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Does The Episcopal Church Allow Divorce?

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by william641989039, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. Does the episcopal church allow its believers to divorce?
  2. Glomung

    Glomung Well-Known Member

    For questions such as this a Google search would have answered your question.
    But, the long and short of it is that the Episcopal Church (USA) has a rather liberal view
    of divorce and remarriage and does not limit membership in their church in any way
    regardless of marital history.

    God however, takes a dim view of divorce except in cases of adultery.
  3. I am from mainland china. In mainland china there are few anglican churches because of the communist religious suppression.
  4. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    Jesus never approved of it. Divorce is not God's will. He said very plainly once a person gets divorced they cannot remarry.

    We shouldnt worry about what a specific church says about divorce - we should take note of Jesus words towards it.

    Mar 10:2
    And tempting Him, the Pharisees came to Him and asked Him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife?
    Mar 10:3
    And He answered and said to them, What did Moses command you?
    Mar 10:4

    And they said, Moses allowed a bill of divorce to be written, and to put her away.
    Mar 10:5
    And Jesus answered and said to them, He wrote you this precept because of the hardness of your hearts.
    Mar 10:6
    But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
    Mar 10:7
    For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife.
    Mar 10:8
    And the two of them shall be one flesh. So then they are no longer two, but one flesh.
    Mar 10:9
    Therefore what God has joined together, let not man put apart.
    Mar 10:10
    And in the house His disciples asked Him again about the same.
    Mar 10:11
    And He said to them, Whoever shall put away his wife and marries another commits adultery against her.
    Mar 10:12
    And if a woman shall put away her husband and marries to another, she commits adultery.
  5. cntmicrosystems

    cntmicrosystems New Member

    I am with You this is truth, if a woman shall put away her husband and marries to another, she commits adultery.

  6. Divorce is forbidden in the Catholic Church.Only death parts a couple.
  7. InHisLove

    InHisLove Moderator Staff Member

    Does this mean that everyone (especially Christians) who is divorced and remarried is committing adultery as long as they stay married to their 2nd or 3rd, or 4th, etc. spouse, and that they are going to hell when they die?
  8. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    Dont know about the hell part - as far as I know adultery is not the unpardonable sin. Jesus can still forgive us of adultery but it does not mean we should take license in it.

    In terms of what Jesus said - what else could he have meant? I think he stated it pretty clearly. Maybe if we took the words of Jesus seriously enough we would take marriage seriously enough?

    Divorced people who remarry are very common today especially in the church. If a person remarries and stays married then maybe they have shown a repentant heart - not for me to judge. If a person marries many times then maybe repentance and the importance of marriage is not so high on their agenda.

    My personal opinion to Christians is that if they are married they should stay married - even if it is to their 2nd or 3rd spouse. Two wrongs dont make a right.
  9. InHisLove

    InHisLove Moderator Staff Member

    I agree with you Kevin. Yes, adultery is a very forgivable sin, but continuous sin is certainly frowned upon I would think. So, if someone is married to a 2nd/3rd/4th spouse are they both continuously committing adultery as long as they stay married to each other?
  10. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    What I would suggest, to all married couples (man and wife), is try your hardest to live God fearing and God honouring marriages. Submit your marriages to God. If it is your second, third etc - go before God ask Him to forgive you and your spouse of your previous sins and dedicate your current marriage to God. Ask Him to bless it. Show a repentant heart and love your spouse the way God wants you too.

    Does this make it right? I dont know. But getting divorced again just doesnt make sense.

    In our modern society this problem creates a grey area in our theology so we need to go before God and seek out our own salvation with fear and trembling.

    Remember the basics - Divorce is not part of God's plan for our lives. We should take marriage seriously. Young people should marry wisely - according to God's will (dont marry an unbeliever, this will put your marriage under stress from the beginning). Adultery is a grievious sin. Just for the record adultery not only applies to remmaried people but also to married people who lust after others and yes this includes pornography.
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  11. covered_by_grace

    covered_by_grace Active Member

    AMEN! I love this point!

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