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In God’s Eyes-Divorce and Remarriage
In today’s world divorce and remarriage is easy to come by, insofar as civil laws are concerned. Even in Christian circles, divorce and remarriage is becoming very common, and many Christians, claiming to be devout Christians seem to think it’s acceptable. However, God’s Word makes it clear that what may be acceptable in the eyes of man is an abomination to God. God’s Word is not hard to understand on the very important issue of marriage, divorce and remarriage. In fact, it’s very clear, unless people just try to gloss over the scriptures and pretend they aren’t there or that they surely don’t apply to them.
I started thinking about this issue because a couple recently came to me who are planning to “get married”. It’s an odd case. The woman was first married to a man who abused her as well as committed adultery, and she divorced him. According to scripture, she would have been free to marry again, which she did within a couple of years. That too was a mistake, and they divorced. He had not committed adultery, but eventually he died prematurely. During this period of time she remarried again, this time to an alcoholic, and he too died of his alcoholism. He had not committed adultery during the time of their marriage.
Shortly after than, she remarried the first husband, which only lasted a few months. During that time he did not commit adultery, (this time). They divorced, and shortly after, she married the next guy, and they separated after a couple of years. During the time they were married he didn’t commit adultery. They parted ways, but are still not divorced yet.
Please bear in mind that this woman had been “saved” early in her life, but had backslidden, (obviously). Between marriages she also had numerous sexual encounters, by her own admission, including living with different men.
Are you confused yet? If not, you probably will be if you continue reading. So, now, this man she is planning to marry has never been married before. The plot has already thickened, but now gets a little thicker. There is a serious scriptural indication, at least according to the proper understanding of God’s Word, (not the loosey goosey man made version), that not only this woman will be violating God’s marriage covenant laws, but will be causing this man she marries to commit adultery as well…(even if she legally divorces the guy she’s still married to). I might add here that this case may seem to be extreme, it’s not all that uncommon in Christian circles. and not only that, but be accepted into churches without so much as a raised eyebrow.
Now, many Christians, in reading the Word, and translating it in their own way and understanding seem to think that this is all very legalistic and harsh. But I’m not the one who made the rules, God did, and He makes it very clear in his Word:
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5.
Does that sound like some pretty heavy stuff not to be dabbling around with where you’re eternal destiny is concerned? I would think so! People may be making all kinds of excuses to skirt the issues but God takes His Word very seriously.
This link is EXCELLENT,and covers all the ground, including that of what applies in the case of an abusive spouse, or abandonment.
Divorce and remarriage have become common as civil law allows no-fault divorce. A husband or wife may dissolve a marriage for almost any grounds and remarry, regardless of the will of their spouse. The result is that many people marry without considering the teaching of the Bible. Is fornication (or adultery) the only Scriptural grounds for divorce, or does the gospel allow marriage to be dissolved for other grounds? Please consider this careful study of the Biblical teaching.
The Delilah Spirit can Operate Thru Men or Women
Christian women as well as Christian men need to be aware and alert to the Spirit of Delilah, and, it’s not always about sexual seduction!
There is a lot to meditate on when studying the story of Samson and Delilah. This video illustrates some very insightful points, and I especially like that it’s being brought out in the video that the women of God can be seduced away from serving God by a man, just as easily as men can be seduced away by a woman.
Once your eyes are open to that, you can begin to see any number of ways Satan will try to use someone to introduce a spirit of Delilah into your life. They may not always be as obviously from the world as Delilah was, it may even come from inside the Body of Christ, or your own family or friends, but nevertheless, always a spiritual harlot coming with distractions away from the LORD.
Test yourself in this area, to see if you are or have been under the influence of a Delilah spirit, whether male or female. In the Bible story Samson went to Delilah. In real life in this hour, it may be that way, that men of God go into Delilah via the TV or Computer, but on the other hand, it very well may be that women are coming to them. Or, in the case of Christian women, it may be a Delilah spirit operating through a man is attempting to seduce them into spiritual adultery.
