The King's Gardeners Ministries

Millennium Edition

Reverend S. L. Gardner

Spokane, Washington US

- Questions and Answers -
This section of the site is dedicated to questions asked by real people and answered by Rev. Gardner none of these answers are expected to be a difinitive response but may help in your quest for understanding. Names have been changed for the sake of privacy.
Issue - Standing for Unsaved Spouse
(no divorce has been initiated)

Q. Thankyou so much for taking the time to answer my questions.... Ok, I will be completely honest about my marriage and its circumstances.. First I would like to state that I am a born again Christian, my husband is not. When we first married I was a very carnal, Ungodly woman, I already had 2 children before I met my husband....But, I was never married. (intimate marriage details deleted) I hope this is enough information for you. Do you think that it is God's will for my marriage to be restored?? I know for a surety it is the Lord's will for my husband to come to repentance, and once he became born again, I know that he would be home. Again thank you for taking time to answer me. May God bless you today and always!!

A. Thank you for your honesty. First I'm going to tell you what you will hear or may have already if you ask anyone who claims to know about marriage "laws".

1 Corinthians 7:12-15, (amp) To the rest I declare - I , not the Lord for Jesus did not discuss this - that if any brother has a wife who does not believe in Christ and she consents to live with him, he should not leave or divorce her. (13) And if any woman has an unbelieving husband and he consents to live with her, she should not leave or divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is set apart separated, withdrawn from heathen contamination and affiliated with the Christian people by union with his consecrated set-apart wife, and the unbelieving wife is set apart and separated through union with her consecrated husband......Verse 15 But if the unbelieving partner actually leaves, let him do so' in such cases the remaining brother or sister is not morally bound. But God has called us to peace."

Now that you've read what will probably twist your insides I want you to pay attention to something. It's in vs12 - The Apostle Paul said this was HIM speaking NOT Jesus because Jesus didn't address the situation. Paul fell back on Mosaic covenant law to give this advise.

Ok, now lets deal with the statement that Jesus did NOT address the issue. I wonder why? Could it be that it's because all throughout Jesus ministry he RAISED the standard of morality? You see Moses laws had become so perverted so quickly Jesus was constantly reminding us of what God did. Gods laws and Gods ways of doing things. Soooo lets see.... In Matthew 19:8, Jesus said, "..... Moses permitted you to dismiss and repudiate and divorce your wives; BUT FROM THE BEGINNING IT HAS NOT BEEN SO ORDAINED." Then he went on to raise the standard of Mosaic divorce BACK to where it had been originally.

Lets take it from there. Jesus took us back to "from the beginning it has not been so ordained." That is what Jesus said for final words from God not Moses. And clearly Jesus made it clear that the law of divorce was from Moses. He did NOT say God through Moses or God said and Moses recorded or anything like that. He acknowledged Mosaic law as the practical application of law given through an anointed man of God. Then Jesus went on to say what GOD wanted.

By the way the original Mosaic law would protect the innocent and NEVER allow the guilty to leave scott free.

How does this effect you? Marriage is sacred. God ordained it and protects it. Man corrupts and dismisses it covenant or not. The key is someone Standing for that marriage. God doesn't have us do exercises in futility. Guess you're going to be like my Mom huh? She prayed for 20 years and the harvest those prayers for her families salvation literally has extended around the world. God does amazing things with women who just hold fast and pray.

My Mom was never a big shot and most of her time was spent at home being Mom but her prayers changed the lives of many people. Me included. Her prayers saved this rebel from certain hell. I "backslid" (isn't that a nicey word) as a Christian and sinned sins I knew were wrong. Thank God for praying Moms and wives. Today my Mom is in heaven assured that my Dad and her girls are going to be there with her.

Stand sis. You may be the keystone God is going to use in your husbands salvation and who knows what else?

Blessings,

Rev. Dr. S.L. Gardner

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