Pastor Voddie Baucham’s No Divorce, No Re-Marriage After Divorce Sermon
The following link is to a sermon by Pastor Voddie Baucham of the Grace Family Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. It’s title is The Permanence View of Marriage based upon Matthew 5:31-32.
The summary of the sermon provided by GFBC is:
“GFBC holds to the permanence view of marriage. According to the permanence view, there are no biblical grounds for divorce under any circumstance (and thus, no remarriage after divorce). In this sermon from Matthew 5:31-32, Dr. Baucham gives a Biblical defense of that position and explains the differences between the three predominate views held by evangelical churches today.”
We provide this link to our readers at A Cry for Justice as an example of the no-divorce-for-any-reason position, which also prohibits all remarriage after a divorce. Baucham specifically says that abuse is not biblical grounds for divorce.
One must continue to be befuddled at a pastor and church leadership that not only teaches such a position, but holds the congregation to it, when in this very sermon Pastor Baucham acknowledges that there are at least 3 predominate views on this subject held by evangelical churches. When there is such a diversity of opinion, how is it possible to enforce such a position upon our people? Some churches even go so far as to exercise church discipline for any member who would “violate” this permanence view. It is not clear from this sermon what Baucham’s church does if a member does divorce. He says that there are some people who are members of his church who have been divorced and who are remarried, and yet they have been accepted as members.