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·diamond jubilee 2013· ·free subscription· d j iamond ubilee topics in this issue my personal message/testimony3 bro royce said 4 first newsletter6 why print?7 historical timeline8 divorce and remarriage10 tentmakers17 public education18 death by denomination24 gospel abc s27 testimonies of black christians28 photo journal30 dress32 news bits37 nuggets of gold37 evil days38 cremation42 suicide44 hell/lake of fire46 pledge49 right end of horn-club mit50 president s day53 don t preach list58 ministry needs58 missions update59 resources60 the voice of one crying in the wilderness prepare ye the way of the lord make his paths straight mark 1:3 contending for american freedom · contending for fundamental christianity

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d j iamond 60 ubilee th anniversary 2013 will mark the 60th year of printing for the voice in the wilderness newsletter on january 1 1953 bro royce dr j royce thomason founder wrote from birmingham england what would be the inaugural letter for a powerful printed voice that would circle the globe in praise of our lord and saviour jesus christ we pray that the voice in the wilderness will continue to be a powerful printed missionary and that this special diamond jubilee edition will be a help to those searching the scriptures for god s authority on some difficult issues facing believers today thank you for standing with the voice in the wilderness ministries the voice in the wilderness is a nonprofit independent incorporation founded by rev dr j royce thomason d.p.d ph.d evangelist and medical missionary the organization is dedicated to the spreading of the whole gospel to the world especially in foreign lands the program consists of building mission stations supporting american missionaries and native pastors by partnering with the local church in various areas of ministry and preaching christ to the lost we are supported by the gifts of those who care contributions to the voice in the wilderness for projects or to support the ministry of a missionary will be used as indicated by the donor following approved policies and procedures gifts are tax deductible and should be made out to the voice in the wilderness a fundamental publication published quarterly in behalf of the work of the lord and preservation of the liberties of our united states printed material from other sources does not necessarily imply an endorsement from this ministry there is no subscription charge all interested people of good will may have a copy sent regularly to their address simply by requesting it address all correspondence to the voice in the wilderness po box 7037 asheville nc 28802 for personal correspondence contributions address changes new subscriptions dr ronnie l williamson evangelist/editor steve and rebekah lilly staff missionaries dr j royce thomason memorial voice in the wilderness write to us www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org e-mail for address changes only sign-up for the weekly voice e-mail visionpartners@thevoiceinthewilderness.org membersnp@thevoiceinthewilderness.org p.o box 7037 asheville nc 28802 voice 828 649-1043 2·the voice in the wilderness diamond jubilee 2013 edition

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the lord continues to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think daily his hand is evident and his blessings beyond description even while this jubilee edition of the voice in the wilderness was in preparation my wife and i were in the philippines sharing in a wedding church anniversary and a bible conference this has been the story for 60 years dr j royce thomason and i have been privileged to travel around the world preaching the gospel and through this written voice communicating to you the missionary reports of god s choicest servants in some difficult and dangerous places thousands have faithfully read this little publication and many have joined us giving sacrificially to make this humble work possible words cannot express our heart s appreciation and thankfulness to the lord for your prayers and friendship may god richly bless you all i pray you are blessed by this special anniversary edition my personal testimony boring basically because i didn t know anyone there i was on a bus loaded with laughing singing teenagers wondering what i was doing there but there was no turning back now and for something like nine hours i endured when we got to the end of the long ride that was just the beginning here we were the wilds not too bad after all the camp was nestled in some of the most beautiful mountains i had ever seen the food was good and the activities were fantastic we enjoyed the big ball the tarp the old car race canoeing swimming mattress relay cool whip relay and many fun skits they even had boring things to do like basketball tennis ping pong and tug-of-wars we went on a mountain climb and hike to the waterfalls which was the highlight of all activities if i must say so myself it was a fairly rugged climb and the view was great just as far as you could see were beautiful mountains rolling from horizon to horizon even for a 17-year-old it was an inspiring view that saturday night we had what i almost daily my mind recalls the details of that event it would be the day when for time and eternity ronnie williamson would never be the same surely i m not alone often many others must do the same it was a thursday evening and i was lying across my bed watching tv when the door bell rang my mother went to the door and it was two fellows i knew from high school she invited them in and called me into the living room where they were seated on the sofa waiting to see me i had no idea what they had come by on a thursday night to see me about their visit was rather short but was destined to have eternal effects they had come to invite me to go with their church youth group on a weekend retreat in the mountains near asheville north carolina the camp was called the wilds it sounded like a good idea since i loved the