Adultery is when a married person violates his or her marriage vows by having sexual relations outside the marriage.

In the Old Testament, God specifically commands, “Thou shalt not commit adultery” (Ex.20:14; Dt. 5:18). The Old Testament usually speaks of adultery as a man becoming sexually involved with the wife of another man. The law says, “And you shall not lie sexually with your neighbor’s wife and so make yourself unclean with her” (Lev. 18:20). The Law instructed Israel to put adulterers and adulteresses to death (Lev.20:10). The serious nature of this teaching demonstrates how God placed an importance on sexual faithfulness to the health of marriage and society.

The scriptures regard marriage as a covenant, a legal and binding relationship that lasts for life. In Malachi God would no longer accept the offering of the Jews who had dealt treacherously with the wife of their youth.

The holiness God desires is to keep sexual contact pure within the marriage. “ Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous” (Hebrews 13:4).

In marriage each gives himself or herself sexually to his or her spouse until death separates them.

The word of God tells us that adulterers will not inherit the Kingdom of God in

(1 Corinthians 6:9-10) Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, (v-10) nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists will inherit the Kingdom of God.

Let every Christian work to keep the marriage free from sexual sin to avoid the danger of not inheriting the Kingdom of God. A moment of pleasure is just not worth one giving up heaven and going to Hell for eternity. As mentioned on the above verses there are other sins that will also keep us from inheriting the Kingdom of God.

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