A Delilah spirit is more than a Jezebel spirit that wants to control. It is a parasitical spirit that will attempt to drain the very life from an anointed person by consuming their time, energy, money, and also try to usurp God’s place in the Christians life until they are destroyed. Run, don’t walk away from such a relationship!
The spirit of Delilah: Hindrances to the flow of truth
Written by Don Nicely
Friday, 02 January 2009
Judges 16:1-21 (NKJV)
1 Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there, and went in to her.
2 When the Gazaites were told, “Samson has come here!” they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. They were quiet all night, saying, “In the morning, when it is daylight, we will kill him.”
3 And Samson lay low till midnight; then he arose at midnight, took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two gateposts, pulled them up, bar and all, put them on his shoulders, and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.
4 Afterward it happened that he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
5 And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by power what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and every one of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver.”
6 So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies, and with what you may be bound to afflict.”
7 And Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”
8 So the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, and she bound him with them.
9 Now men were lying in wait, staying with her in the room. And she said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he broke the bowstrings as a strand of yarn breaks when it touches fire. So the secret of his strength was not known.
10 Then Delilah said to Samson, “Look, you have mocked me and told me lies. Now, please tell me what you may be bound with.”
11 So he said to her, “If they bind me securely with new ropes that have never been used, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”
12 Therefore Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them, and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And men were lying in wait, staying in the room. But he broke them off his arms like a thread.
13 Delilah said to Samson, “Until now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me what you may be bound with.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my head into the web of the loom”–
14 So she wove it tightly with the batten of the loom, and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he awoke from his sleep, and pulled out the batten and the web from the loom.
15 Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you, ‘ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not told me where you great strength lies.”
16 And it came to pass, when she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death,
17 that he told her all his heart, and said to her, “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to god from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”
18 When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, for he has told me all his heart.” So the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought he money in their hand.
19 Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him.
20 And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him.
21 Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison.
The following, written by Don Nicely illustrates a male point of view about the sexual seduction of Delilah operating through porn. Men, this is a very strong spirit. One that destroyed Samson. Please don’t let it destroy you. And…be aware, the spirit may not be the stronghold of pornography at all, it may indeed be a female entity operating in this spirit, but nevertheless, pornography may open the door for it in order to weaken and set you up for spiritual adultery and ultimately, spiritual death!
Written by Don Nicely
Delilah was a master in the art of seduction. She knew the secret of keeping a man in a constant state of desire for her. She was so good that she was able to seduce Israel’s deliverer into believing that she loved him.
It was a time when the Philistines were pillaging and terrorizing everywhere they went. And I might add that they went at will. Young men were taken captive to a life of hopeless servitude. The young girls became their sex-slaves that were subject to every filthy whim of their masters. For forty years this went on without resistance. In utter desperation Israel prayed and pleaded with Jehovah to deliver them. Finally god’s merciful ear was opened to their cries. And he sent an angel to appear to a childless couple and promise them that they would have son. He would not just be any little boy, but the deliverer of Israel. A dedicated, consecrated Nazerite (one who is separated to God) who would grow up and be a deliverer to his people. His name was to be Samson which means, “shining one.” Now there were three components to the special Nazerite vow of separation.
First he had to abstain from drinking fermented drink of the vine. Then he was not allowed to touch a dead body of any kind and finally no razor was to ever touch his head.
Unfortunately Samson treated this special call of God with disdain. On the outside he looked as though he was consecrated, but on the inside he was out of control. He continually ignored the wisdom of his parent’s words and acted in his own best interests most of the time. Rather than displaying zeal for the house of the Lord he allowed his sexual passions to run amuck. Instead of leading Israel into the victories promised her-most of the exploits against the Philistines were charged with vengeance and pride. He lacked the true holy fervor that inflamed the other Old Testament heroes of the Lord. Samson’s life was one long story of self-indulgence. His devotion to God was superficial at best with merely an outward appearance of consecration. This unfortunately led him to be an easy prey for his enemy.
Samson ignored his father’s warnings and sought out the forbidden fruit of heathen women. Then lust for sexual satisfaction opened the door for his enemies to get past his incredible God-given strength and attack him where he would hurt the most. Eventually through a series of poor choices he would find himself enslaved to his passions. As with most sexual addicts he would do well for a while, but then the thought of those delicious enticements would have him back on the road to Gaza and eventually land him in the lap of a true Philistine champion by the name of Delilah.
