Living Hope Fellowship Church...Sermons From the Pastor
by Pastor Kevin Badgley
God says Fornication and Adultery are sin! Many people today are marrying, and are being given in marriage. Jesus declares in Luke 17:26-27, "And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all."
In the last days before Jesus comes, this world will be under great tribulation. These are those days. We see people marrying those who were married once before. Both men and women are doing it, and God lets us know that it's a sign of the end times. Marriage and divorce is more rampant now than it has ever been.
Hebrews 13:4 says, "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge." If you marry someone and then divorce them, and remarry, you are committing adultery. If your first spouse remarries someone else, they are committing adultery also. As a matter of fact, if they just go to bed with someone else, they are committing adultery. Adultery is the breaking of the marriage vows, whether through the ritual of marriage, or divorce, or just by going out on your spouse. An "affair" is not an "affair" to God; it is adultery. If you commit adultery, you will go to hell, unless you ask God to forgive you, and then cease from doing it.
In John's gospel we see where a woman was caught in the very act of adultery. John 8:3-4 says, "And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act." That means she was still with the man, and the Pharisees took her to Jesus. John 8:5-6 says, "Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not." In the Old Testament, God had ministers to kill those who were caught in adultery. However, today, by the blood of Jesus, we can be forgiven of that sin as well as fornication or anything else, provided that with a sincere heart we ask Jesus to forgive us. However, Jesus attached a stipulation to that, when he spoke to that woman in Verse 11.
Verse 7-10 says, "So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?" Verse 11 says, "She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Preachers are famous for quoting John 8:7, which says, ". . . He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." Of course, all the Pharisees had to leave. They knew that they were religious, but not without sin. A holy and upright church can tell someone if they have sin, but if you are a hypocrite, you cannot cast a stone, because you have done that sin, or another like it, yourself.
After her accusers were gone, Jesus said to the woman in Verse 11, ". . . Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." He told her not to sin any more! She received forgiveness for adultery, but she was also given a commandment on how to keep that forgiveness!
The Bible declares that adultery and fornication will send you to hell. Fornication is sex before marriage. Many people don't bother getting married, but they are fornicators without the marriage vows. They think that if they don't get along in a few years, dump them, and they can find someone else. This is how diseases are spread. This is how AIDS is spread. This is how syphilis, gonorrhea, and various other curses that come from God upon sinners are spread. You say, Well, how do these diseases get the children? How do they get into blood banks? How do they get into other communities, that are not a normal community of any fashion? It is because someone, somewhere along the line, corrupted it with their own filthy habits. They either went "AC/DC", as they call it, they are bi-sexual, or they molested children, or they perverted the blood banks by a sinner who had it and gave blood.
If you commit adultery, fornication, and other sexual sins, you are under condemnation of God. You will go to hell for it, unless you ask God to forgive you and set you free from the sin and the devil that brought it. You are devil possessed when you do it, with a lust and unclean devil. Ask God to set you free, and then turn from your wicked ways, and follow God. This is a very basic message.
Many say, Well, my wife left me, or my husband left me, and I couldn't contain myself, so I remarried. There are many stipulations in the Word of God concerning marrying and remarrying. It says in I Corinthians 7:15, "But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace."
However, the Bible also declares that there are other avenues that you can take rather than remarrying. It's called fasting and prayer. Many though, are so bitter over the situation, that they don't want their spouse to come back. They would rather have somebody else, just to get even, rather than pray and have God set them free and bring the spouse back. God can bring back the one that you married to begin with, brand new in the Lord, if they will come clean. God wants people to clean up their act.
Many in the church world do not show much difference between them and the world in this marrying and remarrying. We see that fornication and divorce are rampant. It is everywhere. For many it is no "big deal" to go out on a husband or wife. They call it a "fling" or an "affair," bit it will fling you into hell!
