One of the most prevalent sin problems of our day is illicit sexual relations. It has been practiced from the White House, in a previous administration, all the way down to those who are “homeless.” The first two words in the inspired list of “works of the flesh,” as given by Paul to the churches of Galatia, are “adultery” and “fornication” (Gal. 5:19). Another listing of sins is given to the Corinthians in which mention is made again of “fornicators” and “adulterers,” and it is said that they will “not inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9; 7:2-5). “Adultery” means illicit sexual relations with one who is not your spouse. “Fornication,” however, covers any illicit sexual activity outside of marriage, whether with male or female, including bestiality, or sodomy. The divine answer to overcoming these sins is marriage (Heb. 13:4). Fornication and adultery are both mentioned by Jesus in His law of marriage, divorce and remarriage (Matt. 19:9).
Why Is It Wrong Outside Of Marriage?
- It is against God’s word (1 Thess. 4:3).
- It is a sin of prostitution against one’s own body (1 Cor. 6:13-20; Prov. 5:18-20).
- It is a sin of exploitation against the one with whom it is committed (Matt. 5:32).
- It is a sin against society, breaking down the God-ordained home, the foundation of society (Matt. 19:4-6).
- It is a sin against one’s own soul (Prov. 6:32).
- It is a sin which brings guilt to one’s conscience (Psa. 32:1-5).
It is the will of God that each person keeps his body pure (1 Thess. 4:3-8). The Bible says, “flee fornication” (1 Cor. 6:18). Of course, this forbids premarital sex under any circumstance. Fornication is the only scriptural reason for divorce and remarriage (Matt. 19:9). “Keep thyself pure” (1 Tim. 5:22).