Does God permit divorce? Not all evangelicals agree on what the Bible teaches on this question. David Instone-Brewer has written a scholarly book on the subject, but his recent article in Christianity Today has stirred up some conversation in the blogosphere. Instone-Brewer argues that God allows for divorce in cases of adultery, abandonment, and physical/emotional neglect. John Piper has responded that Instone-Brewer’s conclusions do not faithfully render the Bible’s teaching. Piper also argues that divorce is not allowed under any circumstances. Andreas KÃ¶stenberger responds to both of these articles arguing that Jesus permitted divorce in cases of adultery and abandonment.
I’m not going to rehearse all of the arguments here. You can read them for yourself, and I recommend them to you.