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DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE IN A WRONG CONTEXT Июнь 29, 2009

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by Silvio Caddeo

I have received recently a document written by a very well known scholar and other church printings from America that are not at all useful for the missionary work, but are instead creating many problems for us abroad. The first reason is because abroad, very often, all articles or documents printed by the church in America are looked as they were the Bible itself, which is not the case. These documents, even when well written, are still a human interpretation. Certain American editors are printing articles they should not, but evidently they are just doing their business. The second reason is that certain articles are written to respond to the American situation. Distributing that material indiscriminately in the mission field, some brothers are doing a mistake in good faith, but they are still hurting the work abroad.

 A classical example about this serious problem is the wrong approach about those who are divorced and remarried, more particularly the divorced and remarried preachers or missionaries, about whom I intend to speak particularly in this article.   

 Some wrote that for too long we have ignored those who are divorced and now we should accept them to make an act of justice in the church. If that principle is true, well, we have ignored also the homosexuals and the pedophiles, even the converted former Muslim terrorists, but I do not see any Gospel reason to put them in charge of a congregation.   

 Anyway, we are not the only ones who have ignored those divorced and remarried people because in the Gospel it is as if they did not exist. In the church of the New Testament, the divorced and remarried members are not mentioned and evidently they did not have a lot of space in the brotherhood. Who has the right to say that now they should have?   

What do we mean when we say that we accept the divorced and remarried believers? We mean that every repented sinner can be part of the fellowship.  However, we should not feel guilty for not putting in front of the congregation certain members who have not been an example with their life! 

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GOD HATES DIVORCE (Ml 2:16) — articles from Silvio Caddeo Май 30, 2009

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The divorce and the leadership in the Church

Divorce is often associated with egoism, egocentrism, instability, lies and other sins, but because of the Israelites had hard hearts, the Lord permitted them to divorce (De 24:1. Mt 19:8). However, divorce was not part of the original plan of God (Ge 1:27; 2 :24. Mt 19:4-6) and should not be justified or welcomed among Christians.  

 In order to have a correct vision of the whole Divine Revelation, we have to underline that already before the coming of Jesus, the prophet Malachi had strongly spoken against divorce, cheating, violence and religious hypocrisy, “You ask, Why? It is because the Lord is acting as the witness between you and the wife of your youth, because you have broken faith with her, though she is you partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth. I hate divorce, says the Lord God of Israel, and I hate a man’s covering himself with violence as well as with his garment, says the Lord Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not be unfaithful” (Ml 2:14-16).    To understand the subject properly and not to be confused by the numerous human theories, we have always to remember that God hates divorce.

MATTHEW 5:31-32

Against divorce, Jesus spoke this way, «It has been said, Anyone who divorce his wife must give her a certificate of divorce. But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for immorality, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery” (Mt 5:31-32).

The question that we should ask is: Why the one who repudiate his wife that has not been unfaithful causes her to become adulteress? If she has been faithful, how could she become adulteress? Could she become adulteress just because she has been repudiated by her husband?          

The answer for that enigma comes from Paul, “By example, according to the law, a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law of marriage. So then, if she married another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress, even though she marries another man” (Ro 7:2-3).

 Paul repeats about the same concept, “A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord. In my judgement, she is happier if she stays as she is – and I think that I too have the Spirit of God”

(1 Co 7:39-40).

 We have to remember that then, the woman did not have the right of ownership; she had always to depend from someone, from her father or from her husband. It was like that even in Québec about 50 years ago, when the woman did not have the authority to the ownership and to sign a check. At that time, to work outside of the house for a woman was considered an immorality. For that reason, to survive, for a repudiated woman it was necessary to remarry or to become a servant, where she was often raped by the master of the house. 

GOD HATES DIVORCE -full version of article

…get drunk at night?! -answer to brother Mikhail (letter from Silvio Caddeo) Май 1, 2009

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ANSWER TO MIKHAIL IVANOV    

A question from Brother Mikhail: Dear brother Silvio, explain me why Paul wrote, “And those who get drunk, get drunk at night” (1 Th 5:7). Does it mean that we believers should be sober only during the daylight and that we can have a glass of wine more at the sunset before of going to sleep? What about the elderly people who do not disturb anybody but at home they just drink a glass more of wine to forget their broken dreams or to have a relief from their griefs?”

In 1 Th 5:7 Paul was just using a metaphoric language making a comparison between those who belong to the daylight, the children of the light who are sober, and those who belong to the night, the children of the darkness who are drunk.

The life of the elderly people should not be so hopeless and full of wine, especially if they have always served the Lord and still have a purpose in the life. Because of their long experience they still should have many things to give and they could be very useful to the young people. If the old age could present for us certain painful drawbacks, at the same time we should realize that death is a liberation from the many contradictions of this world (2 Co 4:12-18. 5:1-10).

In order to avoid certain useless misunderstandings, before answering to that question, I would like to read attentively what it meant for Paul to be sober, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober (Greek — sofronein) judgement, in accordance with the measure of the faith God has given you” (Ro 12:3).

Consequently, in the New Testament, the term “sober” has a larger meaning than the one of the limited Puritan teetotal vocabulary. In fact, sober could mean sober (not drunk), moderate, modest, careful and temperate in the judgement or someone who does not exceed in eating and drinking as Jesus taught (Lk 21:34).

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