An American boy and girl married when he was less than twenty and she was barely sixteen. They had two children and did well for a long time until she started working outside the home. Her non-Christian friends and fellow employees were a bad influence on her so that she began demanding more and more freedom to go where they went and be involved in things Christians should not be involved in. After nearly twenty years of marriage, the couple divorced because of her unfaithfulness/fornication. Both partners remarried, but those marriages did not work out either. The wife married three times and the man eventually married a fifth time. They each moved to different states and said nothing about their marital status to new friends. The man and his fifth wife have been active in church work where they attend.
- What commands did the first wife in this example refuse to obey that would have protected her from many temptations (2 Cor. 6:14-18)? Is this passage only about marriage?
- How does God’s admonition to the wife about being a “keeper at home” help to resolve such conflicts as this couple had?
- How would 1 Corinthians 15:33 explain part of the problem this couple had?
- Was the first marriage bond still in effect or was that first marriage bond somehow broken?
- Did both partners have a right to remarry after they finally divorced? Why or why not?
- If the wife committed adultery and the man put her away, did that justify his second marriage?
- Considering the subsequent divorces and remarriages, if this man and woman want to be forgiven of their adultery, what must they do now?
- If the church where the man and his fifth wife attend does the right thing, what must they do when/if they find out his marital status (assuming he does not repent) (1 Cor. 5:9-13)?