I am a God-called preacher and my baptist denomination says I can't be ordained because my wife has been married before. They use the scripture 1 Timothy 3:12, which says "a husband of one wife," which I am because I've only been married once. Just my wife has been married twice. Please help explain if you can, thanks.
1 Timothy 3:12
ESV - 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well.
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The question that comes to mind is if your relationship with your wife start start before or after her separation. Also if she was married before then is her husband still alive which according to the Bible means that she is bound to him. (Romans 7:2-3)
Divorce on the other hand is something hated by God. (Mal 2:16) Divorce due to whatever reason was given because of mans hardened heart and not because it was some way out for people wanting to separate. (Mat 5:32) You may read that a person who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.