Remarriage After Conversion (Divorce and Remarriage)

There is a lot of false teaching out there as Jesus said it would be (Matthew 23) and it not only comes from those who are blatantly easy to recognize, it also comes in the form of what people think Christianity should look like....the anabaptist people. 

 Denominational religions and most of the Mennonite, Amish, German Baptist (etc) groups all have false teachings in their theology.  One very dangerous teaching is that if a person was divorced prior to becoming a new creation in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5), they teach that sin is not forgiven by God and a person must never marry anyone after conversion AND if they have, they are to divorce that person and go back to the prior person.  
  
 Note: our stance is just as the Word instructs, we are against divorce if both parties are believers unless it be for fornication (Matthew 5:32).  The other situation would be if an unbelieving couple married and one became a believer (born from above John 3:3) and the unbelieving spouse was not pleased to dwell with them and divorced them, they are not under bondage as per 1 Corinthians 7. 

This particular article is for those who have had divorce PRIOR to being a born again believer and made a new creation. 
  
Let's look at 1 Corinthians 7:8-11 and see if Paul addresses anyone who has been divorced prior to conversion. 
  
8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I. 
9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. 
10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 
11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. 
  
The greek word for 'unmarried' is: 
agamos and it means 'unmarried'. Not married.  In some cased, not married anymore.
  That means the person is not currently married. It does not mean 'never married' because let's look at verse 11. Paul just finishes instructing these born again believers that they are to stay married and the wife is not to depart from her husband…. 
  
11 But if she depart, let her remain unmarried (agamos) 
In today's language that would mean 'divorced'.
  
So verse 11 says if a woman who is married, (remember he's speaking to the born again believers) departs from her husband, let her remain 'unmarried/agamos' or be reconciled to her husband. So if a married woman departs from her husband, she is now agamos/unmarried/divorced.  
  
Didn't Paul just address the unmarried prior to that in verse 8. He said 'to the unmarried/agamos'...that would mean people who are not currently married and could have in their unregenerate state departed from their spouse, or been departed from. 
  
So let's look at all these verses together. 
  
8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I. 
He is instructing the unmarried (those who could have been previously divorced) and widows that it's best not to marry. 
  
9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. 
He gives those who are unmarried/agamos/divorced permission to marry. 
10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 
11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried (agamos/divorced) or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. 

He tells the born again believing wives and husbands not to depart or put the other away. 
So if it is a sin for a person who was divorced (put away or departed from) to remarry after conversion, then the theology of the plain people teaches that Paul (who was inspired by the Holy Spirit) is a liar. 

It is a dangerous theology to teach people that if they have divorce in their past and they become born from above (John 3:3) that they must leave the spouse they are with whether it was a spouse before the conversion or after. 

 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17) 

ALL THINGS ARE NEW. 
Hebrews 8 and Hebrews 10 tells us that He remembers our sins no more. So if a woman was divorced prior to conversion and a man marries her, he is not marrying a divorced woman, he is marrying a 'new creation' as in 2 Corinthians 5:17)

  If you are serious about learning the truth, please contact us as we have much more scripture to go over and would be happy to have an in-depth bible study with you. 
  
  
This message is for those who have repented of their sins and are born again in Christ Jesus.  If you have not and are not, please click HERE to read or listen to the gospel good news and how to gain eternal life.