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Marriage and Divorce-The Movement Toward Error

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The Holy Scriptures warn:

"...Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, [2] through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared..." 1 Tim. 4:1-2 (ESV)

Sadly, many of those who have purported to be faithful gospel preachers have now turned to error regarding the Lord's teaching on marriage and divorce. The series of articles in the category of Marriage and Divorce seek to expose and refute the error that is currently being taught.

One of the most recent examples of this has involved brother Bobby Holmes and brother Tom Roberts

On June 26, 2005, brother Bobby Holmes taught a lesson entitled Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage at the Northside church of Christ in Mansfield, TX, which teaching I witnessed. The lesson was the culmination of a change in the doctrine that brother Holmes used to teach. He used to teach that an individual who divorced their mate for a cause other than fornication committed sin. However, in his lesson taught on June 26, 2005, he taught two principle points of error

  • A divorce occurs when someone sends their mate out of the house
  • Someone can divorce their mate for a cause other than fornication

Brother Holmes wanted to ensure that all were aware of the doctrine that he was teaching:

"...I have two reasons or purposes in presenting this lesson. Number one and foremost is to present to you what the word of God says and to make it clear to you so that we can all understand exactly what God says on the subject of marriage, divorce, and remarriage. The second reason is that I might go on record and I want it on record I want it on tape what I believe the scriptures teach on the subject that has been announced. I don't want anyone doubting what I believe about these things, not that what I believe is going to determine what is truth or error, but I want people to understand and I want it recorded as to what Bobby Holmes believes the scriptures teach..." 1

On Wednesday June 29, 2005, I sent brother Holmes an email voicing my objection to the doctrine that he had taught and my desire, since a private study had yielded no fruit, to have an open, public discourse with him on this subject in a format of his choosing; he refused. That same evening, in an impromptu business meeting with the men of the congregation, I offered to have a public discourse with brother Holmes again, but again he refused.

As well, beginning in January of 2006, I had a series of email correspondences with brother Tom Roberts, who has adopted the doctrine that brother Holmes is teaching. As well, I asked him for a public discourse on this subject, but he has yet to give me a final reply.

Along with the transcript of brother Holmes lesson of June 26, 2005 and a complete correspondence between brother Roberts and me, I have included two articles that deal specifically with the error that these men and others are teaching concerning marriage and divorce

The scriptures command:

"...I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment..." 1 Cor. 1:10 (ESV)

and again...

"...I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. [18] For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive..." Romans 16:17-18 (ESV)

The scriptures command that error must be exposed (Eph. 5:11), but my sincere prayer to God for these men and others who are teaching error is that they repent that we may all be perfectly joined together in the same mind and judgment

1"Transcript of Bobby Holmes lesson Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage." Pillar of Truth Magazine. 2 December 2006. <http:pillaroftruthmagazine.org.> p.1

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