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[1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:5; Revelation 21:8; Revelation 22:14]

These are some lists of sins.  These sins are for God’s children, not for unsaved people.  Unsaved people are already headed for the lake of fire, but this is a warning that says that these will not inherit the Kingdom.  Inheritance is a family matter.  You don’t have to worry about whether or not you’re in my mother’s will.

These lists of sins are not very popular.  Talking about any sin is not popular.  I don’t mean just in the world; it’s not even popular among God’s people.  Some of them in particular are taboo.  “Oh, don’t say that, you might offend ______.”

It’s not popular among God’s people because it calls for accountability.  Not that you can lose your spiritual salvation, because that is secure.  It was paid for by the perfect, finished work of the Lord Jesus on the cross.  But, looking at these warnings and exhortations calls for accountability among his people.  That’s not popular.

Many people preach and teach that once you’re saved, all your sins, whether past, present, or future are forgiven, and seem to forget 1 John 1:9 that tells us that “IF we confess our sins…”  It’s a little word, but “if” makes it conditional.  But, “IF we confess our sins [plural], he is” what?  “Faithful and just to forgive us our sins.”  What if we don’t confess them?  Is he faithful and just?

Some people teach that if we’re saved, then we won’t sin.  So, if we sin, then we were never truly saved.  [You won’t find that expression anywhere in the Bible.]  They teach that if we’re truly saved, we’ll do his will all the time, so we don’t have to worry about confessing.  They teach that we’re not saved by our works, but they backload works onto salvation to say that if we’re truly saved, we’ll have good works and no sin.

Many people teach that salvational security is a license to sin.  “It doesn’t matter what you do, God still loves you.”  Well, he does still love you, but does it matter what you do?  Why?

These lists are for God’s people; members of the local church.  These are warnings.  God warns his people.  There are future consequences for those who know his will, but still choose to do otherwise.  These lists contain sins that saved people can and do commit!  A saved individual is capable of committing each and every one of them!

If we choose to live a life of sin and we know the Lord’s will, there will be consequences in the future.  [Luke 12:47:  “And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.”]  This is a servant, and he knew the Lord’s will and did not make preparations according to that which he had knowledge to.  So, if we practice these sins and we don’t confess them that we’ve been talking about, we will not escape negative judgment at the Judgment Seat of Christ.  Paul says that we will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

The inheritance is called a reward in [Colossians 3:24]  It’s compensation.    Why?  Because “ye serve the Lord”.  What if a saved person doesn’t serve the Lord?  Will a saved person always serve the Lord?

This word “reward” is interesting.  It’s compensation or repayment.  [Luke 14:12:  “Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.”; Romans 11:9:  “And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:”]  Who is this epistle written to?  [Colossians 1:2]  It’s also interesting to note that in Colossians 3:24, the verbs are 2nd person plural; ya’ll, if you will.  “Ya’ll will receive the reward” because “ya’ll are serving the Lord”.

“Ya’ll will receive” is in the middle voice.  It means that the person to whom it is referring causes the action to happen to himself.  A good way to look at it is to add the phrase “for myself” to it.  “Ya’ll will receive this reward because ya’ll serve the Lord.”

But, look what [Colossians 3:25] says.  It’s 3rd person singular, and also middle voice.  He shall receive for himself for what he has done.

“Because you serve”; “the wrong he hath done”.  Both verses are talking about works, and payment for them.  Is this talking about being saved?

It is the promised Kingdom given to those who love him in James 2:5.  It is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints; this happens when he returns to Earth as the King of kings and Lord of Lords.  (Ephesians 1:18)

John uses different words than Paul did.  John says that those who don’t obey the Lord and commit these sins will be outside the gates to this city; they will not be permitted to enter into this city in Revelation 22:14.  It says, “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”  In Revelation 21:8, John says, “ But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death..”  Compare this to having a part in the first resurrection in Revelation 20:6-7, which says, “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.”

