We thank the Lord for each of you who are partnering with us in this vital outreach. When you don't get a newsletter every month, please don't assume it means we aren't busy. You can tell from some of the emails we have placed in the newsletters, we are not standing still. The Lord is continuing to open more doors.
We have a young man who used to be one of our young people in my former church, now assisting us in this ministry on a part time basis. He is helping us to develop our Internet outreach and record both of our books. This will make them available to be downloaded anywhere around the world to be read or listened to. This is so exciting to us and will exponentially explode our outreach.
This is a very tedious and time consuming task, but we are making progress every week. Please pray for us concerning this endeavor.
If you go to our website, CPR-Ministries.org, you will find new things being added fairly regularly, such as free online audio sermons. You could greatly help increase the effectiveness of our website if you would visit often, encourage others to as well, forward this newsletter to friends and family, and even post links to our website on your blogs, facebook pages, etc. If enough people would do this, we could be at or closer to the top of the list of sites available for those seeking answers concerning marriage, divorce and remarriage. If you would help us in this way, it would attract greater numbers of people to our site, and the message. Thank you!
We are planning seminars for the Fall season again and trust if you are anywhere near, you might consider attending. Pat and I really appreciate it when we can meet you face to face and fellowship with others of like faith. We encourage you to make your reservations early and forward this newsletter to everyone in your contacts list, in hopes some of them will attend also. (Remember: Pastor Casey Whittaker and his father came to our seminar in 2006; became convinced of this truth and he is now the author of a book on this subject and pastoring a church who holds to this truth.)
As the finances come in we are continuing to improve our equipment to be able to professionally record new materials in the days ahead. Please pray with us concerning this so we can quickly facilitate this project and get our materials online as soon as possible.
We have received our first draft of "Till Death" in Spanish and "Divorce and Remarriage" is being translated now. We trust we will soon have both books in German, Norwegian and Russian to be downloadable from the Internet.
Our email counseling is increasing and lives are being changed. Every one of you who support any part of this work of faith must remember, you will have a part of the reward from everything accomplished through this ministry. Pat and I thank the Lord for each and every one of you. We would appreciate it so much if each of you would send us a picture of yourselves so we can be reminded to pray for you, even as you pray for us.
We feel greatly blessed by the Lord for the quality of friends He has allowed us to work with all of these years. If you haven't joined with us yet, but have been receiving our newsletter, we ask you to pray and ask the Lord if you should be a financial and prayer partner of this work. We wouldn't want anyone to support us if this is not your passion. Our God has promised to finance whatever He ordains. He has never failed us in 28 years! We have many vital projects we would like to accomplish this year, and we can if everyone is obedient to His leading. Again, we truly do covet your prayers.
Dear Dr. Webb,
Five days ago, I returned from my mission trip in Thailand. Just yesterday, I read the Spring Newsletter and read past Emails. You answered my questions that I wrote about my dad. Thank you. Your simple answers in this newsletter have helped me very much. I have printed off a copy and keep reading your replies.
While I was in Thailand, I thank God that I was able to help especially two people. First, a young lady whose parents have separated. This young lady needed a warm hug and encouragement.
Secondly, a lady from Newfoundland. I shared, that Till Death Do Us Part was the best book for her to read. She can now see she needs marriage restoration and her vows are till death do us part. So, thank you, Dr. Webb. Your help to me has given me encouragement and support to help others. I had no idea I would meet two people like this.
May God continue to bless you and keep you. In Christian Love.
Mrs. J.B. Australia
I have ordered your books from Amazon, 3 to 4 copies of each.
My purpose of divorcing my present partner is based on I Cor 7:11 to be UNMARRIED and for his Covenant Wife to return to him. I need to get out of the way. I will write a testimony when there is one to write.
I am so glad that others are waking up too in this adulterous end times. Thank you for some cold water of reality to wake me up to some issues I was still blinded about. S.F. email
Well, I have looked in the Trojan Horse book for the answer, but to no avail. I don't have the other book at home. What is the difference in a covenant & a contract? I said they are different.
Our Sunday School teacher said he disagrees with me, they are the same. A lawyer friend at ss. said they are the same. If I am right, please send scripture to back me up. If I am wrong, I can say so!!! Hopefully I'm right!!!!!!!!!
Thanks Joe!!!!! You bless me!!!!
We believe marriage is a covenant: unconditional, irrevocable and unbreakable.
A CONTRACT: can be broken and dissolved. In a contract we PROTECT our rights and limit our responsibilities.
In a COVENANT: we lift up our responsibilities and lay down our rights.
If a marriage covenant were dissolvable, then Jesus would be wrong when he said in Luke 16:18
Whosoever divorces his wife and marries another COMMITS ADULTERY.
