If the “Unbeliever” of 1 Corinthians 7:15 Is an Erring Christian Who Has Departed from the Faithful Christian, Is the Faithful Christian No Longer “Bound” And Free to Remarry?

1 Corinthians 7:12-15: “But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise, your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?”

This false doctrine totally ignores the context. “Unbeliever” refers to a non-Christian and “believer” refers to a Christian. False teachers will “twist the Scriptures to their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:15). This false doctrine tries to change the word of “unbeliever” and the word “bondage.” You cannot rightly divide the word of truth by taking words in a passage and defining them to fit your own doctrine.

To learn the meaning of this passage, see our question: “Is 1 Corinthians 7:15 Another Scriptural Reason For Divorce?



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