Pastor likes divorce. He encourages divorce. The Bible text that he cites to push divorce among us is Isaiah 50:1, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce, with which I sent her away? Or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you Behold, for your iniquities you were sold, and for your transgressions your mother was sent away.‘” Fact: at pastor’s directive there are currently over two dozen men and women who have divorced and/or are in the process of separating/divorcing from their spouses. Question: either there is a great deal of adultery in our church, and it is not as holy and God-fearing as we promote, or pastor is unscripterally using divorce to control people and bind them to himself. Removing all obstacles (people) that stand in his way.
But God says, “But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the Lord was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. “For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless” (Malachi 2:14-16) “And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you:whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery” (Matthew 19:3-9).