Adultery is a violation of the marriage covenant. If divorce ends the covenant, then the person would be free to remarry and be one flesh again, and not live in 'ADULTERY'. Adultery is sex OUTSIDE OF THE COVENANT. If one is committing adultery with the second party, then the COVENANT is still in effect, or it would not be adultery.
Now we come to a very difficult decision. Do we believe a Sunday School teacher, an attorney, or Jesus?
We might stack the deck a little more by quoting Paul in Rom. 7:2,3:"For the woman which hath an husband is BOUND BY THE LAW (Universal law of the marriage, established in the Garden of Eden.) to her husband SO LONG AS HE LIVETH: but if the husband be DEAD (Note it does not say if the husband be divorced.) she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then, if, while her husband LIVETH, she be married to another man, SHE SHALL BE CALLED AN ADULTERESS: (Note: she shall not be called a wife, a blended family, etc., but an adulteress. Which means the original covenant is STILL IN EFFECT.) but if her husband be DEAD, SHE IS FREE FROM THAT LAW, so that she is NO ADULTERESS, though she be married to another man."Now you and I must decide if we want to disagree with Paul the Apostle, who received his revelation DIRECTLY from Jesus Christ.
We cannot stop here either. Let me encourage you to read in, "Divorce and Remarriage, The Trojan Horse Within The Church" what:Again I ask, Whom Shall We Then Believe?
You and I are witnessing the fulfillment of prophecy before our eyes in today's church. II Thess. 2:10-12"because they received not the LOVE OF THE TRUTH, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."Paul tells us, in Romans 1:18; 28-32
"for this cause, God shall send them STRONG DELUSION, that they should believe a lie."
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who HOLD THE TRUTH IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS."Another strong portion of Scripture is found in Ephesians 5. The whole chapter manifests the lifestyle of a Child of God, and how it relates to and manifests the Church's relationship to Jesus Christ.
It was not my intention to go into so much detail, but maybe I can add this into our next newsletter to encourage others going through the same thing you folks are experiencing in your church. Remember, our commitment is to Jesus Christ, and to Him alone. You only need 'two or more' to have the Lord present! The Scriptures are clear the situation will get worse and worse, and Jesus asked if He would find 'any faith' when He returns. May the Lord help you to keep your eyes on Him.
If you visit our website, you can listen to some of my sermons to help you get fed until we can develop a body of believers in your area and find a pastor who will feed you. Thank you for being such a vital part and blessing to this ministry.
God bless you,
Hi Dr. Webb,ANSWER 2:
I read and appreciate your book and your faithful service to the Lord. However, I have not seen anything written on the hard questions of someone in a second marriage that either gets saved or repents as a Christian. What is the counsel for that person that gets accused of adultery in a second marriage with a former, living spouse?
More specifically, I feel that the following example questions should be addressed, but are not anywhere I can find. Please be assured, as far as I am concerned, they are sincere questions, not outside the realm of many people and their real life situations with a real need to find some answers. And, they are necessary questions based on many of the conclusions of your book:
If an unbeliever gets married and is divorced by their spouse, who immediately remarries and that unbeliever then remarries and then gets saved, is the second marriage one of two adulterers that makes it necessary for them to divorce to get out of the continual adultery of that 2nd marriage?
Brother, I think you will find an answer to these questions in "Till Death Do Us Part?" pp. 217-220.QUESTION 3:
What you call a 'second marriage' is not a marriage in God's sight, but only recognized by civil law, which permits it, while God's law FORBIDS IT. Thus, to divorce (By the process required by civil law) is a renunciation of a lie, that intimates this second union is a marriage, when in reality it is adulterous the whole time.
If one marries, divorces, marries again, who is the real spouse in God's eyes; the first or second one? And if the former spouse dies, are they still in adultery and can they, if not married in God's eyes, get married after the spouse dies? How would they, if they are already married in the secular law?ANSWER 3:
I am having a hard time believing you have read my books and still have these questions. You would understand whenever two individuals, who have never been married before, come together and are joined as husband and wife, that joining is for life. Only death can sever this union. Not adultery, abandonment, not divorce.QUESTION 4:
These only VIOLATE the covenant, but cannot break it. If one of these divorce and remarry, the Bible and all of the Earliest Church fathers for the first sixteen centuries say, the second relationship is not a marriage, but adultery, THE WHOLE TIME.
So, if the first covenant partner dies, the first covenant ends, but the remaining partner is now living in fornication with the other partner, the whole time, until they repent of their adulterous relationship and express vows to each other, if the second partner has never been married before this relationship.
God will not recognize ANY second marriage, nor hear their vows, lest He violate His own holiness, righteousness and justice. After genuine repentance their sin can be forgiven because the former covenant is no longer in force. So long as the first partner was alive, they could say they were sorry until they were blue in the face, but it wouldn't change or annul the first covenant, because the terms of that covenant are TILL DEATH DO US PART.
