(Understanding The Dangers And It's Serious Consequences)
Jesus Did It!
By: Michael Bradley
I know this next topic is going to be a very sensitive one for many in the Body of Christ. Not only are there many unbelievers who are engaging in this sin and transgression against God, but there are many Christians themselves who are violating and breaking this one specific commandment from the Lord.
With the sexual imagery that is now invading our lives from just about every media outlet, many people are battling serious problems with lust. Instead of getting their sexual needs properly met in their marriages, many people are looking outside the boundary lines of their marriages for sexual fulfillment. As a result, you have many Christians who are out cheating behind their spouse's back and are literally sinning and transgressing against God Almighty Himself.
I cannot even begin to count the number of Christians I have personally met throughout the course of my life who have regularly cheated on their spouses. I have heard many of the men say that their lower half has no conscious, and if they find a pretty or willing woman, that there is no way they could ever say no or pass it up.
Others are not getting their sexual needs met or fulfilled within their marriages. Communication has shut down for various and different reasons, and as a result, their love life gets shut down right along with everything else. As a result of not getting their sexual needs properly met, many of these men start to wander, and before they know it, they have fallen head first into a hot and torrid adulterous affair.
For those of you who really want to know what God the Father thinks about this particular sin, I will give you some very interesting verses from the Bible letting you know exactly what He thinks about this transgression and why it is so deadly in His eyes.
As with all of the rest of the commandments God has given to us through His Word - these specific verses are being given to us for our own benefit and for our protection. Many Christians I have met who are operating in this transgression on a regular and frequent basis have no real fear of the Lord or any respect for His specific commandments on this issue.
As you will see when I list out the specific verses on this topic, this is a very serious offense against the Lord, and many of His own will becoming in for some very severe judgments on this issue once they depart from this life and cross over into the Judgment Seat of Christ for their own personal judgment with the Lord for everything they have ever done or said in this life, whether it be good, or whether it be bad.
Consider the following:
God has the sin of adultery listed as one of
His special 10 commandments - "Thou shall not commit adultery."
God says that the sin of adultery will be one
of the sins that will keep you out of heaven. I will give you two verses below
that will show you that adulterers will not be entering into the kingdom of
heaven. Does this edict include Christians? Can a Christian possibly lose his
salvation over this one sin by the way these verses are worded if his
transgressions in this area have been deemed to be severe enough by the Lord?
The Bible says that God hates divorce, but
that He will allow one spouse to leave the other within a marriage if one of
the spouses has been unfaithful to the other.
Back in the Old Testament, the sin of
adultery warranted receiving the death penalty by way of stoning if one got
caught in it.
Back in the Old Testament when God's chosen people, the Jews, were abandoning Him and chasing after other gods - God the Father would call them "harlots and adulterers" because they would not stay true, faithful and loyal to Him. When God calls you an "adulterer" straight to your face in your own personal relationship with Him, you are being called one of the worse things that He can possibly call you.
I personally believe that there is an "angle" on this particular sin that many Christians are not seeing or realizing. Not only are you hurting yourself, your marriage, your spouse and your children with this deadly sin and transgression, but you are also seriously hurting and damaging your own personal relationship with the Lord Himself.
Here is the angle that many Christians who are regularly and frequently operating in this sin are not seeing:
If you cannot stay true, loyal and faithful to your spouse, to your marriage and to your children - then maybe God will wonder whether or not you could ever stay true, loyal and faithful to Him for the rest of your eternal existence once you enter into heaven.
Satan and one third of the angels could not stay faithful and loyal to God, and look what happened to all of them - they all got cast out of heaven with no chance of ever being able to make it back in.
The Jewish people back in the Old Testament could not stay true, loyal and faithful to the Lord in all of His dealings with them, and again, look what happened to all of them as a nation and as a people near the end of the Old Testament. God called them harlots and adulterers, pronounced judgment on them, and tells them that they will be dispersed to the four corners of the globe until the end of time where He would then bring them back to Israel and re-establish them as a nation.
I believe that marriage, and the vows and promises that go along with it, are taken very seriously by the Lord, and from there He will personally watch you as to how you handle the sanctity of your marriage, how you treat your spouse and children, and watch if you will be tempted to stray and cheat behind your spouse's back.
Too many people end up taking their marriages for granted after a certain period of time. I believe marriage, and the close personal relationships that can and should develop between husband and wife, and between parents and their children, should be only second to their own personal relationships with the Lord. It should be God, family and friends - and in that order!