outdoors especially the mountains so it was set i would go the next thing i knew knapsack and myself were being loaded on a trailways bus headed for the wilds now the trip itself was practically later learned was the traditional fireplace service dr ken hay the director of the wilds did preaching i ll remember as long as i live it seemed the weight of the whole world was upon my shoulders dr hay preached and though i do not remember the subject i do remember the challenge with the room dimly lit and the fireplace crackling he challenged us to repent of sin i even remember the unique way he did it a small sheet of white paper was given to each teen we were then told to list our sins on that sheet of paper confess them to the lord and after doing so cast the paper into the fire as a testimony to that decision a large number of teenagers responded but i just sat there my heart about to burst throat swollen tight and eyes filled to running over all i could think of was sin after sin and the more i recalled the greater the weight became that little piece of paper can t even hold all my sins i thought to myself i didn t know what to do soon i began to sob aloud uncontrollably i couldn t hold it any longer the tears began to flow as i wept bitterly over my sins continued on page 16 for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·3

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bro royce said today it is a sure cure [this was concerning the voice in for the blues the wilderness ministries in india 11/1997 as you all know thirdworld conditions in this area are question dear friend such that we cannot safely and efwhen we lay aside this fectively carry on at this location earthly frame what any longer thanks to all of you will be the story of our who have been remembering us in predisposition of our this matter and have prayed that earthly possessions be we might be able to sell the dallas fore going will they property and move to a new locahave been designated tion the office building served as my home also has sold the deal for eternal benefits february 1998 the voice in the wilderness was far less than we wanted both praise ­ dr j royce thomason in price and terms of financing the lord for pioneers who have 10/1996 if this work goes on when however the board and i decided gone before us leaving behind a i can no longer carry it on i must it was the best we would probtrail of faithfulness the founder without further delay be training ably be able to do so [we made of the voice in the wilderness left a successor he will be a man with the sale the williamsons having words of encouragement for those a family to support and this will come from north carolina feel the work would be benefited if they esof us who now carry on in the name mean that we tablished the main of jesus are going to headquarters be faced in there as yet they keep your heart free from hate and the future have not found a your mind from worry live simply with a much proper location expect little give much fill your life larger budget that will fit our with love scatter sunshine forget than we now needs and pocketself think of others and do as you have as my book we will have would be done by time shortto get a loan wherjanuary 2000 ­ the voice in the wilderens i want ness ­ dr j royce thomason ever we locate to see what back there how s your health not so good i have strugwell thank god you ve lived this gled to build these past 60 years 6/1998 thank you for your prayers long many people have not enlarge not shrink concerning the acquisition of prophow s your pocketbook thin erty for our eastern headquarters in well most of the world is a lot 1/1997 if finances allow i want to north carolina poorer than we are no pensions go there in february and take rev no welfare no social security no williamson with me he needs to 7/1998 we have had to go in debt food stamps a third of the people see our work there meet the peo for our main headquarters properof the world will go hungry tonight ple feel their needs and get the vi ty in north carolina will you pray are you lonely the way to have a sion of what needs to be done one about all of these things the friend is to be one if nobody calls day the load will fall on his shoul williamson s are pretty well settled you call them go out of your way ders and a firsthand evaluation now in the new property to do something nice for somebody will better prepare him for then november 1995 ­ the voice in the wilderness ­ dr j royce thomason 4·the voice in the wilderness diamond jubilee 2013 edition

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2/2001 we [had purchased property in north carolina for the williamsons sometimes i thought to myself we would sell the frederick property pay off the north carolina debt and i would go back to dallas and just rent something for myself that would suffice for the rest of my days however the thing that finally clamped it was when the north american trade alliance nafta came along building a four-lane highway right down my road taking 37 feet of my front yard yes they paid a fair price but who wants to sell a big hunk of their yard i told the state official i dealt with that the road would be a conduit for illegal aliens and drugs and he readily agreed that was a big possibility that part i did not feel i could safely live with ­ being alone and out in the country as i saw it the only sensible thing to do was sell out pay everything off and go back to dallas so i came back to dallas i bought the place i made extensive repairs a tent or a cottage why should i care they re building me a palace over there the frederick property will be listed for sale by the time this reaches you i must confess i have had a hard time dealing with it all but god has helped me and i am reconciled quickly as it came i have no ill effects from the strokes thank god thank god 11/2001 [this final quote was written by dr ronnie l williamson for printing purposes the voice in the wilderness magazine is sent to the press approximately 3-4 weeks ahead of the