From On the Absurdity of Authoritative Toleration of Gross Heresy, Blasphemy or Idolatry by John Brown of Haddington.
Objection #5: Even under the law, Moses tolerated men’s divorcing of their wives for slight causes: Much more [therefore] does the gospel dispensation call for liberty to men.
- It is blasphemous to pretend that the gospel dispensation allows any more liberty to sin than the legal did. Must the grace of God be turned into lasciviousness? (Jude 1:4 & Gal 5:13).
- To prevent worse consequences, Moses directed a deliberate and solemn manner of divorce which tended to render divorces less frequent or irregular, but never warranted divorce for slight causes.
- Perhaps you cannot prove that the perpetual continuance of marriage relation flows as necessarily from the nature of God as gross heresy, blasphemy, and idolatry are contrary to it; God therefore might sovereignly dispense with the one, though not with the other.
- This objection is rather calculated to prove that magistrates should license or tolerate murder, adultery, theft, and other sins against the second table of the moral law, than that they should tolerate heresy, blasphemy, and idolatry, which pertain to the first table.