Now because of God’s power in Samson’s life he truly was a mighty man. The strength of ten men at least no Philistine soldier was a match for God’s man of power. They once locked him in the city to capture him while he was asleep and he woke and pulled the gates of the city from the ground and plunged them into ground on a nearby hill. Yea no man could match the power of Samson. He had Holy Ghost power. But they knew he had a weakness for Philistine women so they hired the most beautiful prostitute in the land to seduce his secret out of him. So they did, and it worked for Samson soon noticed the beautiful Delilah eyeing him over. Little did he know that with her eyes she was laying for the path of destruction for his life. Soon Samson found out that you can’t take fire into your bosom and not be burned.
Proverbs 6:27 (NKJV) 27 Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned?
She toyed with him and pleased him sexually until he was caught in her licentious spell, making him powerless to resist. Slowly day after day he became formless putty in the master seductress’s hand. As he quietly laid his head in his beauty’s lap, he was calmed by the soothing voice of comfort from her, she asked him for the mysterious source of his great strength. Three different times Samson played with her each time getting closer and closer to the truth. Finally out of desperation she cried out; “How can you say you love me when your heart is not with me?” She pleaded with him and even threatened to stop being his little sex kitten unless he told her the truth. Finally he gave in and told her all his heart.
Judges 16:17 (NKJV)17 that he told her all his heart, and said to her, “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazerite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”
He told her his secret being weary of the whole exploit and then he laid his head in her one more time. But this would be the last time. She quickly called for a barber and had his head shaven. Then she called for the Philistines to come and take him away. His strength immediately left and he didn’t even realize that the Spirit had left him. You see Samson had already broken the two other segments to his vow. Once his hair was cut away Delilah called the Philistine masters to come in and they invaded like a pack of wild jackals, they swarmed into the bedroom and captured the bald-headed Samson. They very first thing they did was to drag Samson to the town square and gouge out his eyes with a hot poker. Now he is blind in the natural like he’s been living blind in the spiritual. He was oblivious to the enemy’s secret attacks through lust.
When sexual lust takes over a person one of the first things to go is your vision. This spirit of Delilah has usurped great power against the Christian church in these last days. Statistics say that one of every three pastors has a pornography problem. And 50% of all men that are alive today have the same problem. Delilah has sunk her fangs but good into our American culture. Television advertising, bill boards, magazines, DVD’s and all the legal lewdness that has become the normal way of living and dressing.
In my own life as a young I was introduced to hard core pornography by my father. He was an addict of the stuff for sure. And soon I became one as well. That’s why at my new birth I was led to this story of Samson and warned by God that I would be like Samson. He told me that he would place a special anointing on my life and that if I didn’t fight off the spirit of lust from my life I would end up like him.
At that time I became delivered from Delilah and all her cravings. God gave me a wonderful wife and a great marriage shortly afterwards. You see true love is what conquers the spirit of Delilah. My struggles with pornography faded away the moment I fell in love with Susie. I then began to hate the stuff, even despise the mockery and belittlement that it does to a woman’s life. Friend pornography is a grinding wheel that just has you going around in circles for the enemy. People that are enslaved by it will never go anywhere in life.
Samson now he’s bald, blind and as weak as a lamb. So the Philistines chain him to their grinding wheel and force him to grind their bread for them.
The lust of the eye had led him astray, but the loss of his sight had caused him to see his sin for the first time. It’s sure that Samson was a better m an blind than he was when he could see.
Finally after years of repentance his hair once again grew back and he was granted his strength one last time to avenge his God against his enemies.
Finally Samson would fulfill his call of deliverance and push the great pillars that held the Dagon temple up and destroy the temple and more than 3000 of the pagan god.
