I have been putting some time into the subject of “Divorce and Remarriage” this week. I have added a number of documents to this site, and have also written a couple of posts on the subject.
About a week ago, Michael Whennen picked out my article on Church of God Restoration Movement Dating from an alert he had set up in Google Alerts. That article discussed the position of D.S. Warner, who taught that Christians could stay in a second marriage, even if they have a living spouse from another legal marriage.
Michael sent me a paper by Les McFall that deals with how the exception clause was created in Matthew 19:9. Erasmus changed the Greek in his manuscript, with no textual authority, and this same Greek text became the basis for the Textual Receptus.
Some of the documents I have been adding are not posted in my blog, as I am adding them to the website via WordPress Page instead of WordPress Post. So I thought I would do a post with a list of the articles from Page and Post.
There are two articles in the “Divorce and Remarriage Articles” by the Church of God Anderson; one by D.S. Warner and the other by Church of God Anderson ministers. The writings from these men made an allowance to stay in a second marriage while the first spouse from a lawful1 marriage was still living. While I disagree with this position, I have posted them on my site for historical purposes.
Divorce and Remarriage Post Articles:
Review of Considerations On Divorce A Vinculo Matrimonii 1857 — This review of Edward Badeley’s “Considerations On Divorce A Vinculo Matrimonii” is to give you a short form of the main points that Barrister raised in his booklet.
Except For Fornication Clause of Matthew 19:9 — A review of Leslie McFall’s paper “Biblical Teaching on Divorce and Remarriage” discusses the addition that Desiderius Erasmus added to his Greek-Latin New Testament (1516 1st ed), which changed the way Matthew 19:9 has been translated.
Divorce & Remarriage — A short article that shows all D&M scriptures in the New Testament, and a list of the most common excuses used to justify remarriage after divorcing a lawful1 spouse.
Divorce and Remarriage Page Articles
Codex Leicester Manuscript 69 — Information on “Manuscript 69″ from Robert Waltz’s “Encyclopedia of New Testament Textual Criticism” and Les McFall’s PDF on “Codex Leicester”. Includes a photo of sample scribe writing and marginal correction for Matthew 19:9.
An Explanation For McFall’s “Literal Translation Of Matthew” 19:9 — This is McFall’s explanation for his literal translation of Matthew 19:9, which is a copy of appendix B from his paper “The Biblical Teaching On Divorce and Remarriage”. I put this in HTML so that I can reference this part of his paper when I quote his translation of this verse.
Divorce and Remarriage Articles in PDF
Considerations on Divorce A Vinculo Matrimonii in Connexion with Holy Scripture — A 66-page booklet by Edward Badeley – a Barrister in London, England who did this study to find out whether divorce for the reason of adultery was or was not prohibited by New Testament scriptures. (1857)
Divorce and Remarriage: Another Look at the Matthean Exception Clauses — A 33-page article by Andrew S. Kulikovsky, which reviews the so-called ‘exception clauses’ of Mat 5:32 and Mat 19:9. Kulikovsky argues that the so-called ‘exception clause’ in Mat 19:9 is a parenthetical clause, and that it is an editorial addition which functions as an explicit prohibition against divorce for sexual sin – not an exception clause that allows re-marriage in case of marital unfaithfulness. (Dec. 12, 2005)
The Biblical Teaching on Divorce and Remarriage — A 42-page article by Leslie McFall that deals with the influence of the Greek word ει being added to Matthew 19:19 by Desiderius Erasmus in his New Testament Greek manuscript in 1516. (Oct. 15, 2008)
Divorce and Remarriage Articles by Church of God Anderson
Must They Separate? — A letter to the Church of God, from the ministers assembled in General Camp Meeting at Moundsville, W. VA June 1901, concerning the issue of divorce and remarriage. I do not agree with the view held in this letter, but I have posted it here for historical purposes.
Marriage and Divorce — Booklet by D. S. Warner, who taught that there is no Bible command to separate two people who are married where one has a living spouse from a previous marriage. He also taught that the 2nd married is allowed to continue if they got into the second marriage while not knowing that the Bible teaches against the second marriage. As noted above, I do not agree with the view held in this letter, but I have posted it here for historical purposes.
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.