Family - with a beautiful wife or husband, and with one or more beautiful children are the greatest blessings and the greatest treasure that God can bestow upon you in this life next to Him, His Son Jesus and His Holy Spirit. And yet as great as this blessing and treasure really is, so many people are willing to discard it, sever it and cheat on it once they hit a few minor speed bumps or hurdles in the marriage.
To those of you who are married, and are either thinking about committing adultery behind your spouse's back, or if you are already doing it - study the wording, the tone, and the straight forward messages that are coming out the verses I will list below. Study these verses very, very carefully. Once you read these verses, you will have been properly warned by God through His Word, and you will know, without any other possible interpretation, exactly what God the Father's opinion really is on this issue.
Bottom line - if you are having any problems in your marriage, commit your life and your marriage back into God the Father's hand, and ask Him to help heal, restore and straighten out any thing that needs repairing. Be guided by the Holy Spirit as to what steps you should be taking to get the marriage back on solid ground with you, your spouse and with God. Tackle your problems and your issues head on, operating under God's knowledge, guidance and wisdom.
Jumping into any kind of an adulterous affair will only make matters worse, and eventually could lead to the complete destruction and dissolution of your marriage if your spouse ever finds out about it. The pain you will cause your spouse and your children will be extreme, traumatic, and possibly fatal and final if the transgression has been deemed to be severe enough by your spouse.
If God has completely severed His personal connection to Satan and one third of the angels due to their infidelity and rebellion against Him, and if He will allow a full marriage union to be completely broken, severed and dissolved if one of the spouses becomes guilty of committing adultery - do not tempt the fate of your married life for a few moments of fleshly and carnal pleasure. The gamble and the risk is simply not worth it - either for you, your spouse or your children.
Now on to some very interesting verses from Scripture as what God really thinks about this specific sin and transgression.
1. Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery
Without question, the very first verse to be considered has to be the command God the Father gave Moses when He was giving him the 10 commandments - where one of the specific commandments was: "Thou shall not commit adultery."
When God the Father goes to the length and intensity to meet with this one man on the top of a mountain to personally give him 10 specific commandments engraved on a tablet of stone - you know that each one of these specific commandments should be taken very, very seriously.
These 10 commandments should not be trifled with or taken for granted in any way, shape or form. And with God the Father Himself personally writing on a tablet of stone "thou shall not commit adultery," you know we are dealing with a very serious warning from the Lord on this issue.
Bottom line - adultery is forbidden territory for any Christian to be crossing over into and should be avoided at all costs. If it is not, and you do not pull out of it within a reasonable length of time and get the sin confessed and forgiven under the Blood of Jesus, you will have to face the Lord for a personal judgment on this issue when you meet Him face to face at His Judgment Seat.
Here is this simple, but powerful one-line command given direct to us from the mouth of the Lord Himself. This is coming from the verse where all 10 commandments are being given to Moses:
And God spoke all these words, saying: "I am the Lord Your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me ... You shall not commit adultery ..." (Exodus 20:1-14)
When God the Father tells us that we should not be committing adultery, this should be the end of the discussion. God says what He means - and means what He says!
2. Adultery is a Sin
Since God is commanding all of us in the above commandment not to be committing adultery - what this now means is that if we do it, then we have now committed an actual sin and transgression directly against Him. So not only are we hurting ourselves, our spouse and our own children with this kind of unfaithfulness, but we are also hurting, grieving and sinning against God Almighty Himself.
By not being willing to stay true, loyal and faithful to our spouses, I believe God Himself is hurt and wounded when He sees this kind of transgression occurring in a marriage - and I have to wonder if He is wondering if that adulterer will also forsake and abandon Him sometime in the future if they could not stay loyal and faithful to their original marriage vows and promises.
The very first verse I will list below is telling us that the person who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it will be counted as an actual sin. In other words, if God is telling us as one of His 10 commandments that He does not want any of us to be committing adultery, and we know that, and then we go ahead and violate and break His command anyway - then this transgression will be counted as a sin against us.
And then if we do not see the errors of our way on this issue, confess this sin out before God and receive His forgiveness for it, then we will be judged accordingly for this transgression at the Judgment Seat of Christ when we die and cross over.
