In my Walk through the Bible, I just started Proverbs and I must say I am amazed to notice that Solomon devoted three chapters to specifically talk about sexual sin, and more precisely adultery.
The Bible is very categorical about sexual sin, and it seems to present it as above other sin, maybe because all other sins a person commits are outside his body, but whoever sins sexually sins against their own body, 1 Cor. 6: 18, and whoever unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body, for it is said, ‘The two will become one flesh,’ vs. 16.
Now on adultery – sexual intercourse by a married person with someone other than their spouse – not only does it bring punishment upon the doer, it also brings shame and other consequences to the community. When David committed adultery with Bathsheba, God’s judgement through prophet Nathan’s was that, ‘Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with them in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel,’ 2 Sam. 12:11. This came to pass not long after, as in Ch. 16:22 David’s son Absalom slept with all the 10 concubines that David had left to take care of the palace when he fled from Absalom’s conspiracy (15:16), in a tent pitched on the roof of the palace, in the sight of all Israel.
The writer in Proverbs chapters 5, 6 and 7 warns people not to be lured by and adulterous woman, for
- It makes one lose honor, and strangers will feast on your wealth, and your toil will enrich the house of another, 5: 8-15. This theme is further emphasized by Job in Chapter 31:9-12 where he says that, ‘If my heart has been enticed by a woman or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door, then let my wife grind another man’s grain, and may other men sleep with her…for it is a fire that burns to hell!’
- No one who touches her will go unpunished- 6:29
- Whoever commits adultery has no sense; and he destroys himself; 6:32
- His shame will never be wiped away; 6:33
- The way to an adulterous woman’s bed is the highway leading to the grave; 7:27
I know that in the modern society fornication and adultery are presented like the way of life. Some people argue that one should not zero-grace, that sex is better when explored through having multiple partners, and of course that those who are not doing it are the odd ones out, who are to be looked upon. Having multiple partners is no longer as sinful as it should be looked at. I have also heard of women who help their young daughters to procure birth control methods. I look at this like a way of plotting evil and submit to you that disaster will overtake you in an instant, Prov. 6:15
These things have not just started. As a matter of fact, I believe the Roman people were worse than we are, for Paul, having written to them characteristics of those who have committed to fight the truth even though they know it (in chapter 1), concludes the chapter by saying that, ‘…they not only continue to do these very things, but also approve of those who practice them.
The modern society appears though to have taken it a notch higher; where one can access all perverse clip as they please, where most billboards and adverts stir you up to imagine the unimaginable, and where sex is displayed as the way of life and one can argue that it is impossible to live sexually pure lives. I have full confidence however, that God foreknew times as today will come, and I believe He provided grace to each of us that we may live a life worthy of Him even in such a morally depraved society.
The believer too has not been left behind. They have been attacked from every sphere, and the temptations are real. In the book, The Leaders guide to Effective Ministry, H.B London says that lust is no respector of persons and never runs out of ideas; it can infiltrate the most intelligent mind (and after-God-own-heart centered, remember David) and cause its victim to believe its lies and respond to its appeal. It is very persistent.
And so we must demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and take every thought to make it obedient to Christ 2 Cor. 10:5. We must put to death the desires of our sinful nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry Col 3: 5, and clothe ourselves with holiness. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, which teaches and enables us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and Godly lives in this present age, has appeared to all men, Titus 2:11.
To those who have fallen, the same grace calls us to the Love of Christ, who forgives our wickedness and remembers our sin no more (Heb. 8:12), when we ask for forgiveness, 1 John 1:9.
And to end this, the sexually immoral who continue to sin even after knowing the truth have a place in the after-life, for ‘Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates in to the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic acts, the sexually immoral…’ Rev. 22: 14-15
#So help me Lord
# Your grace is available for me