In 2007, the marriage of Paula White and second husband Randy, co-founders of Without Walls International Church, was also amicably dissolved; adding to current divorce church statistics of internationally known televangelicals who apparently are sacrificing marriage for ministry.The dissolution of these high profile marriages have contributed significantly to the rise in divorce church statistics, as those in leadership are apparently leading the flock to the divorce court.
"It is possible that individuals who met their spouse online may be different in personality, motivation to form a long-term marital relationship, or some other factor." But not all experts believe that online dating translates into instant bliss.
But is the acceptance and practice of marital dissolution for Christians biblically-based?
And are divorce church statistics expected to climb?
His research showed about 35 percent of relationships now start online.
"The overreach occurs when the authors conclude that meeting a partner online is better than meeting a partner through offline avenues," Finkel said.
Research was conducted from nearly 3,800 adult respondents who have been married.