In Revelation 21:8, this word “part” means share.  It has a couple of shades of meaning, but essentially in Revelation 21:8, it means share.  [Revelation 21:8]  They shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire.  His share will be burned and consumed.  It’s their part or their share.  You can lose your reward; your privileges; your right to rule and reign with the Lord in his coming Kingdom; your inheritance can be forfeited, but you cannot become unsaved.  That would be a salvation based on works!

Keep this word “part” in your minds.  The Lord used the disciples in a lot of ways to teach us a lot of lessons.  In [John 13], Jesus took the disciples to the upper room and in [verses 4-7a], we see, “He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.  After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.  Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?  Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now…”  Well, Peter knew he was washing his feet, so there was a spiritual lesson here.  There was a lesson that was deeper than the simple physical lesson being taught.  [Verse 7b-8:  “What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.  Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.]  No share with me.  This word “share” is the same word that we saw in Revelation 21:8.

Jesus washed his feet.  He cleansed him.  He helped him have a clean walk.  But, there is something you can do that will assure you that you will have a share with the Lord Jesus.  He cleanses us and he does this other than simply redeeming our spirits; it has to do with our soul.  It has to do with our life.

[Luke 10:38-39:  Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.]  You’re going to see a contrast, and I want you to pay attention to it.  [Verse 40:  But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.]  And he didn’t do that.  [Verse 41:  And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:]  Potatoes, beans, moose roast…  But look what he says in [verse 42:  But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.]  “Mary has chosen that good part”, or “share”.  It’s sitting at the feet of Jesus and hearing his word.  That’s the thing that is of great value.  He said to her in verse 42, “one thing is needful”.  This is a little bit of a rabbit trail, but I want you to see how this word is used.

But, we’ve been reading some shocking words!  These people in Revelation 21:8 will have their part consumed!  Shocking!  But, this is how we know the terror of the Lord.  In 2 Corinthians 5:11, Paul said, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…”  We use the terror of the Lord to persuade saved men and women not to live in sin.  These are the words of Scripture!  They’re given to us to help us to fear God and change our wicked ways.

So, it’s important for us to know what these sins are; it’s important to define these sins.  God doesn’t want us to be in darkness.  1 Thessalonians 5:4 says, “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.”

That’s why it’s important to explore and define these sins.  Tonight, I want us to look at adultery.  Fornication is listed as a separate sin, and fornication can often include adultery, but there are several times when these two words appear in the same verse, right next to each other, making a clear distinction between the two.

“Fornication” is having sexual intercourse between two people who are not going to have a long-lasting, committed relationship of one flesh forever for as long as they live; not leaving father and mother and cleaving to their spouse.  It’s the word “porneia”, and is often associated with idolatry.  But, it’s two individuals whom God has not joined together; they’re not married, and they’re busy satisfying their fleshly lusts.

Paul told us how we can avoid fornication.  1 Corinthians 7:1-2 says, “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.  Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.”  We avoid fornication by getting married.  Fornication is being not yet married, but practicing; it’s not intending to have a lifelong commitment.

Fornication can be heterosexual or homosexual, and we’re not going to get into that right now, but adultery is something that God forbids.  It’s a sin that has brought a lot of shame, pain, disgrace, and embarrassment into the lives of many people.  Some of the effects of adultery will never go away.  Marriages and families are broken up, because of adultery.  People dieing, losing jobs, positions, etc.

An adulterer is a man, married or not, having sexual relations with a married woman other than his wife.  Such a woman is an adulteress.  Although today we apply the term to a married man having intercourse outside of marriage, the Bible calls a married man having intercourse with an unmarried woman “fornication”, not “adultery”.

The seventh commandment is “thou shalt not commit adultery”.  Leviticus 18:20 is a bit more specific.  It says, “Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her.”  The Bible spends a lot of time on adultery, so it’s something that’s important.  How important is it?  What’s the penalty?  Divorce, right?  Wrong!  Death for both parties.  Leviticus 20:10:  “And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”  The manner of death isn’t spelled out, but according to the Rabbis, it was strangulation.  In the days of Jesus, it had evolved into stoning.  That’s one reason that hanging was so frowned upon:  It was the punishment for adultery.

