Thursday, February 9, 2012

Guest Blogger: Edward Mrkvicka, Author of No Innocent Affair

An avid student of the Word, Edward Mrkvicka addresses the fact that adultery is one of the main contributors to the destruction of the American family. Mrkvicka posits that few who engage in adulterous relationships realize the enormity of the cost of infidelity, both to themselves and innocent people in their lives.

Beginning by comparing God’s view of adultery to society’s view, No Innocent Affair explains in frank yet loving terms that unrepentant adultery is more than just an innocent affair. It is choosing Satan over Jesus and death over life.

Most important, No Innocent Affair takes you on a step-by-step biblical progression that leads to the sin of adultery being forgiven and salvation reclaimed.

Is Adultery “Just” Another Sin? by Edward Mrjvicka

The Bible says we are not to commit adultery, yet, sadly, we know approximately 70% of all marriages include at least one affair. The commandment regarding adultery couldn’t be more clear -- there is no possibility for misunderstanding unless one is trying to rationalize their bad behavior.

First, let’s state the obvious. At the least, not committing adultery is one of ten things the Lord found most important to those who claim His name. The Ten Commandments are special by design, so we ignore them at our own risk.

Next, God goes out of His way to make clear that adultery is a special crime against His holiness, as it is one of the few sins that by and of itself disqualify us from heaven. This is a sobering fact revealed in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NKJV). “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Still have doubts? Proverbs 6:32 says, “Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He [who] does so destroys his own soul.”

No serious person who makes an effort to understand the intent of the Word can ever again refer to adultery as “just” another sin. We can’t, because God doesn’t.

Society has turned adultery into a ho-hum, everyday acceptable reality. That’s what happens when a culture decides to live outside rules made by our loving God for the sole purpose of protecting His creation from self-inflicted harm. Yet instead of living by His standard, we’ve lowered the standard to make acceptable what He says is not acceptable.

We all have choices to make. All are tempted. But God has the answer. “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest [your] hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, [as] in your ignorance; but as He who called you [is] holy, you also be holy in all [your] conduct, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy." (1 Peter 1:13-16)

Edward Mrkvicka is a lay minister and counselor, life-long Bible student, and award-winning Christian author. His efforts on behalf of families, understanding adultery, and the devastating effect of divorce on children have earned him a United States Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition “in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community.” His most recent book, “No Innocent Affair: Making Right the Wrong of Adultery,” is available at bookstores and Amazon.com. He can be reached at http://www.edwardfmrkvickajr.com/.

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