edition date i am writing this month s letter to you on behalf of bro royce who is recovering in a rehabilitation center in texas on september 10th bro royce had a stroke-like episode while staying at the home of pastor oswalt and was taken by ambulance to the wayne memorial hospital in greenville ohio on september 12th he was released from the hospital only to suffer a more severe episode early that thursday morning during this 60th anniversary of the voice in the wilderness publication bro and sis williamson observe 17 years of ministry with the voice in the wilderness inc and their 40th wedding anniversary it is a joy to announce that this work is debtfree and still contends for fundamental christianity as was the original intent of our founder bro j royce thomason 1916 2006 all in christ no less no more the apostle paul said i have finished my course he knew the end of the journey in this world was near he wanted to encourage timothy as well as those of us who would read those precious words on august 17 2006 pastor and mrs wayne brown along with my wife and i visited bro royce founder of the voice in the wilderness inc in ennis texas unbeknownst to us this would be our final 6/2001 the williamsons and other get-together friends are going to have a banquet in this walk in celebration of my 65th year in of life on september 23 2006 this work 9/2001 no i have not retired and have no plans to do so until circumstances force me to quit 10/2001 god being my witness and with my hand raised i felt nothing but was conscious that the stroke had gone aimlessly and as dr j royce thomason went to his eternal reward with feet of clay in cowboy boots yet a life to yield from faithful roots denim no lace a durable sort dirt and farm not a palace court from walking in the steps of dad learning the way as a little lad then a big brother so lanky and tall to his siblings so innocent and small a man s boots must the boy wear and now take on a family s care until his country gave a service call bullet and blood and pain and pall from the war of men to a soldiers cross when the fires of god claim the dross the voice in the wilderness in tent and church preaching christ and for souls to search and around the world god did lead an amazing tapestry the lord would weave `til stilled by stroke these feet of clay were no longer able to tread the way so again we gather as we ve done before it s all in christ no less no more -rlw until then for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·5

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insider fact the voice in the wilderness publication is written designed and edited completely in-house the voice in the wilderness 60 years of printing the voice in the wilderness readers continue to send notes of appreciation for this ministry there are few today that continue to take the biblical stand that has glorified god saved souls built churches and blessed a people with such a precious heritage many such publications are full of advertisements and charge a regular subscription fee the voice in the wilderness is a free subscription yet thousands across america and around the world look forward to a visit from this fundamental voice but in this day of internet email blogs and high tech why continue to write print and mail the voice in the wilderness obviously in the world of printing similar thought has been critically examined from a money and marketing standpoint books magazines newspapers and newsletters continue to fly off the presses around the world i am persuaded there is even a greater urgency and need to print the voice in the wilderness in lieu of the modern world here is why we continue to print the voice in the wilderness · it is virus free ­ there are issues with email internet thousands have copies and the voice office keep file and online communication there is nothing like copies no computer crash can destroy this written your own copy in-your-hand before-your-eyes paper marked and highlighted · there is joy of anticipation what a blessing to · it is rare ­ we know this and readers also tell us so go to the mailbox read and reread the voice in the rarity exists in the fundamental kjb stand specifics wilderness are not avoided in a politically correct ear-ticklin · it is more than a publication ­ the voice in the age wilderness is a printed missionary an evangelist a · it can be read at leisure ­ you can take it with you missionary support base apm crossvue and much anywhere the voice in the wilderness is a handy-dandy much more ready-to-go friend · the voice in the wilderness levels the playing field ­ · you can have your own private copy and even pass rich poor young old overseas ministerial and it along to another reader laymen have the same access to this publication · a gregarious partnership and heritage anyone willing to invest time to read can utilize the · it cannot be erased ­ oops you have a copy voice in the wilderness i m sure you will agree with us that we should indeed continue printing the voice in the wilderness please partner with us in prayer and support the printing of the voice in the wilderness along with the mailing to our complete domestic and overseas mail list requires of the voice considerable expense per year recently we adjusted the printing of the voice in the wilderness to a quarterly schedule and added additional condensed communications sent daily from our office to be better stewards of finances insider fact that is a heavy load at times each edition it is our prayer in these perilous times that the voice in the wilderness can do more costs at least not less we have been given a rich heritage $6,000 to publish thank you for helping the voice in the wilderness inc pass the blessing on to others as well as the next generation until he calls may we be faithful amen insider fact over 1,000 copies of each edition are packaged and mailed from our office to churches pastors and ministries in the u.s and abroad plus thousands by bulk mail why print after insider fact more than 10,000 people read each publication.