Here are 3 very good verses on sinning willfully and voluntarily against the Lord - and what the consequences could be if we do not get the sin and transgression dealt with very early on with both God and our spouse:
"Therefore, to him who knows to do good and
does not do it, to him it is sin." (James 4:17)
"Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am
tempted by God," for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt
anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and
enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when
it is full-grown, brings forth death." (James 1:13)
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
Notice in the second verse that it is telling us that God will never tempt us with anything that is evil and not right in His sight. If God is telling us not to be committing adultery, then that means He will never lead or authorize us to even consider committing any kind of an adulterous act behind our spouse's back.
I have come across some well meaning Christians who actually thought that God was leading them into the adulterous affair they had fallen into. Their marriages had severely deteriorated over the years, but instead of going direct to God and committing the marriage into His hands and ask Him for His guidance, knowledge and wisdom on how to heal and repair the marriage, they assume they now have the right to look for and find happiness in the arms of another lover.
And then it happens as the last two verses are telling us - some kind of death will end up occurring as a result of this sin. Either the other spouse finds out about it and files for divorce because of the transgression, or the spouse will try and stay in the marriage to give it one more chance, but now their faith and trust in their spouse has been severely shaken and possibly severed - and sometimes it will then take years to get that same level of trust built back up into the marriage, if it ever does.
Again, this specific command from the Lord not to be committing adultery is being given to all of us for our own good. For those of you who have been on the receiving end of it, you know what kind of extreme pain and heartache this kind of sin will cause, and the damage it will do to the love, faith and trust of the marriage.
3. Abstain From Fleshly Lusts Which War Against the Soul
When people commit adultery, they are usually doing it for one of two main reasons. They are either trying to find true love in another person and are out looking for an actual love affair, or they are literally doing it for just pure lust and sexual gratification and pleasure.
Many adulterous men I have met are out chasing other women behind their wife's back, and the only reason they are doing it is for the challenge and thrill of being able to get another woman to go to bed with them. They make no bones about it. They are not looking for love or any kind of love affair. The only thing they are looking for is immediate gratification of their sexual and lustful desires.
To many of these men, it is nothing but a game, and they do not care who they hurt or wound in the process - whether it be their wives if they ever find out about it, or the women they are seducing into their lustful, carnal and primal world.
To any Christian man or woman who is out committing adultery for the pure lust and sex of all of it, study the wording in these next set of verses very carefully. The very first verse I will list is telling us that we have to try and abstain from fleshly lusts that will war against our souls. And one of the fleshly lusts that it is definitely referring to is the temptation to want to chase after other partners for the pure sex and lust of all of it.
The second verse then puts the icing on the cake when it tells us that any man who attempts to join himself sexually with another woman considered to be any kind of a harlot before the Lord - that he will become as "one body" and "one flesh" with her.
God is telling us in this verse that our physical bodies have not been made for sexual immorality, but have been made specifically and solely for Him. This is why God will not condone any kind of sexual activity outside the bounds of holy marriage. Our bodies have only been made for the Lord and the one that He will want us to marry - they were not meant for anyone else.
This second verse is also telling us that God is wanting us to literally "flee" from any kind of sexual immorality. In other words, run for the hills if you are ever faced with the temptation of it.
Here are two very strong verses on this issue:
"Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims,
abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul ..." (1 Peter 2:11)
"Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body ... do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For "the two," He says, "shall become one flesh." But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Sprit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Corinthians 6:13)
This second verse is a real mouthful! With our physical bodies now being the temple of the Holy Spirit Himself as a result of our conversions to the Lord, God simply does not want any of us getting contaminated and tainted by sexually joining forces with any other people outside the bounds of holy marriage.
This verse is very graphically and very strongly telling us that we have now become members of Jesus Christ - and as such, God does not want us becoming members with any harlots!
So not only are we sinning against ourselves and our spouse when we commit adultery, but we are also sinning directly against God and the spiritual union we now have with Him as a result of having the Holy Spirit living and dwelling on the inside of us.
If more Christians would consider this angle of an adulterous act - that our bodies now belong to the Lord, and that any kind of adulterous act with another will be contaminating our spiritual union with the Lord - I think more Christians would think twice before engaging in any type of adulterous behavior.
I believe the way the Lord is wording some of these verses, that any kind of an adulterous act with another is also a form of defilement in His eyes, and that He is deeply grieved and hurt when He sees any of His own engaging in it.
4. The Mouth of an Immoral Woman is a Deep Pit
These next four verses will add perfectly to the ones just listed above. These next verses are giving us major revelation from the Lord for those who like to chase after women who are considered immoral - women who have no qualms on sleeping with whoever they want and not caring if these men are married or not.
