But I intend to respect the official statement (having written the first draft myself) as our guide in matters of membership and discipline.
I felt an immense burden in having to teach our congregation what the revealed will of God is in this matter of divorce and remarriage.
I was not unaware that among my people there were those who had been divorced and remarried, and those who had been divorced and remained unmarried, and those who were in the process of divorce or contemplating it as a possibility.
He is author of more than 50 books, including A Peculiar Glory.
He is author of more than 50 books, including A Peculiar Glory. That document, dated May 2, 1989, represents the position on divorce and remarriage that will guide the church in matters of membership and discipline.
In my study of Ephesians 5 I had become increasingly persuaded that there is a deep and profound significance to the union of husband and wife in "one flesh" as a parable of the relationship between Christ and his church.
I knew that this was not an academic exercise, but would immediately affect many people very deeply.
I was also aware of the horrendous statistics in our own country, as well as other Western countries, concerning the number of marriages that were ending in divorce, and the numbers of people who were forming second marriages and third marriages.
The paper you hold in your hands is NOT the official church position on divorce and remarriage.
It is my own understanding of the Scriptures and therefore the guidelines for my own life and teaching and ministerial involvement in weddings.