving on the guidance in 1 Cor. 7:10-11, as Pastor Jennings’ application of this timeless word is made to a letter inquiry from Jamaica asking about marital abandonment…putting the listener in God’s shoes when Israel left Him…based on Jeremiah 3:8-14. “Come back, come back…I got lot of backsliders watching me now….God is calling for you, backslider!”
A second letter addressed in that 2011 broadcast service asks about a 65 year old “coworker” who has both a God-joined and a counterfeit wife, having spent the longer period with his legalized adulteress….Romans 7:1-3, “listen at the bible, never mind Pastor Jennings…listen at the bible!” In this one, he calls out “religious spoiled brats!” He calls out a woman who marries an already-married pastor for “playing the whore” based on Sirach 23, and continuing… “A man that breaketh wedlock saying thus in his heart, ‘Who seest me? I am compassed about with darkness…the walls cover me…nobody seest me, what need I to fear? The Lord will not remember my sins!”
“….Any preacher…(and I know you’re watching, hypocrite!)…(11:45) ..because you Apostolic churches now have changed and now you promote divorce!…You got a preacher that justifies divorce…
[ SIFC: we would have said “that justifies remarriage“], “you’re following a false prophet, you’re following a liar. And if you stay under him, you gonna go to hell with him!”
Circa 100 A.D., the martyred bishop of Antioch said something very similar: “Do not be in error my brethren. Those that corrupt families shall not inherit the kingdom of God. If, then, those who do this as respects have suffered death, how much more will this be the case with anyone who corrupts by wicked doctrine the faith of God, for which Jesus Christ was crucified! Such a one becoming defiled in this way shall go away into everlasting fire and so shall everyone that harkens unto him.”
For a lot of people, connecting remarriage with a journey toward hell is about as incendiary as preaching can get, unless like another faithful shepherd we recently covered, you rebuke a remarriage adulterer’s church and birth family for not shunning him or her according to the instructions to the church in 1 Cor 5, in an effort to salvage their soul by forcing actual repentance. Yet, didn’t John the Baptist preach the same thing? Was Jesus not preaching exactly the same thing in the sermon on the mount?
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell. It was said, ‘Whoever sends his wife away, let him give her a certificate of divorce’; but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
If the risk of hell from the random but easily-repentable act of adultery with the spouse of another (without the civil-only fiction of subsequent “marriage” to that person) was so high that Jesus earnestly advised physically removing the temptation at the first sign that it was going to be a problem, how can anyone behind the pulpit possibly entertain the delusion that forsaking one’s covenant family and one-flesh, God-joined partner to establish a faux “blended” family with someone else’s one-flesh is going to be OK with God to the point where that adulterous state can continue until death? What kind of contemporary fool mocks God to His face by actually becoming a “blended family pastor” ? No wonder the liberal theologians have all dismissed these words of the Lord as “hyperbole” in their commentaries ! How could we possibly fantasize that the One Who said we would give an account before God for every useless word we utter would engage in “hyperbole” while speaking to us of hell?
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