You cannot do that and go to heaven. You are not saved if you do that, at the moment that you commit that act; I'm not talking about temptation, I'm talking about yielding over. The Bible declares in Romans 6:16, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" You've taken on an unclean spirit. The lust spirit will drive you, and one time will not be enough. Another problem is that you bring the disease of that one that you found "out there" home to your own family. Many have brought disease home by their "flings" and things that they do on the side. Then they cursed God because their son or daughter got cancer, or because their spouse was suddenly made barren, or because the spouse had something wrong with them. If you will go back and look in God's Word, you will see that God's curse will be visited upon all those who commit fornication or adultery.
Young people today are being influenced by their music and by their rock musician idols, who are nothing more than devil possessed tools of the devil. They encourage young people to have sex before they are ready for the marriage vows, and right before God. Many are being encouraged to play with the ideas of incest and child molestation. The movies to do not condemn it; they push it. Television does not condemn it; they push it. They condemn people who tell you that it will send you to hell. They say that it is "narrow minded." They say that it "restricts their urges." Restricting your urges will keep you out of hell, so you had better start restricting them.
If you have already committed adultery or fornication, you can get on your knees and ask God to forgive you. Ask Him to set you free of an unclean devil. Tell Him that you know that you are lost, and dying, and going to hell without Jesus. If you call on him, and ask him to set you free and you mean it, He said that he would! Then you have got to cease from doing that thing! Many people have asked forgiveness for it, but then go back to it again and again. Then God will not hear them, because they don't mean it. You have got to show you mean it, by quitting your sin. Jesus said to the woman in John 8:11, ". . . go, and sin no more." He told a man who was sick and afflicted once in John 5:14, ". . . Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee."
You may be having terrible trouble right now because of the sin of adultery, or fornication, or some other thing linked with it. Maybe it was your fault, and maybe it wasn't. However, God wants you clean. You need to call to Jesus right now to cleanse you, because you need to get set free. Some would say, Well, I'm married, and I've done this thing. Then ask God to forgive you, and go on and live for God. Some may say, I'm in the process of a divorce, and some may say, I'm in the process of being separated. You need to seek the Lord. Others would say, Well, one of us is saved, and one of us is not. If you are saved, continue to seek God. If you are not saved, then you need to call upon God, and get saved right now. The reason that your marriage is going to pieces could be because you won't serve God.
Another thing that needs to be made known is this. If a couple has committed fornication or adultery, and then has married to make it legal, that doesn't mean that they are without sin. That spirit of the world is still with them, and things have not changed. They must ask God to forgive them. That is the contract God is looking for, and then they prove they mean it by getting married, if they aren't already.
God's Word is very explicit and precise on this subject. God says that if you marry someone who is divorced you committing adultery. If you are engaged to someone who has been married before, and you think that because you are saved that you are going to get them saved also, you are in a terrible fix. You need to break the engagement and seek God, because you are backslid. I've seen this happen many times. They think this about the person that they are about to marry, They are going to church with me, and they say they will go on with me, so I believe God will save them by and by. You are in a big delusion! You need to break your engagement off until they come clean. Some will fake salvation just to get you to marry them. They need a real, honest, heart felt, born again experience, because in 99.9% of the cases, after you marry them, they still won't serve God. You are marrying an unbeliever anyway, and you are in sin and need to pray through!
We have tampered with and played games with the holy covenant of marriage between a man and a woman! This covenant is between you two and God. If you haven't even bothered with it, or if you have gone out of the covenant, then you are in sin, and it will take you to hell. Sinners will be going to hell anyway, without God. If you are a sinner, you need to ask God to set you free of every sin, not just this one, and then live for God. What you have done before that salvation doesn't matter. God will forgive you, and you can go on.
Christians, or Christians so-called, if you have been caught up in this mess, and your preacher didn't have the guts to tell you the difference, right now get on your knees and ask God to set you free. If you are not bound to a wrong relationship, don't seek to be. Break off ungodly relationships, and get your relationship going on with God. If they want you, let them serve the Lord. Then see what they will do, but meanwhile serve Jesus. If you are caught up already in the splitting-up process, come to Jesus and let him correct the situation. He will guide you as you go.
For all concerned, serve the Lord and cease from sin. Ask God to set you free, and renounce the devil. Ask God to cast the devil out of you, so you can live for God.
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