The eight essays on marriage, divorce, and remarriage in this booklet appeared originally as editorials in the Reformed magazine, the Standard Bearer.
In certain, important respects, the essays advance the argument for marriage as a lifelong bond beyond that which I have made in two, earlier books, Marriage, the Mystery of Christ & the Church: The Covenant-Bond in Scripture and History (RFPA, rev. ed. 1998) and Better to Marry: Sex and Marriage in I Corinthians 6 & 7 (RFPA, 1993). One such advance is the demonstration that permission of the remarriage of the "innocent party" in a divorce necessarily implies, and invariably leads to, the right also of the guilty party to remarry.
In view of the increasingly strong pressure on churches to accept homosexual relationships, the essay, "Narrow is the Way," is timely. It shows that one of the main reasons for the churches' acceptance of homosexual relationships is these same churches' prior acceptance of the divorces and remarriages of heterosexuals in the face of the clear prohibition of Scripture.
One doctrine of marriage, and one only, guards the true church of Jesus Christ against every corruption of marriage and preserves the holy institution among the covenant people of God. Marriage is the intimate bond of love between one man and one woman for life. Only death dissolves the bond. To be more precise, only God dissolves the bond, and He dissolves it only by death.