But, why is adultery so serious?  It’s a horrible, wicked, ugly, perverted sin.  Malachi 2:16 says, “For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.”  He hates it!  [This is a good chapter to read when you get home, by the way.]  He hates adultery!

Divorce promotes adultery.  God forbade adultery.  Exodus 20:1, 14 says, “And God spake all these words, saying, Thou shalt not commit adultery.”  That’s not ambiguous at all.  It’s very clear and plain.  What is God’s command?  In Romans 2:22 & 13:9 & James 2:11, this command is repeated.

Now, this commandment assumes that we know what adultery is.  How do we define it?  Leviticus 20:10 says, “And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”  Ezekiel 16:32:  But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband!”  Adultery is something that a man and a woman do together, and it’s done with someone else’s marriage partner.  What’s the definition of adultery?

It’s being unfaithful to the one to whom you have committed yourself for the rest of your life.  Adultery is a reproach to the faithful partner.  It’s a sin against not only God, but against your spouse.  It’s sharing something that is so intimate that it is supposed to only be shared with one person in your life.  It’s breaching a sacred trust.  It’s cowardly, low, cheap, disgraceful, and a lot more adjectives, and something that we don’t need to give place in our lives.

God gives his opinion quite frankly in the OT.  In the OT, the punishment for adultery is not divorce; it’s death.  That’s how much God hates it.  Deuteronomy 22:22 says, “If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.”  According to Moses, who got his words from the Lord, adulterers were to be put to death, not helped to get a divorce.  People may wink at adultery today and think it’s funny, but does God think it’s funny?

Divorce is not an option in the OT for adultery.  Adultery never breaks the marriage bond.  We have people in the church today teaching that if your partner commits adultery, you have the right to get a divorce.  It’s satanic, and it’s caused a lot of reproach to the name of Jesus Christ.

Jesus took the definition of adultery to a higher level than simply committing the act of adultery, but told us that someone can commit adultery in their heart.  Think about that!  Matthew 5:27 says, “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:”  In order to be found guilty of adultery under the law of Moses, you had to be caught in the outward act of adultery, but Jesus takes it further.  Matthew 5:28:  “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh [present, active] on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”  Pretty harsh, huh?

Jesus Christ, when he came, brought a higher righteousness than the Law.  He taught righteousness which is by faith.  We have to be careful where we look, and how long we look.  “Look” is in the present tense; it’s something I keep doing and indulge in.  2 Peter 2:14 tells us that a person can have their eyes full [distended] of adultery.  [2 Peter 2:14; having-present, active]  The active voice means that it’s something that this person chooses to do; it’s voluntary.

Just remember, when you’re looking at someone, you could be looking at someone’s husband or wife.  Job 31:1 says, “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?”  [Not to look with lust upon a woman.]  Married men need to make a covenant with their eyes to be committed to their wives.  Psalm 119:37 says, “Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.”

God cares what we think.  Faith understands that God sees what man cannot see.  Sometimes, we make God like us and that God sees only what man sees.  We’re saved by believing on the Lord Jesus, but how are we suppose to walk?  By faith.  To walk by faith means that we walk and live before God.  Hebrews 4:13 says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”  [To whom we must give an account.]  Faith is to live with God-awareness, everywhere we go and in everything that we think and do.  God-awareness.  God knows our thoughts, and if we look at something, God is so powerful that God knows what we’re looking at, and how we’re looking at it.  God sees the heart.

1 Samuel 16:7 says, “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”  “Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”  Man can see the outward actions, as can God, but God also sees the heart of man.

What are the two great commandments?  Matthew 22:37:  “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”  That’s inward.  The inward will reflect what?  The outward.  Matthew 22:39:  “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”  God desires outward results and inward results; he looks at both.  So, don’t get off-balance and say, “God knows my heart, so I can do whatever I want”.  God wants to see faith; he wants to see obedience; actions.

By the same token, he doesn’t want to see outward actions without an inward change.  A devotion to God.

