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Dear Dr. Smith
11. Dear Dr. Smith,
I wanted to know what does the bible have to say on divorce and what is the Adventist beliefs on this? Will I get my membership read out of the church after my divorce is final? Will I need to get re-baptized? Thank you
Dear "Thank You"
The Bible says, "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Gen 2: 24
"I hate divorce." Mal 2:16
"And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery." Matt 19:9
There are several other texts that can be cited, however, I believe these are sufficient in response to your question. The Bible is very clear regarding the teachings of divorce and the Seventh-day Adventist Church upholds the principles and teachings of the Bible.
The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist (the world headquarters of the Church) puts out a position statement on divorce. It states that if two people get divorced on any basis other than those stated in the Bible they are not to remarry.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church Manual states, “Scripture recognizes adultery and/or fornication (Matt. 5:32) as well as abandonment by an unbelieving partner (1 Cor. 7:10-15) as grounds for divorce.” This is the official position of the Church.
Will you get your membership read out in the Church after your divorce? That is dependent on the grounds for your divorce. If for example, it is a case of proven adultery, then yes, your membership would be withdrawn, and you would need to be re-baptized. Also, your Church could ask you to step down from holding office, if you were the major factor in the demise of your relationship.
I hope your marriage has not reached a stage of divorce in the courts and I pray that you both will get some professional help before a divorce becomes inevitable. Above all, remember, there is nothing too hard for the Lord to do, so please, take it to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to help you in your time of greatest need. I’ll say a prayer for you. "Thank you for asking.