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" Examine the programs of major brotherhood lectureships and see how often lectures dealing with troubled homes, divorce or the need for successful marriage appear.Read brotherhood publications and note how commonly marriage failures in some form are the subject of articles.Examine how varied and, often, how controversial proposed solutions to the problem are.
Does homosexual conduct by a mate constitute scriptural grounds for divorce?
Do you accept unscripturally married individuals into fellowship as "second class members" who have the right to worship and fellowship, but no right to get involved and bear responsibility?
He sits in a living room counseling two worried, anxious, tearful adults caught up in a divorce problem.
He listens to the complexities of their situation as he also hears their children playing in the den.
We need to stop trying to content ourselves by considering undivorced misery as a success for the Lord.
Second, we must concentrate more on preventing unhappy homes from forming rather than focusing all our effort in trying to correct existing problem.
When a divorced-remarried Christian family moves into the community and in seeking to place membership frankly state they had scriptural grounds for their divorce (or divorces), do you accept their statement or do you investigate?
These are not hypothetical questions dealing with hypothetical situations.
Elders and ministers have not succeeded in their responsibility when they merely convince Christians they have no right to divorce and families agree to stay together regardless of how miserable they are.