Christ’s Departure from an Unrepentant Bride
UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.
I hope that by now our readers are fully aware that we are not anti-marriage, but quite the opposite. What we are “anti” (against) is perversions and distortions of marriage in which victims of abuse are held captive by the mantra that God hates anyone who divorces, that He never permits divorce, or that He certainly doesn’t permit it on the basis of abuse. That is what we are against. We are FOR a husband loving his wife as Christ loves the church, and we are for a wife submitting to that kind of man as Christ submits to the Father. Somehow I don’t think that model is one of “I’m the boss and you have to obey me.” I believe that one of the greatest sources of anti-marriage and anti-family teaching is coming from within the Christian church itself. Not because of what Scripture says, but because of what is parading as Scriptural teaching but is, in fact man-made tradition.
Yesterday one of my friends made this observation –
“If marriage is a picture of Christ and His church, then does Christ stay with a church that is unfaithful to its vows?”
Pretty good question, right? We know that God divorced faithless Israel (Jeremiah 3). And we also know that Christ will never divorce His true Bride, the true Church which is composed of genuine believers. The bond of union between Christ our Head and us is unbreakable. However, consider these words from Christ that will be spoken on that Day to people who entered into vows of marriage with Him, but did so falsely and who then broke those vows habitually –
Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (22) On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ (23) And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'”
Does Christ remain married to them? No. They put on a big show. They appeared outwardly as eminent saints. But they lied. He puts them out. He tells them to depart from Him. He… divorces them.
So, if marriage is to be a picture of Christ and His church, how is it that we are telling Christians, usually women, who are enslaved to an evil man that she must remain married to him because her marriage is a picture of Christ and His church? Would not a more accurate representation of that picture be for her TO divorce him?
I think so. I am, in fact, sure of it.