The 7th love commandment could rightly be nicknamed the “sex commandment” for the Bible reveals every form of sex (even in the mind) is the sin of adultery, except that between a man and a woman who have entered into a marriage covenant. Therefore, pornography, masturbation, fornication, prostitution, rape, homosexuality, lesbianism, beastiality, and adultery are all sexual sins (which means they are non-loving deeds). Now as we investigate this commandment, it will become evident again that it is just a person’s pride (self-indulgence) that fuels all sexual sin. Let’s take a look.
In the Old Testament, God’s Word clearly condemns the following sex sins: homosexuality: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” (Leviticus 18:22); bestiality (sex with animals):“Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion” (Leviticus 18:23); prostitution (harlotry or whoredom): “And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot … Her house is the way to hell” (Proverbs 7:1-27); and adultery: “But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul” (Proverbs 6:32).
But then Jesus came along and he said: “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman, to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28). Jesus was confirming here that ALL sexual sin is disobedience to the 7th LC, for ALL sexual sin begins in a person’s heart (spirit), as does ALL disobedience to the 10LC: “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man” (Matthew 15:19-20). But what REALLY is the ROOT CAUSE for all these evil thoughts? It is pride, my friend! Selfish ambition! Self indulgence! It’s ALL to please oneself! And the sexual sins are no different.
But let’s break this down further; think about what you are REALLY doing when you “look upon another human being with sexual lust” … what are you REALLY looking at? Atoms! Dirt! You are looking at a person’s physical body which is made up of the atoms (dirt) of the ground! Do you see? Therefore, “sexual lust” is just the same old thing … it is an inordinate lust for the physical world. It’s idolatry! So it all goes back again to disobedience of the first two love commandments: It’s your own pride (selfish desire) fueled by greed (lust) for dirt (or the money that can buy that dirt), which is why the Apostle Paul said — “For the love of money (or the love of dirt) is the root of ALL evil (non-loving thoughts, words, & deeds)” (I Timothy 6:10). Stunning, isn’t it?
Once you understand all of this, you quickly realize how lame disobedience to the 7th Love Commandment is … it’s just the worshipping of dirt! It’s just your eyes lusting for what it SEES. But it’s all empty. It’s all just self-seeking pleasure. It’s all pride. And there’s no love in ANY of it! Jesus knew it ALL needed to be turned from (or repented of) for a person to obtain eternal life, and thus he said the following shocking words: “And if thy right eye offend thee (cause thee to sin) pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee (cause thee to sin) cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell” (Matthew 5:29-30). Wow, do you think Jesus was serious about a person ceasing willful sin (forsaking their foolish pride by “denying themselves”, “hating their life”, “losing their life”) in order to obtain eternal life? You better know it!
Lastly, the word “fornication” in the New Testament was translated from the Greek word “porneia” meaning: sexual immorality, fornication, marital unfaithfulness, prostitution, adultery, a generic term for sexual sin of ANY kind. Using this word, the Apostle Paul explained why keeping the 7th Love Commandment is so important in our lives: “FLEE FORNICATION. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Corinthians 6:18-20).