On this 16th anniversary of 9/11, a well-known promoter of serial polygamy was earnestly hoping to fly his 747 into one of the marriage permanence twin towers – the clear teachings of Jesus, or the clear teachings of Paul. Here’s why he deserves to fail in that mission.
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……….Robert Waters This is a reply the article linked that had the ridiculous title, “Excuse Me, was I addressing You? Stop abusing 1 Cor 7:26-27“
He [blogger, “standerinfamilycourt”] did not even put his name to it. Nevertheless, but God will hold him accountable for the error.
( SIFC: “Standerinfamilycourt” is often criticized for writing under a “nom-de-plume“, as though this somehow invalidates the message of the gospel, and as though what the reader reads in this blog cannot be directly compared with scripture online and with many helpful tools. In fact, the blog installment and series that Robert Waters is so busy criticizing teaches the readers how to do just that for themselves with the utmost integrity. That said, SIFC would like to remind readers that the reason for the pen name is because there is the precious and eternally irreplaceable soul of a one-flesh prodigal spouse at stake, and this fact constantly wars with the legitimate need to play an assigned, specific role in the marriage permanence movement. If the pen name was not used, the blogs would not be able to write about certain hard-hitting topics without jeopardizing that spouse’s repentance by publicly exposing their identity, and sometimes their deeds, while they remain emotionally ill and held captive to do satan’s will. SIFC will make no further apologies for doing so. Mr. Waters needs to remember that God will hold ALL of us accountable for deliberately mistreating His word — the sword cuts both ways. If some basic facts must be known about SIFC to hear the Spirit of God in these blogs, they are follows:
– married in the Lord for nearly 45 years
Like Francesca Battistelli, “I don’t need my name in lights..”, and like the Apostle Paul — who considered his impressive resume “dung” but felt compelled to present it anyway to due the criticisms coming from the enemies of the kingdom of God, SIFC does so here in the same spirit.
Answer: NO. He [Paul] addresses them in other places, like Galatians 5:19 (the works of the flesh). He [blogger SIFC] wrote: “
Answer: Before we note his [blogger SIFC] comment let us look at what the text says. Paul speaks of the “unmarried”. That word includes those divorced, because they are no longer married. The writer of the articles refuses to believe what the text says because he does not believe divorced (sic) does what God says it will do. He admits what the text INCLUDES, says you can’t believe it because it is not what I believe some other passages teach. He [blogger SIFC] wrote: “Here the term agamois (unmarried) is different from parthenos (virgin). It certainly includes virgins, but also includes those who have been put away, who may or may not have a living, estranged spouse. Based on Matthew 19:6, Romans 7:2 and 1 Cor. 7:39, it cannot mean that the marriage bond is dissolved if both original spouses are living.” He [blogger SIFC] wrote: “We established earlier Matthew 19:6 as the cornerstone scripture for comparison (Part 1 of our series) before accepting a particular interpretation of any other other scripture.”
SIFC: There will be a strong temptation to be resisted throughout this rebuttal, of using biting sarcasm due to the blatant lack on Mr. Waters’ part to delve very deeply into much of anything whereof he speaks. Jesus and Paul used sarcasm when ignorant men were seeking to corrupt God’s children in eternal matters. They did so out of righteous indignation. Does SIFC have that same privilege? We shall endeavor to keep it restrained. The readers can refer back to that linked blog – Part 1, and determine for themselves whether or not disciplined hermeneutics were applied, and whether or not Mr. Waters is countering with the same level of rigor, reflecting his formal bible education. The concept of one-flesh as Jesus described it in that passage, and of unconditional, indissoluble covenant are certainly among the most offensive of Jesus’ teachings.
Even several Calvinist theologians of late agree with the Koine Greek linguists that although there was a Greek word for “widow” (female) http://biblehub.com/greek/5503.htm there was no corresponding word for “male widow”, so Paul used “agamois”, to match the intended symmetry in each of these sections, of first addressing the men in the category, and then the women. Not to have done this (much like today) would have offended the Gentile women who were relatively new converts, and who were accustomed to a much greater sense of equality than in the Jewish culture. Either way, Paul was here addressing only those who did not have an estranged living spouse, or he would have been contradicting himself and creating confusion in the passages that follow next.