Even though God is telling us in these verses what will happen to men if they fall into the beds and arms of these kinds of immoral women - I also believe that this same principle applies to women falling for the wrong kind of immoral men, who again, have no qualms about sleeping with whoever they want too, with all of it being for their own sexual gratification and pleasure.
These kinds of immoral men and women are your fatal attractions. Watch what the Lord has to say about these kinds of people, and what these kinds of people could end up doing to your life if you should ever fall into their traps and snares:
"The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit;
he who is abhorred of the Lord will fall there." (Proverbs 22:14)
"My son, give me your heart, and let your
eyes observe My ways. For a harlot is a deep pit, and a seductress is a narrow
well. She also lies in wait as for a victim, and increases the unfaithful
among men." (Proverbs 23:26)
"Do not let your heart turn aside to her
ways, do not stray into her paths; for she has cast down many wounded, and all
who were slain by her were strong men. Her house is the way to hell,
descending to the chambers of death." (Proverbs 7:25)
"For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light; reproofs of instruction are the way of life, to keep you from the evil woman, from the flattering tongue of a seductress, do not lust after her beauty in your heart, nor let her allure you with her eyelids.
For by means of a harlot a man is reduced to a crust of bread; and an adulteress will prey upon his precious life. Can a man take fire to his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one walk on hot coals, and his feet not be seared? So is he who goes into his neighbor's wife; whoever touches her shall not be innocent ... Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; he who does so destroys his own soul." (Proverbs 6:23, 32)
Notice the first three verses are telling us that an immoral harlot is a deep pit, and that many men have fallen into her pit and have had their lives totally ruined and destroyed as a result.
The third verse is telling us that many "strong men" have been "slain" by her and her ways. We all know what happened to Samson. God anointed this man with probably one of the greatest physical strength anointings that any man may have ever received from Him - and one woman by the name of Delilah was able to find the source of that strength and completely take it away from him in a matter of minutes. One woman accomplished what a whole Philistine army could not do. If that is not perfect proof of what a fatal attraction could do to your life, I don't know what is!
Notice some of the very strong and intense wording that the Lord is using to show what a fatal attraction like this could do to your life:
For by means of a harlot a man is reduced to a crust of bread
She lies in wait for her victim and increases unfaithfulness among men
An adulteress will prey upon his precious life
Whoever commits adultery ... destroys his own soul
Her house is the way to hell, descending to the chambers of death
When God uses the words that this kind of fatal attraction "is the way to hell" and that anyone who crosses over with her "destroys his own soul" - He is giving all of us a maximum intense kind of warning!
God even goes so far as to throw in a couple of very intense statements when He says that can a man take this kind of fire to his bosom and not get his clothes burned, or can he try and walk on hot coals without getting his feet seared?
I have met many men and women who have been horribly burned by other lovers who were just playing them for the sex they were able to give them. Once these types of players start to tire and bore of you, they will then trade you in for their next new conquest, and you will be left with either broken hopes and dreams if you are not married, or your own marriage will be left in a state of total shambles if you were doing this as an adulterous affair behind your spouse's back.
Again, God has given all of us more than enough fair warning of the dangers that could lie just around the corner with this sin with the way that He has all of these verses worded out.
5. God Will Be Judging All Adulterers
Not only will adultery get you in trouble in this life with both the Lord and your mate if you are start cheating on them - but you are also going to get into big-time trouble with the Lord after you die and cross over to meet Him face to face for your own personal judgment.
Some men and women are so clever and so good at keeping their adulterous behavior from their spouses, that they will literally go their entire lives never getting caught or even suspected of cheating by their mates.
However, our life down here on this earth is for just a very short period of time. Sooner or later, we will all depart from this life, and when we do, every single of us will come before the Judgment Seat of Christ for our own individual personal judgments.
The very first verse I will list below will tell us that God the Father will be judging all fornicators and adulterers in this life - no exceptions. The last two verses I will list are both telling us that adulterers will not be entering into the kingdom of heaven. Are these two verses talking about Christians as well as unbelievers? Is it possible for a Christian to lose his salvation if the adulterous behavior has been deemed to be severe enough by the Lord?
With God listing the sin of adultery as one of His specific 10 commandments, with God stating that the house of a harlot will lead to hell and the destruction of one's soul, and with God listing the sin of adultery as one of the sins that can keep you from entering into heaven - I would not want to be tempting my fate or my hand with the Lord on this issue.
