divorce outpaces marriage in many large cities! When I first began
preaching on this subject over 27 years ago, I was saying, "Divorce
threatens to break up every third American home!"
of constant preaching on the part of many church organizations,
the tidal wave of desertions, abandonments, broken homes and divorce
has surged ever upward until there are more divorce decrees issued
in some big cities than marriage licenses!
any subject more talked of, written about, portrayed in television
and the motion pictures than sex?
One may browse
through any bookstore and see literally dozens of novels,
documentaries, sensational revelations and other "sex-ploitation"-type
personalities are unveiled as voyeurs and homosexuals, and the lurid
details of their incredible number of sexual escapades are eagerly
gobbled up by the readers of prurient filth by the millions!
sell like proverbial "hotcakes" as millions read of the dozens
of trysts between this or that Hollywood actor or actress, who,
it seemed, was in bed with most of the population of the town, with
the conceivable exception of the mayor and chief of police!
of the movies? Is there any motion picture produced today
which does not portray fornication, lesbianism, homosexuality, transvestitism,
voyeurism, sadism and every conceivable form of sex-related crime
As in the
case of every other one of the Ten Commandments, Jesus Christ of
Nazareth showed the command against adultery reaches out to embrace
every aspect of human sexuality - that it is a command which
may be broken in the human heart, and not, alone, by the
heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not commit
"But I say
unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after
her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart" (Matthew
command is the subject of ribaldry, buffoonery and jesting.
A recent country-and-western song, for example, features the usual
lonesome "cowboy" nasally intoning that he and his would-be lover
are not "really strangers" for he has already "loved her in his
Commandment is a clear command against lust.
- the blatant, unbridled, hedonistic and insatiable desire for
sensual gratification which is a perverted, self-centered, incoming
feeling - is one of the most commonly expressed of all human
It is fair
to say that practically all advertising is skillfully designed
to appeal to lust! Whether it is the shiny new car, diet
pills to give you a slimmer body, juicy, mouth-watering views of
attractive foods, beverages, holiday resorts or sensuous nightwear,
the emphasis is always on sexuality and lust!
It is proverbial
that seminudity is used to sell monkey wrenches!
the sexy, sensuous girl scantily clad in a filmy negligee, slithering
over the windshield and hood of the imported sports model has to
do with the engineering, comfort, safety, mileage or durability
of the automobile is obscure.
advertisers are not in the business of selling products; they
are in the business of selling lust FOR the product!
As was mentioned
earlier, all of the Ten Commandments "overlap."
command against adultery overlaps directly with the final commandment,
which says, in part, "Thou shalt not covet . . . thy neighbor's
wife." Both of these overlap with the command against idolatry
(having another "god" in front of the true God), for the apostle
Paul said, "Covetousness, which is idolatry"! (Colossians
is a collection of vanity, jealousy, lust and greed!
human appetites are common to human sensuality.
We are sensual,
physical, carnal, flesh-and-blood human creatures who, apart from
the knowledge and truth of God, would be restrained
in our desire for self-gratification only by the shifting
and changing mores and "rules" of a godless, lawless, nihilistic
the vast majority in our nations today are living in precisely that
fashion! Their sexual codes are dictated only by "what is
happening," by what "everybody else is doing" and by the catch phrase
"If it feels good, do it!"
command against adultery was God's law to preserve marriage!
God chose marriage as a microcosm of the Kingdom of God!
says the partners in marriage "shall become one flesh," He
refers directly to sexual intercourse in marriage.
God designed them "male and female," and then established
lows for the sanctity and protection of that vital
and foundational unit. To commit acts which destroy this
basic building block of any society - which rend and tear at the
very fabric of marriage - is to commit acts and deeds which
are tearing down society itself!
War II, moral standards have changed dramatically in the
many causes for the morals toboggan slide of our societies;
socio-economic pressures, the "future shock" syndrome, the subtle
and insistent voice of entertainment, the liberalizing of religion
and social standards, drug abuse - all these and many other causes
could be listed for the incredible effects with which
we presently must live.
at our nations from God's perspective.
homosexuality and "gay rights" activists have burst upon the scene
with torchlight marches, demonstrations, rallies and proven political
big cities the so-called "closet queens" wield real political
ancient Sodom and Gomorrah, which Almighty God destroyed by
fire and brimstone from heaven!
mistake! The Seventh Commandment is a very broad command
applying to any form of sexual sins, whether in or out of marriage.
