Living Together & Sexual Sin
After reading this message, many will likely find the biblical model for marriage (between a man and a woman) is quite different to what they previously thought. Although modern society tells us it’s alright for a couple to “try out” their partner before getting married by “living together” for a time, or to sleep around with many different people before settling down, or to divorce and end a marriage quickly if it’s not working out, the truth according to God’s Word is quite different.
As matter of fact, the above modern examples are sinful in the eyes of God. These popular practices today are labeled in the Bible as fornication and adultery – sexual sins that should be avoided at all costs.
“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” – Hebrews 13:4
Have you already committed such sins? You must repent before God and ask for His forgiveness. Furthermore, if you are presently living with a sexual partner that you are not married to, you will need to separate yourself from them temporarily until you are both willing to consummate your marriage in a holy manner before God.
I know of one young man, in particular, who was living with a girl. They had a year-old baby together when he got saved. He began attending church, got water baptized, and began to study the Bible. But it seemed that every time he picked up his Bible, the word “fornication” would jump out at him from its pages. He finally decided to consult a dictionary to find out what the word meant. He was shocked to find out that it was defined as follows:
“Sexual intercourse between partners who are not married to each other.”
This young man immediately realized that God was speaking to him. He was convicting him that he was committing a sinful act with his girlfriend by “living together” and having sexual relations together without properly being married. He asked God’s forgiveness and promised to make things right. They confessed their dilemma with their church pastor and he agreed to marry them as soon as possible.
If you are not sure whether you want to marry your current partner and make a permanent marriage commitment to them, then you really have no business sleeping with that person. If that is the case, then make things right before God and have the courage to break-off this sinful relationship. Then, wait for God to bring you the right person that you can be happy with for the rest of your life.
– Pastor Luis Yosefus
REAL JESUS MINISTRIES