With such emphasis on unbridled sex and loose morals in the movies, videos, television programs, advertising and music, is it any wonder that fornication and sexual immorality are looked upon as okay and acceptable. Most don’t believe that those things are sins at all, and if they are, God winks at them. What does the Bible teach about sexual immorality of all kinds? And how does God view it? And what impact does it have on society? You might be surprised to find out what the Bible actually says. So let us discover the truth together.
1. What lead the children of Israel to forsake God and worship idols?
“And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit __________ with the daughters of Moab,” (Numbers 25:1, 2).
Whoredom is another way of saying sexual immorality.
2. What was the result of sexual immorality?
“2And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. 3And Israel _________ himself unto Baalpeor: and the ________ of the _______ was kindled against Israel.” (Num. 25:2, 3)
16Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to _______ ________ against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD. (Numbers 31:16)
Satan, through Balaam, used sexual immorality to lead the children of Israel into sin and false worship. He is still using this tactic plan today. Modern Balaams reminds us that “Sex Sells.” As a result, it is nearly impossible to turn on the television without seeing some half naked person gyrating on the screen while using sexual innuendoes to sell a product. If this wasn’t bad enough, every avenue into the mind is bombarded by sex and sensuality: explicit music, videos, films, literature, games and the internet.
3. How will the LORD react to sin and why?
“5And I will come near to you to __________; and I will be a swift witness _________ the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. 6For I am the LORD, I _________ _____; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:5, 6)
What was sin in the past is sin today! God’s law does not change and the wages of sin is still death.
4. What should we do regarding fornication?
“_______ fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” (1 Cor. 6:18)
The Bible uses the word “fornication” to represent all illicit sexual intercourse. It includes: adultery, bestiality, homosexuality, lesbianism, sexual intercourse with close relatives (Lev.18), sexual intercourse with divorced men or women (Mk. 10:11, 12). The Greek word for fornication is porneia. It is where we get the word pornography. Fornication, therefore, also includes any viewing of sexual illicit acts, including the internet.
Notice it says, “Flee fornication.” Never stop and try to figure out this sin. Run as fast as you can. King Solomon, warned young men against this sin. He said, “5…keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words. 27Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death,” (Pro. 7:5, 27).
5. What is our body?
What? know ye not that your body is the _______ of the _____ ______ which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Cor. 6:19).
For further information see 1 Cor. 3:16-18.
6. What are we supposed to do with our bodies?
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore ________ God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor. 6:20).
Glorify means to: praise, extol, magnify, celebrate, to honor, do honor to, hold in honor, make glorious or to render excellent. It means to take on the character of God. (See Exodus 33:20-23; 34:6, 7)
7. How can we make Christ a party to fornication?
“Know ye not that your ______ are the __________ of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.” (1 Cor. 6:15)
Few would commit a lewd act in the presence of Christ. Yet, that happens each time fornication is committed.
8. Will there be fornicators in kingdom of God?
“19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, _____________, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things ______ ____ ________ the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
Those who continue to practice fornication will be excluded from heaven! (1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rev. 22:14, 15)
9. What is the fate of fornicators and immorality?
“Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the _____________ of _________ _____. (Jude 7)
10. What should be our relationship with those who practice fornication?
“But now I have written unto you ____ to keep __________, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.” (1 Cor. 5:11)
A covenant must be made with your eyes, ears and hands in order to flee fornication and sexual immorality. Anyone or anything that makes light of this and all sin must be avoided. Sin will always be destroyed in God’s sight and by beholding you are changed. (Job 31:1; Ps. 101:3; Phil. 4:8; 2 Cor. 3:18)
11. Why should we avoid things that lead to this sin?
“14But every man is tempted, when he is _______ _____ of his own lust, and enticed. 15Then when lust hath conceived, it _______ forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth _____.” (James 1:14-15)
12. What is God’s will on the matter of fornication?
“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should _______ from fornication.” (1 Thess. 4:3)
Sanctification means holiness. Fornication prevents it.
13. What if you have been guilty of this sin, can God forgive and what does He expect?”
“9If we _______ our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
“11…And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and ___ ___ ____.” (John 8:11)
Only true repentance and a turning away from adultery, fornication and all immorality will lead to forgiveness. If you are weak and believe you don’t have the power to stand, why not pray now and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior so that He can give you the power to stand?
14. Are you willing to surrender to God’s leading on this issue?