Friday, November 4, 2016

ADULTERY AND FORNICATION: DESCRIPTION AND CAUSES


“But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” – Matthew 5:28
BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Corinthians 6:15-20
INTRODUCTION:
Sexual immorality is a grievous sin that God hates. It is, therefore, alarming that it exists even among
the members of the church (1 Corinthians 5:1-2; Ephesians 5:3). Sexual immorality is any habit or act
that contradicts God’s lain down plan, principle and practice concerning sexual behaviour. Adultery and
fornication are forms of sexual immorality.
Other forms of sexual immorality are homosexuality, lesbianism, bestialism, incest, rape, masturbation,
pornography, lustful desires and immoral thoughts. Although all unrighteousness is sin, sexual immorality
is considered grave and great sin before God (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).
LESSON OUTLINES
1. Adultery and fornication described
2. Causes of adultery and fornication
ADULTERY AND FORNICATION DESCRIBED
Adultery can simply be described as marital infidelity. Adultery is any illicit sexual relationship between a
married person and other persons apart from his or her spouse. Also, adultery could mean sexual
relationship between a married person and someone that is betrothed (engaged).
Adultery and fornication are listed among the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19). Not to commit adultery
is among the first 10 commandments given to Israel (Exodus 20:14). Adultery was regarded as a serious
sin punishable by death (Leviticus 20:10; John 8:4-5). It is regarded as foolishness and eternal reproach
(Proverbs 6:32-33). Adultery starts from the heart and the lust of the eyes (Matthew 5:27-28; 2 Peter
2:14). Polygamy and polyandry also constitute adultery.
Sexual immorality or intercourse between unmarried couples is fornication. Fornication has gone viral
among youths in the church like never before (1 Corinthians 5:1). The temptation to commit fornication
or adultery is common to all, but you do not have to fall for it (1 Corinthians 10:12-13).
CAUSE OF ADULTERY AND FORNICATION
Some of the likely causes of adultery are:
1.Untamed lustful desire (James 1;13-14)
2.Covetousness (Exodus 20:17)
3.Lack of contentment or satisfaction of a party (1 Corinthians 7:2-5).
4.Separation, divorce and remarriage are gateways to adultery (Matthew 19:9; Romans 7:2-3).
5.Hardship or unforeseen circumstances
In addition, the following can lead to fornication:
1.Curiosity – (Genesis 3:1-5)
2.Youthful lust – (2 Timothy 2:22)
3.Peer pressure – (Exodus 23:2)
4.Undefined relationship – (1 Corinthians 7:2)
5.Unnecessarily prolonged courtship – (1 Corinthians 7:9)
CONCLUSION
Sex before or outside marriage is totally forbidden by God (Ephesians 5:3). Saints must abstain from
fornication (Acts 15:20, 29). Christians must consciously put to death fornication being a deed of the
flesh (Colossians 3:5). And Matthew 5:28
But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath
committed adultery with her already in his heart.” According to all this verses in the bible , meaning everybody including male or female between the age of 10 -18 are all fornicator in one way or the other, provided you have feeling, expect the Saint ( Ephesians 5:3).
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