As I stated at the top of this article, maybe God is wondering if you cannot stay true, loyal and faithful to your spouse and to your marriage vows and promises - then maybe you will not be able to stay true, loyal and faithful to Him for the rest of your eternal existence once you enter into heaven.
Satan and one third of the fallen angels all lived up in heaven with God initially, but they could not stay true, loyal and faithful to Him for the long run. As a result, they all got cast out, and they will never, ever get another chance to get back in!
We obviously will not know for certain whether or not the sin of adultery, if deemed to be severe enough by the Lord, can possibly cause someone to lose his salvation. But the way all of the above verses have been worded out, along with the tone and intensity of some of the wording in these verses, I would not want to roll the dice with the Lord on this issue, thinking that He will turn a blind eye and not really care about it if you decide you want to start playing the field behind your spouse's back.
Consider very carefully the wording in these next three verses:
"Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed
undefiled; but the fornicators and adulterers God will judge." (Hebrews
"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 homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves,
nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the
kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:9)
"Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, 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." (Galatians 5:19)
Notice the last verse says that those "who practice such things" will not be getting into heaven. The words that those who "practice" such things - is that possibly referring to a Christian who engages in adulterous behavior on a regular and frequent basis, with no remorse and no intentions on confessing this sin out before the Lord for His mercy and forgiveness?
6. Blessed is the Man Who Endures Temptation
I will leave you with one last very consoling verse on this whole issue. As I said at the top of this article, as a result of the sexual onslaught that we all have to face on an everyday basis with what is coming at us from just about every possible media outlet, many Christians are battling serious problems with lust.
This next verse will tell us that blessed is the man who "endures temptation" - and if that man can endure any kind of temptation by staying out of it, he will have been "proved" to the Lord, and will thus receive a crown of life.
When God is using the word "endures," to endure temptation, He is letting us know that we will all have to face a certain amount of temptation in this life to want to try and cross over into forbidden areas.
It is not the temptation that will cross our path that will cause us to sin and get us into trouble with the Lord - it is what we do with that temptation, and how we act and respond to it that will cause us to fall and sin.
Many men will have very pretty and seductive women that will cross their path in this life. Adam and Eve had the one tree that they were supposed to stay off of in their perfect garden. But instead of "enduring" the temptation, and not giving in to eating any of the fruit that was on it, they succumbed to the temptation with the help of Satan, and as a result, they fell and lost it all.
Though Satan was the one to initially set the ball in motion by trying to convince and persuade them to eat off of this forbidden tree, God still held Adam and Eve personally accountable and personally responsible for their treasonous act.
In the same way, none of us will be able to blame anyone else before God on our day of judgment with Him if someone else may have seduced us into having an adulterous affair with them. God will hold all of us personally accountable and personally responsible for succumbing to any of these kinds of heavier temptations, no matter how much someone else may have tempted and persuaded us to cross over with them.
For those of you who are battling any kind of heavier temptation on issues such as these, grab a hold of the wording in this next verse:
"Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him." (James 1:12)
Life is rough with all of the temptations, trials and tribulations that we all have to face from time to time. But God has made it very clear through His Word on how we are to handle these types of adversities. He expects all of us to become good soldiers and overcomers in Him - no matter what life, hell or the devil may try and throw our way.
For those of you who are operating and engaging in this sin on a very regular and frequent basis, I will leave you with one last warning.
All of the above verses are telling us exactly what God's opinion is on this issue. There is no other spin or interpretation you can try and put on any of the these verses. They mean exactly what they are saying.
Adultery is a sin and transgression direct against the Lord Himself, and this sin will eventually be judged either in this life or the next life to come if it is not dealt with down here by going to God, confessing it out as a sin, and asking Him for His mercy and forgiveness. This sin can be fully forgiven. This sin is not any type of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
No matter how long you have been operating in this sin, no matter how many lovers you have had behind your spouse's back - there is total forgiveness, healing and restoration for you in your own personal relationship with the Lord. God will fully forgive you if you are truly willing to come before Him with a repentant heart, be willing to admit the errors of your ways, and be willing to confess this sin out for the sin and transgression it really is before Him.
