So Your Christian Wife Cheated on You

The other day I mentioned Christian Men’s Defense Network.  Given the familiar names in the discussion there and the nearly 700 clicks to his site in the stats since then I know that many of you have already gone over there to see what he is building.  If you are interested in a thoroughly Christian take on the issues we discuss here, this new blog is a must read.  He has only been blogging for a week now but in that short time he has already easily demonstrated his talent.  I’ve added him to the blogroll.

He has a powerful three part series (part 1, part 2, part 3) aimed at helping Christian men who were cheated on by their wives.  In part one he explains why he created it:

Now, let me explain things to you like they are.  When it happened to me, there was almost nothing out there to give me Christian guidance on what to do about it.  Almost nothing.  And what was there, was, I discovered in retrospect, based on a false understanding of psychology and, even worse, a false understanding of Biblical marriage and sexuality.

Almost all the stuff I found was about a guy cheating, not the woman cheating.  This is despite the fact that female marital infidelity is a growing trend within the Christian community, one that the church refuses to deal with and likes to paper over.  In our society, women are almost as likely to cheat on their spouses as men, but there’s next to nothing out there to help a Christian man deal with that.

Which is why I wrote this.  It’s a little something to guide you through the process.  It may not be perfect, but it’s a heck of a lot more than you’ll get from Focus on the Family or other “Christian” institutions, many of whom have given themselves over to latent Christian feminism or faulty unbiblical views of marriage.  So calm down and pay attention.  Again, God has your back.  Trust me.  He had mine, even though it took me a long time to realize that.

Then he frames the issue:

The Devil is trying to get at you, to weaken your resolve to abide in quiet faith to your Lord and King.  But he isn’t trying to get at your marriage.  He already got at your marriage when he got at your wife.  There’s nothing you can do about that now.  You are his next target.  It might be possible for your marriage to continue, but realize the Devil already got it, and you’re now starting over.

Towards the end of the first part he prescribes a daily dose of the three P’s:  Psalms, Proverbs, and Paul, and he explains why he recommends each one.  Here is why he advises reading Proverbs:

Proverbs because there Solomon talks of the importance of wisdom.  You will need wisdom in your life more now than you ever have before.  Solomon also talks a great deal about how to avoid the wiles of a sexually immoral woman.  Your wife, as hard as it is to admit, is such a woman, and her wiles can be powerful, tearing you and your family down to please her sinful passions.  “For a prostitute’s fee is only a loaf of bread, but an adulteress goes after a precious life” (Prov. 6:26).  You need wisdom.

In part two, Shame Control, he addresses anger and the very common tendency of cheating wives and Christians in general to blame the husband when a wife cheats:

It’s okay to be angry.  Christians today will tell you anger is never justified.  And yet they claim to serve a Lord who actually chased people out of the Temple with a whip like a mad man.   Ignore all that.  Be angry, but do not sin.

Next, you need to be clear that this is not  your fault.  Shame will be a constant threat to you.  And you must not let the Devil shame you.  Cling to God and resist the Devil.

Your wife especially will try to shame you.  She will try to tell you she did this because she was “unhaaaaapy,” because you don’t listen to her, because you don’t communicate well, because you don’t keep the house clean (my ex-wife tried all of these).  That’s baloney.

Christians should consult the Bible, not the movie Fireproof for their understanding of how to view unfaithful wives:

No, the Bible gives us only one reason that she cheated on you:  Lust.  Rank, disgusting, vile, perverted lust.  Women lust too, even though, again, a lot of Christian pastors don’t ever mention that.  They only like to talk about guys who look at porn, never about women who commit lust that leads to infidelity.

In part 3 Pitfalls he reinforces the importance of staying strong and not giving into the frame of blame shifting:

The first pitfall to avoid is to not fall for any blame-shifting tricks your wife might throw at you. If your experience is true to a common pattern (one I also experienced), she’s been telling you for weeks or months that she is “unhaaaaapy” in the marriage, and that you need to change. She might even have threatened divorce if you didn’t change.

This is very common. In fact, you might even be in marriage therapy right now to deal with your alleged shortcomings. This is a major pitfall you need to identify and avoid: She isn’t telling you all this stuff because you are really a bad husband. She isn’t going to therapy with you because you need to change for the sake of the marriage. She isn’t threatening divorce because she’s unhaaaapy.

Rather, she’s doing all of these things because she needs you to take the blame for her sin. If you google “christian wife cheated” or something similar, you will find multiple stories where the guy is going to therapy with his wife and then finds out she was cheating. Or you’ll find stories about how she was complaining about the marriage, and then he found out she was unfaithful.

He explains why this is crucial first from a Christian point of view, pointing out something which is almost always overlooked:

Don’t do it. She has to admit that the current crisis in the marriage was caused by her own lack of self-control, not by you being a bad husband. She must admit this, both for her own spiritual health, and because your marriage cannot survive unless she does. Repentance results in healing. Unrepentance results in self-destruction.

Then he explains it from a game point of view:

Furthermore, if you admit to being the chief problem, she will lose all respect for you. I know, this sounds really bizarre, but it’s how female psychology works. She needs a man who is strong and tough, who can stand up to threats and remain stable. She needs a man who can stand up even to her, because if her man cannot stand up to a woman who is clearly in the wrong, how could she trust him to stand up to bigger threats?

He follows this up with some very insightful advice:

Second, if you are currently seeing a marriage therapist, stop. This is the opposite advice of what most Christians will give you. But if your wife brought you to the counselor under false pretenses, then continuing the counseling relationship is buying in to your wife’s scheme.

He advises that the husband reset the frame, and if the husband feels that counseling is still in order he gives advice on how the husband can improve the odds of finding one who will deal with the issue fairly.

He also deftly covers the topics of divorce, forgiveness, and reconciliation:

So do not seek any form of revenge. Divorce isn’t revenge, and if you decide to pursue divorce for the purpose of revenge, you’re making a big mistake. Now, not all Christians agree on when–if ever–divorce is permissible. As a Protestant, I hold to the usual Protestant interpretation that it is only permissible in case of adultery (with the possible exception of physical abuse creating a “divorce for personal safety, but no remarriage” situation). Adultery is the very case you’re in right now.

But my point is, regardless of your personal beliefs about divorce, when you forgive your wife, it doesn’t mean you’ve reconciled the marriage. Forgiveness is a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition for reconciliation.

I’ve quoted this fairly heavily, because it is easier to show you how good this series is than try to explain it.  Still, this is just a teaser.  Read the full series on his site (part 1, part 2, part 3), and bookmark it so you can share it with a Christian man in need.

July 5 2016:  Updated with corrected links.

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159 Responses to So Your Christian Wife Cheated on You

  1. wssp says:

    Doesn’t sound strange to me, that a woman would react negatively if her husband blamed himself for her cheating. That’s not just female psychology, but crumpling for someone’s else’s wrongs, being a pushover; no one respects those. And if her husband offers her no reason to improve, nothing to improve for, the marriage loses all footing.

    “divorce for personal safety, but no remarriage” situation”

    Disagree. If he’s punching her in the mouth, or she’s running at him with sharp implements, I’d say it’s just as messed up and twisted as adultery.

  2. Aurini says:

    This is good advice for anybody who’s a part of Christendom (I reject the term ‘Western Civilization’); our moral foundation is in Christianity – see Lord of the Rings for a particularly good example of that – and as much as Atheistkult tries to reject this with their port-historicism, at our base we still build off of these concepts.

  3. Red says:

    Wouldn’t step one be taking her down to the chuch and having her denounced as an adulturer and tossed out of the church? I mean that’s the bibical thing to do.

  4. bskillet81 says:

    Actually, step one is to confront her yourself. Then, if she fails to repent, take two or three mature Christians from the church with you to confront her again. If she still fails to repent, then take her in front of the whole church. If she still fails to repent, the whole church turns her away (Matt. 18:15-17). This is almost never done in practice.

  5. bskillet81 says:

    @wssp

    Disagree. If he’s punching her in the mouth, or she’s running at him with sharp implements, I’d say it’s just as messed up and twisted as adultery.

    I agree it is messed up. But the question isn’t which is more messed up, but the kind of “messed-up” it is. The Bible does not condone remarriage in the case of spousal abuse. It isn’t that the Bible sees marriage as the place for sex (as Christians sometimes inaccurately state), but that the Bible sees the primary purpose of marriage to be sexual. Adultery destroys this purpose by violating the sexual basis of marriage. Physical abuse, though heinous, does not.

  6. Joe Sheehy says:

    “In our society, women are almost as likely to cheat on their spouses as men, but there’s next to nothing out there to help a Christian man deal with that.”

    You can read the Summa Theologica or historical literature to understand

    “It happens in two ways that a husband kills his wife. First, by a civil judgment; and thus there is no doubt that a husband, moved by zeal for justice and not by vindictive anger or hatred can, without sin, bring a criminal accusation of adultery upon his wife before a secular court, and demand that she receive capital punishment as appointed by the law; just as it is lawful to accuse a person of murder or any other crime. Such an accusation however cannot be made in an ecclesiastical court, because, as stated in the text (Sent. iv, D, 37), the Church does not wield a material sword. Secondly, a husband can kill his wife himself without her being convicted in court, and thus to kill her outside of the act of adultery is not lawful, neither according to civil law nor according to the law of conscience, whatever evidence he may have of her adultery. The civil law however considers it, as though it were lawful, that he should kill her in the very act, not by commanding him to do so, but by not inflicting on him the punishment for murder, on account of the very great provocation which the husband receives by such a deed to kill his wife. But the Church is not bound in this matter by human laws, neither does she acquit him of the debt of eternal punishment, nor of such punishment as may be awarded him by an ecclesiastical tribunal for the reason that he is quit of any punishment to be inflicted by a secular court. Therefore in no case is it lawful for a husband to kill his wife on his own authority.”

  7. P Ray says:

    @wssp/Jennifer(?)
    “If he’s punching her in the mouth, or she’s running at him with sharp implements,”
    Just one problem there.
    She hasn’t actually made contact with him.
    Knowing the anti-male bias, where a woman citing “I’m scared of him” has a slew of government aid at her disposal to dispose of the husband,
    I’m not sure that a guy with no marks on him (she hasn’t made contact, as she is “running at him with sharp implements,”)
    When was the last time you heard a man cite “I’m afraid of her”, with no physical marks on him, that drove out a disturbed and destructive wife?

  8. Joe Sheehy says:

    Very important to understand that the “blame shifting” adulterous wives, the women and “white knights” who support them are attacking a wronged man’s reputation and good name. Giving into it is an act of self-degradation on the part of the husband. They try to trick men into it, because of their malice.

    “Reply to Objection 1. A husband sins if through vindictive anger he puts away his wife who has committed fornication, but he does not sin if he does so in order to avoid losing his good name, lest he seem to share in her guilt, or in order to correct his wife’s sin, or in order to avoid the uncertainty of her offspring.”

    http://www.newadvent.org/summa/5062.htm

  9. Red says:

    “Actually, step one is to confront her yourself. Then, if she fails to repent, take two or three mature Christians from the church with you to confront her again. If she still fails to repent, then take her in front of the whole church. If she still fails to repent, the whole church turns her away (Matt. 18:15-17). This is almost never done in practice.”

    I believe that advice would be applicable to male and unmarried female members of the church. Females and children are directly under the authority of the husband. Remember that everything in the new testament days had the standard hierarchy of God->Church->Husband/Father->Wife->Children. A women who commits adultery would be should be held accountible directly by her husband and no others.

  10. Matthew says:

    wssp does sound like Jennifer.

  11. Jennifer says:

    I never denied my name, Matthew, but sometimes my account replaces the name and I don’t always care to correct it.

    “Just one problem there.
    She hasn’t actually made contact with him.”

    Good point, but I was actually assuming if she did; I saw a film once where the wife went at her husband and slashed the backs of his legs. It wasn’t the first time she attacked him without threatening his life. Abuse is a terrible violation of marriage, and one man explained that he saw abuse as a kind of abandonment, in which wives were encouraged Biblically to move on. I went over the Scriptures once and came to the conclusion that, in many cases, it’s probably assumed that the people receiving instruction for marriage are Christians and have ready help; in Biblical times, a man could probably be executed for physical abuse, and possibly a woman. But a couple in our times, with no ready and legal church assistance? Of course, if a spouse is physically abuse, there’s not a bad chance that they’re unfaithful too anyway.

  12. Jennifer says:

    Wives were encouraged to move on after abandonment, I mean.

  13. Bwana Simba says:

    @Red said:

    “Wouldn’t step one be taking her down to the chuch and having her denounced as an adulturer and tossed out of the church? I mean that’s the bibical thing to do.”

    I agree with this man. And while you are at it, this humiliates her in public, destroying her social status.

    Of course there is another, better option: don’t get married. Ever. The only men who don’t seem to get divorced nowadays (or cheated on, cuckolded, abused, etc.) are men who legitimately slap their wives around.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Me Ex did all the same and she’s Jewish… she keeps saying she did this for me to be happy but somehow its all my fault for ruining our marriage (and gets angry when I just shrug and tell her she’s full of sh*t)

  15. Jennifer says:

    Females, Red? lol

  16. Joe Sheehy says:

    “in Biblical times, a man could probably be executed for physical abuse, and possibly a woman.”

    Do you have even the slightest evidence for that? Why is it that feminist “Christian” women make things
    up and expect it to be taken seriously without even the slightest backing?

