Kent Hovind’s remarriage was adultery. Rather than simply admit his fault and weakness to do what was right, he publicly proclaimed it was God’s will for him to go ahead with the sin. Kent Hovind has a public ministry and influence that reaches into many churches. It was his choice to publicise his controversial decision, so the public responses are necessary.
Matthew 19:3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
Matthew 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
Matthew 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
Matthew 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Matthew 19:7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
Matthew 19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
Matthew 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
1 Corinthians 7:10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:
1 Corinthians 7:11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
1 Corinthians 7:12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
1 Corinthians 7:13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
1 Corinthians 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
1 Corinthians 7:15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.
1 Corinthians 7:16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
- Is Kent Hovind about to commit adultery?
- Jo Hovind has not remarried and therefore Kent Hovind is, without question, about to commit adultery on 24th September 2016.
- Not only is Kent in sin, Mary Tocco is also divorced – we don’t know all the specifics surrounding that situation.
- Mat 19:3-9 – let not man put asunder
- There’s dispute about what is entailed within “fornication” (Deu 24:1-4, Jer 3:8)
- But there’s no confusion about what Jesus’ opinion on remarriage is for situations that do not involve fornication.
- This applies to believers as well as unbelievers
- 1 Cor 7:10-16 – remain unmarried or be reconciled
- God would want two unbelievers to stay married
- But if one of them get’s saved then he’s fine with divorce?
- People who believe in works salvation start saying “well if they were saved they wouldn’t be acting like this.” – Which is exactly what people are saying about Jo Hovind.
- When the news first broke of Kent Hovind’s divorce his testimony and attitude was amazing
- I remember him saying “if she divorces me then I’ll ask her to remarry me”
- Not even 1 month goes by after the divorce and he is already considering remarriage (FB comment by Matt Furse)
- I never believe any story of a divorce where the fault is entirely one party
- We have not heard Eric and Jo’s side of the story
- Note from Joshua Joscelyn on Kent Hovind’s family life
- He travelled extensively
- After coming out of jail he got straight back into it
- Click here for link to the Facebook note
- The problems with the situation (there are many)
- Most people will have compassion on those that are divorced and their desire to remarry. It’s not easy to keep your marriage vows in the face of adversity.
- But when people try and turn it into God’s will that they remarry, that is wicked!
- Kent Hovind did not even attempt to justify his decision using scripture but instead just accused everyone of being a pharisee and not to judge from John 8. Of all the passages to use he uses one where he is comparing himself to a woman caught in adultery (the irony?)
- Kent talks about the doctrine of marriage taking years to learn or explain, yet he goes in depth into bible prophecy which most would agree is a much more complex topic.
- Praying about it and then deciding it’s God’s will contrary to scripture?
- Asking 14/15 bishops to get an opinion on something so clear in the bible? I commend the 15th bishop that did not condone his actions.
- Kent Hovind preaches a minority position for decades, then seeks a majority opinion to justify adultery.
- People are so hypocritical when using the “age” card. Did it matter how many older preachers believed in evolution? What about the older bishops that are pre-trib?
- Kent Hovind is a role model amongst the IFB movement so he has more influence than most.
- When you set yourself up as a public figure, you cannot complain when the public scrutinize your actions
- This is why he needs to be called out because he is publicly condoning adultery and hoping to inspire others to follow in his footsteps.
- Marriage is a beautiful thing, but adultery is disgusting. I don’t see a lovely couple, I see a couple of fornicators who have no regard to the clear teaching of scripture.
- And to top it all off, his attitude towards the churches that will no longer welcome him as a preacher is “Okay, it’s your loss, I got plenty of churches to go to.”
- No it’s not our loss Kent Hovind
- It’s not a loss when popular preachers such as Billy Graham, Joel Osteen or Joyce Meyers don’t preach at this church.
- It’s not a loss when an unqualified bishop parading around as a “elder” doesn’t preach at this church.
- Shame on you Kent Hovind, and shame on the churches that will have an unrepentant fornicator in their midst.
- It’s one thing to commit adultery by remarrying, and another to want to inspire others to follow in your footsteps.
- Adultery is worthy of death, this sin is a very serious one.
1 Corinthians 5:9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
1 Corinthians 5:10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
1 Corinthians 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
1 Corinthians 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
It’s not too late for Kent and Mary to repent. Let’s pray that God moves their hearts to do the right thing.