Below is short review and link to a booklet published by D.S. Warner (1842-1895) on Marriage and Divorce and a letter by the Church of God Gospel Trumpet (est. 1881) ministers that was issued during a ministers assemble at the General Camp Meeting at Moundsville, W. VA June 1901.
These two documents show the position of the Church of God Gospel Trumpet (which became what is known as the Church of God Anderson) on the issue of whether a person needs to leave an marriage which the Bible deems as adultery if they got into that marriage not knowing it was adultery. The Church of God Gospel Trumpet is the group that the Church of God Restoration (est. 1980) has it roots from and claims was the restoration of the church as predicted in the book of Revelation.
The reason for posting these two documents is to show the inconsistency in the claims of the Church of God Restoration and Danny Layne (1947-), its Apostle and ruling Elder, that the Church of God Gospel Trumpet (est. 1880) was the beginning of the full restoration of the church just before the return of Christ. The inconsistency is concerning the position that D.S. Warner and the Church of God Gospel Trumpet took concerning how to deal with couples that were in marriages that the Bible deemed adulterous.
My article on Church of God Restoration Movement Dating provides quotes from D.S. Warner which show how he used scriptures in Daniel and Revelation to come up with the date of 1880 as the restoration of the church which was to happen just before the second coming of Christ. It has been reported by other Church of God Gospel Trumpet ministers that D.S. Warner believed the second coming of Christ would happen before his death. Warner died on December 12, 1895.
It is these dates and D.S. Warner’s method of dating, that the Church of God Restoration lead by Danny Layne uses to try to establish their No-Sect group. They claim to be the one true visible church and that all Christians need to come-out of all other church groups as they have their foundation on the bottomless pit.
Must They Separate? — This letter from the ministers assembled in General Camp Meeting at Moundsville, W. VA June 1901 concerning the issue of divorce and remarriage that was published in the Gospel Trumpet (est. 1880).
The letter shows a change in position by the ministers of the Church of God Gospel Trumpet from what D.S. Warner taught. In this letter they not only were allowing couples to stay in adulterous marriage but they were forbidding them to leave them and holding that leaving an adulterous marriage was unscriptural. This was a step further than D.S. Warner’s position in his booklet “Marriage and Divorce” where he left it up to the couple whether they stayed together or separated.
Both the Church of God Guthrie, Oklahoma (est. 1915) and the Church of God Restoration (est. 1980) hold that the Church of God Gospel Trumpet compromised in 1910 over the outward adornment issue of wearing the tie. But at the same time they would consider the allowance D.S. Warner made and the instruction by the Church of God Gospel Trumpet ministers in 1901 in this letter to be an allowance for adultery.
In my view changing from allowing a person to make their own decision whether to leave an adulterous marriage to telling them that they can’t leave is a much more serious compromise that compromising on outward adornment by putting a tie on.
It would appear that serious compromise was effecting this group by 1901 which is only 21 years after it started.
Marriage and Divorce — In this booklet D.S. Warner taught that there is no Bible command to separate two people who are married when either of the couple had a living spouse from a previous lawful1 marriage. This was only in the cases where the couple had got into the second marriage not knowing the Bible taught that second marriages were adultery when you had a living spouse from a previous lawful1 marriage.
Warner held the position that it was up to the couple to decide if they should stay together and that no one had any Bible basics to require them to separate.
This makes the Church of God Gospel Trumpet an adultery group (a church group that allows members in good standing to marry into or stay in an adulterous marriages) from its beginning of 1880. This raises serious questions about the Church of God Restoration and their claim to be the one true visible church and their attempts to date the restoring of God’s church back to 1880 through the work of D.S. Warner when the group they are claiming was the start of the restoring of the church was an adultery group.
1 The use of lawful is in respect to the new covenant law (the law of liberty, the royal law) and is not referring to the law of Moses or the current marriage laws of any nation.