Good question Good question. I addressed this at the end of the sermon. It is a weighty question, indeed. I believe John Piper's sermon on this passage is very helpful, and I would encourage you to take a look at it. â€œWhat God Has Joined Together, Let Not Man Separate, Part 2," which can be found on desiringgod.org
I agree with Piper that a second marriage should NOT be ended. It is true, it should not have happened. But two wrongs do not make a right. The second marriage, although it was sinful to enter into, is still a real marriage. By God's grace, this second marriage can be sanctified and can reflect the relationship of Christ and the church.
Couples in a second marriage should not be told to divorce, but rather to make their marriage as Christ-honoring as it can be.
Excellent! 'No Biblical Grounds for Divorce' Thank you Pastor Reaoch! Yes, the "exception clause" applies to the betrothal period. Yes, remarriage is only permitted after the death of a spouse otherwise an adulterous relationship occurs. As you said, "Only God can separate a marriage." If a Christian man's first wife is still living but he has civilly married another woman: (1.) Isn't he still married to his first wife in Christ? (2.) Isn't his second marriage null-and-void because their relationship is scandalous and adulterous? (3.) Mustn't he leave (civilly divorce) the 2nd woman and return (civilly marry) to the 1st or remain single?
Much Needed Sermon For Today Pastor Ben, I was listening to this message on a Sat. afternoon while working. The truths your brought forth greatly blessed me. I am currently reading J. Owen's book on Sin & Temptation (forward by J. Piper). This message is very much needed today. Thanks brother! Ron Walker (Beaver Baptist)