    This is why no one should seriously believe Tradcons are interested in a real criminalization of abortion. The vast majority would have a man imprisoned for striking his wife, but would not imprison a woman for having an abortion. The laws against abortion were already effectively nullified long before their overthrow because society had decided that women were not to be punished for crimes.

    Here’s what law were long ago in England:

    “Under the older English law, when the wife was “sous la verge de son marrye” (the canon law sub virga viri [under the rod of the man/husband ] )”

    Under 19th Century feminism, those laws were changed:

    “The most elaborate cruelty in the way of insolence and insult is unpunishable by the law when committed by the wife. The husband remains bound to support his torturer, who may publicly waylay and insult him, harass him at his work, procure his dismissal, libel him by postcards sent to his workshop, or to his club. If he he a rich man, he can get some tardy redress in the way of palliation; but he remains liable to divorce and expropriation at his wife’s behest. The rod, the cucking stool, [1] the indictment as a scold at the assizes were the methods adopted by the Law of England and sanctioned by the Canon Law, until the present century, to repress such outrages. Now the feminine noblesse can torture their slaves with impunity. If the husband retaliates, the magistrate’s order promptly consigns him to gaol and the prisoners’ lash. [ 1 Cucking stool: “An instrument of punishment no longer in use, consisting of a chair in which the offender was tied and exposed to public derision or ducked in water.” American Heritage Dictionary. ]”

    http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Legal_Subjection_of_Men

  17. greyghost says:

    Dalrock you have done well. Now there are two. There are good solid men out there that have a good idea that something is wrong. Dalrock you stayed the course and one of those men joined with you. Like a broken down car in traffic, if the driver opens the door and starts pushing it out of traffic others will stop and help push. The same drivers will look with discuss and scorn if he just sits there with the flashers on.

  18. greyghost says:

    One day a woman like Jennifer will not speak as she does today. One day even Jennifer herself will not say or believe what she is saying today because it will not be in her interest.

  19. pukeko60 says:

    The big problem is that the US laws are not consistent with Christian teaching. (We can argue later what is correct: but if you read the old formulations it is fairly clear that divorce was not to occur or was to be rare). Neither are the laws of most Western countries: all have no-fault divorce laws.

    Many people have forgotten that many things that are legal are immoral. The government running a numbers game and raking off the profits for its favourite causes (it is called Lotto in most places) is legal. So is prostitution where I live. But those acts are not moral… (the former because you entice the very poor into playing the game, the latter should be obvious).

    DIvorce is legal. Adultery is legal. Neither are moral.

    Now, in a divorce it is best for someone else to talk to the spouse. Not the husband. Particularly not with the violence against women laws. Let the eldership interview both, state the facts before the congregation, and beg God for mercy that this happened.

    But not… in silence… collude with the ongoing destructin of families, of children, and of men and women.

  20. UK Fred says:

    @ P Ray

    “… Knowing the anti-male bias..”

    Indeed. I have one friend who had to go to A&E at hospital to get his face stiched when his XW ‘glassed’ him before the police would take his reports of domestic violence seriously. Yet the statistics say that around 40% of domestic violence victims are male.

    In another (non-Christian) case, a wife was playing around on her second husband and they were arguing, when her sixteen year old son (by first husband) head butted husband and split open his nose, but son claimed self defence, with mother’s backing. Husband spent the night in the cells. I overheard youngster bragging to his friends “I nutted X and he got a night in the cells; I got off scot free.”

    Not only do we have an uphill fight with female blame shifting in cases of adultery, but we also have an uphill fight throughout the West with the anti-male bias of many laws which basically say “Believe the woman unless the man can show beyond all reasonable doubt that she is lying, and even then do nothing to the woman.”

    @Red

    “Wouldn’t step one be taking her down to the church and having her denounced as an adulterer…”

    I would expect that a Christian man would initially try to find out what had been happening with his wife first, and gather some evidence, so that he could go forward with steps two and three. But the whole purpose of this process is not to destroy someone’s reputation but to restore fellowship, by obtaining recognition on the part of the sinner that they have sinned and then repentance for that sin / those sins, before reconciliation between the sinner and the victim of the sin, whether we are talking about adultery or embezzlement.

  21. Johnycomelately says:

    It is a step in the right direction but how many words does it take to just say “kick her arse to the curb.” Why is there such a need for strict biblical approbation, the truth is absurdly obvious, even pagan Romans had more insight than modern Christians.

  22. The Rigorist says:

    First, this passed by and I thought would want a look:
    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/enlightened-living/200901/the-extra-relational-affair-study-in-contrast

    It’s about how some affairs are GOOD for one’s marriage. *heh*

    Second, at what point do we stop grousing about how Marriage 2.0 is worthless and dangerous and accept that the magic is gone, marriage means “bad business deal for men”?

    I’m not talking about MGTOW … exactly. Let’s say a man has gone his own way and meets a woman who ( pure fantasy, i know ) wants something along the lines of Marriage 1.0? What do we have to do that? I mean apart from dowries held in escrow. Family law is a sham and a scam so what is there in contract law that we can use?

    Just to kick it off, I’ll suggest a couple of things.

    How about we legalize prostitution so that a man and a woman can make a contract for sexual fidelity?
    To replace the church, how about an HMO that does nothing except marital counselling? Couples buy in to get regular periodic relationship support.

    I’ve given these about 5 minutes of consideration, long enough to think of 2 things and type them. I’m not wedded to them ( *heheheh* ).

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  24. buck says:

    @ RE:
    Johnycomelately says:
    April 14, 2012 at 8:11 am

    “It is a step in the right direction but how many words does it take to just say “kick her arse to the curb.” Why is there such a need for strict biblical approbation, the truth is absurdly obvious, even pagan Romans had more insight than modern Christians.”

    The answer here is simple, the preservation of marital assets. It’s easy to say, “kick her ass to the curb”, and there is certainly the moral justification, but this stand on principle in the world of marriage 2.0, is a double ass pounding for the man. His wife gets to cheat, and she gets cash and prizes.
    Lets face an inconvenient fact, the aggrieved man made the HUGE mistake of marrying in the first place. Now that he is yoked to the devil, he has to survive as best he can with his bad choice. If he can absorb the financial blow, sure divorce, but if not, then he must make the best deal he can with the whore who is his wife. If he can guilt trip her into supplication after her sin, cool.
    If he can take off the bible blinders and accept the RED PILL, he comes to the realization that most women are just like his tramp wife, so cheating, remarriage etc is simply making a deal with a different devil .
    Accept that women bring 4 things to the table…looks, virtue, personality, money…take advantage of what yours brought to the table and move on.

  25. deti says:

    Buck:

    “The answer here is simple, the preservation of marital assets. It’s easy to say, “kick her ass to the curb”, and there is certainly the moral justification, but this stand on principle in the world of marriage 2.0, is a double ass pounding for the man. His wife gets to cheat, and she gets cash and prizes.”

    If faced with divorce, a married man might well be justified in simply quitting his job and going to jail for inability to make child support payments. Under our current laws it’s a foregone conclusion anyway. FIrst, financial ruin and confiscation of his assets are givens anyway, so he might as well not continue working at the same rate for the same pay. Second, he won’t see his kids anyway except a few days every other weekend, so what’s the difference between visits at a crappy apartment for a weekend, and visits at the county lockup? Third, turnips can’t bleed, so ex wife will get nothing. Sure, he is in jail, but he would be there anyway: a wage slave, being forced to live on 20% of his gross earnings, his income imputed so he can’t quit or get fired, isolated and alienated from family and friends.

    Why wouldn’t a lot of men make this calculus?

  26. Red says:

    “I would expect that a Christian man would initially try to find out what had been happening with his wife first, and gather some evidence, so that he could go forward with steps two and three. But the whole purpose of this process is not to destroy someone’s reputation but to restore fellowship, by obtaining recognition on the part of the sinner that they have sinned and then repentance for that sin / those sins, before reconciliation between the sinner and the victim of the sin, whether we are talking about adultery or embezzlement.”

    Why? Once a women has cheated on you can be sure she will cheat again. The marrage contract is null and void the moment she strays. Bringing her back into you marrage is about as bright as sleeping with a rattle snake.

    Adultery is both a crime and a sin. A crime must be paid for or others will do the same. The punishment must be public and her social standing must be destroyed in lue of the normal punishments that just socities deal out for adultry. Forgivness for her sin is between her and God. The crime is against both the husband and the entire church comunity.

    For some damn reason we have this crazy modern notion that humans can forgive crimes. We can’t. Every person we allow to commit a crime without punishment encourgaes 5 more people to do the same. You can be merciful in the punishment, but this sweeping it under the rug is disgusting and damaging to the christian community.

  27. deti says:

    Red:

    Good points. But, there’s a difference between Christian forgiveness and imposition of consequences (punishment, etc.) Forgiveness does not mean the object of forgiveness need not walk out consequences.

    The reformed slut is forgiven her past promiscuity. But that does not relieve her of consequences (inability/reduced capacity to pair bond, emotional baggage, sexual hangups, STDs, sharply reduced marriage market value).

    The adulterer is forgiven of the adultery. But that does not relieve her of consequences (divorce, social ostracism, financial peril, post-divorce spinsterhood).

  28. Red says:

    deti,
    Consequences are not punishment. If I steal money from my work place it changes it me. I start believing that it’s normal to steal, that others are trying to steal from me, ect. I live with the consequences of my evil act(s). But a failure to punish me for my crimes is far more damaging to the social fabric. You can not forgive an adulterer of her crime and only God can forgive her for her sin of adultery. Sins are between you and god. Crimes are between man, the family, and the church and must be dealt with as such.

  29. Red says:

    The church used to be an institution that not only saved people from their sins, but also punished them for their crimes against the body of Christ. You don’t have a real christian community if churches do one, but not the other.

  30. greyghost says:

    Deti
    “Why wouldn’t a lot of men make this calculus?”
    Ignorance,the average man is still under the delusion that he is an american with constitutional rights. The same rights and rule of law he was taught all the way elementary to high school and every other cop show. When he heres of a man getting screwed in court it is always because the man did wrong. So the poor honorable and respectful of wedding vows man go along thinking that being honest and faithful means a damn thing. The trick is to get the guy to think he is bad and deserves it. The reality for many men is too much to bare. Military men that have given their essence of their being to the US in combat come home to family law and are so over welmed with the hit from the lie they kill themselves in larger numbers than the enemy has. Thomas Ball got his awakening and burned himself alive. The system is tailor made to destroy honest men. And the truth is that unbareable.

  31. Rookie Writer says:

    This is a good read. I read it while I was getting my oil changed on my phone. And I really found this article really good for men. We are not accountable for our wives actions.

    [D: Thanks. I almost deleted this as a spam comment but then I noticed that you have previous comments. 🙂 ]

  32. norm says:

    amazing advice. i’m not christian but was married to a catholic; notice i didn’t say christian. she insisted we go to counseling but then would back down and make me go alone. she constantly implied to me, our children, and when she did see a therapist with me that everything was my fault. all the while she was cheating on me and like an idiot i forgave her because she promised to change. she slept with parish counsel members married and not; bosses, a priest, fellow employees; even our family doctor as well as anyone else she could. she gave new meaning to “open door policy”! i thought her initial quest to be a nun would be an asset to our marriage but i was SOOOO wrong. her one brother told my best man to let me know she slept with the entire football team in high school and this was at the rehearsal dinner for our wedding. at her 20 or 25th high school reunion she disappeared on me with an old boyfriend for over an hour and once i caught her naked with our oldest daughter’s fiancee. when we seperated she was cheating with a married man from the same church who worked for the archdiocese no less. ironically she cheated on him as he did to her and they finally broke up. by that time she was already dating another guy before the breakup and she’s been with him for a while now. they married in 2008 at city hall, not the church. she rarely attends church now except for holidays. i firmly believe she was taken by the devil years ago and the spell never broken and now she’s essentially G-dless. the only soul she has is the sole on her shoes.

  33. Zach says:

    Good Lord (a bit of pun intended), you really have something up your *ss about “Christians” and divorce/cheating/marriage. Honestly, why focus so heavily on these people? What about atheists and marriage? What about Jews and marriage? The more you focus on “Christian” ideals, the more you come off like some born-again hick from Kansas railing against the “kids these days”. Your general posts are quite good, but every time you go off on a rant about “Christian” women, I click away. I say “Christian” in quotes because if you did some research you might find that in terms of adherence to strict church doctrine, “Christians” are about as varied as the nonreligious. When 98% of Catholic women use birth control, generalizing about adherence to some imaginary religious norm is a bit beside the point.

  34. GKChesterton says:

    @Zach,

    Because he is one and is interested in his “tribe”? Because readers like me care? Because your statistics are mindlessly lame and don’t reflect church attendence? Because Christianity should adhere to a higher standard? Because Christianity informs the formation of Western society?

    Those are just off the top of my head.

