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Be Pure (7 of 10)
Series: The Ten Commandments
Exodus 20:14; Matthew 5:27-28
The seventh message in a series of ten sermons on the Ten Commandments.
''You shall not commit adultery.'' Exodus 20:14, NKJV
27 ''You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.' 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.'' Matthew 5:27-28, NKJV
At the outset, I am fully aware that the topic of adultery is a very sensitive one to many of you. Some of you have been on the receiving end of a lot of pain and devastation in your life and family because of adultery. You've come through some difficult situations but God has also brought healing and restoration to you and your family.
I'm speaking to others today who have made poor choices and committed adultery and have brought much pain to your family. But you have sought forgiveness and God has restored you and even though it's not been easy, you've tried to make things as right as is humanly possible.
I am also addressing perhaps many who have been raised in a promiscuous culture where casual sex has been the norm. And in many instances marriage has not been held in very high esteem. There are many people today who are living together without being married and in many cases that's the kind of home that they came out of. Most experts would agree that the statistics on marriage and divorce are probably misleading. Divorce as a whole is down from several decades ago, but divorce is up among Christians. However, cohabitation rates (i.e., living together without being married) have greatly increased. So the fact that more Christians are getting divorced today may have to do with the fact that Christians may still be getting married at higher rates than people outside of the church. But the reality is, divorce has still wrecked havoc in too many good Christian families today and has greatly impacted the ...
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