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AdulteryThe dangerous snare of adultery in the Christian life

Adultery in the life of the unconverted is just another sin with considerable negative consequences. However in the life of a Christian it is much more serious than many Christians think. Continuing on the vein of the need for Christians to fear God, listen up those of you who have wandering eyes.  If you have experienced defeat in the area of adultery, escaping Hell should not be your greatest concern. We believe that Christians don’t have hell to pay, Jesus already picked up that tab. But as we shall see Jesus had some mighty scary things to say about even entertaining the thought of being involved in a relationship of adultery.  Listen to His words in Matthew 5:27-30.

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’  But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.  And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”

The seventh commandment prohibited adultery, but the commandment of Jesus prohibits even adulterous thoughts.  In the original language Jesus was referring to someone lusting after a married woman, because He was referring specifically to adultery and not just fornication.  It is an adulterous thought directed at another man’s wife that Jesus was condemning.  In the original Greek the word “look” does not imply a casual look but an intentional impure looking. Jesus wasn’t talking about sudden thoughts that dart into your mind.  Any serious Christian is subject to such thoughts; they are the flaming darts from Satan.  However, it is our responsibility to resist intentional lusting or desiring.  Sudden thoughts are mere temptations, but awakened lust is the acceptance of the temptations.  It is important to understand the difference.

If the lust is not removed, if the sin is not dealt with, a person can be subject to an experience of being “cast into hell.”  Again we must not forget that Jesus spoke these words to the disciples. The Lord speaks to His people about what concerns His people and to those who are not His people about things that concern those who are not His.  Christians have the grave responsibility of dealing with their sins.  If they allow sin to go unchecked in their lives, though they will not lose their salvation, nor have their part in the Lake of Fire, they may be subject to Hell fire or the Gehenna of fire.  This is a distinct characteristic of the gospel according to Matthew.

I will discuss this further in future posts but for the mean time let these words of Christ burn into your heart and hide them and cherish them.  It will produce a healthy fear of the Lord which is the beginning of knowledge.

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