Concordia Theological Monthly

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divorce, union, wife, marriage, husband, wedlock, betrothal, desertion

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Divorce is one of the most pernicious and at the same time most prevalent evils of our day. With the exception of Russia our own country has the sorrowful distinction of lending the nations of the world in divorces per capita of population. This extreme disregard of the sanctity and indissolubility of wedlock, which like a deadly poison has already ruined thousands of homes and is threatening to undermine the very foundation of our Union, is slowly, but surely invading our congregations also, there to exercise its baneful influence. During the past decade divorces, almost unknown in our circles twenty years ago, are becoming more and more frequent and are increasing in number at an alarming rate. It is the duty of the pastors to warn against this evil and not to countenance any laxity with regard to divorce and remarriage of divorced people. For this purpose it will not be amiss to consider the principles laid down in Scripture by the Lord Himself, especially in the New Testament. We shall do so under the general head of "Divorce and Malicious Desertion."


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Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Deuteronomy 24:1; Matthew 19:4-6; Genesis 1:28; Luke 12:14; Matthew 19:5; 1 Corinthians 7:2-5; 1 Corinthians 6:16a; 1 Corinthians 6:15; Ephesians 2:28; Genesis 2:24; Leviticus 18:6 ff;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars