by Andrew McQuitty

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If It's on Fire Don't Lie On It (13 of 17)
E. Andrew McQuitty
II Samuel 11

Introduction: Why sexual misconduct is like fire. . . . . Read 2Sm. 11. . .

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. Firemen were summoned to a house where smoke was pouring from an upstairs window. They broke in and found a man in a smoldering bed. After the man was rescued and the mattress doused, they asked him the obvious question, 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.' That's Latin from the writings of Horace: 'Why do you laugh? Change the name, and the story is told of you.'

King David suffered a fatal attraction before Glen Close and Michael Douglas made it popular! When you and I read about it, 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, why otherwise intelligent people lay down on it anyway, and what can be done to extinguish the flames. Perhaps this insight from God's Word can spare us and our loved ones the pain of doing such a thing ourselves. . .

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

A. Its effects spread uncontrollably.

Fire out of the fireplace (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 en ...

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