However, for those of you who do not want to give this sin up for whatever your personal reasons may be, realize that all of the above verses have given you more than enough fair warning. You will not be able to plead ignorance on this issue before the Lord on your day of personal judgment with Him. Even unbelievers and heathens know that adultery is some kind of sin and transgression that will do nothing but eventually bring death to their marriages, to their spouses and to the children in the family.
The sin of adultery is definitely listed as one of the sins that will be able to keep you from entering into heaven. Whether or not the verses on this issue are referring to sinning adulterous Christians who are stubbornly and steadfastly refusing to pull out of this sin in this lifetime remains to be seen.
But by the way these verses are being specifically worded by the Lord, I would not want to roll the dice and take my chances that the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ will cover me for this transgression if I have stubbornly refused to pull out of it within a reasonable length of time. And not only will you be gambling with your eternal fate with where you may end up at once you die and cross over, but you are also gambling with the fate of your own marriage should your mate ever find out about it this side of heaven.
The pain that this particular transgression will cause in a family unit once it has been found out and exposed is extreme and traumatic. For those of you who have been on the receiving end of it, I am sure you can testify that it is one of the worse pains that you can ever feel or experience in this life. It feels like someone is taking a knife and just ripping and tearing the inside of your guts right out of you.
And not only will this sin and transgression personally tear your spouse apart, but it will also severely hurt and wound the children in your family if you have any. They will feel hurt and betrayed, and the entire underpinnings of the family unit will be shaken to its very core. Adultery, when fully exposed, will be a spiritual earthquake that will hit a family with full force, and no one will get out of it without receiving some type of emotional injuries and scarring.
So not only are you sinning against your own body with your body being the temple of the Holy Spirit, and not only are you sinning directly against the Lord Himself in your own personal relationship with Him, but you are setting up the rest of your family up for a fall of the worse kind if they ever find out about it.
There is simply no upside or advantage for wanting to remain in this sin. Sooner or later you will be called out on it and exposed - either in this life or the next.
God will eventually have your hide on this transgression. God will only give you a certain amount of rope to run with and a certain amount of time before He calls you out on this and pulls you in for some type of judgment.
And not only are you tempting your fate with God and your marriage, but you are also tempting the fate of your physical life. We just recently received an email from a man who was living in a very good and wonderful marriage. However, for whatever his personal reasons were for it at the time, he ended up having a one night stand with another woman.
As a result of crossing over into forbidden territory even for just that one time, he ended up getting infected with AIDS. And to make matters worse, not knowing that he was infected with AIDS, he ended up infecting his wife with it. Now they are both going before the Lord asking Him for His mercy, healing and forgiveness on the situation.
One of the things that you will find is that the liberal media is not talking about or reporting on how rampant and how prevalent sexually transmitted diseases have now become in our world and in our society. We now have more different kinds of sexually transmitted diseases than we have ever had before. And new and different types of strains are developing all of the time. And in many of these strains, there are still no known cures.
In other words, if you get infected with some of these different types of strains, you will have it for the rest of your life, and in some of these cases, you will end up dying and leaving this earth much sooner than maybe the Lord would have really liked. I wonder how many Christians are departing from this life before their time would have really been up in the Lord as a result of the deadly consequences that arose from crossing over into this sin and transgression?
With all of the different types and strains of sexually transmitted diseases that are now out there, you are literally playing Russian roulette every single time you decide to cross over with another partner. You will be sleeping with everyone else they have ever slept with in their past, and all it will take is for you to end up being with the wrong person at the wrong time.
You are literally entering and playing in a land mine field every single time you decide you want to cross over to engage in this sin - never knowing when one of those land mines will go off and explode in your face - thereby possibly ruining and destroying your marriage, damaging your personal relationship with your children, severely affecting your personal relationship with the Lord as a result of sinning directly against Him, possibly endangering your own salvation with Him - and then to top it off, possibly infecting yourself with a sexually transmitted disease that will have no known cure!
When you really chew on all of the above negative consequences that can occur with this sin - there is simply no upside or advantage to wanting to remain in it or cross over into it in the first place other than the quick immediate sexual pleasure and gratification it will initially bring. But is all that temporary, fleeting and passing sexual gratification really worth all of the negative and destructive consequences that this sin can unleash in your life?
Any Christian with half a brain, who knows God, who understands God, who understands His ways and His commandments, should never, ever tempt their hand with Him by being willing to cross over this kind of forbidden territory. There are simply too many Christians who are operating in this sin with no fear of the Lord, and with no fear of His commandments and judgments on this issue.
