Our culture is drowning in sexual immorality and perversion of all kinds! Sexual sin is as old as the Bible but today’s glorification of sex hides the deep tragedy and hurt behind this sin. We see the devastating consequences every day, not only in broken families, but in individuals who become victims of sexual abuse. God created sex for marriage between a man and a woman. When we reject the will of God, we reject our Creator and hurt ourselves.
Jesus taught: “At the beginning the Creator made them male and female,” and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave His father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Matthew 19:4-6
What benefits have we received by rejecting God’s will for marriage? Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise! The American Sexual Health Association estimates that over 14 million people acquire HPV each year, and by age 50, at least 80% of women will have acquired genital HPV infection. Every year, there are almost 3 million new cases of Chlamydia, many of which are in adolescents and young adults. Pornography objectifies women and men and tears apart married relationships. The sexual desires of those who view pornography are insatiable and unrealistic so more and more perverted acts are needed, even using children. Sex trafficking abounds. At least 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide for sexual exploitation. Adultery, sexual intercourse with a person not his or her spouse, shatters the mutual commitment of married partners and destroys the family. Fornication, sexual intercourse between people not married, never fulfills our deepest need to be truly loved. Our children have reaped the whirlwind of our permissive attitudes. Children are now sexting and the U.S. has the highest teenage pregnancies. Everyone loses when sexual immorality is accepted.
The Bible is the Word of God. He reveals who He is and what His will is so we can follow Him. John 8 tells us about Jesus and a woman caught in the very act of adultery by some religious leaders. Just imagine the scene!
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” John 8:3-5
Jesus did not answer right away but then He said:
“If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7
The men were cut to the quick by the words of truth spoken by Jesus. We feel the men’s silence as they searched their own hearts and then the grip on their stones began to loosen. We too must feel the conviction of God’s Word so we can confess our sins and receive God’s forgiveness in Christ.
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Romans 2:1
The men walked away one by one until only Jesus was left with the woman still standing there.
Jesus asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said, “Then neither do I condemn you.” Jesus declared. John 8:10-11
Jesus brought life to the woman’s soul by covering her shame with His love and compassion. We love this about Jesus but it is not the whole story.
Go and Sin No More
Jesus not condemning the adulterous woman is the only point of the story that people like to remember and quote. Therefore, many who hear this story do not know that Jesus also loved the woman enough to tell her the truth.
Jesus declared to the woman: “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:11
Some versions say: “Go and sin no more.”
Jesus never told the woman that her sin was okay. The woman had sinned by breaking one of God’s Ten Commandments.
“You shall not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14
Those who only want to emphasize the love of Jesus leave out the rest of what He said. Why? Because if only the love of Jesus is emphasized, there is no judgement for sin; they can continue to live any way they want to. Both the woman and the men sinned against God. The men broke God’s law that required that both parties to adultery be stoned (Leviticus 20:10). Jesus saw into their self-righteous hearts and He sees into ours. We are never so ugly as when we judge the sins of others and do not see our own sin.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
We too have been found guilty by God and will be judged by the law unless we receive the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for our sins. Only Jesus Christ fulfilled the law so only through Him can we be saved.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
The Bible does not say, but I think that the woman who experienced the forgiveness of Jesus when she was at her worst also began to follow Him because the kindness of God leads us to repentance.
Truth and Love
Jesus said: The world hates me because I testify that what it does is evil. John 7:7
God describes Himself as both love and truth. The biggest error in Christendom today is to tell others that God is love only. Jesus loved the adulterous woman enough to tell her the truth; she had sinned against God.
Notice God’s love and truth in these familiar verses:
God’s Love: For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
God’s Truth: that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (no universal salvation)
God’s Love: For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned,
God’s Truth: but whoever does not believe is condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (Jesus) John 3:16-18
“Go and sin no more” is seldom taught or preached but if there is no sin, there is no need for salvation in Christ! By faith, true followers of Jesus Christ continually confess their sins and live to please Him.
No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or knows Him. 1 John 3:6
God is Holy
God’s love never winks at sin in our life or in the world because God cannot act in a way contrary to His holy character.
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Ephesians 5:3
All disobedience to God’s Word is sin. God tells us what obedience looks like.
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
God’s will cannot be easily dismissed. The choice to follow God is always very clear.
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified; that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the unbeliever, who does not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call you to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8
Because God is holy, completely without sin, He calls His followers to live a holy life.
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16
God Never Treats Sin Lightly
Let those who love the Lord hate evil. Psalm 97:10
Beloved of God, do not believe the lie that you are forgiven and that God does not care how you live. Sin never pleases God or Christ died needlessly.
Sexual immorality always hurts someone and violates God’s command to love God and to love one another.
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Hebrews 13:4
Jesus taught: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28
Fulfilling sexual gratification outside of marriage is not love!
No one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins. 1 Thessalonians 4:6
Besides the physical consequences, there are also spiritual consequences to sin.
Do you not know that wrondoers will not inherit the kingdm of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
The remedy for the adulterous woman and for the self-righteous men is the same for us today.
Jesus preached: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 4:17
Sexual Purity Is Possible!
Unbelievers desperately need to see God’s Word lived out by true followers of Jesus!
We have an obligation, but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. Romans 8:12-14
Sexual temptation outside of marriage is powerful but the power of the Holy Spirit is greater!
Speaking of Jesus: Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:18
Through faith in Jesus Christ alone, believers are empowered by he Holy Spirit to put away sin and live for God.
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Jesus taught: For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. Matthew 15:19
Only Almighty God has the power to overcome sin in the human heart. Place your faith in Jesus Christ to be released from the power and penalty of sin.
Jesus taught: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31-32
If the Spirit of God has convicted you of your sins, don’t ignore Him!
Father God, help me make a clean break with sin. I desperately want to be free from the guilt and shame that my sins have caused. Free me by your Holy Spirit to live my life in victory and hope as I trust in you. I ask you now to forgive all my sins in the name of Jesus. Amen.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Expect God to Speak to You from His Word and Transform your life!
Bible study for “Sexual Sins”
Week 1: Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 20:7-24; Psalm 1:1-1-6; 97:10; Proverbs 5; 6:20-35; Jeremiah 8:12; 9:3; Matthew 4:17; 5:17-20, 27-28; 31-32; 15:19; 19:4-6
Week 2: Mark 7:20-23; Luke 5:31-32; John 3:16-21; 7:7; 8:1-11; 14:23-26; 15:5, 18-23; Romans 1:18–32; 2:1-11; 3:23-25; 6:1-2, 9-18, 23; 7:7; 8:1-14; 10:4; 13:12-14; 1 Corinthians 5:1-5, 9-13; 6:9-11, 13-20; 7:1-9; 10:6-13
Week 3: Galatians 5:13-21; Ephesians 4:17-24; 5:3-12; Colossians 3:5-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8; Hebrews 2:18; 13:4-6
Week 4: 1 Peter 1:14-16; 2:11-12; 4:1-6; 2 Peter 2:4-10, 3:9-13, 17-18; 1 John 1:8-10; 3:6; Revelation 9:20-21; 21:5-8; 22:12-15, 17
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