Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Sin of Adultery

Desire: The Fuel to Sinful and Lustful Behavior

Back to our message for today, the Lord said He warned us in His Word about adultery and this sin is practiced without regard for His word by many Christians. It is a fact, the sin of adultery is well committed in the church today and like all other sins, it is orchestrated and motivated by demons. In an article we wrote on our website (The Sin of Idolatry), we biblically chronicled how and mentioned how Satan controls the world through wicked man. Equally, God has provided His Word to guide our behavior, lives and conscience. Additionally, the Word of God or commandment as Apostle Paul aptly put it (Romans 7:13) has been given so that we may understand and recognize sinful habits and behavior. As we know, the Lord has provided the Scriptures and therein are life giving teachings and warnings against every sin committed by people under Heaven. As we introduce this subject, we need to be reminded that sin came into the world through an act of disobedience and rebelliousness (Romans 5:19). This rebelliousness first came through Satan (Genesis 3: 1-6) and since he is the tempter (Matthew 4:3), he spreads his dominion of disobedience by affecting people’s choices and thus leading them into temptation and sin against God (Ephesians 2:2). Now since any wrong doing must be driven by some desire there must be a temper present to draw us into submission and the execution of the sinful act. It is therefore save to say that a sinful act is preceded by a demonic influence(Luke 22:3; 2 Chronicles 18:22).

This understanding has been confirmed by the Lord in some of the visions we shared above on how Satan speaks and influences us to sin. Brethren, this teaching is not a myth, Satan operates and works through the spirit of desire, and in our present situation desire is what we need to gratify our cravings at that point in time (2 Samuel 11:2-4; Genesis 3:6). It is clear from the bible’s explanation that through some of our senses, in the above scriptures through seeing an appetite (desire) was created before engagement. What I am saying is this we humans have feelings, cravings and basic wants. Now in an event of a want to be satisfied our feelings respond to the desire at hand as a motivation to the benefits and this leads us to irrationalize the consequences in exchange to the benefits. In other words, we would rather go against the command of our conscience in disobedience to satisfy the needs of our cravings (Hebrews 10:2). As people of faith, we have the Holy Spirit who convicts us by making us feel guilt-stricken or making us feel uneasy and not at peace (2 Samuel 24:10) and the Word of God as a shield which informs our conscience against acts of disobedience (Joshua 1:8).

Adultery and its Consequences

Let us briefly define and explain the term adultery from a scriptural context. Adultery is often defined as any voluntary sexual intercourse between someone who is married with a person whom he/she is not married to. However, besides the physical act of engaging in adultery the Lord’s standards are actually much higher and He says that if anyone man or woman looks at the other person lustfully, he or she has already committed adultery with that person in his or her heart (Matthew 5:27-28). (Today, this includes watching pornography or movies/TV programs, as well as reading "adult-themed" content in magazines or the Internet). This is a directly forbidden practice by the Lord Jesus Christ.This sin is as evil and unacceptable as murder, theft and idolatry (Revelation 21:8). It carries the same punishment as all the other sins. In the Old Testament, men and women who committed this sin were put to death (Deuteronomy 22:22). Adultery is not just confined to the above definition. The Lord also warned that if a man divorced his wife because of lusting another woman and remarries to conceal his adulterous ways he is acting unfaithfully (Luke 16:18).

We need to understand, when a man and woman enters into marriage, the vows we take happens in God’s Presence. It is He who ordained marriage between a husband and wife, and He acts as a witness to this holy oneness (Matthew 19:4-9; Malachi 2:14-16). God does not honour and bless a second marriage unless someone divorced and remarried because of marital unfaithfulness (Matthew 5:32). The Lord does not become a Witness between us if we have broken faith and had gone against the counsel of His Word and commandment (Malachi 2:14-16). His plan for marriage was for it to be a permanent agreement (covenant) marriage between one man and one woman, and the two becoming one flesh, as it was in the beginning with Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:21-25). In the Bible, covenants were not meant to be broken under any circumstances – for example when the Gibeonites deceived the Israelites into signing a covenant, they had to live with the consequences of their agreement (Joshua 9:14-20), to the extent that when Gibeonites were under attack, the Israelites had to defend them since they had signed a covenant (Joshua 10:3-10). However, when King Saul in his zeal for Israel broke the conditions of the covenant that Joshua and the elders of Israel made with the Gibeonites by an oath in God’s Presence, the Lord struck the land with a crippling famine that lasted three successive years (Joshua 9:14-15;2 Samuel 21:1). Brethren, from what I observed in some people’s second marriages, there is no peace and unity. There are always some family feuds and insecurity and often the children are on the receiving end of such conflict. As it is, peace from God is absent as a result of our disobedience to Him (Isaiah 48:22).

Shamefully, today’s generation see marriage as a contract (conditional and revocable), as opposed to a covenant (unconditional and irrevocable).Moses permitted the Israelites to divorce because of their hardened hearts (Matthew 19:8-9; Malachi 2:13-14), but the Lord Himself indicated that He hates divorce (Malachi 2:16). As believers under the new covenant, we should not harden our hearts but rather have hearts of flesh (Ezekiel 11:19; 36:26) and be willing to love and forgive, since Unforgiveness, lustfulness and jealousy are bitter roots and causes of divorce. As the scriptures teaches, if we don’t forgive others of their sins, the Lord also not forgive us our sins (Luke 6:37, Matthew 6:12).