Of homosexuality, God says, "Wherefore God also gave them up to
uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour
their own bodies between themselves:
[exchanged] the truth of God into [for] a lie, and worshipped and
served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever.
cause God gave them up unto vile affections:
their women did change the natural use into that which is against
also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their
lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly,
and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which
as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave
them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are
with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness,
maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity;
haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things,
disobedient to parents,
understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable,
the judgment of God [ordinance, or laws of God], that they which
commit such things ARE WORTHY OF DEATH, not only do
the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."!
Here is a vast list of human sins, including many
direct and flagrant violations of the Ten Commandments! However,
notice such things as envy, deceit, "whispering," and being
implacable and unmerciful are placed in the same categories!
for these things? Death!
homosexuality and deviate sexual practices are soundly condemned
of God in the Bible! No amount of political activism,
gay rights demonstrations, political power, legislation, or a never-ending
stream of thousands of books sanctioned by the courts of our land
is ever going to change the divine decree of God!
our society the way it really is:
sixth American male has homosexual tendencies.
30 percent of all men will experience sexual impotency at some time;
the causes are manifold, but only a tiny percent is truly physical.
a small percentage of marriages are truly "happy," and yet even
these will experience some sexual dysfunction now and then.
experimentation reaches into the early elementary grades, and at
least 20 percent of those barely reaching teenage have sexual experience.
half of all those in the upper years of high school are actively
committing fornication and other sex acts.
6. Ten percent
of all teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 19 become pregnant,
and over half of all teenage marriages are the result of premarital
out of 10 of these hasty marriages break up within only a few years,
and of all teenage marriages about half are torn apart
by divorce within five years.
8. The unwanted
children from these illicit situations are likely to end up as antisocial,
hostile, suffering every conceivable physical, mental and social
disorder. Often they are physically abused by young, untrained and
numbers of children are sexually abused, either by a relative,
by parents themselves or friends of the family.
disease is second only behind communicable colds and flus among
teenagers! New, virulent strains of VD similar to "shingles," and
called a form of "herpes," are now become epidemic among
youths. And it is said to be completely incurable!
small percentages of those with VD among teenagers have real
comprehension of the disease.
the foregoing represents a monumental attack against the institution
Commandment is the "marriage protecting" commandment.
If it were
obeyed, in the spiritual application as it applies to all
sexual promiscuity, our nations would be rid of an incalculable
amount of suffering, disease and death!
"wrong" with this commandment?
flies in the face of human sensual appetites. True, it is largely
ignored and rejected by society in general.
Jesus Christ magnified the Seventh Commandment, making it
far more binding by saying that the thought of adultery
question: "What would our Western civilizations be like if everyone
kept this Seventh Commandment?"
divorce! No desertions, runaways or abandonments. No wife abuse.
Families would be held together as tight-knit social units, the
very building blocks of civilization.
solid family units, all of society would greatly benefit!
Productivity, physical and mental health, vibrant economies, an
absence of sickness, disease and death; the list would go on and
blessings which would come upon any nation keeping even
one of the Ten Commandments of God are incalculable.
God intends that marriages be lifted to a "God-plane" level! The
apostle Paul had much to say about the state of marriage, showing
it was analogous to the relationship between Christ and the church!
Almighty God called unfaithfulness toward Him on the part
of His nation Israel "adultery," or fornication!
16! In this chapter you see the picture of a beautiful young woman
(Israel) who committed "whoredoms," which God uses as an analogy
to show how His people had depended upon political and military
alliances, instead of depending upon God. Read Ezekiel 23! Here
are two sisters, "Aholah and Aholibah," portrayed as Samaria and
Jerusalem, meaning the northern l0-tribed house of Israel and the
southern House of Judah.
"And Aholah played the harlot when she was Mine; and she
doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours . . ." (Ezekiel
chapter is given over to God's judgments on the sins of these
two nations, which are portrayed as young wives who left their legitimate
husband and sold themselves to their "lovers."
"Then said I unto her that was old in adulteries, Will they
now commit whoredoms with her, and she with them?
went in unto her, as they go in unto a woman that playeth the harlot;
so they went in unto Aholah and Aholibah, the lewd women.
righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of adulteresses,
and after the manner of women that shed blood; because they are
adulteresses, and blood is in their hands . . ." (Ezekiel 23:43-45).
said, "I became an husband unto them," showing that the covenant
God made with Israelis analogous to a marriage.
It is obvious
the Seventh Commandment is strongly supported throughout Scripture!
Obviously, it is not "done away." Again, "what is wrong"
with the Seventh Commandment? Absolutely nothing! It
is given for the good of all mankind - from a loving God!
It is for
the preservation of marriage; for the good of all mankind,
and for the sanctity and protection of the family unit.
It is actively
binding upon mankind today!