Many of the people baptized into the Lord’s church are going to be unscripturally divorced and remarried. The Bible teaches that these people are adulterers (Matt. 19:9; 5:32). Repentance demands that these adulterers stop committing adultery.
Many people in the church have twisted the Scriptures to allow and justify unlawful marriages. They have tried to say that the non-Christians are not subject to the laws of God and thus they are not guilty of adultery if they were divorced and remarried prior to becoming a Christian. 1 John 3:4 teaches that all sin is a transgression of the law. If non-Christians are not subject to God’s law then they have not sinned and do not need baptism. They are already saved according to that theory. Others contend that since baptism takes away all sin that God forgives the couple of the unlawful divorce and remarriage. Even though baptism takes away sin it does not change a marriage relationship. God does not grant the adulterers the right to continue committing adultery (Rom. 6:1-2).
I have heard it suggested by some that the adulterers be allowed to continue in full fellowship as faithful members of local churches and let the problem be between them and God. The church at Corinth was severely condemned by God for fellowshipping with a fornicator (Cor. 5:1-13).
Brethren need to wake up to the fact that anytime the truth of God causes division then so be it. That kind of peace is unaffordable. The price we will pay is that eventually local churches will be filled with adulterers who continue to sin with impunity and teach the innocent their evil ways. One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. Even so, one unrepentant adulterer can spoil an entire congregation!