Can a divorced person hold an office in the church?

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Jesus taught that a person has a permission to divorce the mate that commits adultery:

“And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for [a]sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery” (Matthew 19:9).

Here, the innocent party is free to choose whether the marriage relationship shall be continued. Reconciliation is ever the ideal, especially if children are involved. Divorce for the innocent marriage partner is not mandatory but permissible.

The innocent person is above reproach and can be an active member of a church family and hold responsibilities of ministry or teaching for he has not violated God’s law and has conducted himself in a Christian manner. Therefore, he is worthy to take part in the Lord’s service.

On the other hand, any person who divorces their scriptural spouse for any reason, other than adultery, does sin and therefore can’t hold office in the church or ministry.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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