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ge ria e ar tiv em pec r rs e l pe orc lica iv ib d b a anemic families in the church are a tragedy the voice in the wilderness has been no stranger to addressing sensitive and controversial subjects in recent issues of this publication difficult topics have been discussed and readership has been vocal the majority has been very supportive repeatedly cards letters even phone calls have expressed appreciation for the biblical stand this ministry takes as well as the boldness to place in print those scriptural positions easily t wo o r th reear ti c l es have generated the most comments compliments and criticism one such article printed was entitled divorce and remarriage obviously for many this is not cut and dry as you know the definition of marriage has been in stiff debate by state lawmakers and even amongst some denominational hierarchy only a few years ago most americans would not have hesitated to say never never in this country will the institution of marriage and the family come under such an attack as to obliterate the biblical traditional understanding of that which was divinely ordained never will judges and legislators by agenda aggressively sit in action against the very principles at the heart of america s foundation and success never will churches and clergy dare sanction homosexuality ordain homosexuals let alone condone homosexual marriages i have lived long enough to have seen a day when such perversion and ungodliness was unheard of a day when red-blooded americans would never allow legislators judges much less churches permit or promote such wicked destructive behavior but i have lived long enough to see that never become now when the very foundation and fabric of america is being destroyed in a cesspool of hell spawned perversion dear pastor i serve you notice continue to sermonette with those therapeutic addresses and you will be personally accountable for the ruination of many souls whether you agree with the following or not divorce and the spiritually anemic families in our church is a tragedy how many men do you have in your congregation that are scripturally qualified for office of deacon does your singles ministry encourag e single never mar ried young men and women to develop relationships with divorced individuals does your preaching and ministry reach out in love with scripturally sound counsel and support to the divorced does your congregation understand clearly what the bible says about divorce and remarriage concerning marriages you perform does your position vary case by case or do you have clearly delineated teaching for your congregation there is not only a world of lost souls out there but congregations full of folk held captive by the world the flesh and the devil do not be afraid to preach specifics holy living and the consequences of sin remember ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free john 8:32 preach the truth in love our congregations need to hear the truth clearly and specifically preached god s love and grace win friends and influence people this article probably will win few friends but i pray some will be influenced to search the scriptures when was the last time you heard definitive preaching on divorce and remarriage so many preachers have vacillated on this subject much like the subjects of music and dress due to the pressures of our day we preachers often exhort our young people not to give in to peer pressure the compromise of this age has caused many a preacher to change his stand one r epor t stated that the divorce rate within the church has 10·the voice in the wilderness diamond jubilee 2013 edition

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now reached that of the world if that be so must pastors christians a nd ch ur ch es modify adapt or change previously held positions to accommodate with the rise in the divorce rate of church members do we now re-look at the grounds for divorce those who have been divorced and remarried in almost epidemic numbers must they be considered today qualified for any and every office in the church before we venture any further let me state clearly god loves you his mercy and grace are extended whether you are divorced and single or divorced and remarried his will for you is to be saved and know the joy of a personal relationship with the lord jesus christ make no mistake this article is not intended to single out or condemn anyone the purpose is to set forth the truth of god s word and not the trends of this world by the way we mortals muddy the waters the bible is quite clear on the subject look at the book in the beginning ­ leave and cleave where shall we start how about the beginning read genesis 2:21-24 and note verse 24 therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh emphasis must be placed on the leaving cleaving and one flesh apart from the word of god marriage cannot be understood in all its richness and beauty the all of marriage grows out of god s covenant relationship with his people depart from the book and his will and all is open to the devourer in genesis is the origin of marriage when the almighty made a helpmeet for adam this institution preceded civil law government and even the church god himself ordained that a man leave his father and mother and shall cleave unto his wife the covenant union of one man to one woman for life become one flesh one do you understand this there is no other type picture or relationship that says it like marriage it is more than companionship more than completion more than commitment in a physical act and beyond here it is you must get this for this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall be joined unto his wife and they two shall be one flesh this is a mystery but i speak concerning christ and the church ephesians 5:31 32 marriage for the believer is not some fuzzy wuzzy touchy feely ooh i love you gotta have you can t do without you arrangement contract until i feel different event study the love paul is talking