Sermons

The Divorce Dilemma

September 28, 2014

Topic: Matthew Passage: Matthew 19:1–19:12

“Matthew: Gospel of the Grace of God”
“The DIVORCE DILEMMA”
Matthew 19:1-12

In 2004, 30% of the general population in America SUPPORTED same-sex marriage. TODAY, it receives 50% support
During that same time frame, 16% of CHURCH attenders supported same-sex marriage in 2004, but 32% supported it in 2012
71% of the general population in 1994 believed that HOMOSEXUAL SEX was wrong. That figure dropped to 49% in 2012

83% of CHURCH attenders believed it wrong in 1994, down to 71% in 2012
In 1994, 36% of the general population believed that PREMARITAL sex was wrong, & only 27% in 2012
58% of CHURCH attenders believed it wrong in 1994, & 52% in 2014

In 1994, 58% of the general population believed that LIVING TOGETHER before marriage was OKAY. That number rose to 70% in 2012.
37% of CHURCH attenders felt that living together before marriage was okay, & the number rose to 45% in 2012

The QUESTION: Matthew 19:1-3

Deuteronomy 24:1-4

Matthew 5:31-32

The ANSWER: Matthew 19:4-6

Marriage is a DIVINE institution
Marriage is a PHYSICAL union: “one flesh.”
Marriage is a PERMANENT union, broken ONLY by SEXUAL SIN or DEATH
Marriage is a union between ONE MAN & ONE WOMAN

The REBUTTAL: Matthew 19:7

Jesus’ CLARIFICATION

Matthew 19:8

Jeremiah 3:6-8a

Jeremiah 31:31-33

Malachi 2:16: “I hate divorce, says the Lord God of Israel.”
Malachi 3:6a: “I the Lord do not change.”

Matthew 19:9

“He was saying that divorce that does not result from adultery results in adultery if there is remarriage.” (John MacArthur)

1 Corinthians 7:15 “But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved.”

Craig Blomberg: “Married people should always be seeking ways to improve and enhance relations with spouses rather than wondering how they can get out of the commitments they have made.”

A STUNNED ASSESSMENT: Matthew 19:10

“They had difficulty accepting the idea of lifelong marital commitment because of the existing shallow and unbiblical view of marriage.” (MacArthur)

Jesus’ CLARIFICATION: Matthew 19:11-12

1 Corinthians 7:32-34

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