Sexual Immorality – teaching by Marlies Zechner

From Miracles Still Happen – book 2

Sexual immorality is a well-worn tool of the evil one. Over the many years I have served God I have counselled hundreds and hundreds of men and women who were imprisoned by demons of lust, pornography, sexual fantasy, masturbation and perversion. People have difficulty distinguishing between love and lust, especially if they have never been shown love or affection as a child or an adult.

Proverbs 30:18

There are four things that are too mysterious for me to understand: 19/ an eagle flying in the sky, a snake moving on a rock, a ship finding its way over the sea and a man and a woman falling in love.

1 Corinthians 13

4/ Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; 5/ love is not ill mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; 6/ love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. 7/ Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail. 8/ Love is eternal.

The above Bible verses should be the basis of a relationship, not sexual intercourse.

What is sexual immorality?

According to the Bible sex between male and female, outside of marriage is immoral. The same applies to sex between the same gender. A person who is married and has an affair with another person is considered to have committed adultery. Sex between a man and a woman outside of marriage is fornication. Forbidden sexual practices are listed in Leviticus chapter 18 of the Bible.

Sexual immorality through the ages

God intended sex to be a beautiful experience between a husband and his wife yet very quickly the devil turned it into something ugly. In Genesis 6:1-4 we read how “heavenly beings” were taking beautiful young women who they had children by. Clearly the Bible says their offspring were, “of human women and spiritual beings”. Now, I believe these spiritual beings were not God’s angels, but evil spirits. The Bible tells us that the people became so bad that God destroyed them through the great flood. So right from the beginning of time, evil spirits of lust have ruled people. Interestingly enough the film, “Rosemarie’s Baby” is about a woman having a child by the devil. All the scriptwriter of the film had to do was put modern characters into an age-old story. Is it any wonder that sexual acts are a major part of Satanism?

The Bible records that while the Israelites were travelling through the desert after leaving Egypt they fell into drunken orgies and idolatry. Had they picked up these sins in Egypt where there was worship of many gods, especially those to do with fertility? Not long down the path, after entering Canaan, God warned the Israelites not to partake in the worship of Asherah, the fertility goddess and Baal the fertility god. Another fertility goddess worshipped was Astarte. The people became so bad they ended up worshipping symbols of sexual organs instead of Almighty God their creator. Sadly sex became their god.

Sodom and Gomorrah and the 5 towns of the plain are another example of how bad the sexual appetites of the people had become. God destroyed these places, not with water, but fire and brimstone from heaven. Yet thousands and thousands of years later we still see disgusting images as people ‘celebrate’ Carnival or Mardi Gra. People are proud of what they should be ashamed of. The clear message of these parades is open rebellion against God. The pride and stubbornness of the people has blinded them to what is right and wrong.

What do YOU think?


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  1. Abby Rey says:

    Hi Michael,

    I feel so refreshed knowing that someone actually answered me. I have been deliberating this for some time. I couldn’t see how my marriage was invalid, considering we never committed fornication prior to getting marriage and we have remained faithful for 3 years. I couldn’t possibly understand how God could see this type of commitment and consider it to be sin.

    Thanks so much for your help and may God Bless!

  2. Abby Rey says:

    I have a question that I need answered. Prior to my accepting Christ and my baptism, I was a muslim. My husband (boyfriend?) and I were married in the presence of three witnesses under Islamic rites and have been (married?) for 3 years. Is this considered to be an invalid marriage and are we considered to be fornicators or adulterers? Is this punishable. We are however making plans to marry under Christian rites. Anyone with the correct information on this, please advise me.

    • michael says:

      Hi Abby,


      I would say your marriage is valid as long as it was registered with the State as such. Its great that you want to have a Christian marriage celebration and vows. The essence of marriage is in the public binding commitment. Its not a casual relationship. You don’t have to be a Christian to be married in the eyes of God.

  3. Does fornication means sex between do unmarried people? I do not believe so; I think that the same we went back and re-examine the word baptism to know that it is supposed to be done by immersion, we should do the same about fornication, Zahnuth, porniae… If sex between two unmarried person is a sin why it is not stated in leviticus 18? And can someone tell me one story in the Bible where sex between two umarried person is define as sex without using the king James definition of forncation? The Bible condenm sexual immorality and leviticus 18 explains it very well. And when Paul wrote Corinthians, there was a well defined story about a young man who took his father’s wife( Leviticus 18 agrees with it also). I still do not quite understand why protestants keep on defining fornication as sex between two umarried people.
    Why do women still dress like man? why women still enter the temple and worship without covering their head? why do men trim the bearb? to answer this questions I think you will go back to the social and history of that time, so do the same about fornication?
    God bless
    It is time that we stop customizing the word of God, He is THE ONE HE WAS AND WILL ALWAYS be! His word will never change!
    God Bless

    • Timothy Luke says:

      I take it you are all for the biblical injunction that if a man and woman have sex outside of marriage that they are to become husband and wife? Or pay dowry?