about in ephesians 5:25-28 what is this hidden mystical meaning if it s a mystery how are we responsible don t misunderstand for it is as plain as the nose on your face it is all spelled out in ephesians 5 22-33 i speak concerning christ and the church as believers we are to let the light and love of our marital union show to a lost world that has not a clue being dead in trespasses and sins ­ eph 2:1 as to who christ is and what the joy of salvation is all about the world cannot imagine heaven and the wonder of it all this mystery once hidden is now fully revealed in living color a full-length portrayal of christ and the church is on display for all to see ­ this is the cleaving of one man unto one wife one flesh let not man put asunder attention sirens bells whistles alarms now hear this now hear this of this divinely ordained union the very god and author of said union states what therefore god hath joined together let not man put asunder matthew 19:6 tell me now what man would dare shake a writing of divorcement in the face of god i ll tell you what man the man determined to break scripture follow self-desire and live in sin that s the man or woman no now ronnie you are uncaring you just don t understand my situation hold the line what does god say let not man put asunder matt 19:6 for the lord the god of israel saith that he hateth putting away malachi 2:16 so if that be the case where does divorce come into the picture hear the lord in the matter whosoever shall put away his wife except it be for fornication and shall marry another committeth adultery and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery matt 19:9 only if the husband or wife engages in the habitual practice of fornication and will not repent and return to the lord does the scripture permit divorce keep in mind i said repent and return to the lord only can a marriage be what it should when the husband and wife are what they should be with the lord and if there be an innocent partner that individual should desire reconciliation to the lord for their sinning mate is there any hope for this one who erred from the truth there is power in prayer and the holy spirit does convict james 5:19 20 says brethren if any of you do err from the truth and one convert him let him know that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death and shall hide a multitude of sins yes it is clear that the lord permits a divorce when fornication has been committed however the lord does not require or command divorce two questions i ask 1 is the lord interested in the repentance of the one who has sinned as well as the reconciliation of a marriage that has been jeopardized by sin self and satan 2 should not the spiritual partner the one innocent of wrong with prayer and tears seek reconciliation for their mate not only to the marriage but also to the lord on both accounts the answer is yes now the innocent party must face some soul-searching questions who in all the hurt and wrong will be the spiritual one here when we talk about the innocent party is that individual willing to forgive will he or she pray and seek the holy spirit intervention and conviction is there a submissive for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·11

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heart yielded to what god can do even in the darkest hour i am about to say some things that can easily be misunderstood this is not meant to be pious or callous in all my years of preaching pastoring and counseling i ve seen such bitterness and anger i m talking about on the part of the individual who is suppose to be the innocent one in all this mess the one who committed for nication confesses and wants reconciliation but no the innocent partner will not hear of it again not to seem unreasonable or callous i m not sure i ve truly known more than one or two innocent individuals involved in a divorce then i ask can i be certain in those two cases well bro ronnie just how long am i to pray for reconciliation ­ a month a year ten years don t i deserve to get on with my life after all i m not the one who started this whole mess remember even though jesus permitsd ivo rceongroundsof fornication he never required it jesus never commanded nor does the bible in any way intimate that a marriage must end in divorce due to sin or any other cause for that matter listen to these words love ye your enemies and do good and lend hoping for nothing again and your reward shall be great and ye shall be the children of the highest for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil be ye therefore merciful as your father also is merciful judge not and ye shall not be judged condemn not and ye shall not be condemned forgive and ye shall be forgiven luke 6:35-37 then came peter to him and said lord how oft shall my brother sin against me and i forgive him till seven times jesus saith unto him i say not unto thee until seven times but until seventy times seven matt 18:21 &22 say not thou i will recompense evil but wait on the lord and he shall save thee prov 20:22 if one partner proceeds with divorce it may be the other partner cannot stop the action also as tragic as it always is the child of god is to be discarded at will men too had permitted to seek divorce if their mate biblical teaching to clearly guide both is engaged in fornication fornication husband and wife can find that path is the only ground given in the bible of success and happiness in ephesians for divorce for the innocent partner 5:21-33 forgiveness and reconciliation should marriage is honourable in all and be prayerfully and diligently pursued the bed undefiled but whoremongers t hen for any other reason than and adulterers god will judge hebrews fornication the innocent party should 13:4 take care of doing right yourself not seek divorce wait on the lord god will take care of the rest on and he shall save thee i must interject your time schedule ­ no in his something i believe is important at time we are to be still and know this point in the case of a violent