By Salome Akpan
Effects of Fornication.
What is fornication?
Fornication is a term used in the Bible for any sexual misconduct or impure sexual activity that occurs outside of the bounds of a marriage covenant.
Fornication is also applied symbolically in the Bible to the sins of idolatry and apostasy.
The word fornication comes from the Greek term porneia (from which we get our English word pornography) and is often linked with adultery in the Bible. It simply refers to sexual immorality. Fornication includes adultery, which is the act of a married person engaging in sexual intercourse with someone other than his or her spouse. But fornication also involves engaging in any kind of sexual relations before marriage or between two people who are not married.
Fornication is generally consensual sexual intercourse between two people not married to each other. When one or more of the partners having consensual sexual intercourse is married to another person, it is called adultery.
For many people, the term carries an overtone of moral or religious disapproval, but the significance of sexual acts to which the term is applied varies between religions, societies and cultures. In modern usage, the term is often replaced with more judgment-neutral terms like premarital sex, extramarital sex, or recreational sex.
WHAT IS ADULTERY?
Adultery refers to any sexual act that is outside the divine model for sexual intercourse, which includes fornication. Adultery is a conjugal infidelity, sexual relations between a married person and someone other than the spouse. voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than their lawful spouse.
Adultery is a consensual sexual relationship or encounter between someone who’s married and a person they’re not married to (who may or may not be married to someone else).
In other words, it can be between two people who are both married to other people, or between a married person and an unmarried person. Typically, for something to be considered adultery, at least one of the partners must be married.
On the other hand, similar words like cheating, infidelity, and unfaithfulness can be used regardless of whether either person is married—they simply refer to a (usually sexual) relationship or encounter between people when one or both of them is in a committed relationship with someone else.
When it happens with someone other than one’s spouse, a long-term relationship (often called an affair), a single sexual encounter, or anything in between can be considered to constitute adultery. In some cases, a relationship may even be considered adultery when it’s nonsexual but intimate (this is sometimes called an emotional affair).
Adultery is associated with a considerable amount of stigma. The word adultery and its related terms are always used negatively and imply a critical judgment of such actions.
Someone who participates in adultery can be called an adulterer. Such people or relationships can be described as adulterous. The word adulteress specifically refers to a woman who has engaged in adultery. (It has been more common throughout history for women to be blamed—and punished—for adulterous relationships than men.)
Also read: When Love Is Lust
EFFECT OF FORNICATION.
there is a piece of you left with as many sexual partners as you have had in your life; as well as fragments of their own souls co-joined with yours. If you have slept with a marine agent, a witch, a demon possessed person, a person moving with multiple curses and poverty, be rest assured that you have parts of these forces working against you and your destiny already.
If you slept with a possessed individual, you are automatically possessed even though you might not know it. Lots of your virtues have been stolen from unsuspecting individuals as a result.
the eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Prov. 15:3)
One of the mysteries about demon possessions is that many are possessed by the devil without any iota of knowledge. Although in some, there may be signs and manifestations which they may not understand. For example, their dream life; some might be having serious nightmares, while some might be hearing strange voices in their head.
In some, it might be the feeling of some strange presence around them. For others, it might be a strange financial crisis or general failure , mood swings, depression, heaviness, spiritual embargo, limitations, and general life affliction etc.
–Defilement of God’s Temple
We are the temple of God. When the temple of God is defiled, The Holy Spirit leaves because He cannot stand defilement, neither can He behold iniquity. And since the human body is designed to be a vessel for spirits, it opens the door for demonic possessions, affliction, oppression and suppression. just like what happened to king Saul when the Spirit of the LORD left him; and it was replaced by an evil spirit which tormented him. 1st Corinthians 6:19–20, 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; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
–It leads to Deaths
fornication and adultery are virtue killers. They kill anything that is good about a man and his destiny. As believers, we are not supposed to associate ourselves with either Fornication or Adultery. That’s why the Bible is warning us to flee from them. Flee means to run away from them and never look back; having nothing to do with them ever again. And you mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed” (Prov. 5:11)
It means Run for your dear life and for your destiny, because they have nothing spiritually good to offer you, only death and destruction for your soul and destiny. Death includes financial death, chronic stagnation, acute and chronic poverty, poor health, lack of divine helpers, scarcity of divine revelation, spiritual death and lack of spiritual growth.
–It leads to murder and barrenness
Many stagnation and unfruitfulness are as a result of sexual Immorality. A lot of believers are unproductive because of their indulgence in fornication and all manner of uncleanness. Even after committing the sin of fornication, some people on discovering they’re pregnant would still go ahead to abort the pregnancy and kill the innocent child just because they want to hide their shame. At some instance, it might lead to their own death and render them barren for life. Hosea 9:14. Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
WAYS OUT OF FORNICATION.
- Being genuine repentance to God and asking Him for forgiveness. Acts 3:19 – Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
- Confess all known sins and turn away from them.1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- Engage in serious deliverance prayers. Psalm 68:20 – God is to us a God of deliverances; And to God the Lord belong escapes from death
- Ask God to fill you afresh with the Holy Spirit. Matthew 3:11, I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
- Study the Word of God daily, fast to build your spirit and to put the flesh under subjection to the Word of God.
- Constantly praise, worship and thank God for His Grace and Mercies.
- Join a fellowship of believers. Acts 2:42. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.