Chapter 25, “The Case of Adultery and Divorce” (pp. 174-176)
Walther does observe that while the minister can marry people he does not have authority to grant a divorce. In case of infidelity the innocent party has a duty to forgive a repentant spouse. If there is no repentance the situation may lead to divorce and the innocent party may eventually seek marriage. Yet the pastor’s main goal when dealing with marital conflicts is to help the couple deal with those conflicts and have a happy marriage.