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  36. Zach says:

    @GKChesterton

    All for him being interested in his “tribe”. However, if that’s what he wants to write about, he might advertise it as a Christian blog, which he does not. Beyond that, if you want statistics reflecting church attendance, see here: http://www.thearda.com/quickstats/qs_105.asp . It’s from the 2008 GSS. That’s roughly 31% that attends nearly once a week or more. So essentially that doesn’t apply to 69% of the population. And I believe you’d find even within that 31% an enormous range of adherence to their religion’s stated principles. So I believe talking about what a Christian “should” do is discussing what amounts to a largely imaginary standard in modern America. It’s as if it’s 2005 and he’s railing about Catholic women using contraception. IE, it’s not advice, it’s not pragmatic, and it’s not even a particularly insightful take on data. Christians aren’t following stated church doctrine all the time? Really? That’s the first I’ve heard about it.

  37. deti says:

    Zach:

    Another reason why we talk about “Christian” issues is because the Church in North America advertises itself as something that it is not. The Church makes many claims about itself that are simply not true or no longer true. Sadly, the Church is no longer the bastion of traditional values, morality and virtue that it sells itself to be. Part of what Dalrock is doing is calling the Church out on it.

    Claim: The Church trains up young women for marriage and motherhood, and creates women who are insulated from the culture and therefore different and better. A man wanting a wife needs to get one from church.

    Truth: There is no difference at all between Christian girls and secular girls. If anything, hypergamy among Christian women is far, far worse. Dating and choosing a wife from church is even more difficult because a man can’t even get a date from these ultrahypergamous “Daughters of the King” and “God’s Special Princesses”.

    Claim: The Church supports marriage and does its best to preserve marriage against divorce.

    Truth: The national divorce rate is around 50%. The divorce rate among Christians is about the same. The “38% figure” you hear about is active Christians, attending church once a week or more, I think. The Church is doing absolutely NOTHING to strengthen marriages and prevent divorce.

    A man who cheats? The church’s response is: He’s a low down, dirty scumbag who deserves poverty, excommunication, and ostracism. He cheated because he’s just a lustful, sinful, porn-addicted wreck who doesn’t appreciate her. If she divorces him, he deserves it and we’ll do everything we can to see to it.

    A woman who cheats? The church’s response is: She’s a victim of her brutish, workaholic husband who obviously refuses to meet her needs. She cheated because he drove her to it. He needs to repent and work on their marriage, forgive her, and take her back. If he divorces her, he needs to take care of his ex wife and help her get back on her feet; and he needs to make sure he doesn’t do this again the next time.

    Claim: The Church stands against feminism.

    Truth: The Church in its proclamations and activities is feminist and egalitarian. The Eph. 5 model for marriage requires the woman to submit and the man to sacrificial love and leadership. But only the latter is preached while the former is ignored. Women are viewed as on an equal footing with men in every way, biological differences between the sexes are ignored or derided, and women are discouraged from biblical submission if the man is in the least bit “in sin” or “disobedient”.

    Claim: The Church discourages premarital sex.

    Truth: True, on paper only. In practice, premarital sex and sluthood are winked at, ignored, and downplayed. The objective is to get her married off as quickly as possible. Forgiveness and preparation for marriage after years of sluthood are as easy as a prayer and a speech. Presto-changeo, see the slut magically transformed into a “born again virgin” and “reformed slut”, now fully prepared to be thrust as wife material on the first unsuspecting beta provider she can dupe. The men in church, meanwhile, are shamed into accepting her as pure as the driven snow; and bullied into lining up to compete for her used up, worn out affections.

  38. deti says:

    At church:

    Women, wives and mothers are exalted, validated, and affirmed. Men, husbands and fathers are sternly lectured, admonished, and solemnly reminded of their obligations in the most serious and grave of tones.

    Women have privileges and rights. Men have duties and obligations.

    Women can feel and participate in support groups. Men must think and take responsibility — alone.

    Women are taught that sex is a good thing and that they can do whatever they want. Men are taught that sex is bad and they can do only what she wants.

    Women are taught that if she and her husband don’t have a good sex life, it is because of his problems and he is not caring enough. Men are taught that if his wife does not like sex, it is because he is not good looking enough, he is fat and out of shape, he is boring and not exciting enough, or he needs to focus more on her orgasm.

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  40. Ballista_GTOW says:

    Given some of the topics here, I found this article pretty interesting (this probably the best place I could think of to post this). It seems a tacit admission of something several of the tradcons like Darwin Catholic believe doesn’t exist in the Catholics. Feminism has infested them, too. While the topics of gay marriage and abortion are the ones that are brought up, I’d be interested to see how the topics of marriage, divorce/annulment, and others are addressed within the confines of Roman Catholicism. I seriously doubt they will be.

    http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/20/11306372-catholic-nuns-group-stunned-by-vatican-scolding-for-radical-feminist-ideas?lite/

  41. narcoticmusing says:

    Provocation has long been used to excuse abusive behaviour. Generally by male perpetrators of abuse, saying the female provoked them. I do not at all excuse behaviour such as adultery or abuse; but this suggests that rather than reflect on oneself and how one can improve oneself, just lay the blame at the other because their deed was the greater evil.

    Again, I’m not suggesting for a minute that the cheated on party is at fault for their partner cheating, just as I do not suggest that an abused is responsible for the acts of the abuser – but this sort of attitude removes any space for self-reflection and improvement.

    Yes, it is important that the cheater/abuser accept responsibility for their actions, but it is also important we take opportunities to learn and improve ourselves. Self reflection is greatly lacking in our society and this thread.

    By the way, I’d like to see when people like UK Fred cite statisics that ‘40% of domestic violence victims are male’ – I’d like to see the source for that. I can however, give you a credible source that places the number one preventable admission of women to hospitals being due to domestic violence by their male partners (Department of Health data, happy to provide a source if people want to see actual data that isn’t biased). This is not the case for men.

    Again, I’m not suggesting men are not ever victims of abuse nor am I wishing to diminish the suffering of men in those situations, but there is a lot of women hating on this forum without context that they are overwhelmingly the victims of male violence, not the other way around. Commenters speak of ‘anti-male’ bias but this whole thread is full of hate.

    Just wanting to provoke some reflection and thinking. Thanks for allowing me to drop by.

  42. Wilson says:

    Talk about narcotic musings. You reject the provocation defense, and then somehow think that it is valuable for men to think about how they provoked their wives to cheat. Your rambling continues to consider domestic violence, coming full circle to reject the capacity of women for provocation. The matter is simple: cheating is wrong. hitting is wrong. It would be a strange occurrence of inequality if the incidence of these was limited to one gender. Your attempt make them exclusively male problems, by dismissing female capacity and responsibility, and labeling anyone who disagrees with you a bigot is disgustingly dishonest.

  43. an observer says:

    NM,

    Clearly you have more than inhaled.

    Shaming men and accusing them of misogny might have a hope of working if women were pure snowflakes, without sin and worthy of worship. The assumption is that women only get violent as a last resort, after provocation. Whereas men are hardwired to be violent, the brutes. But alas, the stats clearly show women are just as violent as men.

    For instance, DOJ figures show that over 800,000 men are assaulted and more than 500 killed by intimates each year, with many more deaths recorded as accidents. Lacking physical strength, women are also much more likely to convince other men to do their dirty work, be it assault, injure or death, such as honour killings.

    Of course, the excuse is that women were pushed into being violent, ina reactive way. We have a name for people that always react without much rational thought. We call them children. This is probably unacceptable to the modern woman, who prides herself on being an equal, and insists that reactive violence is a logical outcome of the evil patriarchy.

    So we come to one study that allegedly shows hospital admissions for domestic violence supports women suffer more. Case closed, no further explanation required.

    I would guess then that the hundreds of studies and surveys that show otherwise are all flawed, then? That women’s use of manipulation, underhanded violence and use of proxies simply don’t count?

    That one study shows more injuries simply highlights the differences in physical strength. Of course its always the man’s fault. Even when he’s dead:

    http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-12-29/news/30570804_1_metra-commuter-train-edgebrook-dead-victim

    Culpability is much more balanced. The achievement of equal opptunity to inflict injury and death is just another one of women’s unrecognised triumphs.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  44. nelson says:

    Wow. I can’t believe I spent five minutes letting you people rot my brain. Do you read what you write?

    That a woman can get divorced but not remarried. Lmao
    The US is not making its laws a per xian morality. No duh

    Its actually quite humorous to read how your marriages are done in by the devil. Not to argue from authority or the masses but I find it very interesting that you all have the same reasons for why your wife cheated on you. Then you all find the onrackpot to agree with you (even after he himself admits that most xians will disagree with him). Lmao. Really people? I’ve been married twice and you know what? My marriageow (which is my send) iseat. Want to know wy? Because I learned from my first mistakes. Yeah I went to conseling and learned that I might not have been the perfect husband. Go figure. Yes yes you’ll go on your spiel how because I am not a xian blah blah blah. It’s funny. Xian dogma teaches that when you sin you ask for forveness with a repentant heart and you will be absolved. Constantly you ask god to make you a wiser person. To give you the insight and courage to face life. Yet when you get your misogynistic, human male ego’s hurt, that’s the first thing you cling to. Forget about insight or wisdom because you had nothing to do with it. After that lets turn to a 2000 yr old book for our support and proceed with the immoral acts there. No wonder she left

  45. nelson, “Do you read what you write?”

    This, from someone who writes the most confused and illiterate thing I have ever seen on this site!

  46. E. D. West says:

    I thank God the father for this long time coming relief for men hallelujah glory to our heavenly father in Jesus’name amen.

  47. madhusudan says:

    please give a proper reply when my wife and mother of 4 year son had done sin by going for sex
    and blue film and cheatd me like any thing and challenged me

  48. gazzajagman says:

    Well, I’m going through exactly this exact sitation at the moment. My wife informed me that she “loved me…but wasn’t in-love with me”. We then went to relate and out church marriage councellor, She told the relate councellor I had abused her (news to me!) and the church councellor pretty much stabbed me in the back and took her view….she was an angry divorcee herself. There was no proof, just her word and emotional here-say. My wife then went on to find anything she could blame me for….then her infidelity was uncovered, a bloke from her work and it all started to make sence. I forgave her, but she still left me and is now divorcing me under what ever grounds she can chuck at me…even though my part in all this is relatively minor. I don’t go to that particular church anymore and now I go to a far more loving and biblically principled church. But my wife refuses to accept any liability or causality for the breakup. As far as she is concearned, it’s all my fault. Anyone hear a broken record playing here?

  49. anonymous says:

    my wife refuses to accept any liability or causality for the breakup. As far as she is concearned, it’s all my fault. Anyone hear a broken record playing here?

    You have just encountered the “rationalization hamster”. In order to live with herself, she has to someohow pretend it was your fault, not hers.

    Condolences.

  50. 8oxer says:

    the church councellor pretty much stabbed me in the back and took her view….she was an angry divorcee herself. There was no proof, just her word and emotional here-say. My wife then went on to find anything she could blame me for….then her infidelity was uncovered…

    Surprise, surprise, surprise.

    I realize you’re going through a very distressing time, but it seems like it’s just you two with no kids (I’m assuming you would have mentioned them, if you had any.) That’s a good thing.

    Keep it together and go through the motions. You’ll look back (soon!) and realize that your wife and the idiot relationship counselor gave you the best gift that they could possibly have given you: your freedom.

    Consider going on a dating/sex moratorium after you get rid of this woman. 3 months minimum where you just work on yourself, and tell women to piss off. It usually surprises a newly divorced brother how quickly women come out of the woodwork to woo him into a new rebound relationship. Your wife’s sisters will see you as an easy paycheck that they can control with a minimum of difficulty in your time of weakness. Don’t fall for this.

    Pay the bitch off, and be glad to be rid of her. Life is wonderful as a single man. Enjoy it.

    Regards, Boxer

  51. 8oxer says:

    the church councellor pretty much stabbed me in the back and took her view….she was an angry divorcee herself. There was no proof, just her word and emotional here-say. My wife then went on to find anything she could blame me for….then her infidelity was uncovered…

    Surprise, surprise, surprise.

    I realize you’re going through a very distressing time, but it seems like it’s just you two with no kids (I’m assuming you would have mentioned them, if you had any.) That’s a good thing.

    Keep it together and go through the motions. You’ll look back (soon!) and realize that your wife and the idiot relationship counselor gave you the best gift that they could possibly have given you: your freedom.

    Consider going on a dating/sex moratorium after you get rid of this woman. 3 months minimum where you just work on yourself, and tell women to piss off. It usually surprises a newly divorced brother how quickly women come out of the woodwork to woo him into a new rebound relationship. Your wife’s sisters will see you as an easy paycheck that they can control with a minimum of difficulty in your time of weakness. Don’t fall for this.

    Pay the bitch off, and be glad to be rid of her. Life is wonderful as a single man. Enjoy it.

    Regards, Boxer

  52. HawkandRock says:

    I want to read the three part article on the Christian Men’s Defense Network but the site is down. Can anyone direct me to archived versions? Much Thanks.

  53. HawkandRock says:

    Got it: http://web.archive.org/web/20130318011036/http://cmd-n.org/

    Thanks to Waybackmachine.

    Very good article.