Forgiveness and Salvation for Remarried People

First, let’s consider the following scriptural guidance. My wife and I have been counselling a close relative back in 2011 regarding marriage. He had a desire to serve the Lord but he was not legally divorced from his previous wife and was living in sin with another woman. Since the bible forbids divorce and remarriage except through marital unfaithfulness we were lost on how to help him find a solution. So we turned to the Lord and He said, My son Adrian must do the right thing”. By this the Lord meant that he should obey the Scriptures, by either reconciling with his estrange wife or remaining single (1 Corinthians 7:11). Similarly, after learning how good the Lord was to us a single mother who lived in with a married man asked if she may join our prayer group. We honestly didn’t want to hurt her after seeing her enthusiasm, we had to obey the Lord and we counselled her to first make right with the Lord and repent from the sin of adultery. Our Christian duty was to correct her scripturally to do the right thing and to come serve the Lord in peace and a clear conscience. Because sin is so deceitful and addictive, she never followed our counsel. Brethren, this is breaking the heart of the Lord, there are many people who desire to serve the Lord but at the same time they don’t want to let go of their sins we cannot serve God and the cravings of sin at the same time (Matthew 6:24).

Consequently, I know some worldly people might construe our correction to the lady as judging. We were not judging her instead, we applied the scriptures to correct her. It is our Christian duty to use the Sword of the Spirit as a measuring rod to dispel error. In addition to what the Scriptures teach on correcting others (2 Timothy 4:2; Galatians 6:1; 1 Timothy 5:20; Hebrews 10:24; 2 Thessalonians 3:15). The Lord also confirming this through a vision we shared on our website recently, please see Warning: Do Not Use The Lord’s Name in Vain!. His word does the judging and not us or the one issuing the correction.

Briefly, regarding divorce, one faithful sister in our ministry requested us to ask the Lord if she may divorce her husband because of his infidelities and abuse. In reply the Lord discouraged her not to seek a divorce instead He told her to just continue praying for her husband, she obeyed and the Lord brought them back together.

Thank you for reading to thus far, and now for the answer we have all been waiting for. Now somewhere in this world someone is asking, “What if I am divorced and I remarried does that mean I am excluded from becoming a born-again Christian?” Good question! and I know there are many such people out there wanting answers on this important matter. I surely do not like to be seen as misrepresenting the word of God here, nor do I want to be seen “shutting the Kingdom in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13 NIV). In all the Bible, no direct provision has been made for incidents like this except for marital unfaithfulness, as we discussed above (Matthew 5:32) and I have no authority to teach otherwise.

However, during my bible study sessions I was drawn to the following bible verse and I wondered if it does not apply to people who remarried before they became born again.Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters (1 Corinthians 7:18-20). Like I said above, I have been wondering for a long time on the fate of Christians who married, divorced and remarried. As much as I knew they must be living in disobedience by divorcing and remarrying. It also disturbed me to know that there must be some forgiveness for them and the Lord did not close the door of salvation on them. I just did not want to wrongly apply the above scripture to their situation since it does not explicitly say so. In our petition to the Lord Jesus Christ regarding remarried and divorced people He gave the following directives in the two short visions below.

“On the 31st of July 2013, we prayed in agreement as a family and my father asked me to ask the Lord if 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 applies to people who were once married, divorced and remarried. That evening during the Lord’s regular visits, I saw the Lord coming down from Heaven on a cloud and He had a pure white robe on with a sash across His chest reading KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS. He was standing at the usual place where we meet every night. But this time, I was standing in front of the Lord with my Bible open on the 1 Corinthians 7:17-24. While the Lord was standing there, I asked the Lord the question my father phrased for me (see above) while I pointed with my finger to the above verse in the Bible just as we agreed in prayer. Without hesitation, the Lord answered and said, YES this Scripture does apply to people in that situation. I said, “Thank you Lord” and the Lord said, It’s a Pleasure My daughter and the Lord told me to tell my father to put it on the website. After this I closed my Bible put it under my arms and just as I left I saw how the Lord ascended up to Heaven.” End of vision.

Being concerned by a possible abuse of this condition. We also asked the Lord to issue a warning as there might be people who uses the Lord’s grace as a means to indulge in sin. In emphasize, this condition strictly applies to people who were divorced and remarried before they became Christians. In other words, their divorce and remarriage happened before they knew the Lord. He grants them this condition to allow them salvation too. Here follows the Lord’s WARNING:

“I was given a follow up vision on adultery as a warning by the Lord to Christians in the early hours of August 5, 2013. I saw myself in a pure white room and in the room were a memory stick and a DVD player suspended in midair. I took the flash drive and inserted it into the DVD player. At once, I heard a recorded message saying, People who know My teachings and disobey Me and do wrong things will be severely punished. For confirmation, I asked, “Is it the Lord Jesus speaking” and the voice said through the recording, Yes it is the Lord Jesus Christ speaking, go now and don’t forget”. I replied and said, “Yes Lord, I will tell my father.” Vision ended.

Remember brethren if we are called by the Lord we will not continue in sin (1 John 3:9).

Through the above vision and warning, every Christian who disobeys and use this Scripture to remarry will be subject to judgement and punishment. Do not play with your salvation, obey the Lord! For your convenience we reference the entire scripture below, this is how this Scripture (1 Corinthians 7:17-24) reads:

“17 But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches. 18 Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters. 20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called. 21 Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it. 22 For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.

Yours in Peace,

Brother Glenn