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April 18, 2008 / beidson

30 Questions To Ask Yourself If You Are Considering Sexual Immorality

The book of Proverbs has much to say about sexuality, particularly as it relates to wisdom.  In short, the wise man is sexually faithful; the fool is sexually unfaithful.  Specifically, the first nine chapters go into great detail about the cause and consequence of both sexual fidelity and infidelity.  The former leads to life; the latter brings destruction and ruin.

Here are some questions you need to ask yourself if and when you are tempted to be sexually unfaithful:

  1. Do you think that you will find life on the pathway to death?
  2. Do you think that the way to hell (7:27) will lead you to heaven?
  3. Do you think that God is satisfied with feet that run after sin?
  4. Have you forgotten that God sees what you are doing?
  5. Do you fan the flames of lust with glances and secret stares?  Are you not preparing the fire which will burn your soul and body forever?
  6. Are you not damning this young woman to hell when you agree to accompany her there yourself?
  7. Will you lie with this woman and then not stand before God?
  8. Do you hate this woman’s husband, so that you would steal his wife?  Will you not now be both his enemy and God’s?  How will you escape them both?
  9. Do you think you can mock God?  Will you not reap what you sow?
  10. Will you believe your lying heart over God’s Word?
  11. Do you despise the Light of the World so much that you would gladly flee into darkness?
  12. Have you not heard, ‘You shall not commit adultery’ and ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife’?”  Do you intend to ignore God’s perfect law?
  13. Many “mighty men” have been slain by this woman (7:26).  Are you stronger than them all?
  14. Does your own wife bring you such little comfort that you must embrace the body of a devilish woman?
  15. Do you wish to be a pervert?  You will be, and in time, even the whore will avoid you then.
  16. If her path leads to hell, why would you want to be on it even for a moment?
  17. Do you think the pleasure you experience from a fleeting moment of sexual fantasy wil surpass the horror you will experience for an eternity where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth?
  18. Do you think you can be so casual about the sin that has consumed and destroyed so many lives?
  19. Will you set your heart on a woman that God has forbidden you to have?
  20. Young lady, will you be the one who causes another man to forsake wisdom and pursue you to hell?
  21. Young lady, do you suppose that the Lord created you with beauty so that you might lead people to hell?
  22. Young lady, do you not condemn yourself and others when you dress to seduce and tease?  Do you not know that God will most certainly judge you for this?
  23. Do you not know that even when you are done with your sin, it will not be done with you?  Do you think that you can resist temptation after you have pursued it for so long?
  24. Do you think you can keep your sin so neat and tidy?  Do you not know that it is the nature of sin to destroy lives?
  25. Do you think that you can hide your sin from others?  Do you know that God will not bless those who love sexual immorality?  Don’t you know that other people will be able to see that something is missing from your life, despite your correct theology and religious practice?  God will withhold his annointing, and everyone will know that you are not the kind of person who will ever make a difference, because you deny the gospel you confess.
  26. Why would you not resist the Devil?  Does he intend to do you any good?
  27. Will your mouth not be stained by the “smooth oil” of your lover’s mouth (5:3)?  Will your sin not become apparent to everyone?
  28. Are your children fools?  Will they not learn to abandon wisdom by watching you?
  29. Do you wish for your wife to seduce another man?
  30. Do you not realize that this adulterous woman is another man’s daughter?  Another man’s (future) wife?  Will you make her a daughter of the Devil rather than a sister in Christ?

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9-10).  This is God’s Word, and he is faithful in all of his promises.

But there is hope.  This passage continues, “And such were some of you.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (v. 11).

So consider the consequences of sexual sin, and consider also the hope we have in Jesus Christ, who can justify and sanctify an adulterer by the Spirit of our God.

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