Spiritual Adultery in the Church

What is Spiritual Adultery?

It is trying to “serve” God and another “god” at the same time.


It is trying to “serve” god and the world at the same time.


It is perverting Christianity and the Word of God!

I John 2:15-17  Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when  you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

Christians are supposed to make a living for their families.  However, seeking material wealth to the exclusion of serving God is a serious sin.  Many “professing Christians” say they just don’t have time to attend church services, read the Bible or pray.  They are too busy making money.  This is spiritual adultery!  They are “in bed” with materialism.

moneyYet, they fully expect God to love them and take care of them.  These people pray when they need something from God.  He is merciful and DOES love them.  But, you are fooling yourself if you think living this way is a good idea.  God is not mocked!

Most people that live this way would be shocked to think they are worshiping a false idol.  After all…..they believe in God and Jesus.  This is the truth though.  You CANNOT serve both God and worship money and things.  You can have material possessions as long as you put God first!

Many Christians today serve a “god” of alcohol, sex, gambling, pornography or drugs.  These become horrible addictions and any truthful person will admit they are “chained” to these things.  That is spiritual adultery.  God will free you from them   IF   you turn wholeheartedly back to Him.

Other people are taught by their church to believe in “Men’s traditions”.  This is nothing new.  The apostles in the New Testament were already preaching against it.  It began when pagans were converted to Christianity.  The people kept practicing many of their old beliefs and combined them with their new Christian beliefs.  Many still do this today.   Be very careful when you do this. It is spiritual adultery. 

Here are examples:

  • The belief that Mary is in some way part of the redemptive process.  She isn’t.  Jesus alone is Savior and Redeemer.  Mary was chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus.  She was obedient and faithful when chosen.  However, Mary was a human.  Being born to Mary provided the human part of Jesus.  She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior after He died.  Therefore….she was a Christian and is now in heaven.  We can love Mary and respect her greatly.  That is all.

1 Tim 2:5   For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

  • Another example is believing you MUST accept the Book of Mormon as well as the Bible.  The teachings of the Book of Mormon tend to contradict the Bible.  (i.e.  The Book of Mormon states that Jesus was born in Jerusalem instead of Bethelehem as the Bible teaches.  This is found in Alma 7:10).   It is wrong to either add to the Bible or take away anything from the Bible. It is spiritual adultery.

Book of Mormon – Alma 7:10   And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, ever the Son of God.

The Bible – Luke 2:8-12   That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

The Bible – Luke 2:15-16  When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.

  • Too many churches teach tolerance of sin in the church!  (i.e. living together without marriage is perfectly fine, homosexuality is not a sin, preachers can divorce and re-marry, etc.).  Yes, you can be forgiven for any sin.  But, you MUST turn away from the sin, confess it to God and then be forgiven!
  • Unfortunately, many churches are beginning to follow New Age teachings (angel portals,  gold dust sprinkled,etc.).   Most of the people don’t know the scriptures enough to even realize it!  Mystical things are taught instead of the  simple gospel truth about Jesus Christ.  This isn’t new.  Gnosticism began in the early church.  It can creep into the most innocent believer’s life.   However,  it is spiritual adultery!

I Timothy 4:1-2  Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.

These are only some of the examples where Christians are allowing deception into their churches!  We live in the last days.  Jesus Christ warned us that deception would be everywhere in the last days.

Matthew 24:23-25  “Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.

The apostles also warned the Church about false prophets.

II Peter 2:1-3   But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.


Everything MUST line up with God’s word in the scriptures.  If something isn’t found in the Bible….stay away from it!  God will not “speak through a Prophet” and say something that isn’t found in the Bible!

Every Christian will be held accountable by God.  Study the Word of God carefully and make certain that you are not committing spiritual adultery.

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