by Patte Smith on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 10:51am ·
What Does God Say About the Sin of Fornication?
(Fornication is defined in the Bible as sexual intimacy outside the covenant of marriage)
God ALWAYS says NO to fornication
and all sexual immorality!
Sexual sin is an extremely serious soul-damning sin to God.
The Bible declares that :
"No fornicator has any inheritance
in the kingdom of God."
"Fornicators … God will judge."
Do not be foolish and presume that God will forgive you
for the sin of fornication!
Even if you are not a professing Christian,
your God-given conscience tells you that sex outside marriage is wrong.
The Bible says that lust and impure thoughts come from an evil, sinful heart.
Jesus asks: “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?”
”For out of the heart come evil thoughts … sexual immorality”
Matthew 15:19 Mark 7:21 Luke 6:45
”Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived..."
I Corinthians 6:9,10
"Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord …
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 Spirit … and you are not your own?
… therefore glorify God in your body"
I Corinthians 6:18-20
The Bible describes fornication as a work of the sinful flesh;
"The works of the flesh … fornication."
Listen to God speak to you through His moral Law.
Jesus said He didn’t come to abolish (do away with) the 10 commandments, but to fulfill them. (Matt 5:17)
And He commissioned His followers to make disciples teaching everyone to obey them. (Matt 28:19-20)
In fact, the Savior not only taught the 10 RAISED the bar of holy requirements from God.
While the 7th commandment says: "You shall not commit adultery", Jesus upped the ante.
The Master assures us that it is a sin of the heart even to lust (dwell on sexual thoughts and fantasize)
about another person in your mind!
But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her
has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Jesus goes on to say that it would be better for you to pluck out your eye than sin.
Yes! Sexual sin is that serious!
When you actually go through with the physical act(s) of sex and consummate your lustful sin of adultery with another person, you are condemned by your conscience, which always affirms God’s perfect moral teachings.
How do you know what God commands?
How do you know what sin is? Romans 3:20 explains:
“For by the Law comes the knowledge of sin.”
"Know this … the Law is made for … whoremongers."
I Timothy 1:9,10
You may not consider your boyfriend or girlfriend a whore or whoremonger, but my friend,
by the Bible’s (God's) definition that is what you are if you have sex with someone you are not married to.
What does God require of you?
"This is the will of God, your holiness:
That you refrain from sexual immorality."
I Thessalonians 4:3-8
Holiness and sexual purity are NOT an option.
They are commanded of you.
“ … but as He who called you is holy,
you also be holy in all your conduct,
because it is written; 'Be holy as I am holy.'”
I Peter 1:15, 16 (Lev 11:44,45; 19:2; 20:7)
The Christian standard of, and motivation for, holiness is the absolute moral perfection of God Himself.
(Read Matt 5:48; Eph 5:1)
"Therefore … let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,
perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
II Cornithians 7:1
Jesus assures you that His standard for you is perfect holiness;
"Therefore you shall be perfect
just as your Father in heaven is perfect."
"Without holiness no one will see the Lord."
If you believe (and say) that God will automatically forgive your sexual sin,
my friend, I assure you, you are deceived.
The Bible says otherwise. At the judgment Jesus will look at you and say;
"I don't know you or where you come from.
Away from Me, all you evildoers!'"
On that great and terrible day of the Lord…
“…those who have done good will rise to live,
and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned."
"…those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil,
there will be wrath and anger.
There will be trouble and distress
for every human being who does evil.."
Romans 2:8, 9
“If we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth,
there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
but a certain fearful expectation of judgment …”
Hebrews 10: 26,27
Do not be foolish and fear only your circumstances and the loss of your guilty pleasures.
Losing your girlfriend or boyfriend, or having to do without sex
is nothing compared with having to face God.
Friend, be wise … Fear the Lord!
Be afraid to give yourself over to sexual sin!
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom …"
"Fear God …”
I Peter 2:17
God is kind enough to give you advance notice,
warning you to:
Avoid every kind of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:22
You can’t blame God if he sends you to hell for eternity.
It is your responsibility to obey Him while you live.
