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Remarriage is adultery unless…
What The Bible Says About Divorce And Its Outcome
by David Pawson
Too much about what is said and written about divorce is separated from what the Bible says. For this reason alone this is an important book. David Pawson focuses completely on what the Bible teaches. The book does not seek to address the complex scenarios that can arise when people have divorced and remarried but rather looks at the key passages in the Old and New Testaments.
The author's overall conclusion is unusual for an evangelical but not unique: Remarriage is adultery unless the spouse has died. He believes that "nothing that arises after marriage can justify divorce" (p 122).
However I was not convinced that his own analysis supports this view. For instance, in discussing 1 Corinthians 7 he admits that God's word here allows a Christian to grant an unbelieving spouse a divorce if that unbelieving spouse wants to end the marriage.
One fascinating section is his analysis of Matthew 19:9. He believes that Jesus is only talking about a very special circumstance: divorce between two Jews who are betrothed but not yet married where the man discovers his fiancée has engaged in illicit sex. This conclusion is novel but worth reading.
For those who want to understand what the Bible teaches about divorce this is a helpful book. It is likely to challenge your current thinking and force you to think carefully about what the scriptures say.
Reviewer: Alan Hill (14/01/13)