  54. Dear John says:

    I have to tell the other guys here that the psychological pain of having an unfaithful wife lasts for years, maybe even a lifetime. I have been through hundreds of hours of therapy and I thought that the infidelity that ended my first marriage was in the past, but in the last few weeks it started surfacing in my dreams, and obsessing me like it did (X10) when it first happened. It was like turning a pile of compost that looks dry and dead, and seeing that here are layers that are still steaming and hot. I pride myself on having a high level of psychological self-insight, but I became aware that I actually repressed some of the most painful aspects of it, as a coping device. Now that it’s coming back to me, I recognize that I haven’t finished with it yet. It is important to have a site dedicated to the issues that men have, rather than the women’s magazine psychobabble version that makes it all seem sort of normal. A man should not get used to the idea that his wife is having sex with other men, period.
    I can’t tell the whole story in one post, but I’ll focus on what I had repressed, and how it is still hurting me to this day. I was going to university to get my degree in psychology. In my circles at the time, the whole New Age/Psychology Today/ women’s magazine advice columns claptrap was in vogue. My wife and I met at college, and we got inspired to live a holy life, so we moved into a religious community together. We were both very sincere and dedicated spiritual seekers who prayed and read from scriptures eight hours a day, as part of the community we were living in. We were both very pure beings, dedicated to seeking direct knowledge of God, and it was simply not even in the realm of possibility for me that my wife would ever contemplate committing such an impure act. We were happy together during this time and I thought that I had found my soul mate. I was very idealistic and very naïve.
    We left the religious community and I decided to go back to school and finish up my degree so I could get better jobs. My wife worked at a bank, and I took a heavy course load to finish school quickly. That created a power imbalance in our marriage, because I depended on her for all our income. She began to be resentful about not having a career of her own, and she started doing free-lance journalism, which I encouraged. She began to get a lot of by-lines in newspapers and magazines for her feature articles. With her newfound career, she began to hang out with a group of writers and journalists. She lost interest in maintaining the daily prayers and readings, which I kept faithfully, as well as to all the moral teachings we had learned through our teachers. I was Mr. Dudley DoRight, living a clean and pure life with my one love for all time. I noticed that she was adopting more and more secular values and attitudes, and seemed to be withdrawing from me. I thought that this was just a phase, and I was determined to get a good job so that she wouldn’t have to take on the whole burden of paying our bills.
    She began to spend more and more evenings away from home at night, “working on a story”. What a story that turned out to be! It seemed true, because she was publishing regularly, and I wanted her to have a life of her own. And, man, did she ever! I first noticed something changing in my sex drive towards her. I had to initiate sex every time, and she turned me down most of the time, claiming to need her sleep. Finally, I got resentful and stubborn, and I stopped asking at all. Then there was no sex, for months at a time. She occasionally would grant me some very tame, disinterested love-making, like she remembered that she had a chore to do. All this time, the affair was in full swing.
    After about a year of this misery, she announced out of the blue that she was leaving to “find herself”. {OK, this is what I just retrieved from my memory bank this week, after years in the basement of my subconscious mind. As she was leaving, she was carrying a handful of her toiletries, and out rolls her diaphragm! It was like a sci-fi movie, rolling in slow motion across the floor and landing at my feet. She turned crimson red and I blanched white. It was the second most embarrassing moment in my life. Embarrassment is not a strong enough word. My heart actually seized up, like I was having a heart attack. We both knew what that Freudian slip meant. She was planning to have sex with other men!} Turns out, she had been having a very lively sex life the whole time with her boyfriend, a man ten years older than her who was a nationally published journalist who started out mentoring her and ended up f*cking her three times a week, while she was “out on assignment” for her next article. She never mentioned him to me the entire time, and she never admitted that she had the relationship, ever. I found out about it through one of my university instructors, who knew the journalist. It was confirmed through my probing some members of her writer’s group, who knew about it all long before I did. They were not my friends, so no one felt compelled to tell me. They were all into f*cking each other in a series of revolving affairs, and so it was acceptable behavior in their decadent world.
    On some level, I think that she chose not to admit it to me because she did feel morally conflicted about it, and she did appreciate our comfortable domestic life together. She knew that I would be appalled beyond measure, and had she told me, I would have left her immediately. I colluded in this by not asking more questions about her frequent evening “assignments”. It was kind of a “don’t ask, don’t tell” situation. I really didn’t want to know, and she was too ashamed to tell me. I do appreciate that her conscience got the best of her, because she realized that she could not continue to live a lie, and had enough integrity to get out.
    Of course, her high-end boyfriend got tired of her after a few months, and kicked her out to go live with her parents. That was some consolation to me. I think that he got off on the taboo aspect of it and when she became a housemate, he got bored with her and moved on to the next conquest. Man did I ever get the scales ripped from my eyes! My poor little heart was shattered, and my religious faith was severely tested. I thought that living a moral life was the ticket to protect me from misfortune, and all the while that I was being a good boy, never even looking at another woman or even relieving my sexual tension, she was out balling up a storm. I didn’t have a date or sex for six years after that. My self-confidence was shattered, and the heartbreak has never really healed.
    The conclusion that I came to was that I needed to be more worldly and less trusting. Trust but verify. The signs were there, but in the context of a false sense of “maturity” that made it bad form to raise suspicions about your mate’s fidelity , I chose to disregard the signs as insignificant.
    The bottom line is this: when your woman gets to the point where she is eagerly spreading her legs and laying out her p*ssy for another man’s c*ck and working it till he comes in her, you are finished as a lover. You might decide that you need to stay together for the kids or for all the intricate intertwining of your lives with family and finances, but dude, you’re toast. It’s best just to cut your losses and move on, so that you can recover your dignity and live with pride and self-respect. Infidelity is ‘game over’.
    Sadder but Wiser…

  55. Jeff says:

    I agree. Churches don’t deal with Women that lust.
    Porn, literotica the guy next door, The Bachelor or Brad Pitt. It’s not necessarily the medium but the trigger.
    If you lust it sometimes leads to infedelity.
    Right from the beginning the Devil got to the man through the woman.
    Infedility happens more and more and women are lying about it less. At least in surveys.
    Christian Women are masturbating with all kinds of fantasies from literotica that is actually quite shocking
    Christian women are also flirting more, getting botox, lip injections, dressing provocatively, hitting the gym 7 days a week and forever trying to get more attention.
    This is not always a good influence on younger women.
    I have overheard and have been told about many conversations that had Christian women cheating or flirting to the point of cheating.
    They are putting themselves in situations that are dangerous.
    The point I’m trying to make is that women today have different challenges than the previous generation,
    and there are no support groups or discussions in the Church.

    J

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  57. SJP says:

    What happens when both the husband and wife have cheated on each other. Wife is willing to admit that she has a problem and is seeing a psychologist for both the infidelity and the historical problems she brought to the marriage through sexual abuse experiences by her grandfather when she was a child. Yet because husband ‘came out’ and confessed his cheating to wife and wife was just ‘busted’, husband refuses to take any responsibility for his actions.

  58. heather bush says:

    !!!

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  60. Mary says:

    From a “new” wife’s perspective: I for one am all too familiar with this type of situation. For starters, my husband’s ex wife had committed adultery 3 times during their marriage.. and yes, he forgave her for 2 of them and he was willing to forgive her a third time but she didn’t correspond to it which led to their divorce. The last affair also left her with a child and ended very poorly as well. She is now destitute and desperate and still continues what I call her “toxic tactics”. She blames all of her problems still on her ex husband (my husband) and never on herself. When she found out that he was moving on and then getting married again, she harassed us, threatened us and tries to set his adult children against us. It’s funny how they claim to despise their prior marriage claiming they were so happy to get out of it.. that is until they find out that their ex isn’t as devastated as they hoped and made the decision to move on. Then they turn into savagely jealous attack mongrels. It makes no sense.
    I do have a word of advice to those that may want to move on and marry again (scripturally allowed due to the adultery) If your ex wife exhibits any kind of toxic behavior towards you or your new wife such as unnecessary phone calls, stalking, becomes threatening and worst of all, tries to set your children against you… take the necessary action of setting strict boundaries. Never, ever give in to fear and let her get the upper hand over you or your new wife. Doing so can have devastating consequences. Not only could it harm your new marriage, but your children will undergo much suffering due to her destructive manipulative tactics driven by her uncontrolled jealousy. It may even end the relationship you have with them as you know it. And believe me, she will have very little if no concern over how she is hurting her own children by using them as pawns. So please, make a list, go over it with your new wife. Present it to your ex wife sternly… even going so far as to getting legal advice if she becomes enraged. If your children are minors, look to gain full custody.
    Most of all, be a good “gatekeeper”, always remembering that it’s not only affecting you, but everyone around you that you love.

  61. Nikki Dual-Saona says:

    So, I’m not a man. I’m a woman who was recently cheated on by her husband. But your article feels as if it was written just for me. My husband and I have been separated for 5 months. The separation was a long time coming, as there were a dozen times that my husband threatened to leave me over a dozen different reasons. But mainly, we did not see eye to eye spiritually. And he had some psychological and emotional challenges that needed to be dealt with before we could live together in a healthy manner. I missed him every day, but my Christian therapist had explained that I needed to be firm. We could not reconcile until he had shown for a significant amount of time that he could lean on God instead of other women and handle his anxiety disorder in a way where emotional manipulation and abuse was no longer occurring. I prayed and waited. I stayed strong despite numerous continued threats from him over the course of the separation that he was going to divorce me. I wanted him home, but I had to demand the respect of a wife and a safe home for my son. I found out last week that he began a sexual relationship with a 23 year old woman and it has broken my heart to pieces. How could the man that just sent me a card expressing his undying love and inability to live without me change his tune so drastically? He blamed me for his infidelity, said he was sorry but he has chosen to “live in the moment.” He blamed the lengthy separation and insisted that it was unbiblical and I should have let him come home. If I had, he wouldn’t have had to go elsewhere. My heart is shattered in a million pieces. But your article really did help give me perspective. I am trying to internalize the fact that this was not my fault, that he chose this sin. That he chose an unrepentant lifestyle. It is so difficult. But thank you.

  62. Mary says:

    For Nikki: Although our roles are somewhat reversed, the situation is the same. I just want you to know that I offered prayers, first that the Lord will soften your husband’s heart to understand the sanctity of marriage and for him to secure a personal relationship with Christ, secondly if that is not in the Lord’s will, then for you and your son to persevere through this trial and to receive the peace that surpasses all understanding.
    Phil 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  63. rogerrrrrr says:

    So Nikki, you unilaterally separated from your husband and thus denied him sex and you are surprised that he began an affair? He sinned but you paved the way for him by this completely unbiblical behavior. This is utter stupidity. Sure a kid sins by stealing a cookie but if you starve him and put him in a room with a cookie jar you are an idiot.

  64. Lyn87 says:

    1 Corinthians 7:5 has something to say about situations like this:

    Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. – KJV

    Among the other translations, I think the “Aramaic Bible in Plain English” captures the essence of this verse particularly well:

    Do not deprive one another except when you both agree in a time which you devote to fasting and prayer, and you shall again return to pleasure, lest Satan tempt you because of the desire of your bodies.

    Do. Not. Deny. Sex. To. Your. Spouse.

    Any “Christian” counselor who says otherwise is not counseling in a Christian manner and should be rejected. While it is true that Nikki’s husband made the decision to commit the sin of adultery, it is also true that Nikki’s sinful denial of sex was a major contributing factor. Rather than being his help-meet, she pushed him into harm’s way. The “Christian” counselor isn’t off the hook either – using one’s position to push advice that flies in the face of the clear teaching of scripture puts one in danger of the consequences of James 3:1: Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more severely than others. – NIV

  65. Luke says:

    Nikki, when a woman has a hyphenated surname, it’s a cinch that she’s only committed to her marriage in terms of what it gives her, with NO intention of accepting any duties upon her part that she’s not “in the mood for”. It’s having crossed your fingers at the wedding; it’s an indicator that your marriage is doomed, by how YOU are.

    Out of curiosity, had you mostly or completely deadbeded your husband before he cheated on you (cheated “back” if so), and if so, how long?

  66. rogerrrrrr says:

    Nikke sez: “And he had some psychological and emotional challenges that needed to be dealt with before we could live together in a healthy manner. I missed him every day, but my Christian therapist had explained that I needed to be firm.”

    Yep, sounds very Christian…you married him but since he had some “psychological and emotional challenges” (is that a Biblical term or one from Oprah?) you got together with your therapist (female and with no church investiture I’m guessing?) and threw the bum out. Then you claim victimhood when after a few months he finds that hey, my wife may not be interested in me sexually but some younger women sure are.

    Can’t make this stuff up.

  67. Boxer says:

    Out of curiosity, had you mostly or completely deadbeded your husband before he cheated on you (cheated “back” if so), and if so, how long?

    The vast majority of men don’t cheat on a sweet, compliant, and loving wife. There are exceptions, of course, but the odds are that a cheating husband had not only no pussy at home, but no emotional connection either. It is interesting to note that supposed Christian counselors are advising women to shut off this wellspring of marital healing, and encouraging women to “stand firm” in denying their husbands emotional support and love in trying times. That seems to be the opposite of the message of the text, which advises women to be sweet to rebellious husbands and win them over “without a word” but by setting a good example.

    More evidence of the total worthlessness of Christianity these days. You religious brothers and sisters would be far better off just reading the Bible, and maybe studying with serious people you meet on your own, than supporting one of these idiotic churches.

