1. What do the Scriptures teach concerning marriage?
“Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge,” Hebrews 13:4.
2. What advice does Paul give believers concerning marriage?
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?’ II Corinthians 6:14.
3. When married are they not considered one flesh?
“For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh,” Matthew 19:5, 6.
4. In the true marriage does not God approve of the union?
“What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder,” Matthew 19:6.
5. While one is truly married can he or she be joined to another without committing adultery?
“Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery,” Luke 16:18.
6. Are there exceptions to this rule?
“The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord,” I Corinthians 7:39.
“And I say unto you, Whosever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery,” Matthew 19:9.
7. Does God unite, or approve of His children uniting with fornicators?
“Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? For two, saith He, shall be one flesh,” I Corinthians 6:15, 16.
8. Then since God only sanctions true marriages, must we not conclude that many marriages are untrue?
“Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly,” John 4:16-18.
9. If husband or wife become a Christian, should they be divorced from their unbelieving partners?
“If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him,” I Corinthians 7:12, 13.
10. Then if one is a Christian and they are living together agreeably, Paul does not recommend separation; but that this believer’s children may be considered legitimate, God sets apart this unbeliever to be husband or wife to this believer?
“For the unbelieving husband is sanctified [set apart] by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified [set apart] by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy,” verse 14.
11. In case this unbeliever will not consent to so live amicably with this Christian; is he or she so bound to give up his or her religion to maintain peace at home?
“But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or sister is not under bondage in such cases,” verse 15.
12. Should not this brother or sister put forth every just means to win this unbeliever to the cause of truth?
“But God hath called us to peace. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? Or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?” verses 15, 16.
13. What instructions do we get here concerning those who are truly married, or whom God hath truly joined together?
“Let not the wife depart from her husband: but and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife,” verses 10, 11.
“What therefore God hath joined together let not man put asunder,” Matthew 19:6. “Except it be for fornication,” verse 9.