On September 4th, Kent Hovind made a public announcement via YouTube video, declaring to the world that he was getting married to Mary Tocco, a divorced woman whose husband is still alive, on September 24, 2016. Up until that time, Hovind had been letting his supporters know of his failing marriage, tumultuous family life, and strange living situation. According to Kent, upon being released from prison, his wife Jo Hovind had him living in a separate bedroom and she and their son Eric were charging him $600-a-month to reside in his former home. Then, after some time had passed, Jo Hovind filed for divorce and Eric Hovind served his dad with an eviction notice and had him evicted from his former home.
This writer will not make any comments or opinions as to the justification, or lack thereof, for Jo Hovind divorcing her husband or for their son Eric evicting Kent Hovind from his former home. If Jo and Eric Hovind ever wish to air their side of the story, then they will have their voice heard publicly in this matter.
This article will discuss the upcoming ‘marriage’ of ordained Baptist minister Kent Hovind to divorcee Mary Tocco.
KENT HOVIND IS [SPIRITUALLY] DEAD; MEET THE NEW KENT HOVIND
Shortly after being released from prison, many began to notice a new Kent Hovind, a different changed man. Baptist minister Kent Hovind once forcefully proclaimed that evolutionists don’t want to believe in God, because that would mean that there is a lawgiver who makes the rules. Evolutionists do not want to obey God’s laws and thus they came up with a ridiculous theory of the universe and life within it being created without a Creator.
Kent Hovind, at one time, preached on the need for believers to repent, to turn from their sins and obey God (1:52:45 mark video). Sometime during his prison incarceration period, Hovind must have reasoned with himself, believing that he played by all the rules and couldn’t understand what he was doing in prison. Upon being released from prison, Kent became the very thing that he rebuked evolutionists for; he became a person who does not believe in the need to obey God’s laws. Kent Hovind has now become a minister of lawlessness.
One of the first things Kent did when resuming his ministry was to rebuke minister Ray Comfort. Comfort is a man who rightly asked believers, who said they believed in Jesus Christ, if they were living righteously and if they weren’t, he was rebuking them and encouraged them to do so. Hovind felt the need to rebuke Ray Comfort over this, so much so that he appeared in a video as being against Comfort’s efforts to try to get sinners to repent and live righteously. The new Kent Hovind preaches antinomianism, which considers repentance ‘works’ when in actuality repentance is a lifestyle change from living lawlessly in sin and changing to living righteously according to God’s commandments. Works befitting repentance is doing good deeds, charitable giving, helping and feeding the poor, visiting or writing to those in prison, and proclaiming the gospel message.
Kent Hovind has turned the salvation message upside down and backwards. He once rightly proclaimed the need to repent AND believe upon Jesus Christ to be saved. Hovind now preaches to do just as you please, merely believe in Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
LUKE 13:3,5 (NKJV):
“I tell you, no; but UNLESS YOU REPENT you will all likewise perish.”
-Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ)
1 JOHN 2:3-6 (NKJV):
Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” AND DOES NOT KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
KENT HOVIND IS NOW SERVING GOD AS A BAD EXAMPLE
Kent Hovind once urged people, saying, “Find something to do for God with your life. Even if you don’t know how to serve Him, you can serve God as a bad example.”
Hovind had his mind on Mary Tocco, a divorcee, since last February, months before his divorce was finalized, and has announced his intention to marry her on September 24th, as the ink on his divorce papers is still wet. According to Kent, 14-out-of-15 ministers approved of him marrying Mary Tocco. Getting married, in defiance of God’s marriage laws, is not like buying sugar-free gum where 4-out-of-5 dentists approve. One Baptist minister, Joshua Jocelyn, who was a huge supporter of Kent Hovind, stood up for the truth of God’s word and did not approve of Kent marrying a divorced woman.
Getting married to a lawfully married woman who is afterward divorced from her living husband is adultery in 100% of all cases. Many women divorce their husbands or are divorced from them and do get married to another man in adultery, as their original husband lives. Kent Hovind is now joining them in adultery, comforting them, and serving God as a bad example.
PROVERBS 28:9 (NKJV):
One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
Kent said in his marriage announcement that he fasted and prayed to God. He said, “It is not good for the man to be alone, so what should I do?” Kent’s answer to his prayers was to marry divorcee Mary Tocco, to justify doing so, and willfully sin by breaking God’s law against adultery.
