by Michael Gilbert
July 8, 2007
“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness,
let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints”
Joseph H. Thayer defines fornication as, “…illicit sexual intercourse in general” (pg. 532-532). This would include homosexuality, adultery (fornication between a married person and an unmarried person), sex before marriage, rape (on the part of the guilty party), incest, prostitution, and bestiality.
Fornication has been a persistent problem for mankind, marriage, family, and society almost from the beginning of time. The sin of fornication has far reaching consequences in that it not only damns one soul to a devil’s hell, but two precious souls. It taints the influence of the guilty parties, beyond repair in many cases, even though true repentance and forgiveness takes place. Remember that King David not only sinned against God, but he drug Bathsheba into the miry, miserable trenches of shameful sin. The resulting pregnancy led to the murder of Uriah the Hittite. The child that was conceived as a result of that sinful union died. David’s house was troubled from that point forward.
Fornication begins and grows in the heart of man (Mt. 15:19; Mk. 7:21). Satan often “plants” fornication in the heart of man through such things as revealing clothing, dancing, pornography, filthy talk, etc. (For further study, see 1 Cor. 7:1-5; Mt. 19:9; Prov. 5).