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Exodus 20:14 THE DESTRUCTIVE POWER OF ADULTERY
Intro: Humans are sexual beings! Scientists tell us that our sex drive is virtually equal to our will to live. This is not a bad thing. We are this way because God has made us this way. He designed man with a sexual desire. When God made man, His first command to mankind was for them to multiply. Now, we all know how human reproduction is carried out. Therefore, we find that God has made man a sexual being. However, our sexuality has been corrupted by sin! God’s plan is for the sexual relationship to be between and husband and his wife only. Any other form of sexual expression, outside of that marital relationship, is sinful! This is the very area addressed by this 7th Commandment.
When we think of adultery, we automatically think of a man being unfaithful to his wife. Yet, this Commandment is far broader than just this. I personally believe that it encompasses the entire realm of human sexual experience. Any sexual expression outside the confines of the marital relationship is a sin against God!
Now, we would all have to admit that we live in a time when sexuality, and the expression of it, are rampant in our society. Sex is found on the television, in magazines, on billboards. You name it, in this society, sex sells and it seems to be what people like, because no one stands against the tide of blatant sexual expression that is all around. If our society were somehow found by researchers from a distant time, they would without doubt agree that this is a society obsessed with sex!
When Jesus was on the earth, He looked at His culture and labeled it, "an adulterous and sinful generation." (Mark 8:38) If He were to speak to our day, what would He say about 20th Century America? Some may ask, "Preacher, is this material relevant today?" My answer would be, "Yes!" We live in a world where nearly 50% of all men say they have committed adultery, (Ill. That is just the number that will admit to it! Researchers estimate the nearly two-thirds of all married men will commit adultery before the age of 40.) 41% of married women also say they are guilty of this sin. Is it relevant? "Yes!" Because the statistics are just as bad for the church! Christianity Today did a random sampling of 1000 subscribers and questioned them on the matter of Adultery. 45% said they had acted inappropriately and 23% said they had committed adultery. It is relevant because it has a negative effect on our young people. One-fifth of youth lose their virginity before the age of 13! It is no wonder that AIDs, sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies are on the increase. It can all be traced back to a lack of morality and standards at home! When children see their parents living immoral lives, it sends the massage that sexual immorality is good and acceptable. Billy Graham, in a recent survey, found that 40% of youth in Bible believing, evangelical churches were sexually active. He also found that 60% of single adults in these churches were not only sexually active, but over half reported having multiple partners!
I want you to know tonight that God is still against adultery! He still hates it and is still punishing those who are guilty of it this evening. This afternoon, I would like for us to take a few minutes to study this sin called adultery and see that it is a sin not just against your spouse, but that it touches every area of your life.
Adultery is a very destructive sin, allow me to show you how! Adultery is a sin against:
I. YOUR SPOUSE
Adultery does incredible damage to one’s spouse!
II. YOUR SELF
Adultery does incredible damage to one’s self!
III. YOUR SOCIETY
IV. YOUR SAVIOR
Conc: What can we do to avoid the trap of adultery? There are five steps which can be taken that will safeguard your life against this horrible sin.
1. Walk With God Gal. 5:16 If we are doing this daily, we will have the ammunition available to be able to stand when temptation arises Eph. 6:10-17.
2. Avoid Suggestive Activities Remember the words of Psalm 100:3. Never allow your eyes to behold things that will cause you to stumble. Keep a clean life!
3. Avoid Flirty Relationships Stay far away from the person who is flirty, watch out for that "friendship" which could lead to other things. Beware that you never just "play around" with someone who is not your spouse! Often, simple flirtation leads to big time adultery! No one just wakes up one day and says "I think Ill go out and commit adultery today." It is always the result of things building up on top of other things that leads to that point. If you can stay from those little things, the big one will never happen to you!
4. Count The Cost Take a minute to look at the incredible damage that can be done to your spouse, your Lord, your children and your own life. Nobody, however great the body, is worth what you can potentially lose!
5. Love Your Mate Only Proverbs 5:15-21.
If it is too late and you are guilty of committing adultery, there is hope and forgiveness in the blood of Jesus. He promises us in 1 John 1:9 that He will forgive all our sins when we confess them to Him. Maybe it hasn’t gotten that far, but you are guilty of flirting and doing things that you know are dangerous. Jesus will forgive that also! Maybe your sin is a secret one, you look at pornography, or watch and read things that you know cause you to lust in your heart. Jesus will forgive that too.
Whatever the need, remember, Jesus loves you and He will make it right!
"Thou shalt not commit adultery!"