Archive for September 13, 2009

Brain teaser #12

Posted: September 13, 2009 in Commentary, For sisters

The goal of this post is to make some sisters think, not to get sidetracked into a discussion about adultery.

Everyone’s heard “…whoever looks after a woman lustfully has committed adultery with her in his heart…….

Many Evangelicals are quick, then, to conclude that the lustful look is adultery, right? Well, yes and no. If you pressed them to come out and say that a woman can divorce her husband for this “lustful look” — as they would for the physical act — they would hem and haw and change the subject rather than directly answer this provocative question. This is because nearly every one of them intuitively understands that this passage is about either the nature of sin or the nature of the law. To even tread here, though, is to give someone an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to holiness or something by making sure to get a jab in about adultery. Such a one might be sidetracked by asking him (or her) if a man can divorce his wife for a “lustful look.” That might steady them up a moment or two. However this is all just warm up material….and thus we will pass by all this and get to my real topic for this posting….

Consider a woman who has a child out of wedlock, a believing sister. Is a believing man free to marry her, or must she be passed by because she has become spiritually one with someone to whom she is not married in the temporal and legal sense — the sense of the word “marriage” in the epistles?

How about a sister who has been one with someone, but has not borne a child?

I’m not looking for your help, here. I’m looking to make your brain cells turn over.