Among the listing of ten types of unrighteous people mentioned in 1 Cor. 6:9,10, adulterers are cited, but who all are included under that term? How many acts of adultery does it take to become a Bible-defined adulterer? The second question about how many acts is easily answered by showing it takes only one act of adultery to be a Bible-defined adulterer:
If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death. (Lev 20:10)
NOTE: NO Scripture which specifically mentions the adulterer even suggests it would be more than a single act to become such! The other question is answered by examining several related Scriptures referring to the three ways to commit adultery:
- lust in the heart,
- illegitimate sexual union as King David had with Bathsheba
- illegitimate marriage which is not recognized as such by God.
Here are the Scriptures:
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. (Mat 5:28,29)
You shall not commit adultery. (Deut. 5:18)
Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. (Luke 16:18)
DO NOT BE DECEIVED: It takes one act of adultery to become a Bible-defined adultery and there are various ways to commit adultery. Resist the devil and he will flee.
But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. (Prov 6:32, KJV)
Backsliders, forgiveness and salvation can be yours as it came for the prodigal through sincere repentance of sins and willingness to serve the Father. There is hope for adulterers as shown here: But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Cor 6:11)
[Dan Corner is a holiness preacher.]