10 Stupid Things We Do Engage in Immorality (Putting the “Lock” in Wedlock)
Introduction • I would like to just skip this one. • This sin is tearing apart: • Our world • Our nation • Our cities • Our churches • Why do we do such a stupid things as engage in immoral acts?
What is Adultery? • Narrow definition – sexual relationship between two people, at least one of whom is married to another • Broader definition – Often adultery and fornication are used interchangeably • God forbids all sexual activity outside of marriage!
Four Types of Adultery Physical Adultery • Genesis 2:18 - And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” • Genesis 2:24 - Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Four Types of Adultery Physical Adultery • Leviticus 18:20 - Moreover you shall not lie carnally with your neighbor’s wife, to defile yourself with her. • 2 Samuel 11:4 - Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house.
Four Types of Adultery Physical Adultery • Jeremiah 5:7 - “How shall I pardon you for this? Your children have forsaken Me And sworn by those that are not gods. When I had fed them to the full, Then they committed adultery And assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses.
Four Types of Adultery Physical Adultery • 1 Corinthians 7:2 - Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.
Four Types of Adultery Mental Adultery • Matthew 15:19 - For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. • Proverbs 23:7 - For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.
Four Types of Adultery Mental Adultery • Matthew 5:27-28 - 27“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’28But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart
Four Types of Adultery Mental Adultery • 2 Peter 2:14 - having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children.
Four Types of Adultery Legal Adultery • Matthew 19:6 - So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” • Romans 7:2 - 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.
Four Types of Adultery Legal Adultery • Matthew 19:9 - And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.” • Divorce for reasons other than fornication • What if there are children involved?
Four Types of Adultery Spiritual Adultery • Jeremiah 3:9 - So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. • Romans 7:4 - Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.
Four Types of Adultery Spiritual Adultery • 2 Corinthians 11:2 - For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present youas a chaste virgin to Christ. • James 4:4 - Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
Four Types of Adultery Spiritual Adultery • Ezekiel 16:32 - You are an adulterous wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband. • Ezekiel 16:35 - Now then, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD!
This Command Forbids: • The command is broader than just one very specific sin. • This command includes:
Curse of Adultery • Leviticus 20:10 - ‘The man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, he who commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress, shall surely be put to death. • Proverbs 6:32 - Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul.
Curse of Adultery • Proverbs 6:23-26 – 23 For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life, 24 To keep you from the evil woman, From the flattering tongue of a seductress. 25 Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, Nor let her allure you with her eyelids. 26 For by means of a harlot A man is reduced to a crust of bread; And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life.
Curse of Adultery • Revelation 21:8 - But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
What if you Commit Adultery? • You can be forgiven – John 8:11 • Repentance is required – Acts 17:30 • Repentance includes a ceasing of the sin • Decide – change your mind about the sin • Determine – change your attitude • Direction – change your actions
Sexual Immorality is Wrong • The command is clear. • The violations of this command are everywhere in our world. • There is hope: • Forgiveness is possible • Correction is available • Consequences are often very difficult
Why is Adultery Wrong? • Sin against society – Proverbs 14:34 • Destroys the home – Malachi 2:16 • Sin against the body – 1 Corinthians 6:18 • Sin against soul – Proverbs 6:34 • Sin against God – Genesis 39:9