Saturday, March 23, 2024

The Inability To Situationalize Truth (Part 2)

By Wes Garland

    In our last article, we discussed how some believe that Truth can be changed if specific, special circumstances are met. These specific, special circumstances usually are the exact situation that they are in. We looked at how Truth is OBJECTIVE and means that it is a FACT that CANNOT be altered, NO MATTER WHAT circumstance you may want to create. Today, we are going to look at another circumstance in which people try to situationalize Truth, and that is in Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage.
    God’s law for marriage is very simple: one man, one woman for life (Rom. 7:2-3). The only way of getting out of that marriage is either by the death of the spouse (Rom. 7:3) or through ONE EXCEPTION, fornication on the part of the other spouse (Mat. 19:9). THEN, the one who DID NOT commit fornication would have the right to remarry someone ELIGIBLE to be married or remarried (1 Cor. 7:39). But as some try to do, they look at these simple laws and they see that their situation doesn’t meet up with these laws. Instead of making their situation in harmony with God’s law, they try to situationalize themselves against God’s law. In their minds they think, “I don’t think that God would hold me accountable” or “I think that God will allow this to happen” or “God is loving and would not want me to live celibate the rest of my life.” In each of these statements, the people do not want to accept nor deal with the consequences of their actions of disobedience. In each of these statements, God has to be seen in a light that is not the way He is seen in scripture. For these statements to be true, it would give man the ability to create God in a fashion that is best suited for themselves. May we remember that God made us and not we made God. God’s law is firm and true (corresponds to reality).

Will we listen and be honest with ourselves and make the changes to be right
in the sight of God or will we remain in disobedience?
We choose.
John 12:48
He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—
the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.

- Wesley Garland preaches for Warners Chapel church of Christ in Clemmons, NC. He may be contacted through the congregation's website:

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