By Wendell Tenison

The list of all sins that fall under the heading of fornication have one common denominator; that is changing the truth of God into a lie. Reference is made back the the Patriarchal Age when the masses refused to honor God as their creator. Rom.1:18-32, leaves no doubt of the spiritual condition of the world at that time.

Rom 1:18 "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;"

Rom 1:25 "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen."


Jude 1:7 "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."

Selling ones birthright whether literal or spiritual

Heb 12:16 "Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright."

The only sin against the body

1 Cor 6:13, 18 "Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body......Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body."

Spoiled and unholy bastard seed

Isa 57:3-5 "But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore......Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood,.....Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?"

Jer 49:10-11 "But I have made Esau bare, I have uncovered his secret places, and he shall not be able to hide himself: his seed is spoiled, and his brethren, and his neighbours, and he is not......Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust in me."

Spiritual whoredoms

Ezek 16:25-29 "Thou hast built thy high place at every head of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, and hast opened thy feet to every one that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms......Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger......Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over thee, and have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines, which are ashamed of thy lewd way......Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied......Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith."

Sacrifice of sons and daughters

Psa 106:32-40 "They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes:.....Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips......They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them:.....But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works......And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them......Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,.....And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood......Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions......Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance."

International fornication

Isa 23:17 "And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth."


Rev 2:14 "But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication."

Illigitimate father

John 8:41-44 "Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God......Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me......Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word......Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."

Like it or not, a fleshly bastard child is one born of fornication by an illigitimate father, the same as the Pharisees and the others whose spiritual father was the devil. According to 1Cor.6:18, fornication is the only sin against the body. Why? The spoiled seed (the word of truth) of God falsely sown into the hearts of men produces decendants ranging into the millions and if they are not converted to God, will find themselves eternally alienated from him in darkness forever. It must be noted that a child born of fleshly fornication nor his seed after him are not held accountable to God by the transgression of his parents. God's divine plan for replenishing the earth both spiritual and natural is seed and therefore, is precious in his sight. When a man produces a bastard child from his seed against the law of God in an unholy way, it is changing the truth of God into a lie that God did not intend. Fornication is totally against the common law of God regarding marriage and replenishing the earth. Therefore, the magnificent body that God has created has been corrupted.


Eph 5:5 "For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God."

Col 3:5 "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:"

False doctrine

Rev 2:20-23 "Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols......And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not......Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds......And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works."

There are several verses in the new testament that teach us that changing the truth of God into a falsehood after the manner of Satan in the Garden of Eden, will send more people to a devil's hell than anything else.

Col 2:22 "Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?"

1 Tim 4:1 "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;"

2 Cor 11:14-15 "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light......Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."

2 Pet 3:16 "As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."

2 Cor 2:17 "For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ."

1 Pet 1:23 "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever."

Among the married

1 Cor 7:2 "Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband."


"Once upon a time there was a certain little girl who was saying her nightly prayers. Her father just happened to be listening in and heard her say; bless mommy, daddy, grandma and goodbye grandpa. The next day grandpa died and her father was perplexed by what she said in her prayer.

The next night as the little girl was praying her father listened very intently. She said, bless mommy, daddy and goodbye grandma. The next day grandma died. This was very upsetting to her father.

The next night as the little girl was praying her father was almost beside himself when he heard her say, bless mommy and goodbye daddy.

The next day the father did not reprt to work and went into seclusion and neither did he call home to tell of his whereabouts. He thought if he could make it past midnight he would be safe. Midnight arrived and he was still alive so he went home.

When he got home his wife asked angrily where he had been. He said that he had never in his life had a day so miserable. His wife said, if you think you had problems, the milkman died on our front porch this morning."

The moral of the story is that it has happened and will continue that illigitimate children are born in this manner and the truth will never be known except by God.

Mat 5:32 "But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery."

Mat 19:9 "And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery."

If fornication is between only the single as is commonly believed, there is no case for putting away in this verse seeing that both parties to whom Jesus was speaking were man and wife. The cause for putting away was fornication, but if the woman who was put away remarried, she and the one she married committed the sin of adultery and not fornication. Why didn't Jesus say stone them according to Moses?

1 Cor 5:1 "It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife."

Mat 14:3-4 "For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife......For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her."

The point of Matt.14:3-4, is that Herod had his brother's wife, meaning that she was living with him. The same is true with the son in 1Cor.5:1.

Lev 20:10 "And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death."

Lev.20:11 "And the man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."

Lev 20:12 "And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them."

The word fornication is not used in the testament of Moses. Verse 10; was the man who committed adultery with his neighbor's wife single or married? It did not make any difference seeing the sin was the same and so was the penalty. Verse 11; was the man who defiled his father's wife by lying with her single or married? It did not make any difference since the sin was the same and so was the penalty. This sin is not defined. The man in verse 12 at least had been married or was still married in order to have a son. Perhaps his wife had died and he remarried or remained single, or he had put her away according to Deut.24:1-4. Whatever the reason, the sin is not defined, but the penalty was the same as the other two mentioned.

The same is true regarding 1Cor.5:1; it did not make any difference whether or not the man was single or married, because the sin is the same. However, the penalty under the law of Christ is not as severe, but spiritual death could occur if there is no repentance on the offender's part.

There is no mention of penalty on the part of the father's wife. Why? It is possible that his father's wife was not a Christian and did not fall under the guidlines for correction in the new testament. However, those who are outside of the kingdom of Christ are also guilty of sin under God's original law.

John 8:3-4 "And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,.....They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act."

We have about the same thing where the man also guilty of adultery was not brought to Jesus. Either the man was a friend of the Scribes and Pharisees or a Roman citizen and not punishable under Jewish law. Jewish law prescribed death for both the adulterer and the adulteress. Why didn,'t Jesus say stone her to death? Because Roman law forbade capital punishment by the Jews.

Mat 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 committed adultery with her already in his heart."

Jesus erased any doubt as to the single and married in these verses. As with his new testament, he brings his spiritual law to a much higher level than that of Moses. In this case, the sin of mental adultery committed in the heart is not limited to the married or single but to the "whosoever." In God's sight the sin is the same whether literal or mental.

When the truth of God is changed into a lie, whether it be by moral practice or spiritual doctrine, fornication is the result. What is the truth of God?

John 17:17 "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."

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© 2006 by Wendell Tenison