God Loves Adulterers
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God Loves Adulterers

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Why not? He loves all of us but loves us too much to leave us as we are.

Why not? He loves all of us but loves us too much to leave us as we are.

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  • 1. Abundant Life Fellowship l  April 3, 2011 l  Pray for Patti, Beth, Blounts, Jason's job, Erika's Missions trip, Pastor Bob's China trip l  Easter Plans l  Business Meeting today
  • 2. God Loves Adulterers “Woman, where are your accusers?” ~Jesus~ John 8
  • 3. Why a Sermon on Adultery ? l  A Fundamental concern of God's: # 6/7 of 10 l  Adultery rates are increasing in the US & Church -  Internet porn, adult chat rooms, text messaging -  Viagra, Cialis, etc -  Sex-saturated society. Greater moral decadence -  Liberal seminaries, weak churches, silent churches, heretical churches, poor leadership examples -  Presidential adulterers defiled the land. -  More women in workforce. Office romances.
  • 4. Why Adultery is Sin l  Adultery destroys marriages and families l  Adultery greatly damages people God loves l  Affects generations of children in that family l  Brings dishonor to Jesus in Christian lives l  Promotes adultery in others
  • 5. Children Damaged by Adultery l  Children of broken homes pay a big price -  Broken-home children are 'five times more likely to suffer mental troubles' -  more likely to do badly at school, suffer poor health, and fall into crime, addiction and poverty as adults. -  They were nearly three times more likely to exhibit a conduct disorder.
  • 6. Why People Commit Adultery l  They believe lies about themselves l  They are trying to medicate emotional pain: Tom l  Don't fear God. l  Love themselves more than God.
  • 7. God's View of Adultery l  He hates the sin. So should we. Read Prov. 5, 6, 7 l  Adultery is “playing with fire,” (Prov. 6:27) l  Like “an ox going to slaughter” (Prov. 7:22) l  “But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys his own soul. (Prov. 5:4) l  But He loves the sinner. So should we. l  He restores adulterers to Himself and to others. l  So can we as a church.
  • 8. Hosea's Chosen Adulteress l  God uses Hosea's marriage to Gomer as an allegory of His relationship to Idolatrous Israel l  He marries a prostitute. She is unfaithful. l  God tells him to take her back: “Then the LORD said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by her husband, yet an adulteress, even as the LORD loves the sons of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.” (Hosea 3:1)
  • 9. God Loves Adulterers: David & Bathsheba l  Godly king commits adultery & murders husband l  God confronts, rebukes and forgives l  Allows David to stay king, marry Bathsheba and gives them Solomon.
  • 10. l  However, there are family penalties: II Sam 12: 10-11: l  “ From this time on, the sword will be a constant threat to your family, because you have despised me by taking Uriah's wife to be your own. l  Because of what you have done, I, the LORD, will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man, and he will go to bed with them in public view. l  Loss of son due to dishonor of God's name
  • 11. God Loves Adulterers: Jesus & Adulteress l  'Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?' 'No one, sir,” she said.' l  'Then neither do I condemn you,' Jesus declared. 'Go now and leave your life of sin.'” (John 8: 9-11)
  • 12. How to Restore Adulterers l  Forgive & do not condemn l  Lovingly call them to full repentance l  Help them find truth for lies they carry l  Encourage confession to others and accountability (Randy) l  Help them fall in passionate love with God l  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (II Corinthians 5:17)
  • 13. God's Promise for Adulterers “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. 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. (I Cor. 6:9-11)