Q. A divorced couple has entertained the idea of re-marrying. The man stayed unmarried but the woman is going through a divorce with her current husband of 3 years. The reasons for the divorce is his addiction to pornography, which she feels is adultery against her. I have been under the assumption that a man should not remarry a wife who has been polluted through adultery (She had committed adultery – the reason for the divorce previously mentioned.) What do the scriptures have to say about such a situation? Would it be biblical for the two to marry again?
A. I’m assuming that both these people are believers. That being the case, all the sins of their lives were forgiven at the cross and the slate was wiped clean for them when they accepted the Lord’s death as payment for their sins (Colossians 2:13-14). This includes the wife’s sin of adultery that ended her first marriage. If she has confessed her sin, she has been forgiven and has been purified from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). If she and her former husband want to remarry, I can’t see any reason why they shouldn’t. In fact I think the Lord would be pleased if they did, because reconciliation is always His preference.