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GfBC holds to the permanence view of marriage. According to the permanence view, there are no biblical grounds for divorce under any circumstance (and thus, no remarriage after divorce). In this sermon from Matthew 5:31-32, Dr. Baucham gives a Biblical defense of that position and explains the differences between the three predominate views held by evangelical churches today.
Response to Faye from Atlanta The most subversive teaching that comes from Permanence ideology comes form those who teach ‚Äúindissoluble marriage.‚ÄĚ A percentage of these teachers feel it necessary to exceed the bible in order to resolve divorce and remarriage, they advocate that subsequent marriages after divorce should end. The ‚Äúdivorce to repent‚ÄĚ supposition has been a source of contention for a long time. Most Permanence advocates have not taught this doctrine because it is not instructed and unprecedented in scripture. The minority that teach this doctrine have whole heartedly abandoned biblical precedents for a solution of their understanding of how repentance should work itself out in this case. They believe repentance in this matter should look different NOW than it did in the Old Testament, they believe God requires now what He forbid before. Keep in mind that they are discarding biblical precedents and replacing it with their solution, they are speaking for God where God has not spoken. This zeal has a pharisaical tendency to add rules to the Word of God. The contention over this teaching is controversial, even for those who hold to other Permanence beliefs. There is nothing in the New Testament that should be construed as to reinterpret the Old Testament binding that occurred in remarriage.
Excellent So many pastors who have no problem with divorce if the "exceptions" are met are the same pastors who marry two people using the vows of "til death do us part", when the fact is, they don't actually believe in those words or hold to them. The permanence view of which Voddie teaches is just that: you hold to the vow until death parts you from your spouse, not convenient exceptions that you squeeze out of the Bible.
Kim Fischer (12/24/2013)
from Phoenix, AZ
Great Sermon! One of the most thorough, complete, accurate and most of all, biblical message I have ever heard on the subject. Not many have the conviction to speak this kind of message in this day of common divorce and remarriage. Thanks so much for this biblical truth. Keep up the Good News!
Response to Faye of Atlanta @Faye from Atlanta,
Prayerfully consider this:
Jesus says that if you look lustfully at a woman you have already committed adultery. This reveals that whether we are married, remarried, or single not one of us is righteous because we all lust in our hearts. Thus, we are all aldulterers. We All are sinners and fall short of his glory. Only in Christ are we made righteous. As christ and Paul says, if you are married do not divorce. Very simple. Two wrongs dont make a right:)
Billy Summers (5/21/2013)
Great Sermon! I have to admit this gives me a different perspective and now i have to rethink how i've believed up to this point and my current marital circumstances.
Kevin McCue (12/2/2012)
from Long Beach, Ca.
Great Sermon! but supposing I never spoke vows only signed with a justice of the peace am I married or are the vowes are implied when you exchange rings.
from Atlanta, GA
GOD HAS SPOKEN LOUD AND CLEAR !! God has said that marriage is binding until DEATH. It is a violation of HIS WORD to divorce and remarry. Shame on Pastor Baucham and all others who are giving the stamp of approval to those who are remaining remarried, and in so doing, denying that their first marriage is still binding in God's sight. Romans 7:2,3--For the woman which hath an husband IS BOUND BY THE LAW TO HER HUSBAND AS LONG AS HE LIVETH; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then, IF, WHILE HER HUSBAND LIVETH, SHE BE MARRIED TO ANOTHER MAN, SHE SHALL BE CALLED AN ADULTERESS: but if her husband be dead, she is free from the law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. God has spoken and HE IS THE FINAL AUTHORITY on the matter, not man! And, He has further said--"...adulterers...shall NOT inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Cor. 6:9-10 Take the matter of divorce/remarriage very serious because GOD DOES!!
Great Sermon! If you divorce and remarry knowing that God hates it (and please don't wiggle out by saying that you were not a believer, that you were ignorant about the things that God hates, ...), then you sinned against your spouse and God. Knowing this, what will you now do?
Marie Kvam (9/18/2012)
from Austin, MN
Question? What do you recommend to women (and children)in an abusive marriage?
Bryan McNair (4/29/2012)
from Jacksonville, FL
'God's Permanence View'! Transforming message on God's original and perpetual design for marriage. Voddie is pinpoint accurate on this most important reality of the heart of God...
Difficult words... ...but necessary for me to hear. Thank you, Dr Baucham.
Honest Seeker (12/8/2011)
Great Sermon! The concept is generally good, though there seems to be some room to debate his point near the end - "remarriage is an ACT of adultery, not a STATE of adultery." For another thought about it:
Marcelo H. (8/23/2011)
Great Sermon! Does anyone could transcribe the sermon, please? It is very important!
Great Sermon! Thank you. I have been being told that I must divorce my second husband and remain single, and I have a four year old. I agree that what I did was horrible sin, and I was GRIEVED to think my marriage would be considered continual adultery, and also GRIEVED at the same time at the thought of having to divorce. I now better understand the holiness of God and I do fear, and I hope I can heal from this in time. I am so broken and anyone reading this please say a prayer for us. Thanks.
Joey Morales (3/28/2011)
from New Mexico
Wow I have struggled with the thought of remarriage after the divorce my wife handed me. Thank you for being clear and true to the Word of God. I believe a load has been lifted off my shoulders.
Heritage Baptist (3/25/2011)
from Vinton VA
Great Sermon! Wonderful! Reminds me of one my pastor did recently - Holy Matrimony: The Prized Jewel Of God 8/22/2010 (SUN) | Bible: Genesis 1:26-28; Genesis 2:18-25 (http://www.sermonaudio.com/se rmoninfo.asp?SID=822101125295)
Thank you! Dr. Baucham,
I always wondered how people could justify divorce. Even as a child I understoond God's Word to say otherwise. Thanks for clearing up my confusion.
Pam Meyer (2/23/2011)
from Clark, Wyoming
Great Sermon! I didn't like hearing this, but it was an eye opener. I now understand why I can not remarry, and accept this willingly. Thank you, Dr. Baucham, for being so clear in your explanation of scripture.
Rob Marsh (1/21/2011)
from Woodlands, Texas
Great Sermon! Excellent, Biblically-sound message about the permanence view of marriage - the teaching that God intended for marriage vows to be held to, regardless of "exception clauses." I've listened to this twice and it's a powerful message that really makes you rethink the importance of the marriage covenant and understanding that it is NOT intended to be broken.
Great Sermon! OUR COUNTRY IS FALLING INTO JUDGEMENT because of divorce and remarriage--im a little scared of what is coming next
Evg. Taylor (9/11/2010)
from Normal, Illinois
Great Sermon! It is good to hear a voice preaching an uncompromised word in a day and time when compromising is the status quo.
Wonderful Just Wonderful This is a wonderful sermon. He really explains the Holiness of Marriage in Gods Perspective. It covers the issue of divorce and remarriage.
Voddie Baucham wears many hats. He is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker and church planter. He currently serves as Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX. He has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies...