Another man was also a teacher in a preacher training school as well as an elder in the congregation where he attended. His wife died and in a very short time an old friend from elementary school days contacted him to let him know she was interested in “getting re-acquainted.” He responded by moving to the state where she lived so they could pursue this plan. Many Christian friends admonished him not to make such a move at all and certainly not so quickly after his first wife’s death. They doubted that he could afford to rent a house in the new city and so would probably move in with the lady. For more than a year they lived in the same house while he tried to teach her about the church. His old school friend stoutly refused to become a Christian, but they eventually married. Gradually he became active in the work of the church again with no one seeming to contest his marital status or his activities before his marriage.
- Because of the temptation to commit fornication (1 Cor. 7:2) God made marriage; however, He has given the privilege of marriage with restrictions. Name the restriction(s) for someone (man or woman) who has lost a mate (1 Cor. 7:39).
- Does 1 Corinthians 7:39 only apply to women?
- Can anything in the Lord be outside the church?
- What is the reason we are told not to marry outside of Christ (2 Cor. 6:14-18)?
- Is there a command that says a person must be withdrawn from if he/she marries outside of the Lord?
- Is there a command that tells the man he must divorce his wife if he disobeys the command to marry “only in the Lord?”
- Is there a passage of scripture that allows a man and woman to have marriage relations before marriage?
- If the man and woman lived in an adulterous relationship before they married, would his sin not prove to her that the commands of God were not important?
- What kind of example is this church leader when he tries to warn sinners about their disobedience to the Lord’s commands?
- What kind of example is this leader to the members of the church under his influence?