Does 1 Corinthians 7:27,28 Allow The Guilty Party To Remarry?
1 Corinthians 7:27,28 states: “Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be loosed. Are you loosed from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But even if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Nevertheless such will have trouble in the flesh, but I would spare you.”
These verses have been taken out of their context to promote a false doctrine that is simply not true. These verses have been used as a “proof-text” to supposedly prove that if a person who was put away for the reason of fornication (Matthew 5:31,32; 19:9) then 1 Corinthians 7:27,28 gives him or her the right to remarry without committing the sin of adultery. But they are misinterpreting the passage and are trying to force the following idea on it: “If you are married, do not divorce. If you are divorced, you will not sin if you marry.”
Paul is not writing about the rightness or the wrongness of multiple marriages in this passage. That is a mere assertion! In the historical context, Paul was writing that, in view of “the present distress” (1 Corinthians 7:26), and the time “being short” (1 Corinthians 7:29), the wisdom of getting married was questionable because there was so much turmoil and chaos that was happening during that dark time. Paul wanted to reassure them that if a person was scripturally eligible to be married, then they could do so without sinning against God. However, God’s word is truth and does not contradict itself (John 17:17). Therefore, 1 Corinthians 7:27-28 does not contradict Matthew 19:9, nor does it authorize the “guilty” party in a scriptural marriage to remarry.
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