Friends the bible tells us to run from fornication and the sexual advances that it makes. If you do you will be prevented from being shipwrecked on the shores of unfulfilled pleasures and enslaving passions. If you can find yourself today caught in its web of deceit it’s not too late. The call of God is always before us; “repent, and turn from all your transgressions so that iniquity will not be your ruin” and that includes secual ones. Flee from that soothing voice of Delilah and into the loving arms of a savoir that alone can satisfy all your needs.
Used by Permission Don Nicely pastors New Hope Church of God in Alliance, Ohio http://www.shiningnewhope.com
Pornography Use is Adultery
Pornography. Adultery. Strip Clubs. Casual Sex. Prostitution. Masturbation. Only problems for a few right? Wrong. Pornography has become an addiction for many people. But it is a subject that is hardly ever talked about due to the guilt and shame that is often involved. And if you think it only effects ‘certain’ types of people, think again. No one is immune from the the temptation to look at pornography. Many well respected members of society are living in secret shame because of their addiction (women as well as men). And if you are a Christian, please don’t think you are somehow immune, you are not. Pornography effects all types of people. There are many Christians, religious people, non-religious people, men and women who are trapped in a secret prison of sexual sin. Video courtesy of http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com
Talk to any Christian wife who’s become aware of her husband’s bondage to porn, and you will encounter a woman who is cut to the core knowing that when she is intimate with her husband, there are “unseen” others in the marriage bed with them. A husband’s porn addiction is spiritually abusive to his wife, no two ways about it!
Husbands may not realize just how emotionally and spiritually damaging this is to the bond between the two of them. You see, fantasizing during sexual intimacy with your wife is the same as adultery! Husbands may not realize that this action breaks the intimate bond between the two of them. It’s adultery, and adultery is a deal breaker.
Christian men…if you are laboring under the bondage of being addicted to pornography, I urge you to take steps immediately to get set free. However, you must want to be free. Cry out to the LORD JESUS for the “want to” …if need be. If men even half way realized how damaging porn is to their spiritual lives…as well as their marriages, they would RUN to the LORD for deliverance! Using porn will not only ruin your relationship with your wife, but it will destroy your relationship with the LORD as well as stunt spiritual growth, and if that’s not plain enough to get your attention, porn is not worth going to hell over! I do believe porn use in a Christian marriage would be a scriptural cause for divorce on the grounds of adultery.
A note to wives: If you are withholding sex from your husband on a continual basis, you are putting a spiritual stumbling block in his life that would cause him to be sexually frustrated and lead to temptation to sin. This is so wrong! Discuss this issue with your husband and get help if need be. I wonder why in the world you got married if you didn’t intend to fulfill your sexual end of the marriage!
I notice many frustrated and unhappy Christian men coming to this blog seeking answers about their wives not liking sex. Men, you need to talk to your wives about this, as it’s a very serious matter. I understand your frustration, and have to seriously wonder if it’s not a cause for divorce.
For a wife to force a husband into a celibate role in a Christian marriage? Just how “Christian” can that be? Surely no true loving Christian woman would put her husband into such a compromised situation by withholding sex from him. If you are not having a sexual relationship with your wife due to her withholding sex…Christian man….you don’t have a marriage, you have an “arrangement”.
If you or someone you love is struggling with a porn addiction, take these steps to freedom.
At a men’s conference I sponsored last weekend in Philadelphia, some of my friends took the stage and got gut-level honest about their temptations. I was so proud of their courage. Shay, a young father from Ohio, admitted that he was exposed to hard-core pornography when he was only five years old. He began modeling what he saw in X-rated videos when he was just six.
Another guy from Pennsylvania told the men in the audience that he began watching porn when he was a preteen—and this led him to sex with dozens of girls in high school. Until recently this man still battled the shame of his porn habit even though he was a lay leader in his church.
“It’s not enough to whisper a quiet prayer under your breath. To break free from a life-controlling habit as powerful as porn, you must talk to someone else. And you should do it sooner, not later.”
Jason, a youth pastor in northwestern Pennsylvania, preached to the men on Friday night about how to reclaim purity in our sex-saturated culture. Like so many of the guys in our conference, Jason had been exposed to porn at a young age. His lust could not be satisfied by masturbation or kinkier videos, so his addiction drove him to seek out multiple girls for instant gratification. That’s where porn leads.
