Pastor David Dykstra on Marriage and Divorce
The following lectures/sermons are given by Pastor David Dykstra, Pastor of Grace Covenant Baptist Church in Willis, Texas. David is a long time member of ARBCA, the association of Reformed Baptist Churches that Christ Reformation Church in Tillamook is a member of. I am beginning to be much encouraged by the response of our association churches to this whole issue of abuse, divorce, remarriage, and all the related issues. As Pastor Dykstra mentions in his lecture on the fallacy of the so-called permanence view of marriage, we know of no church in ARBCA that would discipline someone who divorced for reason of abuse (which is desertion).
UPDATE — written by Barbara Roberts, 22nd May 2019.
David Dykstra and ARBCA (the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America) is now known to have covered up the crimes of Tom Chantry. Tom Chantry is now in jail having been convicted on multiple counts of assaulting and molesting children. David Dykstra is one of the leaders of ARBCA who helped cover up Chantry’s crimes.
I do NOT recommend anyone trust David Dystra as a pastor or church leader. The same goes for any churches that are still associated with ARBCA.
However, I do think it is worth reading or listening to Dykstra’s research into the London Confession and how it did not contain a paragraph about divorce. I think his findings on that are a valuable contribution to our understanding of the history of the doctrine of divorce.
End of Update.
I should also make note here that Pastor Dykstra pointed out to me that in my book, A Cry for Justice [*affiliate link], I said that the London Confession of Faith allows for divorce for adultery and desertion. That is not correct. The London Confession actually has no section on divorce or remarriage. Ps Dykstra’s sermon The Puritan Confessions on Divorce and Remarriage explains why. If I ever am able to get revisions and corrections made in future printings of my book I will correct that point as well. Many thanks to Pastor Dykstra for pointing that out.
Here are Pastor Dykstra’s lectures/sermons on Divorce.
The Puritan Confessions on Divorce & Remarriage — discusses why the London Confession (the confession of Reformed Baptists) did not include the section on divorce and remarriage which the Westminster Confession included.
Divorce & Remarriage under the Sinai Covenant — Deuteronomy 24:1-4, Exodus 21:7-11
Divorce and Remarriage Under the Prophets — Jeremiah 3:1-10, Malachi 2:13-16
That Thorny Issue of Divorce — Luke 16:18, Matthew 5:31-32
Thoughts on the Permanence View of Marriage — Matthew 19 — this sermon strongly criticizes the permanence view
Divorce & Remarriage under Christ and The Apostles, part 1 — Matthew 19 continued, 1 Corinthians 7
Abuse IS Desertion — Paul’s directive to those in mixed marriages in 1 Corinthians 7[ on Sermon Audio this sermon is titled: Divorce & Remarriage under Christ and The Apostles, part 2]
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