- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Dominion Press (March 10, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0930462491
- ISBN-13: 978-0930462499
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
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Second Chance: Biblical Principles of Divorce and Remarriage (Biblical Blueprints) Paperback – March 10, 1999
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In _Second Chance_ (1988), which you can download for free, Sutton rejects the "no divorce/no remarriage" view which was and is commonly held among more conservative Christians. In this view, it is held "that under no circumstances is divorce permitted, and if it happens to an innocent spouse, he or she is not allowed to remarry." (p. 7) Not only is the view lacking the support of Scripture, Sutton argues that it likely promotes promiscuity since it's a "solution" to the problem of marital breakdown that's simply not practical.
Sutton also rejects the laissez faire view of divorce/remarriage, which holds that "anything goes."
From what other perspective, then, can divorce/remarriage be viewed? Sutton's solution is to look at the issue from a covenantal perspective. If marriage is a covenant, then guidance on the issue of divorce/remarriage must be determined by looking to the Bible's teaching on covenants.
"Marriage is a picture of the God-to-man covenant: Paul says, "Just as the Church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything...Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ has loved the Church" (Ephesians 5:22-25). So all we need to do is examine how a covenant is made and dissolved at the God-to-man level, so as to understand the principles of divorce and remarriage at the marriage level. In other words, making or renewing a covenant between God and man is analogous to forming a marriage covenant or entering a second marriage, and dissolving a covenant is analogous to divorce.Read more ›