The Exception Clause--Explained

3. Here is the exception clause. Now you may choose the word you want, but they all mean the same thing. Fornication, adultery, terrible sexual sin, unchastity, unfaithfulness. This in plain and simple language means that one party of this marriage relationship went outside of this relationship and commited the sex act with another person. The husband who does this or the wife who does this is guilty of sin. The spouse was not guilty of this sin. Therefore we have a guilty party and an innocent party.
In this case, the guilty party is guilty of unfaithfulness or whatever word you choose to accept. The innocent party was the faithful (to the marriage relationship) one. From this we see that if one commits fornication, then the spouse can put away their mate and are allowed to remarry. If they put away their spouse for any reason other than fornication and remarry, they are guilty of adultery. The guilty party never has a right to remarry (unless his wife forgives him and they remarry each other).

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