What About Marital Infidelity?

Some will argue that in the case of marital infidelity, divorce is allowed. It looks like Scripture allows for that. However, “the exception clause” relates to what we think of as the engagement period. In the Jewish culture of that day, their pledges were given, then the husband went to his parents home to get a place ready for his betrothed (his fiancée). (See John 14:2-3). Note: His fiancée was considered his wife. When Joseph was considering putting away (divorcing) Mary quietly, something happened: “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.” She was his wife, even though the marriage was not yet consummated. Had the angel of the Lord not intervened, Joseph would have been justified in putting her away (divorcing her). Once the marriage was consummated, that was no longer an option. What can a true Christian do when he or she has this problem today? First, every effort should be made to maintain the marriage. If the offending partner refuses to repent, separation, but not remarriage, is allowed. Many think this is too hard. However, the sanctity of marriage is to be upheld. It is interesting to note that some Bible teachers attempt to justify divorce when there has been unfaithfulness in the marriage. Andy Telford once observed that some of them have had this problem in their marriage or in that of a friend or family member. Selah! Christian marriages should be a visual illustration of Christ and His bride, the church; each loving the other. What if Jesus were to decide that His bride was unfaithful and so chose to put her away? Let us take marriage very seriously!     Ron

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