John Frame has served on the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary and the Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is widely known as a writer and scholar.
That is what makes this article so interesting. In my 39 years of Kingdom life, I have never read anything on this topic.
Review the following extract and you should be sufficiently enticed you to read the full text.
“…three years ago I got married! … Is marriage really unjust suffering? And if it is, do I have the guts to preach that with my wife in the congregation? … Stay tuned for some answers to these questions.
First, I do still believe that marriage can be a form of unjust suffering, because it says so in the Bible. (I said it can be, my dear, not that it always is.) The Bible, of course, has a very positive view of marriage, but it is also realistic. It recognizes that in a sinful world there are a lot of problems in marriage. So while it says many positive things about marriage, it says some negative things as well. Once, indeed, Jesus told his disciples, in effect, “You’re not allowed to get divorced, so some of you shouldn’t get married at all.”
In this sinful world there is a downside to marriage, and we ought to ask if we can accept that downside before we presume to make a lifetime commitment.”
There was so much wrong with Pat Robertson’s recent counsel concerning divorce that I could only summarize my thoughts by saying he was absolutely “whacked out!’
However, men of reputation have since weighed in to bring a more substantive approach to the issue.
In this article below, Randy Alcorn does a fine job of declaring why we should speak up and why we must not be silent.
Remember, as Jesus himself demonstrated with the money changers, prayer should never to be viewed as a substitute for right action!
Alcorn gets it right when he says:
“To not speak up against what Robertson falsely spoke as a so-called representative of Christ would be, in my opinion, moral cowardice.”
“When Christian leaders, who someone has no private access to, make public statements that aren’t minor or secondary errors but which undercut something as basic as the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage, it is not only appropriate but necessary to speak up.
The “judge not, just pray” approach some have advocated in the comments sounds virtuous. But in fact either what Pat Robertson said—heard now by 10s of millions of people in the network prime time news broadcasts—was true or it was not. It was either important or not. If it dishonored Christ, then my first obligation is to defend the truth of Jesus, not to defend the man who spoke a cruel and terrible untruth.
I am all for praying for Pat Robertson, and I have prayed for him. I have also prayed for those around him that they will step up and correct him and refuse to go along with this and other unbiblical statements he makes, even if it means losing their jobs. This is the loving thing to do for everyone, including Pat, because as Jesus said “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken” (Matthew 12:36).
To not speak up against what Robertson falsely spoke as a so-called representative of Christ would be, in my opinion, moral cowardice. I speak against a brother’s words only with great sadness, but the alternative of silence is unacceptable, because silence connotes approval. And if by our silence we approve of the notion of a man divorcing his wife because she becomes mentally disabled, then God help the church.
Christians who care little about keeping sacred vows “for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us part” have nothing to offer the world or each other.”