him ps 46:10 if we wait upon the and even life-threatening situation i lord we have his promise ps 27:14 have recommended separation i have isa 40:31 rom 8:25-31 if you rush witnessed several times the very life of ahead of the lord in anger hurt and a mother and her children in jeopardy revenge you only heap to yourself by a husband completely out of control guilt in the matter i have seen this ­ i never suggested divorce but a period one partner is unfaithful and the other of separation and then decides even legal restraint two can play to prevent an even this game more horrible and pursues situation kee p an extramarital in mind these relationship ma r r ia g es wer e as means of never scripturally vengeance or what they should immediately be it is not my files for divorce purpose here to and does deal with these everything typeproblems possible to yo ureapwhat make life you sow and in miserable many cases i have through legal 31 of couples have found myself avenues for separate checking in the middle the husband ofsomebody s wife that has accounts harvest with the sinned who american express crop coming in exactly is the and no preacher innocent party was gonna do a thing about it here rarely is there one moses by the way for all you people who because of the hardness of your want your rights it should be noted the hearts suffered you to put away equality jesus clearly teaches concerning your wives but from the beginning this subject ­ sin is sin there are no it was not so matt 19:8 matthew exceptions for male/female husband henry states none can wish to or wife jesus does not nor never did have the liberty of divorce without condone sin he always confronted virtually owning the hardness of sin men and women then have the their hearts choice to deal with it repentance and so what about remarriage forgiveness was the message without fornication is the scriptural ground for question men and women alike are divorce according to christ in matt accountable women were not property 19:9 in event of death the surviving 12·the voice in the wilderness diamond jubilee 2013 edition

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partner is free to marry for example paul says in i cor 7:39 the wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth but if her husband be dead she is at liberty to be married to whom she will only in the lord death permits the believer to again marry but only to another believer paul also says it is a happier state to not marry again the law of moses allowed divorce for hardness of heart but the law of christ forbids it expecting love and reconciliation christ permits not commands divorce on grounds of fornication while moses called for punishment by death please don t miss the heart of what christ is teaching if the husband loves his wife and the wife reverences her husband living together in this bond of grace there is no need of divorce the pharisees tempting jesus said is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause jesus was confronted with men who had a heart problem marriage problems are heart problems divorce is a heart problem the law of moses considered the hardness of men s hearts but the gospel of christ cures it and his grace takes away the heart of stone and gives a heart of flesh by the law was the knowledge of sin but by the gospel was the conquest of it matthew henry yes i understand christ permitted divorce on grounds of fornication no i do not believe christ is teaching remarriage in cases of divorce due to fornication divorce for causes other than fornication and marrying another is clearly committing adultery in response the disciples said if the case of the man be so with his wife it is not good to marry matt 19:10 some may say if i m locked into this thing of marriage like you are describing i would be better off not to marry in the first place matthew 19:12 states that some are eunuchs at birth some made eunuchs by men and some choose to be for the kingdom but not all are able to receive this indeed few can therefore those who choose to marry also choose the commitment and responsibility buck up be a man be a woman and accept the god given privilege as well as duty of fidelity in marriage quit your whining about rights equality and fairness get to work and enjoy the blessed fruits of faithfulness to god and see what he can do in your marriage someone said marriage is made in heaven but the husband and wife are responsible for the earthly maintenance i hear you ­ you disagree so do many of my preacher friends so do many scholars and commentaries can we possibly agree on the following 1 jesus permits divorce in case of fornication ­ agreed 2 if someone gets a divorce and marriesanother e xc eptfor fornication that person commits adultery ­ agreed 3 in marriage does the man and woman twain become one flesh ­ agreed 4 is it true what god hath joined together let not man put asunder ­ agreed 5 in most wedding ceremonies christian weddings the vows go something like this for better for worse for richer for poorer in sickness and in health to love and to cherish `til death do us part ­ agreed 6 god designed marriage to be a picture of the relationship between christ and his church ephesians 5:32 ­ agreed remarriage now we may agree to disagree ­ agreed the only ground for divorce is fornication the only ground for remarriage is the death of the mate jesus did not give per mission for remarriage in case of fornication it is true he states that divorce is permitted only in the case of fornication and it is true that jesus said to divorce one s husband or wife except for cause of fornication and remarry was to commit adultery however jesus did not give a wholesale endorsement of remarriage for those whose mate is a fornicator too long has the church and pastors played a situation game with the scriptures he/she did this then she/he did that and therefore the bible says thus and so no no a thousand times no thus saith the lord and that settles it we must not analyze the scriptures in light of our sordid