Christian Marital Cleanliness Principles

Marital and Cleanliness Principles Simplified

Old Testament

First and second law givings of Moses

New Testament

Fulfillment of the law through the prophet to come

Not Married: Eunuch or Virgin Permitted

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Male or Female Virgin Recommended

Condition: Good to be so (1 Cor. 7: 25, 26)

Monogamy: Man and Wife Promoted

Unity and "one flesh" (Gn. 2:24)

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Monogamy: Man and Wife Tolerated (1 Cor. 7:28)

Female virgin purity condition: Woman knowing only one living man in her life

Male not having previously known a female virgin (See Dt. 22:28; male cognizance factor.)

Polygamy: Man and more than one wife tolerated

Ex. 21:10

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Polygamy Not Permitted

1 Cor. 7:27

Obviously, if a person having divorced is told not to seek another wife, then the once Old Testament option of choosing more than one wife must no longer be effective!

Divorce Tolerated

Dt. 24:1

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Divorce only permitted in case of fornication.

Mt. 19:9.

Gender bias is a biblical criterion for consideration. In the Old Testament, males were allowed to be polygamous. The men could have many wives. However, the women were not allowed to be polygamous. Even though monogamy was established in the NT, and remarriage was not tolerated, I would think in the case of female defilement, intolerance of female impurity (Mt.19.9) is appropriate.

Also see The Sanctification Wars.

Divorce and Remarriage Tolerated

Remarried and impure women tolerated (Dt.24: 1-2)

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Remarriage and Fornication Not Permitted

Mark 10:10-12

Return of Divorced and Remarried Wife Not Permitted

Dt.24: 1-4

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Return of Divorced and Remarried Wife Not Permitted

Reproof of The Shepherd of Hermas

Widow Marriage Tolerated Except to the High Priest (Leviticus 21:14)

It would be considered adultery for a married woman to marry another man (Ex. 20:14) but a widow does not have a living husband so she could marry another man except the high priest.

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Widow Marriage Tolerated

Female virgin purity condition: Woman knowing only one living man in her life

Chaste Widow:

Good to remain single (1 Cor. 7:8)

But permitted to marry (1 Cor. 7:9)

See Romans 7:3.

Jesus Christ the Lord is our High Priest (Hebrews 5:1-10). See Ephesians 5:25-27; 2 Cor. 11:2; Romans 7:4.


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