Can you biblically define “adultery” and “fornication”? What is a “contract,” and is there any relevance in this first sentence to us in a contemporary society? What might this paragraph say to the intent of marriage? Why is adultery after marriage lawful grounds for divorce? How far does “adultery” extend? Why is it that only the innocent party may seek out the divorce? Is the option for the innocent party to divorce morally less than staying together with the offending partner? Any further pastoral help you would offer from this paragraph? Tune in as Nathan, Shawn, Joel, and Kyle discuss WCF 24.5:
Adultery or fornication, committed after a contract, being detected before marriage, giveth just occasion to the innocent party to dissolve that contract. In the case of adultery after marriage, it is lawful for the innocent party to sue out a divorce, and after the divorce to marry another, as if the offending party were dead.