Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
If marriage would be redefined, would the believer recognize that same-sex marriage as marriage? Of course not, because we only recognize practicing homosexuality as a sin. So the questions raised...What are the consequences of those who remain in a homosexual lifestyle? If we take it a step backwards,what are the consequences of those who remain in adultery?
Let us start with homosexuality. If a professing Christian is a homosexual and believes that God made them this way and that they may remain in their homosexuality, does the blood of Jesus cover that sin? This person believes God blesses them for who they are…a homosexual. We believers would say the homosexual must repent of their sin of homosexuality. Homosexuality is like every other sin. A habitual womanizer that fornicates must also repent of this sin or face the wrath of God against sin. If a homosexual repents of the sin and turns away from this sin, they will be saved on the Day of Judgment. Will there be temptation? Yes, but we must call on the name and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ to help us with temptation. If they remain in their sin, and not call this sin, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sin.
Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
What about a professing Christian person who remains in adultery? Can a person remain in adultery and not call this a sin?
Here is a scenario (these are fictitious people): Joe and Mary stand before God and make one-flesh marriage covenant vows to each other. After 10 years of marriage, Joe has an affair with Sue. Joe seeks divorce so that he may remarry Sue. Mary does not want a divorce; she just wants Joe to repent and come home. According to Joe and Mary’s state regulations on divorce, Joe is able to divorce his wife without her consent. In a matter of a few months, Joe divorced his wife and remarried Sue. Joe remarried Sue in a church that will marry anyone, no questions asked. Mary remains single in hopes that Joe will repent and reconcile the marriage. Mary believes that God can restore Joe.
Question: Is Joe’s marriage to Sue legitimate?
According to the state in which they reside, the divorce was official. Yet, according to the word of God, Joe is an impenitent adulterer and so is Sue. God only recognizes Joe’s marriage to Mary, Joe and Sue will face the wrath of sin should they die before they repent of their sin of adultery. If Joe repents of his sin, what is his only course of action?
His only course of action is to repent and break his adulterous union with Sue. The pastor or minister that performed the marriage ceremony must also repent. If Joe repents and returns to Mary, they thus save the marriage and most importantly, this restoration saves both Joe and Sue from eternal judgment.
Luke 16:18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
Let us change the scenario a bit: Joe and Mary stand before God and make one-flesh marriage covenant vows to each other. After 10 years of marriage, Joe has an affair with Sue. Mary is infuriated by the adultery and demands a divorce. Joe realizes his sin and seeks to repent and make things right between him and Mary. Mary will have none of it and divorces Joe. After the divorce, Mary meets another man Steve who was divorced from his wife, Karen. Mary and Steve remarry. Joe is left with no other choice but to believe that he has no hope to restore his marriage with Mary. He therefore continues his relationship with Sue. They never remarry and live with each other the rest of their lives.
Question: What was the consequence of Mary’s bitterness toward Joe’s willingness to repent? Joe, Mary, Sue, and Steve are all in adultery because of one person’s unwillingness to forgive. You may say that Joe had a right to remarry. No, Joe has a right to remain single because Mary’s divorce and remarriage was sinful because of her bitterness. Mary’s remarriage to Steve is illegitimate because her covenant marriage with Joe is still binding. Joe sinned and this was wrong, but Joe also repented of that sin and Mary refused to forgive him.
Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
If you ask anyone why he or she remarried after divorce, they will usually say either they could not forgive their first covenant spouse, or they believed that their first covenant spouse would not forgive them. This is the bottom line. Divorce is hardheartedness to the core. Unfortunately, remarriage in every such case is adultery and remains adultery until the breaking of the remarriage.
So what are the consequences of impertinent remarried adulterer? It is no different from the homosexual who believes that he or she can enter into a same-sex marriage and call this a marriage. God does not recognize your adulterous remarriage that spawns from a hardened heart. You are in sin and must repent of the sin or face judgment.
1 Cor 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
Know that anyone who does not repent of adultery will face the wrath of God. You have been warned by the word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit convicts you of this truth. Repent before it is too late. There are millions in remarriages who live in impenitent adultery. Do not trust in the traditions of men, exception clauses and loopholes to divorce and remarry, but trust in the word of God.
Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the sheep gate; He came to this world as the final solution for the sins of men. Now is the time to repent of your remarriage adultery. Now is the time to stand before the cross of Christ confess you sins and seek forgiveness from the One who forgives all sins and forgets all sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If you choose to remain in your remarriage adultery and not call it adultery, then you choose the second death and your name will not be in the Book of Life.
Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
In Christ’s love,