Last week, we started our discoveries on the moral consequences that come with sexual sin and its cover ups. The first cover-up we discussed was: “Let's conceal and cover-up the identity of the real father”. We also discovered the second cover-up as: if the real father cannot be concealed, then “Let's push the responsibility to someone else”. Thirdly, death or murder as an option at times is considered as the best way out.
“And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were. And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.” (2Sam. 11:14-17)
Very few people know that the passion that seizes men and leads them to steal other people's wives is bound up with the cruelty that plots the murder of a human life. David in his wildest imagination would never have imagined that what went between him and Bathsheba could develop to the magnitude of having and considering an option of killing her husband. That is how immorality must be seriously eschewed by this generation if some crimes, corruptions and evils or wickedness must be curbed.
The fourth consequence is that adultery and fornication displease God.
“And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.” (2Sam. 11:27)
Whatever displeases God the creator of the human spirit, soul and body must be harmful to mankind. There will be grave consequences when we disobey Him and do what displeases Him.
Fifthly, immorality never builds stable homes in which children can feel secure. It leads to lies, deception and violence. The guilt destroys a man and woman physically, emotionally and spiritually. When violent death is involved as an option or abortion, the scars are not easily healed for life. So the Bible warns:
“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2Ti. 2:22)
Let's continue our discussion on why people commit immorality. Remember we started discussing on the consequences under a third reason why people commit adultery namely: It is because people have chosen and will always choose to forget God's command-“you shall not commit adultery.” (Exod. 20:14)
The fourth reason is doubting God's goodness in the midst of plenty, which makes a man to focus on sex other than channeling his energy to some other great endeavors, fields or issues of life. He (serpent) said to the woman,
“Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Gen. 3:1b)
The woman's attention suddenly was shifted to that tree, which she later ate of its fruit. But mind you, there were many other trees for food that God had granted them access to. History has never changed. We are always after things that are forbidden leading to our destruction or heavy shame and regrets.
Fifthly, being desperate to get married. Some singles do everything immoral to keep men or women they intend to marry. Some do so for financial gains and end up being trapped. The Bible again warns:
“Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.” (Prov. 9:17-18)
“A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” (Prov. 22:3)
It is the case of the proverbial frog in a pot of cold water but on glowing coals of fire. Very soon this frog will be killed when the true heat threatens.
Finally, there is this crazy syndrome: “Everyone else is doing it”. So people believe because everybody is doing it, God will always forgive as a loving Father. Some other lies and deceptions are: “Ah! It adds colour to marital acts or it causes sickness if you abstain from sex.
“A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, To call passengers, who go right on their ways: Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.” (Prov. 9:13-18)
“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification that ye should abstain from fornication.” (1Thess. 4:3)
Friends, do not follow the modern trend, where premarital sex, adultery, homosexuality, prostitution, incest, rape, lusts, obscene speeches, pornography and other dirty hell-bound activities are celebrated.