A Discussion with Robert Waters Regarding Jesus, the Law, and Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage

Below are links to the various parts of a discussion held between myself and Robert Waters, first on Mars-List, and then later by e-mail. The discussion was precipitated by the posting of my article in The Christian Examiner entitled “Did Jesus Teach Only Old Testament Doctrine?”. Many on Mars-List praised the article and its message and applied it directly to the teachings of Robert Waters regarding marriage, divorce, and remarriage. Robert of course then replied to the material, and hence this discussion.

Robert Waters’ material may be found at his website here; it is my hope that the following discussion demonstrates clearly the truth of God’s Word and makes clear God’s intention for marriage.

After these discussions I set out to analyze Deuteronomy 24:1-4, one of the contentious texts in the discussion. Those articles may be found below:

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  1. Below are the full citations of two Greek sources Robert has used to propagate his view. I wanted to contact him to ask why he only used a part of each, but I did not find contact information from him. Hopefully this will aid in a fuller understanding of the discussion.
    In a PowerPoint presentation, available at http://www.totalhealth.bz/DivorceandRemarriage1.ppt, Robert quoted Thayer and Bagster to make the point that the word transliterated “apuluo” did not mean divorce. In each case, he omitted the text that said the opposite. Here they are.
    Thayer Definition:
    1) to set free
    2) to let go, dismiss, (to detain no longer)
    2a) a petitioner to whom liberty to depart is given by a decisive answer
    2b) to bid depart, send away
    3) to let go free, release
    3a) a captive, i.e. to loose his bonds and bid him depart, to give him liberty to depart
    3b) to acquit one accused of a crime and set him at liberty
    3c) indulgently to grant a prisoner leave to depart
    3d) to release a debtor, i.e. not to press one’s claim against him, to remit his debt
    4) used of divorce, to dismiss from the house, to repudiate. The wife of a Greek or Roman may divorce her husband.
    5) to send one’s self away, to depart
    [This source is available for free on e-sword.net}

    ἀπολύω ], From apo and luo. To loose; to release from a tie or burden, Matthew 18:27; to divorce, Matthew 1:19, et.al. ; To remit, forgive, Luke 6:37; to liberate, discharge, Matthew 27:15, et. al.; to dismiss, Matthew 15:23; Acts 19:40; to allow to depart, to send away, Matthew 14:15, et.al. ; to permit, or, signal departure from life, Luke 2:29; middle voice, to depart, Acts 28:25; Passive voice, to be rid, Luke 13:12.
    [I have left out some technical abbreviation, and tried to clarify some of the text, but the English definitions are original. This source is available for download at https://archive.org/details/AnalyticalGreekLexiconAlphabeticalInflexionGreekNtScriptures.Bagsters%5D

    Robert is welcome to contact me by looking of my Facebook account and sending a message. My name is Van Sprague

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