How many times does Jesus say that he hates divorce?
This might surprise you if you’ve heard teachings on this from the pulpit. You probably have heard messages about how God hates divorce. However, well-meaning Christian leaders usually omit that this passage (Malachi 2:16) is really about using divorce to commit adultery (see more of my thoughts on Malachi 2:16 here). God is consistent in His hatred of this “Top Ten” sin–i.e. adultery (NOT divorce). It’s explicitly named and prohibited in the Ten Commandments for good reason!
While Jesus never professes his hatred of divorce in the New Testament, Jesus does say multiple times not to commit adultery (see Mt 5:27, Mt. 19:18, Mk 10:19, etc.) Also, he never teaches on divorce without talking about adultery.
Adultery is the issue; not divorce as I see it in Jesus’ own words.
God always hates sin.
Adultery is always a sin.
Divorce is not (see Jeremiah 3:8).