Summary: Adultery is a major issue in the USA, which makes it a very relevant topic to discuss in church.

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June 7, 2009

Just Say No!

Exodus 20:14

Matthew 5:27-28

An elderly couple was sitting by their fireplace, enjoying their evening. They were reminiscing about their years together, when the husband said to his wife, “After 50 years, I found you tried and true.” The wife, whose hearing was poor, asked, “What?” He said, “After 50 years I’ve found you tried and true.” To which she replied, “After 50 years, I’m tired of you, too.” Isn’t communication fun? But miscommunication, that can be a disaster.

We can have good natured fun at the differences between men and women. We can laugh at how men seem to react one way and women a totally different way over the very same issue. Even in the midst of frustration it’s surprising that we can laugh at ourselves and our differences. The title of John Gray’s 2002 book, Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, sometimes seems right on. Yet, in spite of all of our differences, God has created men and women to live together, but sometimes that can be a real struggle.

I found a letter to Dear Abby, that makes its point loud and clear when it comes to today’s commandment. The letter goes like this . . .

How about a letter from a "winner?" My married lover left his wife for me. I was told that I wasn’t breaking up anything; his marriage was dead long before he met me; his wife had gotten fat. I was married too, but I assured him that my marriage was also over; my husband had gotten dull and boring. So I divorced my boring husband and he divorced his chubby wife. We both had children, but we explained that we were both in love and when they were older they would understand.

Our marriage was a dream come true. No more lying and sneaking around. At long last we were legally husband and wife for all the world to see. Our apartment was filled with modern furniture, old-fashioned guilt, and plenty of doubt and mistrust. Two years later he was meeting someone new. I told him he was a liar and a cheat. He said it took one to know one. And by the way, he had gotten a little dull and boring, and I had put on a little weight. Signed: A Winner.

This is the testimony of one person who followed the wisdom of the world, thinking “the grass is greener on the other side.” She wrote to express the regret that many experience who have listened to the cries of “so-called experts” and follow the example of celebrities.

SLIDEToday we are venturing into deep and stormy waters when we talk about the very simple command from God in this 7th commandment, “You shall not commit adultery.”

This is the shortest message I may ever give. Very simply God said don’t commit adultery . . . so don’t. Don’t give in to the temptations that are put before you. Don’t look, don’t touch, don’t give your heart, don’t give your mind, don’t give your body, don’t, don’t, don’t.

Do you understand me? Are you listening? DON’T!! DON’T!! DON’T!!

Okay, I’ve it, I’ve said exactly what God put in my heart! I should be done with my message. I really don’t think there’s much else that I need to say about adultery, but you know me, and you know I’ve always got something to say. So, strap yourself in, because today, like it or not, we’re getting pretty blunt about this topic.

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