If one is in a second marriage, that is said to be adulterous, and the second marriage spouse dies, is that other one forgiven of being an adulterer, even though they did not believe it was adultery in the first place?ANSWER 4:
The death of the second spouse would not change the fact the remaining partner had been living in adultery. If that remaining partner remarried again, they would still be in adultery so long as their first spouse was living.QUESTION 5:
Does intercourse have to happen to be in adultery (other than immoral thoughts)? Or, can one in a second marriage repent and still live with the legal spouse, but commit to not having physical relations instead of seeking a legal divorce, which God would not recognize anyway?ANSWER 5:
Sex never makes two people one flesh. They become one flesh whenever they verbally receive one another as husband and wife, each for the FIRST TIME ONLY. Once they are one flesh, for them to have ANY RELATIONSHIP with another person constitutes adultery.QUESTION 6:
They have promised to keep themselves to their partner for better or worse; in sickness or in health; for richer or for poorer, so long as they both shall live.
They literally give title of their bodies to each other. The Word says,
her body is not hers, but his;The very act of 'NEW VOWS' is an abomination in the sight of God and is never recognized, because it is borne out of rebellion and constitutes a total lie. The spouse in such a relationship is a liar, in rebellion and is asking God to repent instead of them repenting.
and his body is not his, but hers
How should someone that has entered a (first and only) covenant marriage with the same sex in states that allow such marriages? Is that covenant to be withheld even though one of the participants becomes truly saved?ANSWER 6:
Such a relationship is FORBIDDEN AND CONDEMNED in the Word of God, and God has no part in such a ceremony. Consequently, just like a second so-called marriage ceremony, God has nothing to do with it and the parties only have a piece of paper from the civil government stating they are married.QUESTION 7:
Civil laws NEVER SUPERSEDE God's laws, and the State cannot make two one. The Bible says God invented marriage, formed a closed corporation with no voting stock, and whoever abides by His commandments and laws, will experience His blessings. Those who wish to 'sow to the flesh, will reap corruption...' if not in this life, surely in the next.
Doesn't Matt. 5:33-37, if applied to a vow, say that it is not allowed, and if so, won't it be void since it would be sin according to this context?ANSWER 7:
Actually, it affirms it. It says,
"Let your yes be yes and your no, no; whatsoever is more than this is sin."If you SAY IT; MEAN IT! This does not say someone can make an unrecognized vow and expect God to repent and recognize it. He will not!
How can a vow be broken in the OT concerning marriage (Dt. 24), but not in the NT?ANSWER 8:
This question is answered in Till Death Do Us Part? Pages 60, 96, 97, 98QUESTION 9:
Why did Christ say,ANSWER 9:"What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." Matthew 19:6instead of 'What therefore God hath joined together, man CANNOT put asunder' if that is what is claimed? Aren't the words "let not man put asunder" implying that man can do so? But is commanded not to?
The very fact you and I are having this discussion is evidence man, going against God's command, thinks he is separating what God has joined together. Another translation reads, "No man MAY separate what God has joined together." May indicates PERMISSION, and Jesus was saying, 'Don't allow anyone (let) try to separate what God has joined together.'
When you add what Jesus said in Luke 16:18, it becomes clear man cannot accomplish it:"Whosoever divorces his wife (evidently going to the state to receive a divorce certificate) and marries another, (proceeds to assume the divorce papers accomplished what they wanted) COMMITS ADULTERY. (--IT DIDN'T WORK!) And whosoever marries her that was put away (the innocent party to the former divorce) causes HER TO COMMIT ADULTERY." Again, it didn't work, because 'no man may nor can separate what God has joined together.'May I encourage you to re-read my books. All of the answers are there. God bless! Keep searching, but eventually you must realize, what you learn, you become responsible for, to live out and to teach others. Keep looking up.
Dr. Joseph A. Webb
Thank you Dr. Webb, for your courageous faith to deal with these hard issues,
Exciting new additions to the CPR-Ministries.org web site! We are pleased to announce the availability of a selection of streaming audio sermons from our sermon library. Using an Internet connection and standard Internet browser, simply visit http://www.cpr-ministries.org.
Once there, look for the link near the upper-left of the page that reads: "LISTEN To Our Messages Online". The link will take you to a page that contains a Sermon.net audio player. The audio player is free, and will load in your browser window. Once loaded, the player will list all currently available online sermons.
To listen to a message, simply click the message title, and then the play button (or click the graphic that looks like a stereo speaker).
As of June 28, 2010, the following six messages are available for free and unlimited listening, with more coming soon!
- Biblical Principles for Christian Families
- Peacemaker or Peacekeeper, Which are You?
- Truthfulness - a 4 part series
- Being a Servant
- Renewing of the Mind - a 4 part series
- Steps to Spiritual Maturity