circumstances 1 they divorce on unbiblical grounds but now that he remarried she is free to remarry because he committed adultery no 2 she committed fornication so he has a biblical right to divorce remarry and get on with life no where is prayer fasting and waiting on the lord what happened to forgiveness and reconciliation if the church let alone individual believers would get right with god and his word the power needed to rebuke sin would be available if the guilty refuses to repent and be delivered then should not the church deliver such an one unto satan for the destruction of the flesh that the spirit may be saved in the day of the lord jesus i cor 5:5 however there is so much of the world in the church today that the church has no power to deliver such an one period but the lord can t solve these problems my husband/wife has deeply hurt me they deserve to be punished i did no wrong i deserve to be happy on and on the confusion goes and the further we get from true biblical christianity men ought always to pray and not to faint luke 18:1 if storm winds blow upon our marriage the night has never been so dark the valley so deep we can and we must trust god pray and don t faint divorce at least divorce and remarriage may be the ultimate fainting spell it need not be no i cannot condone divorce and remarriage regardless the grounds as a preacher i will not perform the ceremony for an individual divorced wanting to remarry i simply cannot get peace about such there are many more scriptures i would like to for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·13

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discuss but must encourage the reader to study to shew thyself approved since this scripture was brought to my attention i will conclude with these comments it has already been stated that the wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth but if her husband be dead she is at liberty to be married to whom she will only in the lord i cor 7:39 but what about i cor 7:15 where it says if the unbelieving depart let him depart a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases but god hath called us to peace so if in verse 39 the wife is not bound after death is that not true in verse 15 when it says not under bondage please note that verse 15 is talking about a believer married to an unbeliever this could be due to one individual getting saved and the mate remaining unsaved the unbeliever then decides to leave his or her saved mate then the saved spouse is not under bondage the greek word for bondage in verse 15 means to enslave ­ bring into bondage and is different from the word used in verse 39 for bound bound means to bind or be in bonds in other words if the unbeliever leaves the believer is not brought into bondage to force a marriage relationship to further peril the hope is verse 16 of course death releases the surviving spouse and they are no longer bound verse 39 dear reader what a joy to be a child of the king joint heirs with jesus christ what a privilege in our marriages and families to be a living daily demonstration of christ and the church what he hath joined together let not man put asunder but bro ronnie i m divorced ­ i m divorced and remarried let me say here that whatever the past whatever the sin get it under the blood he is faithful and just i john 1:9 there is victory in jesus then commit your all to him and live according to his word now just a note to pastors ordaining counsel etc if you take this position you will not have to worry about showing favoritism to a deacon s daughter who is divorced and wants you to perform the ceremony in summary for her remarriage if for some reason marriage you don t think the remarriage is right an outline to study then you will lose a deacon and family i creation divine preach this position and they do not genesis 2:18-23 and the lord even ask you or how about ordaining god said it is not good that the man preachers and deacons who have been should be alone i will make him an divorced and remarried i have seen help meet for him and out of the groups continually rehash case after ground the lord god formed every case and inevitably create division beast of the field and every fowl of and bad feelings why because we the air and brought them unto adam are trying to judge each individual to see what he would call them and situation and not simply take a stand whatsoever adam called every living on the word if you allow yourself to creature that was the name thereof be trapped in a personality or respecter and adam gave names to all cattle and of persons game everyone is a loser to the fowl of the air and to every beast preach it spell it out and with love take of the field but for adam there was not a stand it is certain to relieve a lot of found an help meet for him and the headache lord god caused a deep sleep to fall god is not the author of confusion upon adam and he slept and he took he has clearly given direction for one of his ribs and closed up the flesh the divinely ordained institution of instead thereof and the rib which the marriage who will see him high and lord god had taken from man made holy worthy of he a woman ones obedience and brought her even ultimate unto the man sacrifice would and adam said this not be the this is now innocent party bone of my if the mar riage bones and flesh covenant is of my flesh she violated and shall be called the victimized woman because spouse declares she was taken innocence then outofman it is incumbent god s love and on the innocent compassion party to remain is so obvious studies show that 1/3 of note the words biblical surely god has not left alone and born-again christians us to emotion h el p meet choose divorce circumstance and this indeed was barna group `08 our own way to a divine creation wo rkthrough move on and justify such serious ii commitment design matters is there not an anchor for genesis 2:24-25 therefore shall our soul an authoritative voice we can a man leave his father and his mother rely on for answers without a doubt and shall cleave unto his wife and they divine direction has been given for holy shall be one flesh and they were both matrimony after all marriage is god s naked the man and his wife and were design hear ye him not ashamed underscore the words leave and cleave this is god s design of commitment for husband and wife here is innocence beauty and security adam and eve were clothed 14·the voice in the wilderness diamond jubilee 2013 edition