Many people have been deceived by doctrinally incorrect or false prophet ravenous wolf ministers (Matthew 7:16) who marry divorced women in adultery and have twisted Scripture to justify doing so. Now that Hovind is serving God as a bad example, he has provided an opportunity to discuss the topic of remarriage adultery.
JO HOVIND IS STILL KENT HOVIND’S WIFE AND SHE WILL BE TILL DEATH
DEUTERONOMY 22:19 (NKJV):
And she shall be his wife; he cannot divorce her all his days.
A divorce paper does not cancel a covenant marriage. Marriage is not a revokable contract. According to Kent Hovind’s public statements, he and his wife Jo were both virgins when they met and later married. They have three children together.
Kent Hovind has jokingly stated in his ministry presentations, “This is not my wife, it is a photo of her.” If Kent has similar plans to display an image of Mary Tocco and proclaim the same thing, I have some unpleasant news for him. That will not be a photo of his wife Mary, it will be an image of a woman who he is committing adultery with.
Women who divorce or “put away” their husbands for just cause, whether it is adultery, abuse, or for some other valid reason, do not sin in acquiring a divorce for their own protection and sanity. Likewise, women who are divorced by their husbands, victims of divorce, have not sinned, as they were divorced against their will. A divorced women however, whose original husband still lives, is under a covenant and a vow she made before God (Numbers 30). A divorced woman CANNOT lawfully marry another man while her original husband lives and if she does she will stand before God one day to be judged as an adulteress. Likewise, the man who marries a divorced woman, whose husband still lives, will be judged by God as an adulterer.
ROMANS 7:2-3 (NKJV):
For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man.
1 CORINTHIANS 7:39 (NKJV):
A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.
It is not ideal or natural for a woman to want to dwell alone, and not many women wish to do so. It is understandable, from a human standpoint, that a woman who is a victim of a bad marriage and finds herself free from it and divorced will seek another marriage with another man for emotional and financial support and to enjoy the intimacy of sex. Yet it is a command of the Lord that a woman can have only one husband at a time, that she cannot divorce her husband or be divorced from her husband and marry another while her original husband lives. It is not that the command against a divorced woman getting married to another man while their husband lives is confusing, it is just that many people cannot or will not accept it.
It is a direct command from the Lord Jesus Christ that a divorced woman is to remain single or be reconciled to her original husband, if possible.
1 CORINTHIANS 7:10-11 (NKJV):
Now to the married I COMMAND YET NOT I BUT THE LORD: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, LET HER REMAIN UNMARRIED or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.
Mary Tocco is departed and divorced from her husband Sam Tocco, who she has five children with. Is the Lord’s command not clear, that Mary Tocco is either to remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband Sam Tocco? If Sam Tocco were to die, then she would be free from the law and then she could be lawfully married to another man. Sam Tocco is alive, so Mary Tocco’s options are to remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband Sam.
NOT SATISFIED WITH A DIRECT COMMAND FROM THE LORD, THE SCRIPTURE TWISTERS TWIST
1 CORINTHIANS 7:12-15 (NKJV):
But to the rest I, NOT THE LORD, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace.
1 Corinthians 7:12-15 is NOT a command from the Lord, but advice from the Apostle Paul. And what does Paul say in his advice? If an unbelieving spouse wishes to depart a marriage, let him or her depart. A brother or sister in Christ is not under bondage to stay in a bad or hostile marriage. God has called us to live in peace.
In the case of a married woman, who is no longer under the bondage of a bad marriage, is she free to remarry another man? NO! She is not under bondage to stay in an abusive or unbearable marriage, BUT SHE IS NOT FREE TO MARRY ANOTHER MAN WHILE HER HUSBAND LIVES (Romans 7:2-3; 1 Corinthians 7:39).
MEN AND WOMEN ARE NOT EQUALS IN MARRIAGE
Decades of feminist equality propaganda have made many in society forget that many men of Scripture were in polygamous marriages. God allowed men to have more than one wife, but women were never permitted to have more than one husband at a time.
1 CORINTHIANS 7:26-28 (NKJV):
I suppose therefore that this is good because of the present distress – that it is good for a man to remain as he is: Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be loosed. Are you loosed from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But even if you do marry, you have not sinned.
