Paul clearly sets forth this underlying assumption and then develops an inspired hermeneutic for dealing with troubled marriages and the questions surrounding divorce for Christians. The basic parameters of life, set forth in the creation in Genesis, chapters 1 and 2, have been damaged by the human fall into sin.
Paul David Tripp metaphorically likens our world to an old, broken-down house: The world you live in is a lot like that broken-down house. You see it in the environment, blighted by pollution and misuse.
Every single room has been dirtied and damaged by sin. You see it in government, often focused more on caring for itself than on serving the people.
You see it in a staggering, diseased economy that has finally exhausted itself after decades of financial debauchery.
You see it in art and culture that often debases the very concept of beauty.
We acknowledge that the Bible declares that those who continuously and unrepentantly sin shall not inherit the Kingdom of God, and we sorrow for their plight.
Yet we also joyfully acknowledge that God in the Gospel of Jesus Christ forgives repentant sinners and welcomes such forgiven, cleansed and changed sinners into the Church of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:9–11) The PCA acknowledges that marriage and the church exist within a broken world.
Those of a conservative, biblical, and historic Protestant theology are greatly alarmed by the social indicators that do not bode well for the institution of marriage.
In my lifetime I have seen changes I would never have dreamed would occur in our nation.
Not one part of it shines with anything like the pure glory that was so evident when it was first made. You see it in entertainment that replaces what is truly beautiful with what is essentially pornography.
You see it in the family, as the place designed for growth and protection often becomes a source of life’s greatest hurts.
The church also recognizes that both God’s law and God’s grace must shape and guide our understanding of marriage, divorce, and remarriage.