    Boxer

  68. Smac says:

    Could Christianity make intelligent women refrain from trying to have adulterous relationships?
    I’m a woman.
    I gave my life to Jesus 13 years ago and a few years later I found a local church that my child loved as they celebrated children and youth in a way that I have never seen anywhere else to this day. Among the congregation, I came to know a few ladies who were highly educated and looked very kind and gentle. We quickly developed a close relationship and took confidence in teach other.
    Among all these ladies, there was one who was very keen on paying me regular visits. I was then a new mother to my second child. To begin with, my partner who worked very unusual shifts, happened to be there during several of her visits. I used to go to the kitchen to prepare things, and he would sit back and chat with her. When I used to go back to wherever they were sitting, I would feel confused as they would be in the middle of a new conversation, especially that the language spoken was not my first language, so I would sit like a zombie and feel useless.
    This happened several times and I felt very quickly that an intimate friendship was developing between my partner and my friend. I was very happy about it to begin with, then something started happening. When I tried to take part in their conversation and comment on something or another, they would laugh at what I said and make fun of it, and because I didn’t master the language properly I felt unable to protect my self against their sarcasm. I was deeply hurt because of who they represented for me; my partner and my best friend, but I couldn’t change what was happening. I didn’t allow myself to think about what was happening in any bad way because my friend was not only Evangelical Christian, but also married to a gorgeous successful man and was a mother of two, and eventually three. My friends’ visits took place (by what it seemed to me a strange coincidence), during my partner’s leave or days off or early shifts, etc. During all these visits, I started feeling so bad about myself that I would seize every single opportunity to go and stay in the kitchen. I wasn’t enjoying my friend’s visits anymore as I hardly found a chance to talk to her any longer and I was wasting all the little time that my partner was sparing to share with a stranger instead of sharing it as a family with our children.
    When I tried to suggest to my friend, indirectly of course, to meet in hers as well as mine, she used every single excuse to put me off. After long time thinking, I decided to invite her when I knew my partner was working. She came over a couple of times when he wasn’t there and she would ask about him, then fall in thoughtful silence. Afterwards, she started calling to arrange to visit, and I would give her a date. She would agree then she would ask in the middle of the conversation if my partner was working or not. A few minutes into the conversation, she would find an excuse to cancel the arrangement. Then she would call again and talk me through telling her about my husband’s days off, then she would squeeze me into the conversation to having to admit that I have nothing arranged during one of those days and invite herself. As usual she would talk to my partner for ages either completely ignoring me or making fun of me. What surprised me though, was when we met in special occasions during a meal in a church or wherever her husband was around, my friend would not try to chat to my partner or even look towards him. I had never paid attention to this before then, but since I had been feeling really bad about what was happening during her visits to mine, this struck me as weird. Something really weird was happening in my friend’s mind but just the thought of it made me feel sick, so I wasn’t allowing it to settle in my mind.
    I then became more determent not to allow her to come when my partner was around. It was my God given right to be able to enjoy my family’s reunited together in piece. After all, she wasn’t inviting me to visit her when HER HUSBAND was around!
    I started inviting her to meet outside when she insisted on coming the day my partner was not working. Then she would insist on giving me a lift, and stop and linger for a while trying to get me to invite her in, and when I didn’t, she used to stare at the windows for a very long time and wouldn’t let me go!

    Not long after, my partner and I started discussing marriage, and I had to share my thoughts and concerns with him before we made our vows. He said he looked highly at this woman because of her position in the world and her husband’s but that I was the one he loved and the one that mothered his children.
    Since we announced our wedding my friend’s attitude changed slightly. She was of course one of the guests and was helping around during the celebration, although it struck me that she was the only one who never thought of bringing any presents despite her wealth.
    After the wedding took place, my friend became less and less eager to meet up with me, but she kept calling every now and then to have a small chat and ask about my husband.

    Until now, I try to think about my friend and her attitude towards my then partner. I am not even going to think about his attitude towards her first because he is a man after all, second because he was still, at least legally, single and last because he was not a christian.
    I can’t help thinking about her though, as high in society as she is/was. God blessed her with knowledge, upbringing, a handsome successful and christian husband and three wonderful children. Why would she display such a behaviour? Could it be possible that someone like her, in her status, position and with her faith, be not only attracted to my humble average non-christian partner but also seek feverishly to establish an unfaithful affair with him under the nose of his apparently naive foreign partner?

    The funny thing is that I remember my friend always advising me not to feel guilty about anything. She said; “we Christians shouldn’t feel guilty about anything because the war was already won for us”. How could a Christian forget all the bibles’ teaching and believe in one single sentence taken out of context to justify oneself and sedate one’s conscience?

  69. Mary says:

    Well, with me being in a situation where the problem is with the ex wife who happened to be the adulterer and the cause for her prior divorce to husband, I do like to keep an open mind… 🙂

    And being a bible based born again Christian woman myself, I do have to say that for starters, especially after being married, it can be viewed as inappropriate for a man to be alone with another woman, period. And it’s not just my personal view, but every single pastor that I know and have known refuse to either visit, council or have private conversations with another woman other than his wife, mother or close family member without her husband or anyone else around.

    Now mind you, when I found out about this I was pretty insulted believe it or not after being told by our pastor who informed me that he would not counsel me alone without my husband or another female around. It made me feel as though that Christian women (or men) cannot be trusted and would just jump onto each other at a moments notice. It felt silly and superficial. And even a bit insulting.

    BUT now I understand why. It’s not so much for the individual, but what it looks like to others on the outside. It gives off a bad impression and sparks curiosity and gossip.

    As for guilt, lets not confuse guilt with a Holy Spirit driven conscience. When we do something wrong, the Spirit gently guides us to confess and repent. Then to seek forgiveness from whoever we hurt. Whether it was directly or indirectly. Intentional or unintentional.

    This woman that was involved in your situation seemed very misled and also seemed to be looking for excuses than real forgiveness.

    You’re in my prayers…

  70. Mary says:

    adding on: 🙂
    Forgot to include that my above reply was to “Smac”. And to also add that it doesn’t matter whether it’s a Christian man OR woman, they should not counsel, keep company with or have private conversations without the significant other or another person of the same sex being around. Even if it is truly innocent.

  71. BUT now I understand why. It’s not so much for the individual, but what it looks like to others on the outside. It gives off a bad impression and sparks curiosity and gossip.

    That’s true, but it’s also for the individual.

    The Christian view is that we are all sinners, all subject to serious temptations, and that in fact those who think they are above temptation are often the most susceptible because they are blinded by pride. So it’s important to avoid occasions of sin, so that we don’t encounter serious temptation in the first place; and if everyone does that, it says nothing about anyone in particular.

    The modernist view is that serious sin is something that afflicts over people — bad people. So any suggestion that someone could sin becomes a suggestion that he’s one of the bad people. So a husband isn’t supposed to object when his wife goes to play poker all night with three of her ex-boyfriends, because what does he think she is, a sinner? Doesn’t he trust her? Modernists can do nothing to protect their brothers and sisters from sin, which is one reason they prefer to think it doesn’t really exist.

  72. Mary says:

    Good point Cail 🙂 Yes, we are all sinners. All can succumb to temptation. Thanks for putting it into a better clarity. In my own personal point of view, I don’t seek personal companionship with other men so that view didn’t even enter my mind, it should’ve though, so thanks again🙂. I DO have plenty of hen clucking female friends though! LOL! The one time I did ask was just for counsel. But just like it is with a male doctor who has a female patient, is bound by law to have a female nurse alongside him, same goes for any Christian man or woman.

    I have a female friend whose car broke down in the church parking lot and the pastor actually called another female member of the church to come and give her a ride home (3 miles away) instead of taking her home himself. Now that is appropriate. 🙂 Same goes for any Christian man or woman.

  73. rawr says:

    too bad islam isn’t more popular, death by stoning for having the degenerate gall to commit adultery sounds like a good incentive not to do it.

  74. Smac says:

    I just saw this now. Thank you for your comment Mary. I really appreciate it.

  75. Hector says:

    Does anyone have a copy of the Part 1, 2, and 3? Looks like the web site is shut down.

  76. Otis says:

    The links to part 1,2,3 are dead. Its a shame because they sound like a good read.

  77. Otis says:

    Anyone have a good link?

  78. Goodspeed says:

    Thank you for this post.

  79. Paul says:

    My wife and I began to have problems immediately after she became pregnant. We had been married three years and seemed very in love. We worked hard to get pregnant it was no accident! I knew almost right away that she changed and I had a big problem. I love my wife and I tried to stay positive but things became increasingly wrong. I owened my own environmental business and my wife had use to praise me but suddenly became criticicle of everything I did. The business began to suffer. After a couple years I began to shut it down. I later found out that she had been turning my employees against me. We had a beautiful healthy girl and I was wrapped around each little finger! My wife stopped making love to me and we occasional had the obligatory quickie. I began to drown my pain In a bottle to escape it all. One day my wife said that she wanted an open relationship. I was devastated and said that’s not ok with me. I begged her to go to counseling with me but she always declined. One day she told me she was leaving and she walked out the door saying get over it and get a girlfriend. My little girl had just turned four and she and I were both heartbroken. I was so broken I became suicidal and in desperation I started going back to church. I was making some good progress healing but still praying that God would restore my family. It had only been about four months since she left and I was aware that she was hitting the singles seen hard and having one night stands. One Sunday morning I answerd an alter call for personal prayer for the broken hearted. To my total shock I saw my wife as I went forward, she was with another man. She has been an atheist as long as I’ve known her (8years) but now she says she’s a believer and even got baptized at another church. She and this man go to church together and sleep together and even have my daughter stay over at the house with them. I’m still faithful and praying that God will transform my wife’s soul and restore my family. She comes from a very screwed up childhood and I’m sure this is a factor. My big question is, does God work this way? I actually get mixed response from ministers. Some tell me to just go off and pray and accept this. Others seem to condone divorce. What’s happened to the belief in miracle, redemption and fidelity as a commandment of God? Should I stand for my marriage or walk away and start over and try not to make the same mistakes? I’m not perfect but Ive kept all my vows and she broke them ALL.. Is this Christianity today that the church won’t tell an attending member that they should stop the affair and honor the marriage? Please help. Thanks

  80. Otis says:

    Paul,
    There is so much there to be discussed. I am sorry for your misery. Many churches today no longer follow scripture, they play “go along to get along” in hopes of having as many members as possible. The scriptures do allow for divorce in cases of infidelity. It takes two to make a marriage work and your wife has made it clear she is not working on the marriage. God does work through all things for the ultimate good, but accepting it and praying for your wife to see the light is no good. I regret to say that it sounds as though divorce is the option to choose. Your story was a little unclear. Did your wife show up to your chirch with another man? If so then the church should be urging her to repent and stop sinning. I am short on time, but will try to look for your reply. Just remember that there is love in Christ and he can strengthen you through this.

  81. thedeti says:

    Paul:

    Get a good lawyer. Divorce your wife. Fight as hard as you possibly can for full custody of your daughter. Document your wife’s behavior. Document the circumstances of her leaving you and your daughter, and the reasons why – she didn’t want to be married anymore, and she wanted to have sex with other men. She wanted to lead a lifestyle not conducive to parenting a child of tender years.

    Document that she has been having one night stands and is currently living with another man. Document that she abandoned her daughter to your care, and that you are her primary caregiver and your wife visits. Document that you have current primary custody. Assert to your lawyer, the court, Child Protective Services, and anyone else who will listen that you fear your daughter is in danger if she has unsupervised visits with her mother. Assert that you believe your daughter is in danger of physical harm if she spends the night at her mother’s house with her mother’s paramour present. Assert that the child is not to be in the presence of her mom’s lover. Any information you can give your lawyer, the court, CPS and anyone else that your wife is unstable, has indiscriminate sex, and is living with a man who isn’t her husband, could be useful.

    Document everything your wife does that you can find out. Document what your daughter says happens when she is visiting. Gather as much information as you can to suggest that your wife is unstable and that your daughter could be in danger if she stays there.

  82. Paul says:

    Otis,
    My wife showed up at church with him not on her own. They believe God brought them together. She went to another church that he goes to as well and got baptized. My wife doesn’t have a clue about understanding the scripture and regularly misquotes and mistranslates trying to make a case for them being together. They are making it up as they go! Our daughter is witnessing all this and it breaks my heart. I actually just left a counseling session with one of my pastors and he agrees with as you said. I actually hurt for this man because I know he has heartache ahead. Somehow they are getting reinforced that they are growing spiritually together and it bends my mind! Thank you for reaching out to me. God bless you!!

  83. Jim says:

    Well Paul, it’s what happens when gynocentrism is preached in the Church instead of Christianity. It’s everywhere, like a virus.

  84. ragingglory says:

    I have recently experience this exact same thing. My situtation though is complicated by the fact my wife was mentally ill at the time of the adultery, and was subsequently hospitalised. I did not find out about it until she confessed after coming out of hospital. I wonder though, if I should take her illness into account, or if it is just an excuse for her bad behaviour. Her illness is bipolar disorder. Thank you for your time and God bless you.

  85. Otis says:

    RagingGlory: it all depends. I assume you are Christian. So we should try to emulate Christ and forgive those who trespass against us. For Forgiveness the only real requirement is repentance. So if she has come to terms with her sin and truely is repentant( wanting to stop the behavior and work on the relationship) then I would try to work through it. I am hesitant to say that the mental illness is an excuse, as using any excuse gets in the way of true repentance. It may have affected her, but without coming to terms with her sin and realizing that only Jesus can cleanse her and help out of it then she will revert. God bless you both.

  86. Anon says:

    Deti said to Paul :

    Get a good lawyer. Divorce your wife. Fight as hard as you possibly can for full custody of your daughter.

