<<Yes, we need to be kept on your e-mail list. We use your materials and teaching exclusively, because it is the only true teaching we have heard preached. Our e-mail address has changed, as you will please note. We wish we could be in communion with your church, but understand and agree with your stance on remarried couples. We know that divorce and remarriage are sin, but cannot understand how separating would evidence salvation, since nothing we can do could ever affect or effect our election.>>
I'll try to be very understandable. If I'm not, please ask questions!
You said, "We know that divorce and remarriage are sin." Remarriage after divorce while the original spouse is still alive is adultery. Thus, those who continue to be in a marital relationship with a second (or third, etc.) spouse while the original spouse is alive are in continual adultery. Being in continual adultery is the same as being an adulterer. And God said that no adulterer is saved.
You said that you "cannot understand how separating would evidence salvation, since nothing we can do could ever affect or effect our election."
I'm not sure what you mean by "separating." When two people find themselves in an adulterous situation, these people do not necessarily have to live in separate places. But they are to discontinue marital (sexual) relations. If they continue in marital relations, they are continuing in adultery, which means they are adulterers.
Of course nothing we can do could ever affect or effect our election. That's not the point at all. Perhaps this scenario will help you understand:
Suppose Mr. X is in a homosexual relationship with Mr. Y. Suppose, then, that God saves both Mr. X and Mr. Y. They realize that their homosexual relationship was fornication and that they have been fornicators. Will they then continue to fornicate with one another after God saves them? Will they say, "We know that homosexuality is sin, but we cannot understand how separating would evidence salvation, since nothing we can do could ever affect or effect our election"?
I hope that shows you what the real point is. Mr. X and Mr. Y's discontinuation of their homosexual relationship does not affect or effect their election in any way whatsoever. But, since God saved them and showed them that their relationship was sinful, they will not continue in this relationship. Thus, if God saves a couple who is committing adultery and shows them that their relationship is sinful, then they will not continue in this adulterous relationship. This has nothing to do with affecting or effecting election. It has to do with what true Christians will do when God shows them that they had been living in sin.
To God alone be the glory,
Marc D. Carpenter
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