Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible: A Fresh Look at What Scripture Teaches Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
If the church is going to use the Bible to decide whether divorce is legitimate in certain cases and whether divorced couples have the right to remarry with the approval and blessing of God’s people, then the Bible must be studied without prejudice toward a particular answer. The author examines the relevant passages in both the Old and New Testaments so that his listeners can consider the many issues and interpretations that arise in trying to establish a consistently biblical position. As a result, listeners can see more clearly and accept more firmly the truth of Scripture.
The book succeeds at being exactly what the author wanted it to be: "a comprehensive, lucid, accurate study presented in a readable and practical style. . . ." It is a valuable resource for the pastor, counselor, church leader, and others who are struggling to understand and apply scriptural principles to the problems of divorce and remarriage.
Releases November 22 2022
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|Author||Jay E. Adams|
|Audible.ca Release Date||November 22 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #235,797 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I commend Adams for his loyalty to the Scriptures in this volume. On the one hand, he departs from the ultra-traditionalists who would say that any remarriage after divorce is sinful. On the other hand, he doesn't join ultra-progressives who would imply that divorce really isn't a major theological issue in today's society. While I do not agree with his interpretation of the Matthew 18 passage as applying to divorce proceedings among two Christians, he offers many other excellent, helpful points.
This small yet substantial book is the best treatment I have found to date on what the Bible itself says on this knotty church issue. Every church leader's bookshelf should have a copy. This volume is well worth the price!
* How some divorce people are permitted to get remarried, but aren't allowed to do so in the church sanctuary like first-timers;
* How polygamy is proved to have existed in Paul's time, especially among the Jews and Christian converts, and the effect that has on Biblical interpretation;
* Remarriage of the so-called "guilty" party (and he debunks that term) after a divorce;
* how the church has failed to shepard married couples, and the confusion thereby brought about;
I could go on and on, but you get the idea. The few negative reviews I see are mostly from those who obviously have NOT read the book, as they attribute ideas and concepts that are not actually in the book. [The one negative review here on Amazon was obviously from someone who didn't like what Adams had to say, but chose to malign the book rather than address the evidence and presentation.] Again, the evidence, presentation, and clear "bulletproof" logic and theology in this book are phenomenal. Many of the deeper concepts of true forgiveness and restoration in Christ are very convicting to read in light of how we think of other sinners -- and ourselves.
Fair Warning: This is not a "get a divorce, it's easy and God doesn't mind" book. He's very clear that all divorced results from sin. Period. Whether it's adultery (sin), someone divorcing for unbiblical reasons (sin), or even an unsaved divorcing a Christian (sin on the part of the unbeliever), it's all because of sin. You will not find the "marital euthanasia" garbage that says you can walk out because you're irritated. Remember, this man is an early founder of modern Bible-based Christian counseling. But he's also a pastor and extremely knowledgeable theologian, and it shows.
By the way, if you and an even more exhaustive study on the issue, I recommend "Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible: The Social and Literary Context" by David Instone-Brewer. It's three times the size, and even more "deep." This book by Adams is a WONDERFUL gift to someone stuggling after divorce.
His understanding of Scripture leads to the viewpoint that divorce does break marriage, though sin is always at the root of divorce. Remarriage is allowable for desertion or adultery.
As a pastor of 22 years, I have used Adams' book for over 20 of those years and recommended it to others. Since the book is so closely tied to Scripture, and since Adams' interpretative instinct is sharp and objective, I have seen several minister friends won over to Adams' perspective.
More importantly, I have used this work in my counseling ministry repeatedly and keep a supply on hand for loaning purposes. If you want one good book about these issues, make it this one.