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Fornication Is Not A Legitimate Reason For Divorce

By Greg Merrill · Apr 21, 2017 ·
  1. Did Jesus give Fornication as a "Reason" for Divorce?

    The Bible just doesn't say that. It says "..whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication causeth her to commit adultery:..." Mt 5:32 If the wife has committed fornication, divorcing her doesn't cause her to commit adultery, because she has already committed adultery by commiting fornication. Adultery is having sex with someone that is not your spouse. Fornication is more general and all encompassing. No matter what sexual sin you commit by committing fornication, it is not with your spouse. If one divorces their wife, if she seeks to fulfill her sexual desires by remarrying, or by any other way, Jesus says that she would be commiting adultery. God's will is that a man and woman marry until death parts them. Any sex outside of this marriage would be adultery. So Jesus wasn't saying that fornication was a legitimate reason for divorce, just that it wasn't causing the offender to go out and commit adultery. For the spouse that commits fornication, the "ship of adultery" has already sailed.

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