ANSWER: First, that passages (sic) does not say what he [blogger SIFC] insists it says. It says, “LET not man put asunder.” It does not say man cannot do it or that DIVORCE, as God defined it, does not do it. And so, he refuses to believe what clear text say because he is BENT on holding to a false idea of his “cornerstone” text. He further said, “(1) from the point God joins husband and wife, they cannot be unjoined as long as both live.”
Really? Matthew 19:6, was teaching that took place during the Mosaic dispensation. The Law of Moses, which was the law of God. Clearly Deut. 24:1,2 spoke of divorce and it allowed the woman to “go and be another man’s wife”. The man didn’t need divorce to marry another because he could have multiple wives. Also, God confirmed that the divorce law was from him by using it himself (Jer. 3:8). And the icing on the cake is the clear teaching that Jesus married God ‘s divorced wife (Romans 7:1, 4).
SIFC: Let’s address Mr. Waters’ last assertion first…. “Jesus married God’s divorced wife (Romans 7:1, 4).” Did Mr. Waters REALLY just accuse Jesus of doing what the man in 1 Cor. 5 was doing? Committing both adultery and incest ? That most certainly would be “the icing on the cake“, wouldn’t it? It should be noted that we covered the Most High’s alleged “marital history” in Part 6 of our “Stop Abusing Scripture” series. As far as we know, there has been some attempt to claim that His Son had a marital history, but it was later proven to be a forgery of evidence. As far as anyone has been able to conclusively prove, Jesus remained celibate throughout His life — as represented.
Next, let’s examine this assertion from Mr. Waters: “Matthew 19:6, was teaching that took place during the Mosaic dispensation.” The very first thing to note is that Mr. Waters does not offer any biblical evidence of when one covenant age ceased and the other commenced. He simply states his bias for universal consumption, as if he were stating “the sky is blue”. Based on prophecy and biblical history, SIFC contends that the Mosaic covenant ceased and the Messianic covenant began when Jesus emerged, baptized, from the Jordan River. John the Baptizer was the “Elijah” prophesied in Malachi 4:5-6, the closing verses of the Old Testament. John the Baptizer was surely passing the torch when he immersed Jesus, and the dove of Lord descended on Him. The onset of the Messianic covenant age is why Jesus was able to gather food and heal on the Sabbath long before He went to the cross. From there He proceeded to His sermon on the mount, where He abrogated quite a bit of Mosaic regulation, and proclaimed (in effect), “from now on, this is a new day morally.”
The other thing to note is that Jesus never endorsed Moses’ “permission”, but in fact He corrected it in Matthew 19:8, making the very important point that hard-heartedness is not an acceptable attribute of a Christ-follower. In fact, this is echoed as a soul-imperiling attribute throughout the book of Hebrews. By contrast, Mr. Waters would have us believe that an “allowance” was made by God for hard-heartedness, and that would “prove” that He instituted man’s divorce. Completely ignored are the actual words of Jesus: “from the beginning, it was NOT SO.” Hard-heartedness, as we learn in Hebrews is the beginning of total apostasy.
Dear reader, the writer of the article with the silly title claims to use good hermeneutics, but he [blogger SIFC] does not. He wrote: “Scripture must always be interpreted in light of all other scripture on the same topic, and accomplished in such a way that there is no contradiction. “
SIFC: As noted in a couple of earlier blogs, distorters of the sermon on the mount (who often are the purveyors of serial polygamy snake oil) often choose to read it as if Matt. 5:17-19 were the only verses therein. In doing so, they miss the whole central message, including the new requirement for all men to obey Jesus from the heart. Mr. Waters is flat-out ignoring an enormous amount of context in reducing Matthew 5 down to three cherry-picked verses.
