"But someone asks: 'What about a woman who is put away (divorced) by a man simply because the man no longer wanted to be married? Fornication is not involved and the woman repeatedly tried to prevent the divorce, but to no avail. After a couple of years the man marries another woman. Is the 'put way' woman then free to marry?' She certainly is, if she puts away her husband for fornication. She would have to do this before God in purpose of heart since the divorce has already taken place, legally speaking. She could not go through the process of having a legal document charging her husband with 'adultery,' but God would know " - Weldon E. Warnock (Searching the Scriptures, November issue, 1985).
"It is my conviction that there are only three classes of people who have a right to marry: (1) those who have never been married: (2) those whose companions are dead; and (3) those who have put away a companion for the cause of fornication. It appears to me that any attempt to find authority for anyone else to marry, must trade on the silence of the scriptures. I realize that brother Warnock's illustration involves fornication but is after the fact of divorce and not before. It is very difficult for me to see how this is not in reality the 'waiting game' for one waits until the other sins and then claims scriptural cause. I am also made to wonder if we may have the 'mental divorce' then why not at the other end of the marriage have a 'mental marriage' before the fact of social and legal requirements being met. Indeed, is this not the very thing claimed by those who insist that two people may cohabit as long as they have a 'meaningful relationship' and plan to get married anyhow?" - Connie W. Adams (Searching the Scriptures, February issue, 1986).
"This problem is stated: "A and B, both Christians, marry; A divorces B for fornication. A then marries another wife, who is not a Christian. B also marries, and her husband is a member of the one body. All attend the same congregation, and the three are members in this same congregation. As an elder, what would you do?
Well, what could I do? A evidently had a right to marry again. So far as I know, this may have given B a right to marry also. On that point no one can speak with authority, for nothing is said about it. A safe rule seems to me to be: When in doubt as to what you should do, take the safe side; if you are in doubt as to the conduct of another, give him the benefit of the doubt" - R. L. Whiteside (Gospel Advocate, July 25, 1935). (See material on divorce and remarriage in the archives section of Bible Truths, dm.)
"Suppose a young, innocent girl, 18 years old, marries what she thinks to be a clean, equally innocent young man. He has latent homosexual tendencies of which neither he nor she is aware. After three weeks of marriage, he decides that heterosexual living is not for him. He, therefore, obtains a lawyer and divorces his wife on the ground that 'the marriage is insupportable' - the most frequently used excuse for divorce in Texas and many other states. He deserts his wife. He then forms a homosexual arrangement with another man and lives openly with him adamantly avowing he will never return to an heterosexual life style. According to the proposition signed by Phillips (H.E. Phillips, dm), the girl is forever denied a husband, a home, and children, not because of her own sin, but because of the sin of another. This an extreme position? I do not believe it to be true! It is a human inference (opinion) from the teaching of Jesus that is purely gratuitous " - James W. Adams (The Gospel Guardian, Vol. 30 no. 13, 1978).
" the brother or sister is not under bondage in such cases: - There has been doubt as to the meaning of this expression (referring to I Corinthians 7: 15, dm). Does it mean that bond is not binding in such cases? The Roman Catholic Church and most of the Protestant Churches allow remarriage in the case of willful desertion. The meaning most likely is that the believer can regard the unbeliever's act as final, and need not seek to live with him, while yet in such cases remarriage is not approved. The Christian should be prepared to restore the marriage relation when possible, and this certainly is safe ground. If, however, the unbeliever should marry another person, he would by the act commit adultery, and in that case the wife or husband would be at liberty to marry" - David Lipscomb (A Commentary on the New Testament Epistles, I Corinthians, pg. 102).