Spiritual Adultery; Attractive Bait in the Church!

Spiritual adultery occurs when a Christian falls in love with things of the world. I remembered when I was in a courtship with my wife; we deliberated on how to sustain a lifetime partnership.

One day, I solemnly made a vow to her that I won’t cheat her, and I would be faithful to her in all circumstances of life. She repeated the vow, but I interrupted her with a mind filled with jealous and I said: “Uh! I will use a machete to cut off the head of any man trying to take you away from me.”

I was jealous and determined to protect her from any man who might want to win her heart…

I studied the Bible today and discovered that my love story is similar to God’s attitude to the Christians. I will share the insight of spiritual adultery I got from the Lord with you:

What is special about Spiritual Adultery?

Jesus said that for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John chapter 3 verses 16). This implies that the LORD is ready to be the Husband of anyone that loves Him in reciprocal.

Then Jesus told us that the only way to enjoy a true relationship with the LORD is to love Him with all our heart, with all our soul, and with our entire mind. (Matthew 22:37)

So, when your love mingles with the love of God, then you are bound to God. Your relationship with the LORD is like Husband and wife. And, the people around you who noticed your agape love through your holy lifestyle would refer to you as a child of God (Christian).

Thus, spiritual adultery sets in when a Christian did not divorce the LORD, but engages in idolatry affairs with things of this world (Devil’s vices).

First John chapter 2 verse 15 and 16 says: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world.”

Spiritual adultery is a metaphoric expression for unfaithfulness to the LORD. An instance written in the book of Ezekiel chapter 23 verse 36 and 37: “The LORD also said to me: “Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then declare to them their abominations. For they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands. They have committed adultery with their idols, and even sacrificed their sons whom they bore to Me, passing them through the fire, to devour them.”

Are you faithful to the LORD in everything you do?

The Idols that Spark Spiritual Adultery

The main channel for spiritual adultery is through idolatry. What is idolatry? Idolatry in this context is the devotion of ones love and strength to things that are not approved by the LORD. Whatever you love to do more than God’s regard is an idol.

Jesus says: “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:37-39)

The list of idols is not limited to the following:

1. Love of earthly wealth (money, properties, fame …)

2. Entertainment (casino, movies, parties …)

3. Materialism (use of rotary cross, soap, oil, mediums … during prayers)

4. Statue or Pictures in the church (Statue of Mary or ‘picture of Jesus’ is an idol)

5. Undue respect and unwarranted worship of men (Pope and Pastors are called Fathers/Daddy).

Jesus never accepted such glory rather He warned us sternly about it. “But you do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven…” (Matthew chapter 23)

Why is God so Jealous when I commit spiritual adultery?

Spiritual adultery can be described as stepping on God’s toes! He is a Jealous God, because He does not want anyone or anything to take His love from your heart. He won’t take it lightly with anyone that cheats on Him.

He says: “you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…” (Deuteronomy 5:9)
I have a question for you; “Would you take it easy if you heard about your partner’s unfaithfulness in marriage? Did I hear you say: No! God forbid.”

Then, you can imagine how bitter the LORD would be when a Christian shares his or her love with things of this world. Don’t be deceived by those false preachers, the LORD will divorce and cast Christians that engage in spiritual adultery to lake of fire.

The Lord says: “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth…” (Revelation 3:15-22)

Spiritual Adultery in the Church

It is unfortunate that majority of the church in this generation compromised God’s standard every day. The world does not copy the style of the church anymore, but, many churches imitate the worldly styles of fashion, music, worship … everything! My heart breaks …

When I asked some church leaders the reason for this spiritual adultery in the church, they gave me a common response: “We copy the worldly styles with the motive of attracting people in the world to join the church.”

I felt awful, because it contradicts the warning in Romans chapter 12 verse 1 and 2: “…And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

The church leaders and evangelists of this generation must return to the first love in Christ. Let us follow the instructions of Jesus Christ as regards evangelism to the worldly people.

How can a worldly style convert sinners to saints? Is it possible to use a corrupt instrument to produce an incorruptible output? Please, I want Pastors and Evangelists to respond to this question.

The Christendom had mingled with the world and the output gives a high rate of abomination in the church and the society.

How to Avoid Spiritual Adultery   

1. Don’t be carried away by the attractive things of this world. Imitate Jesus.

2. Don’t live to satisfy anyone except the LORD.

3. Read the Bible daily with an open heart and Obey the godly instructions.

4. Disobey all doctrines or rules that contradict God’s instructions.

5. Your liberty in Jesus Christ must not be misconstrued.

6. Spend your free time in God’s presence always.

7. Don’t be unfaithful in times of trouble, but endure.

8. Always meditate on the Word of the LORD.

9. Give your body, soul and spirit to the LORD every day.

10. Accept God’s discipline and hate sin!

Spiritual adultery is one of the vices of the devil, and we must not be ignorant of it. God is not happy with the high rate of immorality in our midst. So, everyone must be sensitive to this end-time falls. Will you allow spiritual adultery to take Heaven away from you?

About Ekundayo

I am an evangelist in the vineyard of the Lord since 2000 moving from one place to another to spread the gospel of Jesus.

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