by Andrew McQuitty

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If It's on Fire Don't Lie Down on It (12 of 17)
E. Andrew McQuitty


A. Read 2Sm. 11. . . King David's fatal attraction before Glen Close and Michael Douglas made it popular. . .

B. The lead story in Robert Fulghum's bestseller It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It is from a tabloid newspaper account of a small-town emergency squad being summoned to a house where smoke was pouring from an upstairs window. The crew broke in and found a man in a smoldering bed. After the man was rescued and the mattress doused, the obvious question was asked, How did this happen? His answer, I don't know. It was on fire when I lay down on it.

Fulghum writes: The story stuck like a burr to my mental socks. And reminded me of a phrase copied into my journal from the dedication of some book: 'Quid rides? Mutato nomine, de te fabula narratur.' Latin. From the writings of Horace. Translated: 'Why do you laugh? Change the name, and the story is told of you.'

When you and I hear of David's misbehavior, our temptation is to go Tsk tsk and self-confidently go on our way. After all, such a thing could never happen to us, right? Wrong! It could and does every day of the week! 1 Cor. 10.12 says: Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. That's why this morning I want us to look at why sexual misbehavior is like a fire, and why otherwise intelligent people lay down on it anyway. Perhaps this insight from God's Word can spare us and our loved ones the pain and shame of doing such a foolish thing ourselves. . .

I. Why sexual misconduct is like fire. . .(or, what Dr. Ruth won't tell you)

A. Its effects spread uncontrollably.

1. Scripture (6-25): David's act of adultery in Winston Churchill's famous words was not the end. It was not the beginning of the end. It was merely the end of the beginning. It set in motion a domino-effect starting with a cover- up and ending with a murder. Rather than admitting his mistake and repenti ...

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