If you refuse to flee sexual immorality,
you will die in your sins.
You will be like those who …
"… perish because they refused to love the truth
and so be saved."
2 Thessalonians 2:10
The unholy alliance of the world, your sinful flesh and the devil are conspiring against the knowledge and admission of this holy truth.
You may think that you are free, but if you are a fornicator, you are deceived.
It is obvious that your evil desires enslave you.
"Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin."
"Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey,
you are that one’s slaves whom you obey,
whether of sin leading to death,
or of obedience leading to righteousness?"
"… but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
"Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness,
and receive with meekness the implanted Word,
which is able to save your souls."
Do you say you are a Christian and yet you continue in sexual immorality?
The Bible says that you are under the control of the devil and are deceived!
How dare you defend the sin of fornication by the comfort of GOD in Jesus Christ and the grace of His divine forgiveness! Blasphemy! Be warned! Do NOT promote the lie that the GRACE of Jesus makes it EASIER for you to sin. The power of sin comes from within YOU, not from God. Be afraid! You are blaspheming the Holy Spirit when you ascribe the justification for sexual immorality to the belief that you will be forgiven.
The apostle Paul addresses this lie in Roman 6:15, 21,23: “
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly NOT! ... for the end of those things is DEATH ... For the wages of sin is DEATH."
"Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal
'The Lord knows those who are His,' and,
'Let everyone who names the Name of Christ depart from iniquity'.”
2 Timothy 2:19
"They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him,
being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work."
Listen to the warning voice of the Savior:
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord ...' and I will declare to them,
'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness."
Jesus will say, ‘I do not know you … Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.” (Luke 13:27)
The Bible assures us that God does not even hear the prayer of a person who harbors sin and excuses sin.
In fact, God calls the prayer of a fornicator an abomination!
"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me."
"One who turns his ear away from hearing the Law, even his prayer is an abomination."
"We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin …
We know that whoever is born of God does not sin.."
1 John 5:18
"Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good.
Anyone who does what is good is from God.
Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God."
3 John 1:11
"Know this. You will not get away with any of your sin.
If you continue in your quest to satisfy your sexual desires and fornicate,
things will not go well for you.
…while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse,
deceiving and being deceived."
2 Timothy 3:13
Do not be fooled into thinking that by going to church you can continue to sin
and you are safe with the LORD. Church cannot save you now or in the day of judgment.
Your priest, your pastor, they cannot save you.
God sees you as His enemy. He opposes you because you are;
"…alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works"
"For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
1 Peter 3:12
You are under the judgment of God!
"I will utter My judgments against them concerning all their wickedness"
God requires you to turn from your sexual immorality and flee to Jesus Christ for forgiveness and the power to live in fear of Him and walk in holiness! By His Blood He can forgive you and by the power of His Holy Spirit He can can break the stronghold of sin in your soul and by His grace, give you the power to live a holy life and do what is right in the sight of God and men. What must you do?
He must turn from evil and do good
1 Peter 3:11
As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
Repent that you may …
" ... escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires."
2 Peter 1:4
You must truly repent if you have been involved in sexual sin. Genuine repentance involves more than saying you are sorry for your sin to God. You are not forgiven by merely feeling or saying that you are sorry.
To receive forgiveness and cleansing from God
you are required to TURN from and FORSAKE sin.
You cannot do this in your own power.
You need Christ to savingly repent of your evil!
Go to God in wholehearted sorrow and repent now.
Jesus didn’t come simply to keep us from going to hell. Christ’s perfect sinless life and sacrifice on the Cross and triumph over death at the resurrection is a double cure. Jesus rescues the penitent sinner from both:
The penalty of sin
The power of sin.
Why choose God’s wrath?
Repent and sin no more today!
Look to Christ and live! He sacrificed His life's Blood at the Cross for those who will humble themselves and come to Him. He rose from the grave, and is alive forevermore.
The Savior will come again to judge the living and the dead. His grace is sufficient for all your sin.
"Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy,
and My burden is light."
The Cross is where those who repent and believe receive their salvation and joy of Jesus Christ.