In the face of a major crisis, this book is about so much more than one verse. Did Jesus really teach "Divorce for adultery or abandonment"? How should we relate to the Law of Moses - and not be legalistic? What exactly is "hardness of heart" (this is seriously misunderstood)?
Why does Matthew record "sexual immorality" twice as grounds for divorce (when no one else mentions it)? What about forgiveness? Judgement? Love 'Until death do us part'?
God desires mercy, and mercy requires mercy - especially when two imperfect people live together in marriage. Matthew 19:9 is best read in the light of Jesus’ words on forgiveness recorded immediately prior.
IT’S A GAME CHANGER!
MATTHEW 19:9 - A DEADLY EXCEPTION, SUMMARY
This book is a Summary of David Lowe's PhD Thesis (Australian College of Theology). 136 pages
Challenging today's Protestant 'Majority View' on
DIVORCE & REMARRIAGE
Supporting the Ancient Christian View
Two examiners recommended this thesis for publishing. Another thought it should never be published, believing
"It would wreak havoc in the church."
And yet there is already havoc in the church.
Families are crumbling, around half of all marriages end in divorce, and it is so painful. Many say "Divorce is worse than death." There are high rates of suicide, mental illness, teenage pregnancy, abortion, substance abuse, under-achievement, violence, and homelessness. Marriage, which is traditionally protective against these problems, is widely dishonoured
Jesus' teaching is largely misunderstood - or ignored.
Matthew 19:9 is one of the most misused verses in the Bible.