Divorce and Remarriage      

Hebrews 13:4

Marriage is honorable in all and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

The scriptures count divorce as a sin. The bible is very plain about this subject. Christians do not get divorced. It takes a minimum of one sinner to make a divorce.


In Genesis God created the institution of marriage.

Genesis 2:24
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Moses wrote a law of divorce that people began to misuse.

Deuteronomy 24:1-2
1When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. 2And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.

The prophet Malachi cautioned the people not to use the law of divorce that Moses had given without proper cause. God said he hated “putting away” or divorce. God is seeking a “godly seed” who don't get divorced. Like I said earlier, it takes a minimum of one sinner to make a divorce.

Malachi 2:14-16
14...the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. 15And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. 16For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: (divorce) for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

In the New Testament, Jesus gave only one cause for divorce and it was when one of the married persons committed adultery. This is the New Testament law that we Christians must live by.

Matthew 19:3-9
3The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 4And he answered and said unto them,
Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 7They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. 9And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

The Apostle Paul adding to this subject said if a person got divorced for any other reason than adultery, then they were to remain unmarried or be reconciled to their spouse. But Paul also said if the unbelieving depart from a marriage then the Christian is "not under bondage" to that person. This means a Christian is free to be divorced and remarried if your unbelieving spouse leaves you for no reason that you have caused.

1 Corinthians 7:10-15
10And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. 12But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. 13And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. 14For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. 15But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

Marrying A Divorced Person.
Jesus said not to marry a divorced person. He is obviously referring to someone who did not have a divorce allowed by scripture.  The people who have been done wrong by someone is not in bondage to the evildoer.

There are two legal causes for divorce given in scripture:

  • If your spouse is unfaithful.

  • If your spouse leaves you for no apparent cause on your part.

If someone is divorced because of one of these reasons, you can be remarried.  You are not in bondage to the person that did you wrong.  You can go on with life, which can include marriage.
But you should be careful about marrying a divorced person.  You would not want to marry someone who previously caused a divorce.  Things done before repentance and salvation don't count.  Those things get forgiven.

Divorce Not the Unpardonable Sin
Some people treat divorce like it was the unpardonable sin. Divorce is a sin, but not the unpardonable sin. It may become unpardonable if you get divorced with the idea that God must forgive you no matter what you do. That’s called willful sin for which there is no forgiveness as stated in the book of Hebrews.

Hebrews 10:26-27
26For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

What About Divorce Before You Became a Christian
At the time of repentance, your past sins are all forgiven, even if you were married and divorced several times. But you must go forward in righteousness when you repent whether single, married, divorced, or widowed. After you become a Christian you do not leave your present husband or wife for any reason other than adultery. If you divorce your present spouse, you would be committing a sin because divorce is a sin. If you are divorced at the time you repent and become a Christian, your past divorce is forgiven and you are allowed to be remarried, but as the scripture says, “only in the Lord.” Meaning you must follow Christian principles in marriage, which includes the commandment not to marry a divorced person unless they have a legal divorce allowed by scripture.

If you are living with someone who is not your wife then you must leave the person or marry them. You are married when the state government says you are married and you are divorced when the state says you are divorced. You cannot make up your own laws in these matters.

There are so many people messed up by marriage and divorce, you should be very careful who you marry.

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Proverbs 18:22

Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

Proverbs 5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.


House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.

Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.


For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.