I know that many times this issue has came up and been discussed and I don't believe 1 more time would hurt at all. I live in Western NC surrounded by Baptists of every denomination, I was raised Baptist and was a member of a Baptist church for 12 years. I always wondered though where does the idea that divorce negates a man or womans position, if one is held, within the church even if the divorce is presalvation. Why, and I ask this from speaking to at least 10 local pastors, is divorce considered an almost unforgivable sin. From what I understand this is the mentality, If you are saved and you do get divorced you are not to remarry because it causes you and the person you marry to commit adultery. But, if you do remarry are you to divorce a second time? Will God forgive the adultery? If you remain married are you living in sin? Does divorcing for a second time not compound the sin? I ask because the Bible says 2 Corinthians 5:15-18 (King James Version) 15And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 16Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; Romans 8:28-39 28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,[j] who[k] have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. 31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."[l] 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[m] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. It just seems that God understands man and If God forgives why cant man see that God forgives sin no matter the sin regardless of the state man is in God can renew man and that sin is no more and forgiveness abounds through the grace of God! So why do so many say that if your divorced you cant lead within a church but they will have a former alcoholic, rapist, child molesting, sicko, as a pastor and thats totally fine? I don't understand this?!?!?!