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Spiritual Adultery


For your husband is your Maker,
Whose name is the Lord of hosts;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel,
Who is called the God of all the earth.

—Isaiah 54:5


There is such a thing as spiritual adultery: ‘O ye adulterers and adulteresses’ saith St. James. And God frequently complains of his people’s playing the harlot. Hence it is that St. John, in the most endearing manner, exhorts believers to ‘keep themselves from idols.’ For the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and pride of life, are always ready to steal away our hearts from Jesus Christ. And every time we place our affections upon anything more than Christ, we do undoubtedly commit spiritual adultery. For we admit a creature to rival the Creator, who is God over all, blessed forevermore. ‘Little children, therefore, keep yourselves from idols.’

—George Whitefield, “Christ the Believer’s Husband” in Lee Gatiss (Ed.), The Sermons of George Whitefield (Crossway, 2012), 1:231.

Posted 2018·12·04 by David Kjos
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