    Paul,

    I would add that since you ran your own business, there are more levers you can manage to reduce the financial hit.

    If you don’t earn any money right now, and have not for the last year or two, that is GOOD. Divorce won’t cost you. You just have to try and get custody of your daughter, especially so that you don’t get a CS judgement that imputes your income at some level above what you currently earn.

    If you do run a business right now, take steps to reduce your personal income (i.e. ‘plow the money back in to the business, instead of your own salary’, invest in long-term projects or innovations that may only come to fruition 5 years later, etc.). Reduce the income on your 1040 in a way that looks believable. All this will reduce your financial hit. But it takes months of advanced preparation, and has to be *before* you file for divorce.

    Deti said :

    Assert that you believe your daughter is in danger of physical harm if she spends the night at her mother’s house with her mother’s paramour present. Assert that the child is not to be in the presence of her mom’s lover.

    Ironically, Paul’s ex-wife’s paramour probably wants Paul’s daughter to be in Paul’s custody too (i.e. out of HIS way). While this is obviously not a formal alliance, both of the men want the same outcome regarding where Paul’s daughter’s custody should be. Don’t underestimate how a common objective can make strange bedfellows.

  87. Don Quixote says:

    Paul says:
    February 3, 2016 at 12:05 am

    She has been an atheist as long as I’ve known her (8years) but now she says she’s a believer and even got baptized at another church. She and this man go to church together and sleep together and even have my daughter stay over at the house with them. I’m still faithful and praying that God will transform my wife’s soul and restore my family. She comes from a very screwed up childhood and I’m sure this is a factor. My big question is, does God work this way? I actually get mixed response from ministers. Some tell me to just go off and pray and accept this. Others seem to condone divorce. What’s happened to the belief in miracle, redemption and fidelity as a commandment of God? Should I stand for my marriage or walk away and start over and try not to make the same mistakes? I’m not perfect but Ive kept all my vows and she broke them ALL.. Is this Christianity today that the church won’t tell an attending member that they should stop the affair and honor the marriage? Please help. Thanks

    Dear Paul, what was previously said [by Otis] about churches “going along to get along” is correct. You might find the following info helpful:
    http://oncemarried.net

  88. nick012000 says:

    Okay, Paul, I just want to say two things:

    First, God does not work through evil means. God is the Highest of the High; he is perfection and love personified. Sin is not of his nature, and he would not induce someone to sin – and what your wife is doing *is* sinful. So, if it isn’t God who is bringing them together and inducing their spiritual “growth”, who is it? It’s Satan, who is lying to them and pretending to be God. It’s one of the oldest tricks in his book. I strongly recommend that you point this out to them.

    Secondly, it is forbidden for Christians to divorce each other; it is only permitted for a Christian to divorce if their spouse is a non-believer who has abandoned them, and then committed adultery. Your wife has done both, but she still confesses herself to be a Christian, so you cannot divorce her yet. Fortunately for you, there is a prescribed process detailed in the New Testament for discipline inside the Church: first, you must speak to your wife, and try to convince her to abandon her current, sinful path. If she refuses, then you must gather two or three men from your church (and I’d recommend that you talk to your pastor about this, but it isn’t required, strictly speaking), and go to speak with her again, with them as witnesses. If she refuses again, then she is to be called up in front of the church as a whole; if she still refuses, then she is to be excommunicated and no longer considered a Christian. Once that occurs, you are then allowed to divorce her.

  89. Dave says:

    @Paul:

    Should I stand for my marriage or walk away and start over and try not to make the same mistakes?

    This is a question only you can answer. From your piece however, it appears as if you’d prefer to stand for your marriage. Assuming that is so, this is what I suggest.
    1. Stop listening to all those who tell you to divorce your wife. As a matter of fact, cut off any preacher, brother, or any other person who will not stand with you in your quest to save your family.
    2. Understand that if you will save your family, sometimes you will have to stand alone.
    3. Know that God has many promises in the Bible that support your quest to save your marriage. Some of these promises may be general in nature, or specific to marriage. Thus, you will need to search for these promises, and hold on to them. They will form the basis of your prayers.
    3. Begin to pray and fast. The enormity of the issues you are dealing with will require more than merely praying. Pray like someone who would not be denied. This is not the time to count rosary beads. Pray until your wife comes to her senses and sees herself for what she has become. Pray until your marriage and family are restored.
    4. God’s promises are true and those who press on before God in prayer generally receive answers.
    5. Once your family is restored, you will need to keep your family covered through regular intercessions for your wife and kid, and teaching both your wife and kids the word.

    I know this is probably not the type of response you want, but if you mean to save your marriage, you will have to do it spiritually. The legal, social and religious setups in today’s America are all against you. You must turn fully to God. He never disappoints

  90. Otis says:

    Please leave scriptural support for your assertion that divorce is forbidden among Christians. I do not remember ever reading support for that position.

  91. shammahworm says:

    @Paul

    First, let me express my sympathy for your pain. I pray things will get better and that you’ll endure all of the the trials and tribulations the enemy is sending your way.

    I must warn you that a number of posters on this site make a point of spreading the lie that “there is no divorce for adultery” in order to lay up false burdens on men like you. So here is the correct teaching in the event you’re unsure or confused about what the Lord commands. Matthew 5: 32,
    “But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality(porneia), makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

    Adultery is a type of sexual immorality. Men like you and ragingglory have the RIGHT to divorce and remarry in cases of sexual sin. You may have heard something to the effect that the above passage only refers to girls who falsely represent their virginity and not to adultery. This is false because the same Greek word is used to describe adultery in 1 Cor. 5: 1,
    “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality(porneia) among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife.”

    My apologies if you feel forced to read something that seems academic and dry. But I want to cover the scripture thoroughly so you know to disregard the lies already infecting this thread.

    Ignore Don Quixote’s false site. It contains many false teachings regarding divorce and remarriage. He’s been corrected on them many times and still persists in peddling them.

    “Is this Christianity today that the church won’t tell an attending member that they should stop the affair and honor the marriage?”

    No, it’s not. Not now and not ever. If things are as you say,

    1) Leave your church ASAP. Literally run out the door if you have to. Any pastors who know you and your wife’s situation would already be taking steps to stop it. They should’ve told your wife and the man she’s committing adultery with to stop all contact already.
    2) Don’t you DARE feel bad for the new man who’s sleeping with your wife at all. He chose to commit adultery and any horrible emotions are him reaping what he sowed. I’m not saying hate him or don’t forgive him. But him feeling bad because of pain you imagine him experiencing shouldn’t enter into your mind.
    3) Matt. 5 and 19 are clear. They without a doubt include adultery in the passages about divorce. You have the right to divorce your unfaithful wife and to marry another if you so choose. It’s no sin despite what various liars will tell you. Jesus’ wife(the church) is faithful to Him always, yours seems to be unrepentantly committing adultery.

    There’s no equivalent between an adulteress and the Bride of Christ.

    Regardless of what you choose to do, pray and read the Bible relentlessly. Focus on Jesus and what He actually says no matter how painful or bleak your earthly life seems. The gospels are a good place to start. I’d also recommend Revelation 22 in order to remind yourself about who you worship and what Jesus has awaiting us. This has helped me in my own moments of hardship though I’ve never been married.

  92. shammahworm says:

    @Paul
    If you’re intent on saving your marriage. Dave gives some great advice. But don’t ever think you’re less of a Christian because you choose divorce or that you’re sinning in divorcing an adulteress.

    @Dave
    His wife seems to be completely unrepentant. It seems like it’s the worst case scenario in a lot of ways and his wife believes the Lord is sanctioning her adultery.

  93. nick012000 says:

    @ Otis: 1 Corinthians 7:8-15, 27-28, 39: “Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.

    “To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so. A believing man or woman is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace….

    “Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this….

    “A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord.”

  94. shammahworm says:

    @Otis
    Check Matt. 5 and 19 and you’ll see nick is lying.

  95. Otis says:

    I love seeing others refer to scripture instead of heart!

  96. Otis says:

    Jesus trumps Paul and you view the “must not divorce his wife” without the context of marital fidelity. Jesus allows divorce in case of infidelity. “But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:32‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    http://bible.com/59/mat.5.32.esv
    Your quote from Corinthians really wouldnt apply in the situation of an unfaithful wife. Paul even states right before his decree that a man shouldnt divorce that ” wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband.” In this situation she has separated, lain with another man and likely cohabiting. Do not lay such illegitimate requirements on a tormented man.

  97. Dave says:

    Jesus trumps Paul and you view the “must not divorce his wife” without the context of marital fidelity. …

    Easy, easy…Jesus also said this:

    I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come (John 16:12, 13)

    In other words, Jesus did not cover a whole lotta grounds when He was here.

    And Paul said this:

    For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:11, 12).

    In other words, Paul’s preaching was Christ’s preaching. It is like a servant of the king sent to deliver a message. The servant’s words are as powerful as the king’s.

    Let us compare spiritual things with spiritual.

  98. nick012000 says:

    @Otis: Paul is imposing an additional restriction on top of what Jesus was saying. Jesus was interpreting the Law of Moses, not creating new rules within it (since adding to the Law of Moses is a sin, and we all know that Jesus was sinless). Paul, meanwhile, was speaking about the things required of Christians, which can be more restrictive than those required of the Jews under the Old Covenant.

    In general, people are only allowed to divorce if their spouse has committed adultery. However, *Christians* are only allowed to divorce if their spouse is an unbeliever who has left them *and* has committed adultery.

  99. Of course, Jesus just didn’t want to tell us that we couldn’t divorce adulterous harlots who cuck their husbands because no man would get married. Truly, if you can’t divorce an adulterous whore, marriage can get stuffed. Even without all the modern legal bullcrap.

  100. A woman who whores around her husband has betrayed the marriage vows, the marriage is dead. Stop trying to deny it and let the man go his own way.

  101. Kiljoy says:

    “She isn’t going to therapy with you because you need to change for the sake of the marriage. She isn’t threatening divorce because she’s unhaaaapy.

    Rather, she’s doing all of these things because she needs you to take the blame for her sin. If you google “christian wife cheated” or something similar, you will find multiple stories where the guy is going to therapy with his wife and then finds out she was cheating. Or you’ll find stories about how she was complaining about the marriage, and then he found out she was unfaithful.”

    Interesting how in The Shawshank Redemption, Red’s first impressions of Andy Dufresne are not good but over time, under extreme duress, he proves exemplary. His wife somehow got it back to front. Just a movie and therefore irrelevant? I’m not so sure.

  102. Boxer says:

    Nick:

    In general, people are only allowed to divorce if their spouse has committed adultery. However, *Christians* are only allowed to divorce if their spouse is an unbeliever who has left them *and* has committed adultery.

    According to whom? You are not the pope, so you’ll need to cite a source when you make these prescriptive declarations.

    Boxer

  103. PokeSalad says:

    “However, *Christians* are only allowed to divorce if their spouse is an unbeliever who has left them *and* has committed adultery.”

    Cite, please.

  104. Dave says:

    @nick012000 :

    In general, people are only allowed to divorce if their spouse has committed adultery. However, *Christians* are only allowed to divorce if their spouse is an unbeliever who has left them *and* has committed adultery.

    Rather than counting how many loopholes through which Christians could divorce their spouses, why don’t we focus on the heart instead? God has called us to peace.

  105. nick012000 says:

    @Boxer: According to Saint Paul. You did read the passage I quoted, right? Of course you didn’t, you admitted to being a divide-and-conquer shill a few threads ago.

    @PokeSalad: I did cite a source. That’s what the passage in 1 Corinthians was.

    @Dave: I think you’re confused. I’m the guy arguing *against* divorce.😉

  106. Hey nick, what would advise to the guy whose wife cheated on him for many years and cucked him and he found out that all ‘his’ children are actually those of other men??

    You see, what you are arguing for is the destruction of marriage. If there was really actually no divorce clause for adultery and betrayal, you would see the greatest marriage strike that had ever taken place. So few men would do it. Stop arguing against what is obviously common sense.

  107. Boxer says:

    Nick:

    @Boxer: According to Saint Paul. You did read the passage I quoted, right? Of course you didn’t, you admitted to being a divide-and-conquer shill a few threads ago.

    Men don’t respect this sort of gossipy non-answer. All the same, thanks for confirming that you don’t have a source for your contention, and that you’re trying to teach your elders and betters something that you know nothing about.

    Regards,

    Boxer

  108. Otis says:

    True, all scripture is to be heeded, but Paul does not speak to the issue of an unfaithful wife in this verse. He does speak to an unbelieving wife, but this is not the same. The ability to divorce was granted under the mosaic law truly because of our own hard hearts. And Jesus says that while some divorce is legal but not right, he specifically excludes divoce in the case of sexual infidelity Matthew 19:9. I think it ill advised and hateful to chastise a hurting man and expect him to fast and pray as though his sacrifice will entice God to change the heart of his unfaithful wife. That notion is unbiblical. His wives repentance and true belief will only happen through God’s grace, which is hers to receive but not his to earn theough prayer and fasting.

