The questions this week cover a wide range of topics from divorce to homosexuality. For the first time we have included ALL the questions that were submitted during all four services so that everyone can benefit. But we had to break them into two separate posting. Read the second set here. You asked a ton of great questions and we are grateful for your passion to follow Jesus. Some questions are difficult to answer without knowing the specific context surrounding them. If you need more clarification, we are here to help. You can call 469-767-4881 and someone will be able to assist you. Or you can leave a comment below for further clarification. Due to the number of questions we will split them into two separate postings.Without further ado…

If a man marries a woman and her divorce was not granted by the church, is the man an adulterer?

This is a difficult question to answer because we do not know a lot about the circumstances of the divorce such as when it happened. If you want, you can contact us and we will be more than happy to talk further.

If a couple gets married at the courthouse is their divorce acceptable?

A courthouse marriage is bound by God in the same way a marriage in the church is. As far as divorce, it’s important that the church leaders be consulted in order to give proper wisdom and guidance.

Does the content of this message apply to common law marriage?

Common law marriage is not acknowledged by God since no covenant was entered with God. We strongly recommended that you set up a discussion with one of our leaders for guidance.

I got married for the wrong reasons. I finally realize that. What do I do now?

At this point it does not matter why you got married. If one of you is a Christian then you must pursue reconciliation and seek to demonstrate God’s sacrificial love (1 Corinthians 13) it bears all, believes all, and hopes all.

Is it okay to divorce a person who is not saved but attends church?

If you are saved you cannot initiate divorce (1 Corinthians 7:12-20). You are bound by scripture to pursue reconciliation at all cost.

What do you do if you have both talked about getting a divorce because both have cheated in some way?

If both of you want to pursue reconciliation move forward with guidance through a counselor. If you want to file for a divorce, you have biblical grounds but the first step should be forgiveness and restoration. Divorce in God’s eyes is still not the preferred option; it’s the last one.

If God does not hear our prayers when we are not right with our spouse, why do people say we need to pray when you are in turmoil?

We do need to make our requests known to God and He may in His grace choose to hear/answer our prayer but the principle is that He is not obligated to answer due to the discord between the couple.

That’s it for the first round. You can read the next set here. As usual, if you want or need further clarification, call 469-767-4881 or leave us a message in the comments below!