1 Corinthians 7:26-28 DOES NOT apply equally to men and women. A man, if he in good conscious has done no wrong to his wife and has done all that he can to prevent an adulterous-minded or covenant-breaking wife from departing from him, then it will not be a sin for him to marry another wife (a single or widowed woman). However, the wife who is divorced from him IS STILL HIS WIFE and will remain his wife till death, even if he marries another woman or she unlawfully marries another man. In the case that she marries another man, she is still his wife who is living in adultery with another man.
MATTHEW 5:32 (KJV):
“But I say unto you, that whoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication [PREMARITAL SEX], causes her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is [OTHERWISE] divorced [FOR ADULTERY OR ANY REASON OTHER THAN FORNICATION] commits adultery.”
MATTHEW 19:9 (KJV):
“And I say unto you, whoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication [PREMARITAL SEX], and shall marry another [WOMAN], commits adultery and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.”
MARK 10:11-12 (NKJV):
Yeshua (Jesus) said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
LUKE 16:18 (NKJV):
“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery.”
Scripture is very clear that whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery, in all cases, but does not say that whoever marries a divorced man necessarily commits adultery. If a man divorces his wife to marry another woman he commits adultery, but otherwise if a man is a victim of a divorce, it is permissible that he can marry an available single or widowed woman.
The “cause of fornication” exception that Jesus spoke of is a case where a man believes that he is marrying a virgin, but then finds out through initial sexual intercourse that she was not a virgin. For this cause, and only for this cause, can the marriage be cancelled and both the man and woman involved can get married to someone else (Deuteronomy 22:13-21). Fornication, in this context, does not mean adultery.
NEITHER OBEYING THE LORD JESUS CHRIST NOR JOHN THE BAPTIST
Kent Hovind, an ordained BAPTIST minister, is neither obeying the command of the Lord Jesus Christ to not marry a divorced woman, nor is he following the instruction of John the Baptist who rebuked King Herod.
MATTHEW 14:3-4; MARK 6:17-18 (NKJV):
For Herod had laid hold of John and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife. Because John had said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”
John knew the law of marriage and knew that King Herod married a divorced woman. John didn’t ask about and likely didn’t know the circumstances of why Herodias left her husband, as it did not matter. John only knew God’s marriage law, which was that is was unlawful for King Herod to have Herodias, a divorced woman, as his wife. John wound up losing his life for rebuking King Herod over his adulterous marriage to Herodius.
WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE IGNORANT OF GOD’S MARRIAGE AND ADULTERY LAWS?
2 CHRONICLES 7:14 (NKJV):
If My people who are called by My name [CHRIST-IANS] will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
HOSEA 4:6 (NKJV):
My people [CHRISTIANS] are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you for being priest for Me [IN THE MILLENNIUM KINGDOM]; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.
Some who are remarried will argue that they did not know that it was against God’s marriage law to divorce and remarry. Many will say that their church or pastor permitted it. The lack of knowledge excuse may be true, but it will not spare the unlawfully married from the judgment of God.
WHAT ARE THE DIVORCED AND UNLAWFULLY MARRIED TO DO?
Kent Hovind is not listening to truth, having turned his back on the word of God to satisfy his carnal desires. This article is not written for him, as he will not likely to listen to anyone and is risking his own salvation by marrying a divorced woman, Mary Tocco. What is required, by God, of those already married in an adulterous marriage? There is only one thing to do: REPENT.
Adultery is NOT marriage. If anyone has married a divorced woman from a lawful marriage, he is NOT lawfully married to her. He is committing adultery with another man’s current wife. A divorce certificate does not end marriage.
Most Christians would understand that if a man was married to another man, which is legal by the civil laws of society these days, the only remedy for the sin of gay marriage is to repent of this marriage, which means to divorce and stop committing acts of homosexuality. The only remedy for the sin of adultery marriage is to repent of this marriage and stop committing acts of adultery.
John the Baptist rebuked King Herod, explaining to him that it was unlawful for him to have Herodias (Matthew 14:3-4; Mark 6:17-18). Herod was not permitted to keep Herodias, even after he had married her. A man who is likewise unlawfully married to a divorced woman is not permitted to have or keep her. A man married to a divorced woman is committing adultery with her and adultery is a sin that all men must repent of, not live in.
