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 Poll: Divorce not a sin


(AgapePress) - A new poll is confirming an apparent trend in Christianity to adopt the values of the world. Christian researcher George Barna has released the results of a new survey which show when it comes to divorce, there is little difference between born-again believers and the unsaved.

The Barna poll found that 35 percent of married, born-again Christians have been divorced at least once -- the same percentage as among married adults who are not born-again Christians. And nearly one-fourth of born-again Christians have been divorced at least twice.

Pollster George Barna suggests one reason the divorce rate is not higher among non-Christians is that today many do not bother to marry their partners in the first place, choosing instead to live together out of wedlock, side-stepping marriage -- and divorce -- altogether.

And one reason the rate of divorce is not lower among Christians may be that few people in the general population accept the notion that divorce is a sin. According to the Barna poll, only 15 percent strongly agreed (and 16 percent "moderately agreed") with the following statement: "When a couple gets divorced without one of them having committed adultery, they are committing a sin."

Two-thirds of the 3,600 adults polled disagreed with that statement. More than half (52 percent) of the born-again group did not agree that divorce without adultery is sin, whereas three-fourths of the non-Christians felt that way.

SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2004/9/11 0:24Profile

Joined: 2003/5/8
Posts: 4419
Charlotte, NC

 Re: Poll: Divorce not a sin

Sadly, divorce and remarriage is never taught as being a sin. An unbiblical divorce and remarriage is a greater sin than homosexuality. For divorce not only perverts what God intended, but it also destroys an actual union. The only time I have heard it preached as sin is by my Corinthians professor at school this semester, and sadly, he's having to speak contrary to what his denomation has actually adopted as their polity- though they used to not approve of divorce & remarriage except for reasons of adultery.

Jimmy H

 2004/9/11 1:10Profile

Joined: 2003/7/28
Posts: 404
Watford, UK

 Re: Poll: Divorce not a sin

"When a couple gets divorced without one of them having committed adultery, they are committing a sin."

What about this:

1 Corinthians 7:10-16

10 Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. 11But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.
12But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. 13And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. 14For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. 15But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. 16For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?

Mark Nash

 2004/9/11 6:54Profile

Joined: 2004/3/3
Posts: 54
Fond du Lac, WI

 Re: Poll: Divorce not a sin

Nothing suprises me anymore from the world of "Churchianity". God is too nice to judge.

Brothers and sisters, my heart cries out for these people. We need to ask Christ to use us as a tool to open their eyes to the coming Judgment.


 2004/9/11 7:23Profile

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