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in the light of innocence and joined together in god s divine design iii consequence detailed deuteronomy 24:1-4 when a man hath taken a wife and married her and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes because he hath found some uncleanness in her then let him write her a bill of divorcement and give it in her hand and send her out of his house and when she is departed out of his house she may go and be another man s wife and if the latter husband hate her and write her a bill of divorcement and giveth it in her hand and sendeth her out of his house or if the latter husband die which took her to be his wife her former husband which sent her away may not take her again to be his wife after that she is defiled for that is abomination before the lord and thou shalt not cause the land to sin which the lord thy god giveth thee for an inheritance divorce and remarriage defiles and is not god s design why did moses clearly prohibit the woman to return to her first husband when the second husband had died obviously the writing of divorcement had not freed her to remarry iv covenant divine malachi 2:14-16 yet ye say wherefore because the lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth against whom thou hast dealt treacherously yet is she thy companion and the wife of thy covenant and did not he make one yet had he the residue of the spirit and wherefore one that he might seek a godly seed therefore take heed to your spirit and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth for the lord the god of israel saith that he hateth putting away for one covereth violence with his garment saith the lord of hosts therefore take heed to your spirit that ye deal not treacherously marriage is not some business contract marriage is a god ordained covenant the lord is the witness v 14 a the word treacherously is used in verses 14 &15 companion and covenant describe this union what does god hate v clear declaration matthew 19:6-10 wherefore they are no more twain but one flesh what therefore god hath joined together let no man put asunder they say unto him why did moses then command to give a writing of divorcement and to put her away he saith unto them moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives but from the beginning it was not so and i say unto you whosoever shall put away his wife except it be for fornication and shall marry another committeth adulter y and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery his disciples say unto him if the case of the man be so with his wife it is not good to marry look at verses 7-10 jesus denounced divorce and remarriage based on the bond he himself established by the covenant of marriage only death looses that bond clearly christ gives the grounds for divorce but the wording and use of words never gave permission for remarriage what more can be said note the following admonition vi canceling death romans 7:2-3 for the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth but if the husband be dead she is loosed from the law of her husband so then if while her husband liveth she be married to another man she shall be called an adulteress but if her husband be dead she is free from that law so that she is no adulteress though she be married to another man death looses the binding of the law vii christ/church definition ephesians 5:21-23 submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of god wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands as unto the lord for the husband is the head of the wife even as christ is the head of the church and he is the saviour of the body just be honest and admit such submission runs against the grain of self christ did for us will we for him viii clean defined hebrews 13:4 marriage is honourable in all and the bed undefiled but whoremongers and adulterers god will judge who hath clean hands and a pure heart for two people to leave and cleave in the covenant of marriage with christ as lord of all what a heavenly truth illustrated here on earth honourable and pure but what if i m divorced or divorced and remarried someone has said jesus is not all you need until jesus is all you have thank god for his love grace mercy healing and forgiveness all have sinned and come short of the glory of god a christ honouring marriage is beautiful and such a blessing but remember in terms of time marriage here is brief while our relationship with christ is eternal he can take the ashes of our life and restore beauty are we willing to agree with him embrace his love and forgiveness and then walk in the abundant newness of his life the following is an enlightening illustration god uses broken things it takes broken soil to produce a crop broken clouds to give rain broken grain to give bread broken bread to give strength it is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume it is peter weeping bitterly broken who returns to greater power than ever author unknown the brokenness of self yields the submission surrender and sacrifice seen in the saviour s love for his church intended to be illustrated in the husband/wife union are we perfect no but we have the perfect saviour remember in times of hard decisions it is not just a matter of moving on as much as moving up take the bible road the high call we can stand clean before the lord the wrong choices of another does not dictate our decisions may god help us amen rlw for more resources visit www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org ·15

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