Homosexuality may be considered a worse sin that marriage adultery, and rightfully so, but as far as salvation and entering the kingdom of God is concerned, both sins if unrepentant of will equally ban a person from entering God’s kingdom.
THE JUDGMENT PENALTY FOR LIVING IN AN UNREPENTANT, ADULTEROUS MARRIAGE
HEBREWS 13:4 (NKJV):
Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
There are many today who proclaim and believe, deceiving themselves, that God’s laws are done away with. Lawless-minded ‘Christians’ may feel like they have been given a license to sin, but God’s laws remain. How will God judge those living in adulterous marriages? At minimum, those living in adulterous marriages will NOT inherit the kingdom of God and will be resurrected after the Lord’s millennium kingdom reign (Revelation 20:4-6). Do not be deceived.
1 CORINTHIANS 6:9-10:
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? DO NOT BE DECEIVED. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor ADULTERERS, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
GALATIANS 5:19-21 (NKJV):
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: ADULTERY, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, drug sorcery, hatred, quarrels, jealousies, fits of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
KENT HOVIND IS SINNING WILLFULLY AND HAS FALLEN FROM GRACE
HEBREWS 10:26-29 (NKJV):
For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
As stated earlier in the article, Kent Hovind is now serving God as a bad example. Kent knows that God forbids a man to marry a divorced woman, but he has turned from God’s word and his former self into a man of lawlessness. Kent is comforting and encouraging others to engage in unlawful adulterous marriages now as well. From the comments on Hovind’s YouTube channel and other video responses concerning his upcoming wedding, it is evident that Kent’s supporters are among the many who are living in adulterous marriages themselves and his detractors are those who know God’s law forbidding the marriage between a man and a divorced woman as adulterous.
It is not a pleasant thing to rebuke and use Kent Hovind, a man once greatly admired by this writer – and still is for his work refuting evolution, as a bad example. Neither is it a pleasant or popular thing to tell the happily married in adulterous marriages that they need to repent if they wish to inherit the kingdom of God and avoid His judgment. God wants us to be holy first, happy second, and that is an unpleasant truth that many do not want to accept.
Kent Hovind once knew and preached that there is a God who is the lawmaker who gets to make the rules. God is the one who makes the rules on marriage, divorce, and everything else, not Kent Hovind. Kent now sounds like the common unrepentant sinner when he says, “Don’t judge me! He who is without sin, cast the first stone.” No one is judging or casting a stone at Kent Hovind. Righteous rebuke is not judgment through stoning.
MATTHEW 7:21-23 (NKJV):
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
Kent Hovind has led many people away from the lie of evolution to the truth of God as the Creator. I hope and pray that he will not hear “Depart from me, you who practice adultery,” from the Lord one day, but unless he repents from his upcoming adulterous marriage, that is what he is going to hear. Kent Hovind’s works cannot save him, he is not “once saved, always saved,” and his adulterous marriage could condemn him, lest he repents from it.
UPDATE, November 27, 2017:
According to multiple sources, Mary Tocco has separated from Kent Hovind and has filed for divorce as of November, 2017. So, apparently Kent Hovind’s adulterous marriage affair with Mary Tocco had lasted just more than a year since they were unlawfully married (according to God’s word) on September 24, 2016. Reasons for the breakup remain sketchy, but it can be surmised that Mary Tocco was not happy living on a compound with Kent Hovind and a bunch of unpaid Dinosaur Adventure Land volunteers, as was not the lifestyle that she envisioned she would have after marrying the world-renowned Creation Science Evangelism minister Kent Hovind.
For the sake of righteousness, it is good that Kent Hovind and Mary Tocco have separated from each other and thus have stopped committing adultery through and unlawful adulterous marriage, but it is doubtful that either of them have acknowledged their sin of adultery. According to the sources, Kent Hovind is hoping to keep the news of his breakup and pending divorce of Mary Tocco from the public, as this news will further damage his already tarnished ministry.
It has been a sad thing for this writer to witness the lies, half truths, and the fall of a minister who I once greatly admired. I do hope that Kent Hovind humbles himself before God and comes to true repentance, which means to obey God in spirit and truth, and to stop twisting the Scriptures to his own destruction – 2 Peter 3:16.