Should a divorced brother in the Lord be allowed to preach the Word in the church?

What should be our attitude towards a brother who is divorced and remarried, while his first partner is alive?

Should he be allowed to minister the Word to the saints? What saith the Scriptures?

It entirely depends on the circumstances of the case. If the person in question was granted a divorce by the Courts against his wife, on account of marital unfaithfulness, then I believe the divorce was according to Scripture, because the above cause is specifically admitted as sufficient by our Lord Himself (see Matthew 5:32; Matthew 19:9). In this case the divorced persons are not to be regarded as merely separated, but as no longer married. If this were so in the case before us, then I hold the brother was quite free to remarry, and should certainly be allowed to minister to the saints, if otherwise qualified to do so. But if he were the guilty party, or if he obtained a divorce on any less plea than the scriptural one mentioned above, he violated God’s Word in being remarried; he is an adulterer (see Matthew 19:9), and should not be allowed to break bread, and, of course, not to minister to the saints.

W.H.