Hope for the Divorcee “The Case Against Treating Divorcees as Second-Rate Citizens in the Church”


Hope For the Divorcee

This article is not a justification to take divorce lightly, nor is it an endorsement for divorce. The reality is that God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16). The reality is that divorce is a failure. The reality is that divorce has devastating consequences, and the reality is that divorce is a sin; it is the breaking of a covenant. As I start developing my case against treating divorcees as second-rate citizens in the church, let me start by stating that misrepresenting God’s character and judgment is also a sin.  In Job 38, after many agonizing chapters of Job’s friends misjudging what Job was going through and why and, after using God to back up their theories, God himself start his response by asking, “…Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” Job 38:1-2 (NASB)

God’s counsel is darkened when his Word is not properly interpreted. In Acts 17:11 Paul speaks about a very special group of Jews, he said of them, “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” (NASB). I am afraid that those who are treating the divorcees in the church as second-rate citizens are sinning because they are darkening God’s judgment by not properly searching the Scriptures.

I am directly opposing the portion of the church that teaches that divorcees are disqualified from being recognize as ordain ministers. Some have modified their position by allowing those who had biblical divorces to still be ordained. By biblical divorce meaning those who divorced because of adultery. Even as I appreciate such modification, they are still rejecting the rest of the divorcees; they are still biblically in error. They are doing the same thing many cults do when they take one portion of Scripture out of the context of the entire Scripture and make doctrines out of it.

God himself established from the beginning that it is not good for the man to be alone (Genesis 2:18). Let me ask you this; after divorce, is it now good for the man to be alone? In First Corinthians 7:9 Paul tells us, “But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.” (NASB). After divorce, does the man loses his sexual desires? Do we not burn in passion still after divorce? We all know that sexual desires do not go away just because we are divorce, so for those who continue to treat divorces as second-rate citizens, what you are saying is that it is now ok to burn in passion, right? Let me go a little deeper than this, if divorce is a sin, and we know it is, is there no forgiveness for such sin? Is the blood of Jesus not powerful enough when it comes down to divorce?

The Christian faith teaches us how messed up we are, how much we need God and how powerless we are without Jesus. The Christian faith teaches us that Jesus paid the price for our sins and that the reason he did so, is because we are unable to properly deal with our own sin; nobody is good, and nobody can perfectly follow the law. Of course, there is no forgiveness of sin without recognizing that we have indeed sinned. About that the Apostle John told us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (NASB) However, what these denominations that are disqualifying the divorcees as ordained minister are teaching us is that, God is able to cleanse us from all unrighteousness except divorce.

Please tell us what you think about this article. For speaking engagement call me at 907-888-0117. For more on this topic please read my book Hope for the Divorcee: Forgiven and Moving Forwardor visit us at https://www.facebook.com/hopeforthedivorcee/?ref=bookmarks

 

 

 

 

 

Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

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