Our eyes can be a stumbling block; we don’t want to be committing adultery in our hearts.  In Matthew 5:29, in the Sermon on the Mount, which was given to saved people, Jesus tells us, “And if thy right eye offend [snaring; skandalizO; causes you to stumble] thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”  I think that Jesus wants us to take it very seriously how we look at other people.  [How are you going to look at people this week?]

In this verse, “hell” is not “hades”, but “Gehenna”.  Up in Matthew 5:22, it’s “hell fire”.  The original of this is “the gehennah of fire.”  The word “gehennah”, commonly translated “hell”, is made up of two Hebrew words, and signifies the valley of Hinnom.  This was at one point in the past a pleasant valley near Jerusalem, on the south side.  A small brook ran through it and partly encompassed the city.  The idolatrous Israelites, before their captivity, devoted this valley to the horrid worship of Moloch.  [2 Kings 16:3:  “But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel.  2 Chronicles 28:3:  “Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.]

In that worship, the ancient Jewish writers inform us, the idol of Moloch was of brass, and was adorned with a royal crown; it had the head of a calf, and his arms extended as if to embrace anyone.  When they offered children to him they heated the statue from within by a huge fire, and when it was burning hot they put the child into his arms, where it was soon consumed by the heat.  In order that the cries of the child might not be heard, they made a lot of noise with drums and other instruments about the idol.  These drums were called “toph”, and therefore a common name of the place was Tophet.  [Jeremiah 7:31-32:  And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.  Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no place.]

After the return of the Jews from captivity, this place was held in such abhorrence that, by the example of Josiah in 2 Kings 23:10, it was made the place where to throw all the dead carcasses and filth of the city, and was quite often the place of public executions.  It became extremely offensive; the sight was terrific [expound upon the meaning of “terrific”]; the air was polluted and full of pestilence; and to preserve it in any manner pure, it was necessary to keep fires continually burning there.  The extreme loathsomeness of the place; the filth and putrefaction; the corruption of the atmosphere, and the fires blazing by day and night, made it one of the most appalling things with which a Jew was acquainted.  It was called the “gehenna of fire”, and was the image that our Savior often employed to denote the future punishment of the wicked. 

In Matthew 5:22, it denotes a degree of suffering higher than the punishment inflicted by the Sanhedrin, and the whole verse means, “He that hates his brother without a cause is guilty of a violation of the sixth commandment, and shall be punished with a severity similar to that inflicted by the court of judgment.  He that shall suffer his passions to transport him still further, so that he shall make his brother an object of derision and contempt, shall be exposed to a much more severe punishment, corresponding to that which the Sanhedrin (council) inflicts.  But he who shall load his brother with odious appellations and abusive language shall incur the severest degree of punishment, represented by being burned alive in the horrid and awful valley of Hinnom.”  Pretty severe stuff, and it’s based on what’s in the heart.

The amount of this difficult and important verse is this:  The Jews considered but one crime a violation of the sixth commandment:  Actual murder, or willful, unlawful taking of life.  Jesus says that the commandment is much broader.  It relates not only to the external act, but also to the feelings and words.  He specifies three forms of such violation:

1.   Unjust anger.

2.   Anger accompanied with an expression of contempt.

3.      Anger, with an expression not only of contempt, but wickedness.

Among the Jews there were three degrees of condemnation: that by the “judgment”, the “council”, and the “fire of Hinnom”.  Jesus says likewise there shall be grades of condemnation for the different ways of violating the sixth commandment.  Not only murder shall be punished by God, but anger and contempt shall be regarded by him as a violation of the law, and punished according to the offence.  As these offences were not actually recognizable or knowable before the Jewish tribunals, he must mean that they will be punished hereafter, and all these expressions therefore relate to degrees of punishment proportionate to crime in the future.  [You can guess where we’re going with this, maybe.  Next week, we’ll look at why we’re all going to hell.  I was going to stop here this morning, but I want to leave you with a few more things before we leave.]