    “And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.””
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:3-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    http://bible.com/59/mat.19.3-12.esv

  109. Otis says:

    Nick, I have seen nothing that states anywhere you may not divirce another believer. The Corinthians letter you quoted earlier actually says to not divorce a spouse who is NOT a believer. Jesus specifically says in Matthew 19 that divorce for sexual immorality is the only moral option. He does condem the ability to divorce for other reasons which were permitted under mosaic law but only granted because we are hard hearted sinners.
    Paul indicates his writing in 1 Corinthians 7 is a “consession” not a “command ” (“Now as a concession, not a command, I say this.”
    ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭7:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    http://bible.com/59/1co.7.6.esv)
    Later he says:
    “But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace.”
    ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭7:6, 15‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    http://bible.com/59/1co.7.6,15.esv
    In this fellows case I would see no reason to assume his wife is a believer, in either case of her faith: she has left the marriage.

    May we seek the truth by weighing all scripture.

  110. nick012000 says:

    @Otis: >True, all scripture is to be heeded, but Paul does not speak to the issue of an unfaithful wife in this verse.

    Yes, he does. Here, let me quote it again for you:

    >To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.

    Christians are not allowed to divorce each other. Period. The end. It doesn’t matter what the other person’s done, it doesn’t absolve you of your responsibilities in the relationship; to fail to uphold them causes you to sin as well. The only “out” is to have the offending spouse kicked out of the Church (excommunicated), utilizing the proper methods described in the Bible, at which point they’re no longer considered Christian and you’re allowed to divorce them. And, in fact, excommunicating unrepentant sinners is something that the Church is supposed to do anyway (Matthew 18:15-20).

    >I think it ill advised and hateful to chastise a hurting man and expect him to fast and pray as though his sacrifice will entice God to change the heart of his unfaithful wife. That notion is unbiblical. His wives repentance and true belief will only happen through God’s grace, which is hers to receive but not his to earn theough prayer and fasting.

    I’ll agree with you there, though.

  111. gazzajagman says:

    Actually, there are several bad English translations of the Luke 6:16 passage which leads us to a specific (and wrong) conclusion about divorce. The word for separation (without divorce) is used here. So if anyone leaves / separates from their spouse and marries another is an adulterer. This is true of the mosaic teaching as well as the Jesus teachings. Jesus is not adding anything new here. In the OT, divorce and remarriage was common place (lev 24:1-4) and legal in the eyes of the Torah (although not ideal). This Leviticus passage still stands and Jesus did not alter it. (Matt 5:17). If a man lives in a sexual relation with another woman, but is not divorced from his original wife…then he is committing adultery and so is the woman who he is living with. If he divorces his original wife…then it’s fornication and not adultery and the consequences are far lighter in the eyes of the law. God hates separation (not divorce), in Mal 2:16, the prophet uses the word “Sending away” or separation. Why was it so bad? Because under mosaic law, only a man could divorce, a woman didn’t have that power (although at Jesus time, Roman law had divorce equality). If he pushed her out, he kept the home, the kids and all the income (a reversal which is happening today). In Jewish Law, the birthright and name goes down the father’s linage. If he pusher her out on to the the street, she would have no income, home or means to support herself. So it’s reasonable to see that God is more concerned with the nature of the separation than he is with the actual Divorce. Especially where the only income the woman would be able to find would be begging or prostitution. This is the part God hates…manipulating her into being stoned. Now THAT’s a hard heart. Oh…How I wish churches had their theology right on this point. I am barred from senior leadership in my church…due this poor understanding of scriptures because my wife is about to divorce me…and the church more concerned over my marital state than they are over the details of the separation. I stick with them because I believe it’s a biblical principle to stand in unity with my church than be right.
    In the Torah, there were three actions to a divorce. 1, a certificate would have to be obtained from the priest hood. 2) the certificate was to be handed to the wife by the husband. 3) she was “put out” of the home. So you can be “put out” (separated) but not divorced (which was a devastating thing to do and something which God hates). But it is not possible to be divorced and not “put out” because it’s the last act of the divorce. These thing usually took some time and she would usually be “put out” when she had somewhere to go. often she would be re-married with in a few days of the divorce and this was common.

  112. Gunner Q says:

    nick012000 @ 9:01 am:
    “Jesus was interpreting the Law of Moses, not creating new rules within it (since adding to the Law of Moses is a sin, and we all know that Jesus was sinless).”

    Jesus was DISAGREEING with the Law of Moses.

    @ 10:41 am:
    “A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.”

    This passage doesn’t help your case. To argue the husband’s command is blanket in nature is inconsistent with both Christ’s teachings and the first two sentences of this quote. Notice the “And” in the third sentence. A wife must not separate from her husband, but if she does then she must remain faithful AND he can’t replace her.

    You aren’t “interpreting” Jesus when you say He was wrong to allow divorce for adultery.

  113. gazzajagman says:

    Nic012000, please look at 1 Cor 7:11 in Youngs literal translation: but and if she may separate, let her remain unmarried, or to the husband let her be reconciled, and let not a husband send away a wife.
    It is quite clear that the Apostle is talking about separation and not divorce as per my earlier post. The ideal is reconciliation. But Divorce is permitted if that doesn’t happen. “Sending out” is a far worse sin and the thing that God hates. God already has a wife, her name is the nation (not faith) of Israel. God says to Israel: “I will never forsake you or leave you”. This is a marriage statement. I will never divorce you or put you out is another reasonable translation of that text. When Jesus said in Matt 5 “I have not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it”, a few verses ahead of his comments on separation and divorce, the word Abolish is the the same as putting away (separation) and the word for fulfill is also the word to reconcile. So Jesus is using Marriage terms here for the Torah. It’s God’s heart to reconcile his immoral wife and has promised to never kick her out or divorce her. But he has a legal right if He so wishes too.

    We really need to understand where the Bible talks of Divorce and where it talks of separation / Putting away / casting out. Unfortunately most English translations mess this area up…only Young’s literal is accurate in this regard. Please consider obtaining a copy and reading these scriptures in that version, it’s VERY close to the Greek and Hebrew.

  114. Otis says:

    Please. Seek the truth, let go of the ego. None of us is the “better”.

  115. Otis says:

    Nick, I would agree about expelling unrepentant beievers as well. However your quote may say a husband shouldnt divorce, but the sentence preceding (which you included) states a wife should not separate from her husband. She has already separated in this case. But if you read a few verses back Paul states that what follows is not a command(vs 6). “Now as a concession, not a command, I say this. I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another. To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion. 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.”
    ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭7:6-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬
    http://bible.com/59/1co.7.6-11.esv.
    I assume you are using the NIV but it is similar in meaning. I believe our poster has already prayed and tried reconciliation, While nothing is impossible I fear his wife is lost and that little girl will suffer from seeing a good man abused and her mother used by others.

  116. Alexis says:

    Im trying to find the 3 part series and i can not can someone please help me!

  117. The articles (and an explanation as to why they disappeared) are here:
    https://cmdefense.wordpress.com

  118. Jason says:

    Is there a mirror site anywhere out there for CMD?

  119. God helped me see says:

    I sure hope you all are referring to unrepentant adultery and if not, have you read the bible?

  120. Tina K. says:

    Interesting how you never mentioned God’s word regarding undying love of Hosea for Gomer. And how God had him go after her, pursue her, rescue her and PROTECT her.

    There are many so called Christian men out there who have abandoned their post of leadership and protection. Who are secretly abusive and harsh and treat their wives treacherously. And then the wive cheats and it’s all about him. His bruised ego. This is not biblical love. The bible says husbands love your wives as Christ loves the church and so gave Himself for her…if you are a husband who has thought mostly of yourself for years, who has treated your wife like a mere sex toy or who has been secretly watching porno, while you act bruised and hurt by her cheating….well..now, think about that. Or are you a man who lusts after other women in your heart? You think this doesn’t affect your wive? It doesn’t leave her vulnerable and desperate for real love from a man who puts God first and her second? Women are the weaker vessel…they can only take so much neglect, abuse and suffering while their self righteous Christian husbands are secretly verbally attacking them daily and watching porn.

    Yes, the woman who cheats is fully responsible, but don’t you dare try to fool us by acting so innocent. Husbands and wives are ONE FLESH AND ONE SPIRIT and MEN are supposed to washs their wives in the word..PROTECT THEM…not leave them hanging alone in the world, broken and bruised and vulnerable for one of satan’s workers to come and seduce her.

  121. Love as Christ did says:

    Tina K. Amen!! This article and the “unhaaaapy” drove me nuts. If you continue to fail in your role as a Christian husband, do not be surprised when your wife completely falls apart. Tina K. I seriously could not have said what you said any better. Now unrepentant is a different story. Hopefully your wife can learn to lean on the Lord but when your wife is falling apart spiritually and emotionally and you walk away, that is no “Christian” husband. Poor baby your wife cheated. All about me me me me! Adultery is selfish and you are not to blame for that particular sin, but you played a role in your wife’s self esteem or lack there of. If you watch porn, with hold sex, and sit at the bar for all hours, don’t expect your wife to not completely fall apart.

  122. God helped me see says:

    Tina K. Exactly!!!! There must always be repentance to reconcile but if any one of you think that you are any better, then I pray that you seek the Lord. Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭29‬:‭23‬ NIV). Ask yourself, was I fulfilling my roll as a husband in the eyes of the Lord? What sin are you bringing into the marriage? Viewing porn, being neglectful emotionally, physically and spiritually. This will put your wife in the gutter.

  123. Lee McCullogh says:

    My, “Christian” wife chose to cheat. It was a conscious, deliberate, planned, premeditated act. In fact, both of my, “Christian” wives cheated. Then left without the kids, both times. I received custody and child support. Christianity is Bull Shit.

  124. Novaseeker says:

    @TinaK —

    The spirit of blaming others for your own sins is not the spirit of Christ.

  125. mrteebs says:

    @Tina K.,

    Please explain how Hosea’s failures led to Gomer’s wanderings. How dare the Bible present him as so blameless and her as so errant. Surely he was a contributor. Surely he failed to protect her. To wash her in the water of the word. After all, they were one flesh. And while we’re at it, how dare God let Israel wander. Surely his failures as a leader are at least partially to be blamed for such blasphemous and off-the-rails treachery by Israel.

    Women just love these “man up and marry the slut” and “Jesus wants the rose” messages. But like you, they desperately shun the full force of women’s culpability in so many of today’s divorces and the ruinous state of so many marriages that stay together but are tombs of the wife’s making.

    Could you not just accept this with a measure of agreement and self-awareness or is it not possible to acknowledge that women have become the primary source of marital strife and dissolution – through abandonment of biblical principles and unbalanced emphasis on the husband’s responsibilities and no corresponding emphasis on the wife’s? Is it truly not possible for women to own any of this without a thousand “yeah, but” caveats?

  126. Heidi_storage says:

    Yeah, how dare men get angry when their wives whore around! Then the men go around acting like the injured party after their wives have shacked up with other guys! What nerve!

  127. Jim says:

    mrteebs says:
    April 9, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    *slow clap*

  128. feeriker says:

    Hilarious how women leap into these threads out of nowhere hoping to shame men for daring to hold the views on today’s women that they do, all the while providing, via their keyboards, abundant justification for said views.

    Self-awareness and woman – an introduction that is seldom ever made.

  129. Sam R. says:

    It isn’t about blame or making excuses, it’s about looking at the situation and finding a cause. Every situation is different and every person is different. It takes a real man to look in the mirror and say “how could I have contributed?”. Doing that is NOT taking the blame! Have you been indulging in porn? Has your wife told you she was unhappy and you did nothing? Have you been spending hours at the bar and leaving your family? Have you been leading your family spiritually? If you can answer all of these honestly and your wife is willing to change, then God’s preference is restoration. Go ahead and call your wife a “whore” and threaten to leave her a “spinster”. Chances are this is how you treated her prior to the affair as well.

  130. BillyS says:

    So Lee, did you stop going to restaurants after having a second bad experience with them?

    The fault is the women and the society that supports that action, not the Lord of all.

  131. O says:

    You assume too much and blame a man that is hurting. Jesus only gave permission for divorce in the case of infidelity. That is the cheaters sin and to blame the other party is to not be repentant, so yes you should leave an unfaithfull and unrepentant wife or husband.

  132. Sam R. says:

    @ O
    What about a husband who constantly watches porn and withholds sex and the wife repeatedly voiced how it upset her? “Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭7‬:‭5‬ NIV) People make horrible choices when they are in bad situations. It’s not about blame. You can be repentant, turn from your sin, confess to God and your spouse but there still be issues in the marriage. Again it is not about blame! I agree it takes a very repentant individual to admit when they are wrong.

  133. Johnonymous says:

    I have a question that is really been pulling at my heart. Are we ever obligated to take back an exwife after a divorce?

  134. Gunner Q says:

    No obligation, any more than a bank manager is obligated to rehire an honestly repentant embezzler. In fact, If either party has taken a new lover post-divorce then remarriage is a very bad idea per Jeremiah 3:1.

    Gamewise, taking her back is a recipe for trouble because it’s a show of weakness, that you have no options besides her. Her gratitude is not likely to overcome that.

  135. DrTorch says:

    Are we ever obligated to take back an exwife after a divorce?

    No. Obligations end when the marriage ends. Even if she repents, there may be lingering effects from sin, including that marriage gone.

  136. Donna Conte says:

    What does scripture have to offer in way of reconciliation of a marriage if I (the wife) cheated but then sincerely repented and am very much willing to repair the damage of my affair . is my husband then obligated to stay? What if in the meantime he has taken up with another “Christian” woman before our divorce is ever final?

