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"In your cartoon about the 'church cartoonist' and the trouble over the guy with a second wife (Always Ready With An Answer), are you saying that the concept of leaving a second wife and returning to the first wife is right?"

No. I'm just showing what Sketch was doing. You may have noticed that, while Sketch is very sincere and dedicated to what he believes, he isn't always right. The One True Church where Sketch is a member teaches that one who is divorced and remarried is still married to the first spouse as far as God is concerned and is therefore "living in adultery" with their current spouse. This doctrine, of course, is not biblical. As the story continues, you will see Sketch grow spiritually as the Lord gets his attention and lovingly opens his eyes to the truth on various subjects.


"You addressed an earlier question about divorce and how the 'One True Church ... teaches that one who is divorced and remarried is still married to the first spouse as far as God is concerned and is therefore 'living in adultery' with their current spouse. This doctrine, of course, is not biblical.' Can you explain this last sentence more fully in the light of Matthew 5:31-32, 19:1-12, Mark 10:1-12, and 1 Corinthians 7?"

When we go to the passages you mentioned and just read what they say, they present no problem. A man who destroys his marriage without due cause and enters another marriage commits adultery. That simple idea is stated in the text. But human opinion has introduced three foreign ideas not written in the text:
1. Indestructibility of marriage,
2. Invalidity of the next marriage, and
3. Adultery means sex act and only that.

If you still have questions on this subject, let me suggest that you read Olan Hicks' excellent online essay called "Bible Solutions to Divorce Problems."




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