Summary: This sermon takes a look at the false advertisement of forbidden pleasures and the consequences associated with them. It also looks at the deterrent Solomon gives in Proverbs for steering clear from the adulterous and wayward wife.
It has a bad after taste
Remember how Solomon told us that an adulteress’ lips drip honey and her speech is smoother than oil? Well, in verses 4-5 he says, “in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edge sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.” Yuck! If only you’d checked that out before you took a drink, eh?
Its negative affects could be long term
Many times sexual immorality will leave behind a lifetime of regret. In any case it leaves behind regret.
It could cause a negative chain reaction
Proverbs 5:16; 6:32-35
Sexual immorality is not victimless. One spouse’s immorality may lead to the other being immoral as well. Kind of a chain reaction. Also, many times the jealousy incited by this kind of sin leads to even bigger problems when you trespass a marriage bed.
It is almost certainly fatal if swallowed
Solomon describes the man being seduced like an animal ready to be killed by the hunter. The wages of sin is death folks. In the end sexual immorality will take you down.
Again we get the eerie picture of the old mansion in the horror movie filled with many victims. It says, “her slain are a mighty throng” (v.26 NIV). Unfortunately even when men know her secret they rationalize that they will be the exception to the rule. They feel they will be the one person that can tango with a mass murderer and not get their throat slit.
The Victoria’s Secret version of sexuality will never expose you to the families hurt by a husband’s fantasies, the children embarrassed, the wife shamed, the other party ruined as well. Unfortunately that’s the Secret, the pain, guilt, shame and ruin.
What is a powerful deterrent from buying into the lies of Folly? The Fear of God.
Why is that?
It is when one truly fears God, that is totally acknowledges the majesty of God and submits to His will and His way obeying His commands that one begins to listen to wisdom.
It is the fear of God that made Joseph make a wise choice to refuse his master’s wife.
“My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” Genesis 39:9 NIV
It is the fear of God that will help you continue to make wise decisions on the days of your life.
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15 NIV
And what will wisdom bring you? In the case of our study today, it keeps you from making devastating sexual decisions so that you in turn will instead enjoy sexual blessings. You won’t fall for the Victoria’s Secret lifestyle, but rather you will embrace God’s design for sex.
Speaking of wisdom and understanding, Solomon wrote:
“they will keep you from the adulterous, from the wayward wife with her seductive words.” Proverbs 7:5 NIV
Read: Proverbs 5:15-19
God not only wants you to not sin sexually, but He wants you to experience sexuality in its intended way. Put bluntly, God doesn’t want you to miss out on the fun. If you are in doubt of my words, simply read the Song of Solomon. I did this past week. To me sex God’s way sounds pretty exciting.