Heidelberg Catechisms 108 – 109


Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Readings: Genesis 2: 15 – 24; Romans 1: 18 – 32

Text: Exodus 20: 14 You shall not commit adultery. (ESV)

Q. 108 What does the seventh commandment teach us?

A. That God condemns all unchastity, and that therefore we should thoroughly detest it and live decent and chaste lives, within or outside of the holy state of marriage.

Q. 109 Does God, in this commandment, forbid only such scandalous sins as adultery?

A. We are temples of the Holy Spirit, body and soul, and God wants both to be kept clean and holy. That is why God forbids all unchaste actions, looks, talk, thoughts, or desires, and whatever may incite someone to them.

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Introduction:

A most relevant subject: We live in a time when a chaste life is mocked, divorce is common, adultery is considered fun, and pornography is rampant.

A most delicate approach:

  1. Biblical context:

God’s creation:

God’s gift:

God’s ordinance:

  1. Biblical arguments:

The Being of God:

The temple of God:

The church of God:

  1. Biblical requirements:

Waiting:

Marriage:

Heterosexuality:

Monogamy:

Care:

Faithfulness:

Devotion:

  1. Biblical warning:

Divine rebuke:

Divine punishment:

Divine reprobation: