Caused to commit adultery

“The early Christian writers’ interpretation of the divorce texts remained the standard view of the church in the West until the sixteenth century when Erasmus suggested a different view that was adopted by Protestant theologians” (Heth & Wenham, Jesus and Divorce, p.73).

The view of the so-called “early church” was that ALL remarriage after divorce while the original spouse was living was (without exception) considered adultery until Erasmus came along with what is called “the exception clause.” This gave the “innocent party” the alleged freedom to remarry. And yet, Jesus says that the innocent party (Matthew 19:9), apart from a matter of fornication, is caused to commit adultery (Matthew 5:32; emphasis mine).

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