We’re surveying the Ten Commandments, and today we conclude our discussion of the seventh. As I wrote yesterday, our modern-day sexual rebellion (often called “The Sexual Revolution”) is essentially nothing more than a rejection of the Ten Commandments, and particularly of the prohibition against adultery.
- God is love.
- You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
- 1 – You shall have no other gods before Me.
- 2 – You shall not make for yourself an idol.
- 3 – You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
- 4 – Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy.
- You shall love your neighbor as yourself; that is, treat people the same way you want them to treat you.
- 5 – Honor your father and your mother.
- 6 – You shall not murder.
- 7 – You shall not commit adultery.
- 8 – You shall not steal.
- 9 – You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- 10 – You shall not covet.
- We love because He first loved us.
The sexual rebellion is a lie about human sexuality, propped up with the lies of secularism, feminism, multiculturalism (pluralism), progressivism, and other ideologies. The common thread of all these lies is a rejection of Christ and His ways. Progressive Christians exchange Christian values for progressive ones, but retain a Christian vocabulary to describe what is essentially a secular view. Secularism even finds explicit Christian supporters by getting them to agree that their Christianity must be practiced in private and cannot be allowed to guide social interactions, lest we violate the dictates of pluralism. Modern society considers racism and bigotry practically the only sins worth talking about while its sexual ethics literally have more in common with Hugh Hefner’s than with those of Jesus of Nazareth. Literally.
If we are going to keep God’s commandments, we are going to have to go to Jesus and stick with Him. Do we think He was ignorant of sexual issues because He was never married? Do we think that He’s not a trustworthy source on such matters because He wasn’t scientifically astute enough in the 1st century to realize that human beings are the product of evolution and sexual orientation is a fixed characteristic with which we were born? Do we really think that the God who gave Israel circumcision as the sign of His covenant has never thought much about sex? Do we really think that only with the advent of science are we able to understand what constitutes normal and moral sexual behavior?
God has very clear and very simple rules about sexual relations and these were communicated from the very beginning. As Jesus put it:
“Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
– Matthew 19:4-6
Modern American society would have us throw this elegant design out the window. You, however, want to obey the commandments of God. Therefore, you can choose the prevailing sexual mores of the United States of America or you can choose the seventh commandment. They cannot be reconciled because the former is in essence a rejection of the latter.
Think through every change in American sexual attitudes of the past fifty years and you will find that they can all be traced back to a defiance of what’s written in Jesus’ words above. Transgenderism, same-sex marriage, divorce-on-demand – you name it. Every one is a departure from the sexual ethics taught by Jesus.
Some people claim that Jesus never explicitly denounced homosexuality. Neither did He explicitly denounce incest, pedophilia, or bestiality. He didn’t need to explicitly denounce these things because they are all rejections of what He did teach. Math books do not teach all the wrong answers to 2 + 2. It is enough to teach the right answer. Every other answer is, ipso facto, wrong. Marital intimacy belongs in marriage. And nowhere else. Marriage is husband and wife. And nothing else.
The seventh commandment is very simple: “Do not commit adultery.” There’s nothing complex about it. And it hasn’t changed since the beginning of creation, though Jesus did intensify it by disallowing adulterous thoughts as well as adulterous deeds. By contrast, what’s called “the Sexual Revolution” is very complicated…and keeps changing all the time. It constantly has something new to teach us about how human civilization has had it wrong all along.
God’s ways are simple and straightforward. If you’re going to follow them, you must be prepared to ignore the siren song of modernized sexual ethics. The main reason that we’ve gotten from two human beings to over seven billion is by, for the most part, doing things God’s way. The sexual rebellion, by contrast, has no genuine concern for children; it cares only about pleasure. In fact, children are not its object, they are its refuse. Sex is about the adults involved and children are, at most, an afterthought. In fact, the sexual rebellion can be characterized as adults sacrificing children at the altar of adult pleasure. Even when children are sought, they are sought as accessories to the adult lifestyle – trophies for display to make the adults look like “good parents.” The Sexual Revolution is a cornucopia of bad ideas disguised as good ones.
It’s not difficult to sum up a discussion of the seventh commandment. What would be difficult is summing up all the perverse alternatives that the world offers in its place.
Do not commit adultery – in thought or deed. Honor marriage. It is the gift of God.
If you want to know where to find all of these commandments in your own Bible, see the post Ten Commandments: Scriptural Locations which gives the chapter-and-verse reference for each commandment and statement in the outline.