Pat Robertson’s view of how Christ loves the church and gives himself for her. Leave her for another. http://dsr.gd/pgWJel
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Russell Moore has written an excellent response Robertson’s assertion that a man is morally justified to divorce his wife with Alzheimer’s disease in order to marry another woman. Moore points out this “is more than cruelty. This is a repudiation of the gospel of Jesus Christ”.
Pat Robertson’s cruel marriage statement is no anomaly. He and his cohorts have given us for years a prosperity gospel with more in common with an Asherah pole than a cross. They have given us a politicized Christianity that uses churches to “mobilize” voters rather than to stand prophetically outside the power structures as a witness for the gospel.
But Jesus didn’t die for a Christian Coalition; he died for a church. And the church, across the ages, isn’t significant because of her size or influence. She is weak, helpless, and spattered in blood. He is faithful to us anyway.
Please read all of Russell Moore’s response Christ, the Church, and Pat Robertson.
Piper’s book This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence is a much needed resource for anyone wanting to think more biblically about marriage.
Though personal selfishness and cultural bondage obstruct the wonder of God’s purpose, it is found in God’s Word, where his design can awaken a glorious vision capable of freeing every person from small, Christ-ignoring, romance-intoxicated views. As Piper explains in reflecting on forty years of matrimony: “Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. And ultimately, marriage is the display of God. It displays the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his people to the world in a way that no other event or institution does. Marriage, therefore, is not mainly about being in love. It’s mainly about telling the truth with our lives. And staying married is not about staying in love. It is about keeping covenant and putting the glory of Christ’s covenant-keeping love on display.”