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“PAUL’S OPINIONS?”

Dub McClish

Denton, TX

Many grievously misunderstand the nature of revelation/inspiration. Some aver that only the words of Jesus (those in red letter in some Bibles) are authoritative, and the remainder of the writers reflect mere human opinions. The 1970s militant feminists labeled Paul’s doctrine relating to the God-given respective roles of men and women (e.g., I Cor. 11:3; Eph. 5:23; 1 Tim. 2:11–12; et al.) as the rantings of a disillusioned, male-chauvinist, woman-hating bachelor—he was not Jesus.

Some brethren are not far behind the foregoing attitude toward revelation, though for different reasons. Years ago a brother made a Wednesday night talk, commenting on various expressions in 1 Corinthians 7. He alleged that Paul’s statement, “To the rest say I, not the Lord” (v. 12), was uninspired human opinion, which we could choose to ignore. It fell my lot to correct his error before the assembly was dismissed. I did so by pointing out as gently as possible that all Paul was saying was that the Lord had not specifically addressed the questions, which he was about to treat (vv. 12–15), but that Paul’s words on the subject were nonetheless inspired.

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Study of Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage

Ron Halbrook

"Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge" (Heb. 13:4). Marriage as ordained by God is to be held by man as high, holy, and honorable. It is sacred because God established and regulated it according to his own wisdom, will, and purpose. God's fundamental rule has always been one man for one woman for life.

In the Beginning: God's Ideal

for Honorable Marriage

When God made male and female, he said, "It is not good that the man should be alone. . . Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh" (Gen. 2:18-24). To "leave" the original home means to make the new one first in his life. To "cleave unto his wife" means to be inseparably bonded to her alone. To "be one flesh" means two lives are joined together as one, symbolized by the physical union of sexual intercourse. This fundamental rule of one man for one woman for life eliminates fornication, adultery, polygamy, concubinage, homosexuality, and bestiality.

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Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage

Mike Willis
Dayton, Ohio

In recent years, the divorce rate in America has continued to skyrocket. The number of people being divorced is rapidly growing in such proportions that many of those with whom we associate and whom we try to convert to the Lord have been divorced and remarried. Christians are, consequently, forced to deal with the subject of marriage, divorce and remarriage as it relates to leading people to Christ who are in second and third marriages. In addition to that, as the world has become more inclined to divorce and remarriage, members of the church have become more involved in divorces and second and third marriages. Because of this influence of our society upon us, we need to understand what the scriptures teach regarding marriage, divorce and remarriage.

One of the real dangers which faces Christians is the tendency to have its moral standard dictated to it by the world rather than reaching its conclusions about morality from the Bible. At the present, the morals of America are in a transition period. Things that 'were. considered immoral a few years ago are now accepted and blatantly practiced. We see this happening with reference to homosexuality, gambling, drinking, fornication, and other sins condemned by God's word. The warning which Paul gave in Romans 12:2 is therefore quite apropos for a discussion of marriage, divorce and remarriage. In Rom. 12:2, Paul wrote as follows: "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." We have got to be careful that we do not allow what the society around us legislates and accepts become our moral standard with reference to marriage, divorce and remarriage. We must not be conformed to this world but rather we must be guided by the revelation of God.

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What Did Jesus Teach About Divorce and Remarriage

R.J. Stevens
Kemp, Texas

The teachings of Jesus on the subject of divorce and remarriage need to be read over and over in the homes and churches throughout the land today. There is one thing on which we all agree and that is that there are too many divorces and remarriages in our society. The major reason for this problem is the ignoring of what the Lord taught in his word on this subject. Many have read and listened to what men think Jesus meant instead of reading and meditating on what Jesus said.

Let us notice Matthew 5:31,32 – "It hath been said, whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: but I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery." This is from the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus was teaching his disciples to hear him and do his sayings.

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Christ Spoke Plainly on Divorce and Remarriage

Jerry Crolius
Fairfield, Ohio

The National Center for Health Statistics says there were nearly 2.4 million weddings in 1988. Some 10.7 percent of these marriages were divorced men marrying never-married women, and 10.9 percent were marriages of divorced women to never-married men. (There were no figures reported in the article about how many marriages united a divorced man with a divorced woman, but it is safe to say that in at least 30 percent of today's new marriages, one or both spouses have been previously married and divorced.) "Everything is changing," says Beverly Sitnick, bridal manager at the Claire Dratch women's specialty store in Bethesda, MD. "I'm noticing so many combinations of divorced and single people. "

Andrew Cherlin, a sociologist at John Hopkins University who studies divorce and remarriage in the USA, made these comments when the statistics were released: "If this says anything, it says divorce is becoming more acceptable and less of a barrier to getting remarried. There isn't much difference between being divorced and single when you're marrying a spouse.

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