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Television, theater, rock music, and dancing are powerful means of leading many to sin against the seventh commandment in thought, if not in word or action; but these are considered in the following chapter.


Possibly someone reading this section on the seventh commandment is despairing. He or she has gone too far. Immodesty of dress, wrong types of entertainment, premarital sexual activity and/or other matters have been sinfully engaged in. These matters cannot be redone and a guilty, polluted, disappointed, and depressing feeling is left. To such, the Word of God gives hope. In Jesus Christ, all sins may be forgiven, all types of sinners may be washed clean. There is a new beginning possible in Him for the greatest of sinners. Jesus forgave the woman who was caught in the very act of adultery. He condemned her sin but not her person or future life. He said, "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more" (John 8:11). Seek grace to flee to God with all your sins, crying out, "0 God be merciful to me a sinner."


Are you praying "lead us not into temptation" and striving to walk accordingly?

 

Be it known unto you! therefore, men and brethren, that through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins.

- Acts 13:38

In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

- Ephesians 1:7

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

- I John 1:9

Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.

- Hebrews 7:25

 


Catechism Memorization

1. What is the sixth commandment?

"Thou shalt not kill" (Exodus 20:13).

2. What is the seventh commandment?

"Thou shalt not commit adultery"(Exodus 20:14).

3. What truth regarding the sixth commandment is taught in Genesis 9:6?

"Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man" (Genesis 9:6).

4. What truth regarding the seventh commandment is taught in Matthew 5:27-28?

"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 commited adultery with her already in his heart" (Matthew 5:27-28).

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