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Adventist Couples Divorce and Remarriage?

Can anyone tell me if the SDA has a positional statement on Divorce and Remarriage? By that I am wanting to know where the denomination stands on permitting members to remarry in the church if they have been divorced for reasons other than infidelity? 

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In general, the denomination wants to be redemptive.

As to what is done when a couple divorces, that is up to the local congregation.  It would be uncommon for any other level of the denomination to get involved.  However, the exceptions to this might exist if the divorce involved either SDA clergy.

As to the local congregation:  That will differ from place to place.  Consistency does not exist.  However, I will suggest that more often than not, the local congregation will attempt to be redemptive and not take any disciplinary action.

The bottom line is:  There is a reality that in our human condition, there are some marriages that simply can not reasonably be expected to be fixed.  Reality tells us that they are damaged beyond repair.  As to remarriage after a divorce, that must be between the individual and God.

Further, the SDA denomination, has come to the place where it considers the Biblical grounds for divorce to include more than sexual intercourse outside of the marital relationship.

 

 

 

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You know, the idea that divorce and remarriage can only  occur be demonstrating sexual intercourse outside of the marital relationship has resulted in some very strange situations:

Some years ago one of the individual U.S. States similar very restrictive requirements.  As a result, an industry came into  being in that State.  When a couple agreed to divorce, one of the members would rent a hotel/motel room.  A hired person of the opposite sex would join that person in bed.  A photographer would burst into the room and photograph the couple and leave.  In actuality no actual sex had occurred.  But, the photograph met the legal requirement.  The divorce could now take place.

As a result of strict requirements that once existed in the SDA denomination, some very strange things actually occurred.  So, called "Spiritual Adultery" has been used when no physical act has actually occurred.  Divorce had been claimed to be justified on alleged thoughts on the part of one individual.  It has been alleged to be justified on the basis that one partner  masturbated.  I could give more of the idiotic reasons that people have used to justify divorce and remarriage.

The bottom line is that it is now felt by many SDAs that we should got out of this kind of a response and  attempt to become more redemptive.

 

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I wonder what the church would teach when a member pleads "spiritual adultery?"  Is this a Biblical grounds for divorce?

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Wanderer:  As you probably know,  there is a very public and well known case in which this was done. This incident has been well discussed in this forum.  It is the desire of  those who run this forum that this discussion not be resurrected again.

 

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4 hours ago, Gregory Matthews said:

Wanderer:  As you probably know,  there is a very public and well known case in which this was done. This incident has been well discussed in this forum.  It is the desire of  those who run this forum that this discussion be resurrected again.

 

I am really behind on a  lot of stuff. I do not know which case you are referring to. I am interested in whats on this forum already regarding this issue

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I will send you a private message.

 

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5 hours ago, Gregory Matthews said:

It is the desire of  those who run this forum that this discussion be resurrected again.

Was there a typo in this sentence?

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Ys.  There was a typo.  Thank your for calling it to my attention.

It is the desire of the administrators who run this forum that this subject NOT be resurrected again.

 

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1 hour ago, B/W Photodude said:

Was there a typo in this sentence?

Glad to see you!

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