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Follow up question on remarriage?

Submitted: 3/16/2007
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Question: The question on marriage about both being at fault is true, even though one could have more issues than the other. One wants to work it out and the other files for divorce. Divorced people who never wanted to be divorced should continue to do God's work. Yet the Bible also says that it is not good for a person to be alone and that two are better than one. If one party did all they could do to get back with an ex-spouse and the ex-spouse does not want to reconcile, isn't that willfully sinning? Please explain 1 Corinthians 7 about a sister or brother are not bound to a unbeliever who leaves. God speed.

Answer: The following paragraph is excerpted from a Position Paper on Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage. It reflects our thoughts on this issue:

1 Corinthians 7:15 states, 'But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases.' The indication here is that when an unbelieving spouse departs and is the one who pursues divorce, the believer is no longer bound by the terms of the marriage covenant ('no longer under bondage'). It is important that this provision not be taken out of context. Implicit in this liberty are the previously stated conditions: 1) that the believing spouse has not participated in the divorce proceedings in any way, 2) that the believing spouse has earnestly prayed for and sought after a reconciliation, pursuing every reasonable course of action, and 3) that the believing spouse has not surreptitiously or indirectly promoted, provoked, or contributed to the divorce.