“And the man that commits adultery with another man’s wife, even he that commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death…. You shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, where I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out.”
There is more than one form of death.
The entire list in these verses includes every sort of sexual perversion that diverts a people from God’s design of Marriage between a Man and a Woman for the bringing forth of godly Children into the world. We may not permit the shifting mores of the people among whom we live to twist our understanding of what is right and what is wrong. We must be stalwart as the People of the Holy God.
Life awaits those who are faithful to God.
I have personal experience within my own kin concerning these matters. God’s Word eventually proves to be true in all human affairs. I will say no more, except that I am grateful for the godly members of my family; and I pray for the salvation of those who have given themselves over to uncleanness. I am thankful that God has proven to me and my family that His Mercy endures forever and that he waits for the repentant turn toward him of any person’s heart.* Also, His goodness extends beyond the vision of any temporal being such as I. I leave all judgments upon human souls to Messiah alone.^
[*see Luke 15, the Prodigal Son; ^John 5:22; 8:1-11; Revelation 2-3; 19-22, esp. 21:8—there IS a judgment.]
There is a purpose for every aspect of God’s creation, including our sexuality. As Romans 1:16-32 makes plain, the Gospel is “Salt” upon the ungodly behaviors of the world system. (Matthew 5:13-16)
We should not think that just because a society winks at sexual sins there is no consequence in judgment. If the society does not condemn these sins as abhorrent and forbid them, then the Land where they dwell will judge them by spewing them out. However long that judgment waits, it will come. It came upon the inhabitants of earth in the days of Noah. It came upon the population of Sodom. Our Lord condemned societal sin when he affirmed the judgments on the Sodomites and the world that was swallowed down by the Great Flood. The Book of Revelation lays severe judgment on such societies in its judgments on the Kingdom of the Beast and on Mystery Babylon.
Bestial society betrays a Beastly Source.
Billy Graham once said, “If God does not judge America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” From my viewpoint in the present time, a devouring consumption has already begun in the West.
How then should we live in the presence of civilizational decay?
We shouldlive circumspect lives unto God. We should remain set apart for him in our thinking and our conduct.
Is this possible?
Daniel accomplished it. From the Conquest and Dispersion of Israel to Babylon through the conquest of Babylon by the Persians, Daniel remained true to God even while he was caught in the throes of civilizational collapse. Daniel was the same faithful man of God in three diverse societies. We can be faithful as well. We are God’s Holy People wherever we are at any given time of the world.
Look to Jesus.* He is “the same yesterday and today and forever.”^ In Him we have stability with godly self-control regardless of what is happening in the vacillating world.
[* Hebrews 12:1-3 with John 21:22; ^Hebrews 13:8 with Malachi 3:6; 2 Peter 1:1-11]