Can a Preacher Be Divorced?

Every great once in a while I open up my inbox & find myself surprised by a question. It’s always a pleasant surprise & a great honor when anyone comes to me with a question.

Screenshot_2015-05-19-01-13-22Just last night a friend of mine on Facebook took the time to ask me a very good question: Can a preacher be divorced?

I’m going to share with you the very same response that I shared with her. Enjoy!


Dear Ms. Davis,

You asked, “Can a preacher be divorced?” A better question would be, “Can someone who has divorced be a preacher?”

DivorceFirst off, everything you need to know about divorce can be found in just one, single verse in the Bible: Malachi 2:16 – “For I hate divorce!” says the LORD, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.”

God absolutely hates divorce. There’s no question about that! As a matter of fact God hates all sin!

As a matter of fact, lets take that very same rephrased question & substitute a word or two. Shall we?

Can someone who has murdered be a preacher?
Can someone who has lied be a preacher?
Can someone who has gossiped be a preacher?
Can someone who has been a glutton be a preacher?
Can someone who has been a thief be a preacher?
Can someone who has cursed be a preacher?
Can someone who has been a blasphemer be a preacher?
Can someone who has gambled be a preacher?
Can someone who has been an alcoholic be a preacher?
Can someone who has committed adultery be a preacher?
Can someone who has failed to honor their mother & father be a preacher?
Can someone who has bared false witness be a preacher?
Can someone who was an atheist be a preacher?
Can someone who has not observed the Sabbath be a preacher?
Can someone who has ever worshiped anything other than God be a preacher?
Can someone who has loved themselves more than their neighbor be a preacher?
Can someone who has ever used the Lord’s name in vain be a preacher?
Can someone who has coveted be a preacher?
Can someone who was a homosexual be a preacher?
Can someone who has divorced be a preacher?

Sin differentlyI could keep going, Ms. Davis, but I’m not. There’s plenty of sins that we could talk about & plenty of sins that we could cover. At the end of the day we’ll still come to the same conclusion: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” – Romans 3:10.

The point is, Ms. Davis, God doesn’t call those who have been righteous to preach. He calls men & women who have been sinners to preach. If living a perfect, clean, spotless life was a requirement to be a preacher then there wouldn’t be any preachers.

As a matter of fact we’re all called for fulfill the great commission of Christ: To make disciples of all nations. No one who is a believer in Christ is exempt from this call.

Preach Gospel Use WordsAnd like it or not, our lives may be the only Bible that someone may ever read. How we live our lives & how we conduct ourselves preaches to them Christ Jesus! Unbelievers are watching us & listening to us, just the same as you watching & listening to your pastor at church. Our lives are a sermon! That makes every single one of us preachers!

So, it doesn’t matter what your background is: God still wants to use you! He’s not limited by it. He’s not bothered by it. You’ve already turned from it. You’ve already repented of it. Christ’s blood has already covered it. It’s been forgiven. God’s grace is greater than whatever it was. It’s now a part of your testimony! He’s going to get glory from it! It doesn’t matter to Him. Do NOT let your past stop you from doing what God’s called you to do! Do NOT let any man restrict you because of your past!

Do what God’s called you to do! Go! Preach! And make disciples!


How would you have answered her question? – Please leave a comment below with your answer!

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One Response to Can a Preacher Be Divorced?

  1. jessedooley says:

    I like your heart. You’re trying to spread the message of God’s love and grace.

    Also, I know gay people who are preachers. There are many Christians who don’t consider homosexuality a sin.

    Peace.

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