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“Before You Say I Quit” A Sermon By Bishop Jerry F. Hutchins “Before You Say I Quit” A Sermon By Bishop Jerry F. Hutchins

How Does God Feel About Divorce? • 16 “For I hate divorce!” says the How Does God Feel About Divorce? • 16 “For I hate divorce!” says the Lord, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty, ” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife. ” (Malachi 2: 16) (NLT)

16 For the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I hate divorce and marital 16 For the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I hate divorce and marital separation and him who covers his garment [his wife] with violence. Therefore keep a watch upon your spirit [that it may be controlled by My Spirit], that you deal not treacherously and faithlessly [with your marriage mate]. (Amplified)

Why Does God Hate Divorce? “God, not you, made marriage. His Spirit inhabits even Why Does God Hate Divorce? “God, not you, made marriage. His Spirit inhabits even the smallest details of marriage. And what does he want from marriage? Children of God, that's what. So guard the spirit of marriage within you. Don't cheat on your spouse. ” (Malachi 2: 15 NLT)

The Impact On Children • Among the millions of children who have seen their The Impact On Children • Among the millions of children who have seen their parents divorce, one of every 10 will also live through three or more parental marriage breakups. (The Abolition of Marriage, Gallagher)

 • Studies in the early 1980’s showed that children in repeat divorces earned • Studies in the early 1980’s showed that children in repeat divorces earned lower grades and their peers rated them as less pleasant to be around. (Andrew J. Cherlin, Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage – Harvard University Press 1981)

 • Teenagers in single-parent families and in blended families are three times more • Teenagers in single-parent families and in blended families are three times more likely to need psychological help within a given year. (Peter Hill “Recent Advances in Selected Aspects of Adolescent Development” Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 1993)

 • Compared to children from homes disrupted by death, children from divorced homes • Compared to children from homes disrupted by death, children from divorced homes have more psychological problems. (Robert E. Emery, Marriage, Divorce and Children’s Adjustment” Sage Publications, 1988)

 • Following divorce, children are fifty percent more likely to develop health problems • Following divorce, children are fifty percent more likely to develop health problems than two parent families. (Angel, Worobey, “Single Motherhood and Children’s Health”)

 • Most victims of child molestation come from single-parent households or are the • Most victims of child molestation come from single-parent households or are the children of drug ring members. (Los Angles Times 16 September 1985 The Garbage Generation)

 • A Child in a female-headed home is 10 times more likely to • A Child in a female-headed home is 10 times more likely to be beaten or murdered. (The Legal Beagle, July 1984, from “The Garbage Generation”)

 • Seventy percent of long-term prison inmates grew up in broken homes. (Horn, • Seventy percent of long-term prison inmates grew up in broken homes. (Horn, Bush, “Fathers, Marriage and Welfare Reform)

 • Children of divorce, particularly boys, tend to be more aggressive toward others • Children of divorce, particularly boys, tend to be more aggressive toward others than those children whose parents did not divorce. (Emery, “Marriage, Divorce and Children’s Adjustment, 1988)

 • Children of divorced parents are roughly two times more likely to drop • Children of divorced parents are roughly two times more likely to drop out of high school than their peers who benefit from living with parents who did not divorce. (Mc. Lanahan, Sandefur, “Growing Up With a Single Parent: What Hurts, What Helps” Harvard University Press 1994)

Four Christian Views of Divorce • No Divorce and No Remarriage • Divorce, by Four Christian Views of Divorce • No Divorce and No Remarriage • Divorce, by no Remarriage • Divorce and Remarriage for Adultery or Desertion • Divorce and Remarriage for a variety of reasons

Ephesians 5: 25 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Ephesians 5: 25 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Hebrews 13: 5 • 5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content Hebrews 13: 5 • 5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

 • 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, • 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? • 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

 • 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through • 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. • 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 • 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able • 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8: 35 -39 KJV)