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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Sampling of Scriptures Directly Violated by Pat Robertson's Advice re: Divorcing a Spouse With Alzheimer's

On Wednesday on the 700 Club, Pat Robertson said that it would be permissible for a person to divorce a spouse who had Alzheimer's because Alzheimer's is a "kind of death" [view Robertson's statement HERE]. In his answer, Robertson directly contradicted a number of biblical passages. The three main groups of passages Robertson contradicted are: (1) verses against divorce, (2) verses against lying (these are relevant due to marriage vows typically containing the words, "in sickness and in health," and, "'til death do us part"), and (3) verses regarding the faithfulness of the LORD, as to be pictured in marriage. The following are a sampling from each of these groups of Bible verses [all verses are taken from the New American Standard Bible].

I. Verses Against Divorce
A. "I hate divorce," says the LORD, the God of Israel, (Malachi 2:16a)
B. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery. (Matthew 19:6,9)
C. But to the married I give instructions, not I, but the Lord, that the wife should not leave her husband (but if she does leave, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband should not divorce his wife. (1 Corinthians 7:10-11)

II. Verses Against Lying
[The verses against lying-- either directly or by implication-- are truly too numerous to list, and so the following are picked almost at random; all of the prohibitions against lying are based upon the character of the LORD, as Scripture says God cannot lie (Titus 1:2) and Jesus is the Truth (John 14:6).]
A. You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another. (Leviticus 19:11)
B. Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who deal faithfully are His delight. (Proverbs 12:22)
C. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, (Colossians 3:9)
D. all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8b)

III. Verses re: The Faithfulness of the LORD, as to be Pictured in Marriage
A. [God] Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)
B. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the Church. (Ephesians 5:25,31-32)
C. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:2-4)

[See more on this subject HERE and HERE.]

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