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Introduction In the day and age that we live, it is imperative that our families are strong and secure. The two institutions that the devil fights harder than anything else are the family and the Church.
So it is important to understand what the Word of God says concerning the family. God wants your marriage to be successful and your family to be a place of love. Whether married or single, God wants your life to be peaceful. By coming in line with the Word, you will experience good results. You will see your home become like Heaven on earth!
This book is divided into six chapters. Chapter 1 focuses on some common misunderstandings people have had concerning what the Bible says about marriage, divorce, and remarriage. You see, what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 19 and what Paul said in First Corinthians chapter 7 seem to conflict. And for years, people have struggled to find the answer. I explain in Chapter 2 how to interpret these passages based on commonly accepted rules of Bible interpretation.
Then I explain in Chapter 3 the law that is to govern the Body of Christ today —the law of love. Whatever situation you find yourself in—whether married to a Christian, married to an unbeliever, abandoned by a Christian, abandoned by an unsaved spouse, or single—you can pick up where you are and walk on in the love of God. From the time Adam sinned until Jesus Christ came to redeem mankind, man was never able to have the divine type of marriage that God had planned in the Garden of Eden. The life and nature of God was not in mankind at this time.
In this Chapter, I discuss the area of submission and authority, specifically in a marriage relationship, because of an error that has been perpetuated in the Body of Christ.
I explain what it means to submit one to another in a marriage relationship. For more than sixty-five years, I have listened to the problems that people face in their marriages and families.
I have discovered that all marital problems center around four things. In Chapter 5, I discuss these four areas at length and offer practical solutions for overcoming any problems in these areas. Chapter 6 focuses on the family.
By your actions and your words, you create the atmosphere in your home. When you set a good example for your children and surround them with faith and love, you are providing the right resources that will enable them to grow up to be godly men and women. You can have the marriage you desire. You can have the family you desire.
By simply understanding what the Word of God says and then acting on the Word, you can experience the love and peace of God in your home. This is the greatest problem of human relationships.
Divorce and remarriage has become a national issue. There are three main perspectives from which I write this book. First, I am writing as one who knows the pain of a broken home. My father abandoned the family when I was five years old. I know what it is to grow up without a father. My own mother suffered horribly, even to the point of an emotional breakdown and numerous suicide attempts.
I know the injury that divorce can inflict in a young heart. My brother and I hated our father for what he did and even planned to kill him when we got old enough. I can certainly understand why God said He hates divorce Mal. Second, I also write as one who knows the joys of a wonderful marriage.
At the time of this writing, I have been married for sixty-two years. We have faced difficulties in life and in marriage, just like every other couple, but God has seen us through. Third, I write as a minister of the Gospel, as one who is divinely commissioned to keep the Word of God as the supreme guide and authority in all things. However, they were unlike Christ in the mercy and grace with which He ministered to people.
We have just accepted what others have said. But I have always been a little bit different. When I was on the bed of sickness as a teenage boy, my pastor offered me no hope.
I had no reason to give much thought to it. But three different situations of marriage, divorce, and remarriage triggered something on the inside of me and started me thinking about the subject. Yet if I tried to interpret First Corinthians chapter 7 in the light of what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 19, I would become hopelessly confused.
First Situation—Unfaithful Wife I got saved on the bed of sickness at 15 years of age. I was healed right before my seventeenth birthday and started going out to minister. Then when I was 18, I preached a meeting with another minister.
We got many people saved in a certain community. They wanted to start a church and asked me to pastor it. I preached for six or seven weeks to decide whether or not I would pastor the church.
I decided I would. He was 10 years older than I was. This man was an adopted child. They just raised the others. This young man was raised in church. This young man made a living as a businessman. All the businesses of that day were right around the square. As a kid, I remember hearing the businessmen talk. In his sheltered life, he was very naive. This woman just latched onto him because she thought the family name would give her a little prestige.
And so, they were married for four or five years. During those years, almost everyone was talking about this young man behind his back and laughing at him, because this woman continued to see other men. Finally, she left town and ran off with one of the men whom she had been seeing while she was married to this man. No one ever heard from her again. He would weep and weep. So some of the other businessmen began to talk to him and told him what his ex-wife had been doing.
I was only a little kid at this time. Then when I was 18 years of age and he was twenty-eight, he told me what his reaction was when the businessmen told him about his wife. I began to think back, and I could see they were right. I was just too naive. According to the beliefs of this church, he as a divorced person could not remarry now that he was a Christian.
Now if he had remarried before he got saved, this church would have accepted him. I had learned to follow my spirit. Something on the inside of me told me that he should be able to remarry.
But he was saved and attended the Full Gospel church. In the meantime, a certain lady, his high-school sweetheart, moved back to his town. She had never married. Someone invited her to come to the Full Gospel church, and she got saved. The lady found out that she had been just a church member. She had never been born again.
So she got saved. She was also a musician, so she would play the piano some, and then he would play the piano some. They swapped out.
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