In biblical teaching, marriage is the commitment of male and female to each other for life, reflecting Christ’s sacrificial love for the Church. As such, marriage is intended to be permanent, and divorce an infraction of the clear teaching of Christ. Such infractions, however, are not beyond the forgiving grace of God when this is sought with repentance, faith and humility. It is recognized that some have divorce thrust upon them against their will or are compelled to resort to it for legal or physical protection.

(Genesis 2:21–24; Mark 10:2–12; Luke 7:36–50, 16:18; John 7:53–8:11; 1 Corinthians 6:9–11; 7:10–16; Ephesians 5:25–33)