  137. Spike says:

    Tina K
    Ah yes. It’s always the husband’s fault. Never the wife’s.
    I take it that you’re new around here. You don’t seem to know that most Christian women can turn on their faith in a second when it suits them. Many have had sob stories about how they were engaged to be married – several times – and suddenly ”POOF” – it was over. The problem with such stories is that the story never changes, only our heroine does. And she seemingly has secular equivalents to the exact same story.
    In case you are wondering what the story is, it goes something like this with remarkably few deviations:
    Our heroine is raised in a Christian home. She grows up and becomes aware of her sexuality. She then works out that she has a lot of power over men and she neglects her would-be Christian suitors in favour of the cute bad boy. She gets into an abusive relationship with him, and then several more. They usually end when she tries manipulating him sexually – weaponizing sex. She might go to college as well, getting into the contemporary sexual culture there.
    She will spend a decade of this, then ”repent”, come back and marry a Christian man. But they don’t live happily ever after. Her Christian husband, meanwhile doesn’t know the first thing about being an abusive bad boy, because he isn’t one. But bad treatment is her drug. She takes him for granted. She weaponizes sex, meters it out in a miserly fashion, makes foreplay an elaborate, high wire act akin to defusing s bomb, dead-starfishes when she does put out, points her finger mercilessly, criticises endlessly and generally makes the life of her Christian husband unbearable. Naturally, he loses respect for her, but he has obligations to God and to (probably) his children to keep the marriage running. He doesn’t want to cheat so he turns to porn.

    Has he put his wife in the proverbial gutter? If so, she has perversely wanted to be there all along.

    1. Have I missed anything?
    2. Sound familiar?
    3. Do you blame him?

    Blogs like this one have not formed in a vacuum. They have formed because men have started talking to one another about their wive’s behavior. The ruse is up.

  138. Boxer says:

    What does scripture have to offer in way of reconciliation of a marriage if I (the wife) cheated but then sincerely repented and am very much willing to repair the damage of my affair . is my husband then obligated to stay? What if in the meantime he has taken up with another “Christian” woman before our divorce is ever final?

    32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5%3A32&version=KJV

    Your husband’s obligations were dissolved when you started banging other people. A reasonable interpretation of the New Testament suggests that not only does he have no obligation to stay, but he also does not owe you a penny in any sort of support. The fact that he is now banging someone else is irrelevant, since you dissolved your marriage he is now free to do what he likes. It isn’t any of your business.

    You are, in biblical terms, a harlot. This is your calling and vocation. You chose it. Own it. You don’t expect your husband to actually bed down with a harlot or call her his wife, do you? Leaving you was a good decision on his part. As for you, live up to your choice, and be the best skank-ho you can be, and quit bugging this man who suffered through your bad decisions.

    Regards,

    Boxer

  139. They Call Me Tom says:

    Can one of the trolls (or are they all the same person?) name the bible passage they’re referring to that says a husband must take back an adulterous wife, so long as she claims to be repentant? Which she will do to put a gold ring in the pig’s snout that is going back on her vows regardless of whether she means it or not?

  140. Spike says:

    Oh and postscript: She often gets fat and as ugly as possible after marriage as well.

  141. feeriker says:

    Boxer says:
    May 15, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    +1000

    Note too the entitled, hypocritical snark in the last sentence of Donna’s comment, where she jabs at the two-by-four in another women’s eye while there’s a 300-foot tall redwood in her own.

    Laughably typical and utterly devoid of self-awareness.

  142. feeriker says:

    3. Do you blame him?

    Please tell me that you added that just for rhetorical flare and that you aren’t directing it toward any woman as a serious question.

  143. Spike says:

    No feeriker. It was rhetorical.

  144. Dave says:

    What does scripture have to offer in way of reconciliation of a marriage if I (the wife) cheated but then sincerely repented and am very much willing to repair the damage of my affair

    Sorry to break it to you, but you have not “sincerely repented”. You probably “regretted” your actions, for sure. But you are far—very far from repentance.
    1. When you truly repent of a sin you “own” it’s consequences which, in this case, is the dissolution of your marriage. It does not appear that you have done that as yet. You ought to be saying “If my ex-husband never looks at me again, I deserve it, because I betrayed him”.
    2. You never, ever belittle the sin you repented of. So far you have not yet accepted the adultery that you committed as adultery. You’re still using the more palatable euphemisms of “cheating”, “affair”, etc to describe this damnable sin. Apostle Paul was so repentant of his sin of persecuting Christians before his conversion that he counted himself “the chief of sinners”, even after many years of being an Apostle. Apostle Peter was so grief-stricken after his denial of Christ that he left, alone, into the dark night, and wept bitterly. It took Jesus’ special prayer and relentless pursuit of him to spare him from ending up like Judas Iscariot.
    3. When you truly repent, you “own” the destructive effects of your sin on those negatively affected. It does not appear that you realized that your husband “took up” with another woman because you stabbed him right between the ribs with your thoughtless adultery.
    4. If you were repentant, you would not judge others. Ever. Especially if those other people sinned as a result of your sin. When you put the term “Christian” in quotes, you were implying that the other woman was a sinner for being with your ex-husband before your divorce was final.
    5. A truly repentant person will not “hold their head high” when they think back upon their sin, but will forever look back upon their sin with shame and a sense of deep sorrow. You seem to have no shame for opening your legs to a man who was not your husband.
    6. A truly repentant person will make every effort to right the wrong they have caused. You don’t seem to be concerned about your husband at all, but about your status in society. You don’t like being a divorcee, so you want to use your husband to change your status.
    Maybe you might want to learn to repent first.

  145. Jack Russell Terrorist says:

    Paul, When your “wife” comes to pick up your daughter, make sure you have hidden video surveillance with the audio on. I am sure you changed the locks on your home already. As thedeti mentioned, get a lawyer.

  146. greyghost says:

    Having one’s adulterous wife leave you with your children is a stroke of luck. Do not try and save “it” get divorced and have your children permanently in your custody and go MGTOW with your children.
    Lee McCullogh you lucky dog. The Christianity you see as bullshit is full on western feminine imperative churchianity. The only reason to get married is to have a hole to grow your child in. You provide a home and security for your child. Your wife gets to enjoy that home and security. By law she is under no obligation what so ever for anything. But you are. If you luck out and have her just walk away to her new man consider that a huge stroke of luck. Normally she has you kicked out and moves her man in and you get to pay for it.
    Paul, fuck her get your daughter and live a happy life. Stop agonizing over your hopefully ex wife. You owe her nothing. If you keep trying to save her what is going to happen is the luster of her new relationship will wear down and get routine and secure and then she will feel safe to bring in “her” child and she will waste no time having you start making payments on her new life. I guarantee you she is not in any way concerned about you and most importantly the law, culture and as you can see the church is not in any way concerned about you or your child. Look at it this way God has already blessed you with her leaving your child with you. Smile bright with head high with joy you are a father that can freely love his child with out the Sword of Damocles. Don’t throw that away

  147. Jon Thomas says:

    I have been married now for 30 years and love my wife very much. I knew when I met her she had several sexual partners and liked sex. What I didn’t know was how many till now. About 15 years ago I found out my wife had an affair with a man she worked with and we went to church with. He too was married. They had an affair for a few months and she broke it off. Now years later I find out she has cheated over 15 times and has had sex with these men some 100 times. She is a white women and got on marijuana for a short time on Mississippi. She met a drug dealer she said who was black she had sex with over 30 times for drugs. He had her smoke Crack with him and one night she passed out and woke up to 3 black men having sex with her. It sounded like they gave her the date rape drug. Anyway she us trying to come clean to break all soul ties and I appreciate that for we have been under a curse for years and I blamed myself and she let me. Now I see why satan has had a strong hold on us all these years. Anyway I dont want a divorce for she is my best friend I love her but I feel I don’t know her I feel less then a human less then a man I feel worthless I feel she doesn’t love me or she would never have have let men have sex with her when she knows how much that means to me. I believe in being one I believe it’s a gift from God meant for a man and woman in marriage and not to be shared. Anyway I hurt so bad and pray just not to wake up most nights to end the pain. I am 57 years old and tired of lies. Thanks for letting me vent. Hurting Christian husband in Texas. John H

  148. Fitz says:

    I’ve searched for this series and have not found it. Ive selected the Christian man defense network, highlight and nothing but other stuff.

  149. Dalrock says:

    I just updated the links. They should work now.

  150. Johann Bachmeer says:

    So many on here saying that divorce is never ok yet what of Deut 24: “Deu 24:1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.
    Deu 24:2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.
    Deu 24:3 And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;
    Deu 24:4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.”

    And if divorce is so foul, why did God divorce Israel: “Isa 50:1 Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.”
    ^God divorced Israel, the Babylonian Captivity was the seperation and the destruction of Israel in 70AD was the putting away of the Jews by God under the Mosiac Convenent agan, but under the Convenent of Grace.

    God divorced Israel when she played the harlot, whore and acted the like Roman Church on an average day:

    Eze 16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.
    Eze 16:26 Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.
    Eze 16:27 Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over thee, and have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines, which are ashamed of thy lewd way.
    Eze 16:28 Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied.
    Eze 16:29 Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith.
    Eze 16:30 How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman;
    Eze 16:31 In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire;
    Eze 16:32 But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband!
    ^God speaking to Israel as if it was his wife, indeed the very picture of a man and a wife that has played the whore, therefore if a wife cheats or is forward, rebellious or a denier of due benevolence, DIVORCE her and as the Papists who say the contrary I say, search the scriptures.

  151. nick012000 says:

    >Deuteronomy
    Those passages are about the Law of Moses, which doesn’t apply to Christians today, since Jesus fulfilled the Covenant that said Law was based upon.

    >God divorcing Israel
    He didn’t divorce Israel, He just got mad at her having affairs and left until she felt bad about it and asked Him to come back. This repeated over and over until Jesus came, and created the new Israel in the form of the Christian Church. He did this by lopping off the bad branches (who rejected Him, and formed the ancestors of the modern Jews) and grafting on the gentile converts, at which point the nation of Israel was no longer one of blood but one of faith.

  152. Fredrick Brown says:

    Hi my name is Fredrick and me and my wife have problem she kick me out every time we have a disagreement she keep my daughter away from me she get mad when I talk to my friends from my hometown can I have help from men and women side view please

  153. Denkos says:

    i have gone through all the lit above is great though i my summary is that once a woman starts seeing other men, she is no longer fit for you do away with her or you will die with her.
    even is she repents today she will still do the thing she will never stop.
    and for the one she is cheating with it is still the same to him even if he decides to marry her she will still cheat on him.
    “she has tasted the blood of the devil and darken her soul she sees nothing but wrong which is food for her innermost sex partner the devil.”

  154. Tetzlaff86 says:

    This post bothers me because the writer is biased due to his ex-wife cheating on him. I had a one night stand that truly initially started out with me being incredibly lonely. For 2 1/2 years my husband was on methadone and cursed me and got physically abusive with me and called me fat and ugly and a wench and golly I don’t get how I survived it all. Then I think about what I did and I know exactly how I survived. One day I told my husband that if he didn’t stop mistreating me that I was going to see a better opportunity and move on. I told him to stop ignoring my phone calls and stop avoiding adult conversations, because let’s face it christian ladies, a lot of our men have mental issues. Fast forward to the moment where I had a lapse and I ended up in an apartment of a man who wouldn’t stop touching my body. He kept grabbing me and inappropriately touching me and at that point my husband had only slept with me once in months and maybe 3 times over the course of 18 months and I was incredibly lonely. I couldn’t remember the last time my husband slept in the same bed as me throughout the night. My husband lived and worked in another city and refused to come home. In my eyes at that moment I felt that I was ready for a divorce. Now, here’s what I don’t recommend. Don’t have a one night stand simply because you are unhappy and want a divorce. Even if in your eyes at the time you feel justified in it. Just get the damn divorce over and then go about your merry way. That’s the mistake I made. However… in my case, I had no idea that I actually still loved my husband until I committed infidelity and I am thankful that I didn’t file for the divorce first because I may have never figured it out until it was too late. My husband hates me, but I pray on it daily and I feel horrible for it every single day and I cry on it all the time. I just can’t forgive myself. Even though my husband was a complete mongrel, it’s not okay for me to put the blame on him. I acted inappropriately and then let another man get inappropriate with me and I am at fault… but there’s this saying, “It takes two to tango”… it also takes two people to shit on a marriage. Good luck folks.

  155. I am that cheating christian wife. And plz ladies do not cheat. It is not worth it. What Ive done hurt my family and my husband more than words can describe. If your talking to the opposite sex. Stop now. Get rid of the site your on. Block the guy. Get on your knees and repent. I repented and my husband forgiven me but the pain he endures everyday is to much. I don’t deserve him, I feel such remorse, I deserve to rot in hell forever. I don’t think he will ever trust me again. Our bond is broken. It’s going to take years to gain his trust. We aren’t living together right now but I caused this to happened. I take full responsibility. Dont cheat. Get the thoughts out of your mind. Go to the bible and pray before its to late and you ruin lives.

  156. feeriker says:

    …but I caused this to happened. I take full responsibility.

    OK, dude, you can stop the trolling right now. You might have pulled it off without a hitch if you hadn’t slipped up and added THAT. You just blew your cover. NO woman would EVER write or say such a thing, especially not in a place like this.

  157. I’m not a Troll. I am really a women and I meant what I wrote.

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