If we think or believe, or live contrary to God’s Word, we are wrong and will face consequences. Yes, God died for ours sins, and His grace provided the path for life. However, grace doesn’t excuse the consequences of disobedience, or if we don’t genuinely repent and turn away from the sin (‘s). Rom. 6:1-2, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Merely saying repentant words, after a couple remarries when their covenant spouse is still alive, without the appropriate turning away– getting out of the adulterous relationship, is not repentance. To continue in any sin, without turning away is not repentance. Also, ignorance to God’s Word when we are walking or doing things contrary to what He says, will also not keep one’s self from the consequences. Today, we have drifted so far away from God’s original marriage plan, that many churches now accept no fault divorce, and some accept same sex marriage. According to the Word, remarriage to someone other than your one-flesh covenant spouse who is still alive, is adultery; it is legalized adultery. God does not approve the marriage, as He calls it adultery; it is a non-covenant marriage.
God is very clear and gives us strong warning about Adultery. “Thou shalt not commit adultery” Ex. 20:14 and Deut. 5:18, this is one of the Ten Commandments. Adultery is very serious, and worse than what most Christians believe. 1 Cor. 6:9-10, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” God’s Word is clear. However, many will say that is not what the passage means. God knows how to say what He means, regardless of any interpretation (even by those with Seminary degrees). God also states in Gal. 5:19-21, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” If a person dies in adultery or fornication, they shall not go to heaven- they shall not inherit the kingdom of God. This is what God says (one’s contrary opinion or interpretation doesn’t matter). If they don’t inherit the kingdom of God, they shall go to Hell. This should be a strong wake-up call to Christians who are living in an adulterous marriage. This is a very serious matter, and should be strongly addressed. God doesn’t want anyone, especially a person who says they are a Christian, to go to Hell.
Therefore, God desires that couples who are in an adulterous marriage, to get back to their covenant spouse. It should be clear that God does not want them to stay in the adulterous marriage. If one or both of the spouses have remarried (they were Christians at the time of their first divorce) and later they remarry and have children, God’s Word still applies. There is no scripture that says if the couple has children in the new marriage, that they don’t need to get back with their original covenant spouse. We ought to obey God and His Word, rather than our desires or false understanding of others. God can take any negative things and turn it around for good provided we obey His Word. Rom 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Therefore, regardless of how difficult or impossible your marriage (divorce) looks there is hope. See the next Section- Hope.