You Shall Not Commit Adultery

You shall not commit adultery
— Exodus 20:14

As of 2014 adultery was illegal in 21 states, in two of them it was a felony, Michigan and Wisconsin (although perhaps changing or unenforced these days). Why is that? Why does the state let alone the church and any society have an interest in protecting marriage against adultery?

Why is adultery such a big deal? Because it destroys the fabric of humanity and of the church that God has so carefully and lovingly woven! You are destroying the work of God. What God has joined together, let no man separate!

Positively let’s listen to the WLC Q138. "What are the duties required in the seventh commandment?"

A. "The duties required in the seventh commandment are, chastity in body, mind, affections, words, and behavior; and the preservation of it in ourselves and others; watchfulness over the eyes and all the senses; temperance, keeping of chaste company, modesty in apparel; marriage by those that have not the gift of continency [celibate singleness] conjugal love, and cohabitation; diligent labor in our callings; shunning all occasions of uncleanness, and resisting temptations thereunto." A high calling indeed. only even attempted by those saturated with the grace of God!

In Prayer Today:

Ask God for forgiveness for past sexual failures, and ask him for grace against future temptations.

**Let’s briefly bring up polygamy: this was not God’s design for marriage. Nowhere is polygamy commanded or condoned by God in the Bible. Full stop. Virtually everywhere the OT mentions polygamy it is connected with marital strife. It is forgiven and permitted to remain once it has been perpetrated as a sin in some circumstances. People love to refer to the “Levirate Law” of Deut. 25, but they are mistaken because this law only applied to an unmarried son taking the brother’s widow, as was pre-demonstrated both in the case of Judah and his sons, and seemingly assumed in the future scenario that the sadducees pitch Jesus in Mt. 22 when trying to shoot down the resurrection. Furthermore in Deut 17 it is forbidden that Kings take more than one wife, and in 1 Tim 3 it states similarly than an elder or ruler of the church should be the husband of one wife. So NO, polygamy is not an example in the Bible of non one-man and one-woman God-sanctioned marriage. In addition the church fathers all condemned polygamy and even the Jewish rabbis and many Roman rulers condemned it.