SIFC: Apparently, like the Pharisees were, Mr. Waters is upset that the Son of the Most High, would deign to “change the rules”, as it were. (“But He promised!”) We’ve already demonstrated Mr. Waters’ distorted understanding of the message of the sermon on the mount. The accurate way to view this assertion of his is that GOD set the rules from the beginning, and it was carnal men, not Jesus, who attempted to change the rules. Jesus came to re-establish the rules, even the ones Mr. Waters isn’t fond of, and that, dear readers, is the correct context of Matt. 5:17-19. The very fact that Jesus repeatedly raised the bar on a whole range of moral issues by saying, “It is written / You have heard it said… BUT I SAY UNTO YOU”, should lay to rest any and all attempts to wish Moses was still the sheriff in these here parts, instead of Jesus. In the very next verse after this over-emphasized passage, we read,
For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
The truth I’m trying to get across (sic) you many of you does not (sic) have contradictions, which is why I gave up trying to defend the error that benefits only the devil as it breaks up marriages, imposes celibacy on people who need marriage, splits churches and results in precious time being wasted arguing the matter.
SIFC: “Standerinfamilycourt” never ceases to be amazed at the terror in the voices of the enemies of God’s kingdom, as they ascribe to us these amazing super-powers we never realized we had.
“Breaks up marriages?” How? By quoting scripture? Oh, that we could convict consciences that readily, why, it would be a scene straight out of the book of Ezra! However, we point out that Jesus’ definition of “marriage” is as follows:
And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ˜For this reason a man shall leave his FATHER AND MOTHER and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? – Matt. 19:4-5
He did not say “… leave his God-joined one-flesh wife and be joined to another woman.” On FIVE different occasions, He distinctly called such an arrangement ongoing adultery and not once did He ever call it “marriage” without also calling it ongoing adultery.
” imposes celibacy on people who need marriage”? We can assure that we have no present plans or budget to go around locking people up in chastity belts any time soon, so we think this particular superpower is also a bit overstated. (Chill, Robert!) Our understanding according to scripture is that these are people who already have marriage (however inconvenient that is to them), and it is Divine Law that imposes the chastity. We don’t make the laws, we just deliver the message about them. We also remind that others have “needs”, too. Our children need to learn godly morality, forgiveness, faith and endurance from the example we set. They need to unlearn “eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth”. The estranged covenant partner of the married-for-life person we are lusting after needs to have no impediment to the full repentance of their one-flesh spouse nor to the rebuilding of their covenant family. At the end of the day, the only biblical way divorcees are going to obtain “marriage” is to obey the Lord and be open to reconciliation with their own actual spouse. Our nation needs to turn back the much-advanced hand of God’s judgment on the land these past 50 years.
“splits churches”? Again, we are not aware of any signs of this attributed super-power of ours. What “standerinfamilycourt” has personally observed following an unlawful wedding being performed in the house of the Lord, is that a church split did occur when an adulterously remarried couple rose up against the pastor’s authority on an unrelated matter shortly thereafter. God always disciplines His children as legitimate children, we’re told in Hebrews 12.
– St. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, “Epistle To The Ephesians,” c. 105 A.D.
SIFC leaves the readers with a link to some important and highly-relevant listening, courtesy of Pastor Stephen Wilcox of Canada. Mr. Waters accuses this blog of misrepresenting the teachings of Christ and Paul concerning the validity of remarriage after divorce. If that were so, then it stands to reason that the men who led the church in the 1st through 4th centuries after Jesus went to the cross would agree with Mr. Waters and not with us. We are talking about some men here who were directly discipled by the likes of the Apostle John, for example. We are also talking about an historical record that has only become available through excavations and technology in the last couple of decades, at least some 20 years after the enactment of unilateral divorce (and revised church doctrine to match) in most of the U.S., Canada and other western countries. The last several minutes deal with particular eloquence with Mr. Waters’ emotional plea about the “need” of the already-married to “remarry” another while their covenant spouse is alive and estranged.
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