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Conditional Divorce?

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“And I say unto you, 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” (Matthew 19:9).

TEXT — Matthew 19:1-12


In 2019, there were about 800,000 divorce cases in Europe. The number was around 1.042 million in the United States. Available data show that the number of registered divorce cases in China rose from 2.7 million in 2010 to 4.7 million in 2019. South Africa had 23,710 cases the same year. More than 200 divorce petitions were filed in one state in Nigeria each month in 2021.

The contention regarding divorce has existed for centuries. Jesus told the Pharisees and the crowd that listened to Him that no man should put asunder what the Lord had joined together. Men were sending away their wives, hypocritically citing Moses’ injunction of giving the writing of divorcement. He plainly told them that Moses permitted that because of their hardened hearts. He explained that the only condition for divorce was fornication, which was applicable to people who were engaged to marry. Adultery, not fornication, is applicable in marriage.

By implication, Jesus was saying that there was, in fact, no condition for divorce after marriage. He made it clear that if anyone puts away his wife and marries another, he has committed adultery. Moreover, anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

The society has refused to accept these biblical truths. Young men and women now enter into marriages as contracts and divorce after a few years, citing “irreconcilable differences”. However, God’s word cannot be disputed. If you have divorced your wife, get her back. If you have married a divorced fellow, be it a man or woman, it will be wisdom if you quit the marriage in order to save your soul.

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About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.


  1. I have a question, how about those who didn’t want to be divorced but the other spouse insisted on the divorce therefore the separation would it still be adultery if the one who didn’t want a divorce was to be married again?

  2. Q1. If fornication is applible to people who are engaged, will one now say that a woman who is only engaged is automatically a wife , from the context.. ” And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication”

    Q2. Though, whether it be the man or woman that cheats in marriage, it have same consequences but the outcome is not the same, if the wife is caught in adultery, the man may forgive but I doubt if the marriage is going to be same again. In a situation where the husband managed to forgive the wife and take her back, and she repeats same thing again, I don’t think there is a sane man that want to be with a woman who cheats ,what will the man do in this case?

    Q3. In situations where a man (Mr .A) divorced his first wife in ignorance because of adultery and got married to another woman. Along the line, he received the message of salvation and repented. How do he now right everything with God if the divorced first wife is somehow already married by another man(Mr. B)and have born for the Mr. B . How will he (Mr. A) also put an end to the married of his second wife and the second wife have born for him.(Mr. A).

    I need sincere answers to this questions please . Thanks

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