Answer: Yes, there have been three of them. As a former pastor to single and single – again adults for 21 years, and now working for/in the national office, I’ve had great interest in discussions about divorce and remarriage, especially those impacting Assemblies of God ministers and leaders.
- 2001 – Credentialing ministers who were divorced prior to salvation - Prior to 2001, ministers could generally not be credentialed with the Assemblies of God if they were divorced before salvation. This resolution resulted in a minister who was divorced before salvation having the ability to become credentialed, whether at the certified, licensed, or ordained level. II Cor. 5:17 states, “If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” ESV
- 2003 – Disapproval of an AG minister performing a marriage for a divorced person whose former spouse is living and does not fit the two scriptural exceptions – This resolution changed the word “disapproval” to “discourage,” which resulted in more flexibility for a minister/pastor to use his/her discretion in remarrying an individual who does not fit the two scriptural exceptions for remarriage. These are, adultery (Matt. 5:32, 19:9), and abandonment (I Cor. 7:15-16).
- 2007 – Credentialing ministers who marry a person who was divorced due to infidelity or abandonment by an unbeliever – The passing of this resolution resulted in a person being able to be credentialed for reasons of abandonment by the unbelieving spouse, or marital unfaithfulness (I Cor. 7:10-15, Matt. 19:9).