Foremost, a supposed Christian should realize that they will NOT be judged on what false interpretation of scripture some hireling gives them which soothes their conscience in sin.  Jesus said:

"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day."  John 12:48.

What “PLAIN” words has Jesus spoken?  

"And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery."  Mark 10:11-12

"Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery."  Luke 16:18. 


"Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.  But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you."  1 Corinthians 7:27-28.

The Misinterpretation:

Some are teaching falsely that verse 27, which says, “Art thou loosed from a wife?” (that is, are you divorced), you are to read verse 28, which says “But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned,” as meaning, if you REMARRY you have not sinned.   

Why this is a Misinterpretation:

You cannot take a verse out of context and contradict other verses such as Mark 10:11-12, Luke 16:18, 1 Corinthians 7:10-11, 1 Corinthians 7:39, and Romans 7:1-3, which clearly oppose this reading and defines remarriage with a living spouse from a first marriage as ADULTERY.  Therefore, the meaning of 1 Corinthians 7:28, has to agree with these five passages.

You have to balance the verse, to be fair to verse 28, which also states, “and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned.”  Are we to apply the same misinterpretation to the second part and believe that the virgin was also previously married?  This is not sound hermeneutics.  Therefore, if it does not apply to the second part of the verse, why should it apply to the first part?

The misinterpretation ignores what Paul is discussing.  In 1 Corinthians 7:1, he states, “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.”  And in 1 Corinthians 7:7-8, “For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.  I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.” 

Paul felt it was better to be single and focus on your service to the Lord.  Yet, he realized this could be carrying it too far for some, but he did not want his instruction in this to be misunderstood or considered to be a sin, hence, “But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned.”  He was definitely not saying it is okay to remarry if you are divorced, but that it was okay to marry the first time, “if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.” 1 Corinthians 7:9.   If he meant it was okay to remarry, why would he also say in verse 11 (addressing the divorced), let them, “remain unmarried, or be reconciled?”  

When you tell nominal Christians it is okay to remarry, you are telling them that their personal pleasure is more important than their service to God.  For those who believe this, they are not worthy of the Lord.  For to place any relationship (especially one spoken against like a second marriage) ahead of the Lord reveals a heart of selfishness.  Do you really think John the Baptist had his head cut off for speaking against the sin of Divorce and Remarriage ADULTERY, so that a hireling could come along and wrest an unsound meaning from a snippet of a verse that suits an adulterous congregation and belittles John’s sacrifice would override the mountain of verses against such a misinterpretation?  

The fourth reason this is a misinterpretation is glaring and discernible fact.  He says “marry” not remarry or marry another, which is how those misinterpreting the verse are representing it.  It is people like this that convinced my wife that it was alright to have an affair, divorce me, and remarry another man, and that it is okay in God’s eyes.  God’s word is plain, which leads me to my final proof the hirelings are wrong in telling people they can remarry while having a living spouse from a previous marriage.

The misinterpretation is wrong in that it not only ignores the following verse in the same chapter:

“And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.”  1 Corinthians 7:10-11.

But as previously indicated, it also ignores the Lord’s words in Mark 10:11-12 

“And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.” 

And in Luke 16:18:

“Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.” 

And Paul again in Romans 7:2-3:  

“For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.”  

There is nothing confusing about what the Lord said, or about what Paul said when you rightly divide the word.  The problem is that half the following in the churches today are probably in their second marriages, and the hirelings do not want to offend them for monetary reasons, for if he knew the end of their soul (and his), he would tell them to repent (confess and forsake sin).  

The hirelings should let them know that God, “…will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, AND AGAINST THE ADULTERERS, AND AGAINST FALSE SWEARERS, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 3:5.  And, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and ADULTERERS GOD WILL JUDGE.” Hebrews 13:4.

God’s word is plain; the sinner will not be able to stand in judgement with the hireling's gloss on the word or false interpretation in light of the plainness of speech used in the verses above.  The passages above are so plain in saying that remarrying while having a living spouse from a first marriage is ADULTERY, that only a selfish fool would dare try and state otherwise; or, a greedy hireling.

You should repent!  Quit soothing the adulterer's guilty conscience, their blood will be on your hands for lying to them.

See Also:

Adultery – Addendum A, to Divorce + Remarriage = Adultery:

Testimony – Addendum B, to Divorce + Remarriage = Adultery:

Adulteress – Addendum C to Divorce + Remarriage = Adultery:

Polygamy – Addendum D, to Divorce + Remarriage = Adultery:

Rule – Addendum E, to Divorce + Remarriage = Adultery:

Excuses – Addendum F, to Divorce + Remarriage = Adultery:


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