TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017

Adultery by Permission – A Real Swinging Lifestyle

If you give permission to your spouse to engage in adultery, then, it’s okay, right? If you engage in adultery together with another agreeable couple, then, it’s acceptable, right? After all, haven’t you heard, we need to strengthen our marriages at all costs? And hey, swinging has been a part of the world for a long time now. You don’t hear too much about it breaking up marriages. Really?

If you give permission to your spouse to engage in adultery, then, it’s okay, right? If you engage in adultery together with another agreeable couple, then, it’s acceptable, right? After all, haven’t you heard, we need to strengthen our marriages at all costs? And hey, swinging has been a part of the world for a long time now. You don’t hear too much about it breaking up marriages. Really?

Just like pornography, swinging has invaded our Christian marriages – yes, you heard me right, our Christian marriages. It’s nothing new under the sun. It’s simply that in our anything-goes society, Christians are being duped into believing that sin wrapped up with permission by one’s spouse will be acceptable in God’s eyes, too. They justify their behavior in the most creative means. It’s the latest edition of God’s Word – The Gospel According to Swingers. NOT!!!

An on-air question was addressed on yesterday’s show of Just Ask Joyce. I have learned in the 39+ years of ministry with my husband, in the legal profession for over 30 years, and now as a talk-show host to expect the unexpected. (If you missed the show, listen to the 7/15 show by podcast on www.wfiafm.com. It will, likewise, be posted on my site next week. It’s a humdinger!)

Coerced by a Christian spouse to engage in a swinging lifestyle? That’s a leader in a God-principled home? I can only imagine the frustration our Lord must have for His people. For centuries man has continued to ignore God’s instruction and warnings about sexual immorality. Forsaking the principles He outlined for the covenant relationship is an egregious sin against Him, first and foremost. Next, it is a sin against the individual’s flesh. Being involved in an adulterous scenario is inviting someone else to join in your sin without your spouse’s permission. But engaging in a swinging lifestyle is granting permission to one’s spouse to partake in adultery, as well as seeking permission for one’s own adultery. It’s a pretty ludicrous concept! But, hear ye, hear ye: It is still adultery!

Oh, yes, I’ve heard every argument: “It improves our sex life; Our marriage is so much better; He/she is more fulfilled and happier; Home is more peaceful; It’s not like adultery because your spouse is in favor of it;” and on and on and on – Christians and non-Christians justifying the sin surrounding a partnership with Satan.

Lifestyles involving fornication, homosexuality, sexual addiction, pornography, adultery – with or without permission, swinging, ANY HINT of sexual immorality is wrong according to God’s truths. There are consequences for sin, and everyone’s penalties will look similarly different. For certain, your marriage will eventually be affected. Its foundation will crumble under the strain of sin. Its consequences are generational, as is borne out by the ill seeds of Abraham when he jumped ahead of God’s promise to him and Sarah. Perhaps the greatest effect will be your relationship with Christ.

God expects us to live right – not live right the wrong way. If you wear the label of Christian and are living a lifestyle in direct opposition to God’s absolute truths, you are wearing the garment inside out and God equates that to lukewarm. If you’re uncertain about His taste for that, Revelation 3:16 defines it in clear language (like all of His truths): So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

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