God knows exactly what He is doing. Since God is totally and completely perfect in His nature and in His personality, then He completely and perfectly knows what is in all of our best interests much better than we do.
And when God the Father goes to the extreme length to personally engrave a specific command on a tablet of stone in that He does not want any of us committing adultery - then you know we are dealing with a very serious issue and command from Him - and this command should never be taken lightly or for granted - no matter what the rest of the heathen world may try and tell us with its refusal to want to accept any kind of moral absolutes in their life and how they want to live it.
Our God is a very loving, merciful and caring God. He has nothing but your best interests at heart with all of the specific commands and commandments He has given us in how we are to live in this life. These commandments are being given to us for our own good, for our own benefit and well being, and definitely for our own protection.
God is giving every single one of us perfect knowledge and perfect revelation on this issue from all of the above verses. However, the ball is now back to each and every Christian. All God can do is tell you from His Word what He is expecting from each one of us on this particular transgression.
Adam and Eve were given total free reign by God to abide by His one specific command to stay off of that one tree and they could not do it. As a result, they brought down severe judgment not only on them, but the rest of the human race that would follow after them. Sin of any kind will always have some kind of negative consequence and repercussion to it, and the sin of adultery is no exception.
Once again, God the Father has given us some very good advice and insight from His Word as to why this specific sin and transgression is so deadly in His eyes.
Sin of Abortion and the Reasons Why
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This is not just a "religious hockem raw-raw sisboomba canned hype request - plea" saints -- we couldn't be more serious! The attacks upon us personally and against this ministry are not going to stop because Satan does NOT want ministries like this one encouraging born again believers to let God use their testimonies...especially on the Internet...Video testimonies probably more than written, but God will use anything you give Him to use!
You prayer warriors...we believe our call is not just to publish testimonies as we've done in the past, but to help be a catalyst to motivate OTHER believers to essentially duplicate what we are doing so that God has MANY outreach ministries publishing Jesus-glorifying testimonies and keeping the gospel message of the cross ever before our audiences. Yet please realize something: PLEASE! Born again Christians are getting hammered by the devil to NOT write out and/or put their born again testimony on the Internet. We must NOT let Satan get away with this!
So please, prayer warriors, keep praying that God motivates born again believers to write out and videotape their born again testimonies and get them up on the Internet for God to use. Appreciative born again testimonies glorifying Jesus Christ is the second most threatening thing to Satan there IS in reaching lost souls until Jesus returns. The first most threatening thing is that the Body of Christ would give themselves regularly to united CITY-WIDE PRAYER - bar none. When Jesus said, "My house shall be called a house of prayer"... He didn't say it was to be a house exclusively of preaching, teaching, testifying, praising, worshipping or anything else house, did He? We are God's house - God's living temple. His abode is inside born again believers. God unites with His saints through the intimacy of PRAYER (Conversation with our Creator) to accomplish His will on this planet, and when the Body of Christ begins to fully understand His wisdom of the Church placing UNIFED PRAYER at the very top of the weapons God has given us to battle evil, we will not fully grasp what God wants us understanding in regards to: "Until we all come into the unity of the faith." Doctrinally agreeing on the same things is NOT going to happen, so that is not the "unity" God is talking about. If true Born Again believers can't agree that our individual prayer AND our united corporate prayer (not leaving this out of the battle equation as currently is on a global scale) is our primary weapon to fight Satan, then we've missed everything there is regarding coming "into the unity of the faith"! What "faith" is God talking about here?, we need to ask ourselves. Answer: Faith (believing) that the unified prayers of God's people - you and I - is the greatest weapon and the most effective use of this weapon God has given His worldwide Church - us individual members of the Body of Christ - to release His will into the affairs of mankind.
This needs to be repeated to help try to make it sink in deeply: United - unselfish - Holy Spirit guided, persistent prayer (not backing off until the Holy Spirit gives release to do so) is the very most threatening thing to Satan there IS. He KNOWS He is totally powerless against God when God decides to do something...but Satan more than anyone else in the demonic spirit realm fully understands that if he can keep the Body of Christ from regularly being engaged in UNITED CORPORATE PRAYER against his evil schemes...he will continue to make advances and the Church will continue to diminish in influence and God may well delay the return of Christ BECAUSE of it with a great deal of unnecessary persecution of believers! God has sovereignly ordained the Body of Christ to work in united harmony with Him to execute His will on this planet, and Satan makes that his number one priority to try to keep from happening in any major way.
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