1. Marriage or Divorce? (1 Corinthians 7)

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    http://www.macarthurcommentaries.com Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace. For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife? (1 Corinthians 7:15–16) Tertullian (160–230 a.d.), the theologian of Carthage, wrote about heathen husbands being angry with their Christian wives because they wanted to kiss martyrs’ bonds, embrace Christians, and visit the cottages of the poor. Often when an unbelieving spouse wants to leave the marriage the believer has no control over the outcome. But Paul says that Christians should not even try to insist on the spouse’s staying if he or she is determined to go. If the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave. If the unbeliever begins divorce proceedings, the Christian partner is not to contest. Again the word leave (chorizo) refers to divorce. The brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases. In God’s sight the bond between a husband and wife is dissolved only by death (Rom. 7:2), adultery (Matt. 19:9), and an unbeliever’s leaving. When the bond, or bondage, is broken in any of those ways, a Christian is free to remarry. Throughout Scripture, whenever legitimate divorce occurs, remarriage is assumed. Where divorce is permitted, remarriage is permitted. It is clearly forbidden in the case in verse 11, but here and in other texts dealing with divorce because of adultery it is not. By implication, the permission given for a widow or widower to remarry (Rom. 7:3; because the person is no longer “joined,” or bound, to the dead partner) can extend to the present case, where a believer is also no longer bound, not under bondage. God allows divorce in such a case of desertion because He has called us to peace. If the unbelieving husband or wife cannot tolerate the spouse’s faith and desires to be free from the union, it is better that the marriage be dissolved in order to preserve the peace of His child. Fighting, turmoil, bickering, criticism, and frustration disrupt the harmony and peace that God wants His children to have. Again, it is a concession. “If possible,” Paul says in Romans, “so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men” (12:18). But when an unbeliever wants out of a marriage, the peace no longer depends on the Christian. Many Christians have tried to keep a marriage together even when the spouse was unbelieving and wanted a divorce. But that course is against God’s will. Let him leave is not permission but a command. A wife has no assurance that she will save her husband, and a husband has no assurance that he will save his wife. Regardless of a Christian’s motives and hopes, the likelihood of leading the partner to Christ is minimal. If the partner stays in the marriage unwillingly or reluctantly, the likelihood is even less, and the disruption of family peace is assured. The Lord therefore allows no option. Evangelism is not cause enough to maintain a marriage, especially if the unbelieving partner wants to leave. The believer should let God follow that spouse’s soul with the message of salvation, and use whomever He will to take up the call to faith. http://www.macarthurcommentaries.com

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    • Numbers 20:10-13

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      • Rest is Found in Believing Grace

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        Rest is Found in Believing Grace, a message preached by Elder Keith Ellis April 29th 2012 at Paradise Primitive Baptist Church in Arlington Texas. www.paradisepbc.org

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        • 6 Reasons Why Brother Ryan Hicks Is A Heretic!

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          TWEET THIS: http://clicktotweet.com/63yrD If you want to comment please feel free to comment on this video on my website at: http://www.honortheson.com/home/miscellaneous-topics/479-6-reasons.html Description: 6 Reasons Why Brother Ryan Hicks Is A Heretic! These are the real reasons some call various men and women of God heretics. This video "expose" of me is something I wrote and a gentleman performed. It is meant to represent what those attacking the saints would really say if they were honest. They hate us for preaching the truth, which brings conviction to their darkened hearts, and instead of humbling themselves and repenting they lash out at the messenger in furious wrath. The real attack videos against myself and other children of God are very vicious, full of venom, and lacking the Spirit and grace of God. There are many enemies of the cross out there and we must keep ourselves unspotted from this world. Pray for them and walk in peace with all men. May they come to repentance and belief of the truth!

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          • Teacher Connie Jackson - Every Word Of God Is Right!

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            Now Faith Church of God, Holines (OLM#6) Pastor: Bishop Ellis Mack Teacher Connie Jackson - Every word of God is right. Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. http://www.freewebs.com/nowfaithchurch

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            • The Ultimate Good News/Bad News (Mark 8:27-33) John MacArthur

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              http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-40 We come now to Mark chapter 8...Mark chapter 8. I have in my mind the desire to move somewhat rapidly through the gospel of Mark, hoping that some time next summer we may be able to finish this book. And I think we can do that. We'll take some chunks and stay close to the text of Mark and not deviate unless the Lord causes us to go another direction. That's kind of the plan. So we're looking forward to just a great time together as we cover the second half of this wonderful history. In the eighth chapter we come to verses 27 and following, verses 27 down to verse 33. This is a portion of Scripture that we've looked at before, not in Mark but a parallel text is in Matthew 16, and another parallel text is in Luke 9. It is little wonder that these three synoptic gospels, as they are called, they each give us a synopsis of the life of Christ, all feature this particular event because it is such a monumental one. I have chosen to call this message, "The Ultimate Good News/Bad News" experience. And we've all had those. We've all had somebody say to us, "I have good news and bad news." We know that. Sometimes it is trivial, and sometimes it is serious. But this is the ultimate good news/bad news experience. This is so extreme for Peter and the Apostles who are the ones to whom this good news and bad news are delivered. This is the ultimate trauma, the highest high followed by the lowest low....

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              • Unbelieving

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