But, this is talking about Gehenna, and God takes it seriously, and we’re given warnings about what’s going to happen if we don’t deal with the stumbling blocks.  Gehenna is a warning in relationship to saved people.  We can be outside the gates of the New Jerusalem during the coming Millennial age, and the Bible calls that Gehenna.  It’s not somewhere that you want to be, so we need to take extreme measures and deal with what we have in our hearts.  Never let your eyes stay fixed on someone for long.  If they do, you have an advocate where we can confess our sins, and he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.  But, in John 8:11, Jesus says, “Go and sin no more”.

We want to make sure that we make no provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof, as we’re told in Romans 13:14.

Adultery will not go unpunished.  That’s why we don’t want to be involved in adultery.  Proverbs 6:27 asks, “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?”  Can a man walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?  The one that goes in to his neighbor’s wife, will not go unpunished.  God will make sure that what they sow, they will reap.

Adultery defiles the marriage bed.  Hebrews 13:4 says, “Marriage is honourable in all [it’s a good thing!], and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers [fornicators] and adulterers God will judge.”  Adulterers will be judged.

So, the undefiled bed here is a one flesh holy marriage that God has joined together for life.  The bed is a holy place and a place of intimacy for the husband and wife alone.  Two people who are made one.  Marriage is created by God, not by a pastor or a court.  No one can marry two people, only God can, and he doesn’t marry two homosexuals or two lesbians or a man and an animal or any other sort of perversion such as that.  Vows are important, but it’s God that makes it a marriage.  There’s no formula for vows in a wedding ceremony.

Only God can bring two people together.  When a couple leaves mother and father and cleaves to each other, they become one flesh.  God made marriage permanent!  We find this in Genesis 2:22-24:  “And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

In the first marriage union in the Bible, there is no mention of the possibility of divorce.  “Well, I have a few more ribs.”  “If this rib doesn’t work out, I’ll get another rib and give it a shot.”  Marriage is permanent!  A person in a godly marriage is bound to his marriage partner for his entire life.  That’s why it’s ‘til death do us part.

Romans 7:2-3:  “For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth [nothing in here about remarriage or divorce]; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.  So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.”  Paul makes marriage simple and clear here:  It’s permanent until death.  If you try to get out of it and you remarry, it’s an adulterous marriage.

1 Corinthians 7:39:  “The wife is bound by the law [Genesis 2:24; leave, cleave, and become one flesh] as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.”  Both of these passages are pretty explicit in saying that a woman is bound to her husband for how long?  As long as they don’t get a divorce.  No, that’s not what it says; it says, “as long as he is living”.

Marriage is ended by death.  At death, the surviving spouse is permitted to remarry in the Lord.  No exceptions are mentioned anywhere to suggest that she is free to remarry anyone other than her husband on any other basis; only upon death.  Why?  Because God is in control of death.  God joins them and God separates them.  Marriage is of God, not of the courts.  It’s a divine institution.

50% of Christian marriages in the US end in divorce.  Preachers aren’t preaching the Bible the way it should be preached.  People don’t care what the Bible says anyway, unless they happen to like what it says.

When we talk on the sin of adultery, there’s one topic that comes to the forefront of this discussion, and that’s the topic of divorce.  What does the Bible say about divorce?  Malachi 2:16:  “For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.”

The Lord hates divorce!  “For one covereth violence with his garment”.  “His garment” is an Arabic idiom for “wife”.  Compare this to Genesis 20:16:  “And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.”  The husband was a garment to the wife, and the wife was a garment to the husband.  Deuteronomy 22:30:  “A man shall not take his father's wife, nor discover his father's skirt.”  Ruth 3:9:  “And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.”  Ezekiel 16:8:  “Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.”

Psalm 73:6 says, “Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.”  Their “violence” is the putting away of their wives; their “garment” with which they try to cover it is they say, “Well, Moses permitted it!”  [Matthew 19:6-9]

Now, how anyone can associate divorce with the Lord Jesus Christ is beyond me.  I don’t think he’s ambiguous at all:  “The Lord hateth putting away.”

One of the problems with churches today is that they are seeking to be more and more relevant to this world.  Because in this world people give divorces, so many churches feel that it’s OK.  They’re soft on it, because they say they have to be relevant to the world and the times in which they are living.  Well, don’t we need to be relevant to truth?