      Exo 22:16-17 “And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife. If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins.”

    • MelodyCat says:

      In the NIV they choose to use the term “sexually immoral” where the King James uses fornication. I would say that is closer to the original meaning.

      However sex outside of marriage is not OK. Not listed as a sin in Levitcus but it is adressed elsewhere.

      1CO 7:36 If anyone thinks he is acting improperly toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if she is getting along in years and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. They should get married. 37 But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin–this man also does the right thing. 38 So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does even better.

      EX 22:16 “If a man seduces a virgin who is not pledged to be married and sleeps with her, he must pay the bride-price, and she shall be his wife. 17 If her father absolutely refuses to give her to him, he must still pay the bride-price for virgins.

      There are 2 examples of a virgin being raped or taken out of wedlock that I can remember from my Old Testament reading. First there is Dinah who was the only daughter of Jacob (later called Israel).

      GE 34:1 Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. 2 When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and violated her. 3 His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her. 4 And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.”

      GE 34:5 When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he kept quiet about it until they came home.

      GE 34:6 Then Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob. 7 Now Jacob’s sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were filled with grief and fury, because Shechem had done a disgraceful thing in Israel by lying with Jacob’s daughter–a thing that should not be done.

      The other is Tamar a Daughter of David raped by her half-brother who then refused to marry her.

      In the course of time, Amnon son of David fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of Absalom son of David.

      2SA 13:2 Amnon became frustrated to the point of illness on account of his sister Tamar, for she was a virgin, and it seemed impossible for him to do anything to her.

      2SA 13:12 “Don’t, my brother!” she said to him. “Don’t force me. Such a thing should not be done in Israel! Don’t do this wicked thing. 13 What about me? Where could I get rid of my disgrace? And what about you? You would be like one of the wicked fools in Israel. Please speak to the king; he will not keep me from being married to you.” 14 But he refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than she, he raped her.

      2SA 13:15 Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!”

      2SA 13:16 “No!” she said to him. “Sending me away would be a greater wrong than what you have already done to me.”
      But he refused to listen to her. 17 He called his personal servant and said, “Get this woman out of here and bolt the door after her.” 18 So his servant put her out and bolted the door after her. She was wearing a richly ornamented robe, for this was the kind of garment the virgin daughters of the king wore. 19 Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the ornamented robe she was wearing. She put her hand on her head and went away, weeping aloud as she went.

      In both cases the girls were virgins and defiled/disgraced not becuase they were raped but they had sexual intercourse before marriage.

      Intercourse is the most intimate of human relationship expressions. It is more than just a physical act but also has a spiritual component to it. It is expressed this way:-

      1CO 6:12 “Everything is permissible for me”–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”–but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”–but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

      1CO 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

      1CO 7:1 Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry. 2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. 5 Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command. 7 I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.

      1CO 7:8 Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am. 9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

      1CO 7:10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.

      1CO 7:12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.

      Sorry for the lenghty scripture. However you need to read the whole teaching on why we should remain sexually pure. The Bible clearly states that sex is only acceptable between a man and a woman when they have become husband and wife.

      There is so much more I can write on this but I will leave it there for now. I hope I have covered your question adequately.

      Just one more thing. Based on the scriptures “sexually immorality” would be defined as any sexual act outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

      English is not my first language. I haven’t bothered to look up the definition of fornication or where this word may have come from, so I’m just accepting your definition of “sex outside of marriage”.


    • faithishearing says:

      I don’t think a distortion is being made anywhere in the original post. And you are right, the Word of God should not be customized to fit our lives or perceptions.
      Hebrews 13:4
      Let marriage be had in honor among all, and let the bed be undefiled: for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
      1 Corinthians 7:9
      Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
      Romans 13:13
      Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.
      Genesis 2:24
      For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
      1 Corinthians 7:2 It is good for a man not to marry. But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.
      If anyone has the time, this series of articles give great insight on the institution of marriage and why it is important to God. If you ever wondered why God in the bible describes His relationship with Israel as a groom and bride relationship, or why the Church is described as the Bride of Christ in the New Testament, this explains it. It also explains why God takes sexual immorality in the bible so seriously. Marriage as God intended it, is highly symbolic of a greater union.
      This really helped me, because I never understood what ‘the big deal’ was, it offers some clarity.

  4. I woudl continued pray and get confident to win the temptation of devil through holy spirit of the most high whom dwell in me.
    All the honour and glory to my savious Jesus Christ.

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