Thankfully all these guys eventually found Christ and discovered the grace to escape the porn trap. They are happily married today, and they’ve been freed from the shame of past failures. But I meet many Christian men who are not so fortunate. A huge percentage of men in church have given up trying to resist temptation.
If you are one of those men (or women) who wears a fake smile when you go to church, pretending to be an “overcomer” when you really are a prisoner of lust, then please consider taking these radical steps. (And if you know someone who is battling this monster, please consider forwarding this message to him or her.)
1. Spill your guts. The first step toward repentance is honesty, and it must be brutal. To repent means to turn 180 degrees, so this decision cannot be half-hearted. It’s not enough to whisper a quiet prayer under your breath. To break free from a life-controlling habit as powerful as porn, you must talk to someone else. And you should do it sooner, not later.
James 5:16 says, “Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed” (NASB). I have prayed with many guys about their porn addictions, and they have testified that the power of their sin broke the moment they admitted it. Sit down with someone (preferably a more mature Christian you know and trust) and put all your cards on the table. If you humble yourself, God will give you grace to change.
2. Get ruthless. Sin is deceitful. It loves to make up excuses such as, “No one knows about your habit, so it’s not hurting anyone,” “I deserve this little treat” or “I can play with fire and not get burned.” Don’t believe the lies. Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of soup, and many men today forfeit their relationship with God by compromising with porn.
You can’t break free from sexual sin by slowly backing away from it or taming it like a pet. The Bible tells us to “flee” from immorality (2 Tim. 2:22). You must lay the axe to the root of your problem. Cut off all access to porn. Say goodbye and slam the door in its face. And if you can’t stop looking at it on your phone or computer, get rid of your phone and computer.
3. Keep no secrets. Guys addicted to porn struggle with constant shame. They can’t enjoy prayer or worship because they feel condemned. They can’t share their faith with others because they feel like hypocrites. And many Christian men are so full of guilt they turn to alcohol or drugs to numb their pain.
It’s not enough to confess your sin to a brother once. You must stay in relationship with people who love you enough to confront you. Find one or two accountability partners and make a covenant with them to live transparently. And don’t wait until you fall to call for counsel. Contact them whenever you feel tempted. Send up a flare and ask for help before it’s too late.
4. Refocus your life on others. Lust is ultimately about self-gratification. When a young man gets hooked on porn, he can’t grow up emotionally. This is why some adult men in their 50s and 60s act like 13-year-olds when it comes to sex. They are stuck in perpetual puberty.
You will never break free from the bondage of sexual sin simply by gritting your teeth and trying to forget the images you saw in magazines or videos. You must totally redirect your energies toward serving others: your spouse, your children, your church and the needy people around you. Throw yourself into selfless ministry and starve your illegal urges.
5. Stay filled with the Spirit. None of these previous steps are possible without the Holy Spirit, who is our promised Helper (see John 14:16). Self-help is not the answer. Ask the Spirit to fill your life with His refining fire. He will go to the root of your unholy desires, burn up your lust and give you supernatural ability to resist temptation.
J. LEE GRADY is contributing editor of Charisma. You can follow him on Twitter at·leegrady. His most recent book is·10 Lies Men Believe·(Charisma House), is a helpful resource for men’s small group Bible studies.
I recently found a very powerful article online taken from the biblical story of Samson and the seductress Delilah. I URGE those of you who are in bondage to porn, and being troubled and tormented by the addiction. Christian men must overcome this stronghold or risk loosing it all. There are many stories coming out of Christian homes and ministries about this spiritual adultery literally destroying homes and marriages. I am beginning to wonder if this spirit is not behind so many sexual scandals in the church and even involving pastors.
I’ve watched enough of these to know they are very real, although our natural minds don’t want to accept or believe it.
These demons speak freely, until …..they start being cast out and then they begin “tearing the body”,,,(acting out) just like it says when Jesus cast them out. I once watched a preacher casting demons out of a man, and heard a voice coming out of him that screamed, “This is MY TEMPLE” The man ended up let the demons right back in again by his continuing in with this and other sins.