I have a Lutheran relative, LCMS, who’s wife passed away and he’s starting to date a woman who has been divorced twice. She’s Christian but not Lutheran. What is the Lutheran theology on divorce and remarraige? If I stay to bible alone, I don’t see where Christ gives permission for divorce with the exception of immorality in Matthew 19 (interpretation of this exception could be the subject of it’s own thread). Mark 10 below:
2 Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 5 But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,[a] 8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
10 Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
Reading the ECF’s, they appear to be consistent with Christ’s words, holding that marraige is a covenantal bond that can not be broken and in the case of my relative, he would be committing adultery with this divorced woman.
Appreciate any insights here from a Lutheran view. Is he committing adultery or not by dating this woman? What if he married her?