Does James 2:10 Authorize Divorce If One Person in the Marriage Breaks the Marriage Covenant as a Whole Because He/She Breaks One of the Marital Laws?
The only “marital law” broken that authorizes the “innocent party” in a God-joined marriage to divorce is when the “guilty party” commits fornication (whether it be with same sex, opposite sex or animal, Matthew 19:9; 5:32)
The context of James 2:10 addresses a church assembly where James warns members not to show partiality toward a rich person versus a poor person who comes into their assembly (James 2:1-13). In this context, James points out that any one sin committed (regardless of the sin) makes the one who commits the sin a lawbreaker, a transgressor of the whole law (1 John 3:4). Even as Christians, we must realize that in one sense all sins are equal in that any one sin can separate us from God if left unforgiven (Hebrews 10:24-27).
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