Can A Person Live In Adultery/Fornication?
Some false teachers have proposed that a person cannot live in the state of adultery/fornication. The Bible teaches otherwise. Fornication is the broader term for any unlawful sexual intercourse. All adultery is fornication, but not all fornication is adultery. Colossians 3:5-7 states: "Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them." Jesus describes marriages that are not scriptural as "committing adultery" marriages in the present tense (Matthew 5:32; 19:9; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18). Unless the context indicates otherwise (in these passages it does not), the present tense indicates a continuous, ongoing action or behavior (a way of life or living). As long as a person continues in a "committing adultery" marriage, they are living in adultery. They are "walking" in darkness/sin (way of life, behavior) and NOT in the light/salvation; therefore, the blood of Jesus is not continuing to cleans them (study the actions described in 1 John 1:6-7, 9; they are also in the present tense and indicate continuous action/behavior/way of life).
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