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Ask Phillip - Separation and Divorce?

Is it a sin for a couple to separate or divorce? Phillip Jensen says there is a difference between the two; to divorce is to seek another marriage but to separate is to live apart whilst still being married. He says that Christians should never seek divorce as a way to solve marital problems but sometimes, sadly separation is good, for example, in the case of domestic violence, to protect the safety of a wife or children, and to help the offending spouse to deal with their issues. He looks at 1 Corinthians 7: "To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife." And refers viewers to a longer discussion on the issue, which can be found here.

Length: 2mins

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In "Ask Phillip" Phillip Jensen answers tricky questions in 5 minutes or less.

Phillip Jensen is a leading Australian evangelical and previously ministered at University Church, New South Wales, the St Matthias Group of Churches and Sydney Cathedral. He now works with Two Ways Ministries and also regularly speaks at national and international churches and conferences, where he continues to model preaching the gospel by teaching the Bible. Check out further videos and free resources from Phillip Jensen at