DEFINITION: Incest is sexual relations between close relatives..
FACTS ABOUT INCEST:
Incest is against the law in many nations. It is punishable by imprisonment and, in some societies, by death.
Incest is sin. Whether or not incest is considered illegal by the society in which you live or whether or not it is consensual, it is sin in God’s sight. Leviticus 18:6-18 is very clear about this.
Incest is abuse. Incest is abusive, with one person exercising sexual power over another. Such abuse results in many other problems. For example, sexually abused children often suffer from low self-image, are depressed, and harbor thoughts of suicide. Many run away from the abusive situation and get involved in addictions and other deviant sexual behaviors such as prostitution and homosexuality.
Incest can result in genetic disorders. Congenital disorders, birth defects, disabilities, and death are caused by inbreeding.
DEALING WITH INCEST:
If you are committing incest–stop it immediately. Admit it as sin and seek forgiveness from God and from the person against whom or with whom you committed this sin. As with all sin, forgiveness is available through Jesus Christ.
If you are presently a victim of incest–tell someone. Tell a trusted friend who can help you escape and/or confront the abuser. If you are underage, tell authorities who have the power to remove you from the situation. Do not be intimidated by family members who do not believe you or do not want you to reveal the truth.
If have been a victim of incest–forgive your abuser and ask God to heal you from the mental, emotional, and physical effects of the abuse. God has promised to heal the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3). If you were a victim, the incest was not your fault. You were forced to do something degrading and your are not responsible for the wrong that was done to you.
Turn to God’s Word and prayer for comfort, healing, and deliverance. Make these practices part of your everyday life. Whether you were a victim of incest or a perpetrator of it, prayer and the Word will heal your pain and change your life.
WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT INCEST:
No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the Lord. Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her. Do not have sexual relations with your father’s wife; that would dishonor your father. Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere. Do not have sexual relations with your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter; that would dishonor you.
Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father’s wife, born to your father; she is your sister. Do not have sexual relations with your father’s sister; she is your father’s close relative. Do not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister, because she is your mother’s close relative. Do not dishonor your father’s brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt. Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son’s wife; do not have relations with her. Do not have sexual relations with your brother’s wife; that would dishonor your brother. Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness. Do not take your wife’s sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living. (Leviticus 18:6-18)
If a man marries his sister, the daughter of either his father or his mother, and they have sexual relations, it is a disgrace. They must be cut off before the eyes of their people. He has dishonored his sister and will be held responsible. (Leviticus 20:17)
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this? Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present. When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 5:1-5)