Romans 7:2-3 and the Marriage Bond
Romans 7:2-3 reads, "For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man."The above passage teaches that when an eligible man marries an eligible woman, they are bound ("obligated," Thayer) for life. Verse 3 says that if a woman marries another man (after divorce or other) while her original husband is still living, she commits adultery. This same general rule (with one exception) is taught in Matthew 19:9 and other like passages. This marriage rule or law says that even while the woman is married to the second man, she is still bound/obligated to the first. To correct the situation (as a faithful Christian is required to do) she would have to terminate the second marriage (cease the adultery) and go back to the original husband whom she is still obligated to. Hardly any churches today enforce this Bible law, but God still expects us to live by it, and He also expects congregations to withdraw fellowship from any such unrepentant persons (I Corinthians 5:5,11).