(Adultery, Fornication, Premarital Sex, Prostitution)
DEFINITION: Promiscuity is defined as having multiple sexual partners. Another biblical name for it is fornication. Prostitution–performing sexual favors for financial gain or using someone else to do this–is included in this definition, as are premarital sex and adultery.
FACTS ABOUT PROMISCUITY:
Promiscuity is sin. Fornication, adultery, prostitution, and all sexual relationships outside of marriage are addressed in the Bible as sin. In some cultures, standards of morality have been lowered to where sex outside of marriage is acceptable, but God’s Word does not change. Sexual promiscuity in any form is sin.
Believers must obey the laws of the land. You cannot just live with someone and claim you are married in God’s sight (Romans 13:1). You must be legally married according to the mandates of the government under whose authority you live.
The biblical mandate is that sex is to be confined to marriage. “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure…” (Hebrews 13:4a). The world’s view of sex is not the biblical view. The world’s view is that sex is for personal pleasure and is okay between two consenting adults. The biblical view is that sex is to be reserved only for marriage and any other type of sexual relationship is wrong. Sexual relations within a marriage are fulfilling and unite a couple in a special bond of intimacy. Sexual relationships outside of marriage are destructive.
Promiscuity affects your health. Diseases are transmitted through promiscuity, including some for which there is no known cure.
Promiscuity causes negative emotions. Regret, shame, guilt, and emotional pain all result from promiscuous sexual relationships.
Sexual sins weaken the marriage covenant. They destroy trust and often lead to divorce.
God will judge the sexually promiscuous. “…God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral” (Hebrews 13:4b).
DEALING WITH PROMISCUITY:
Avoid temptation. Avoid compromising situations that put you in a place of temptation, alone with a handsome man or beautiful woman. If you are never alone with someone of the opposite sex who is not your spouse, then promiscuity will probably not become an issue. Sexual relationships often begin when with emotional ties that develop when men and women spend extended time alone in working or social environments.
Ask forgiveness of God. Promiscuity is sin, and as with all sin, must be confessed and forgiven by God.
Seek forgiveness from those you have wronged. If you are married, you have sinned against your mate by your promiscuous behavior. You have also sinned against the person with whom you have had sex outside of marriage. Humbly ask their forgiveness.
Break ungodly relationships. Break promiscuous relationships with your adulterous partners. Make a total break: No more communication in any form. “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18).
Bind the spirit of lust. At the root of adultery, fornication, prostitution, and premarital sex is lust. Bind the spirit of lust from operating in your life.
Do a spiritual housecleaning. Get rid of any erotic materials whether it be books, pictures, movies, Internet sites, or sex toys.
Have a medical examination. Be sure you have not contracted sexually transmitted diseases. If you have, then you must notify your previous sex partners.
WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT PROMISCUITY:
You shall not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14)
Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wife and defile yourself with her. (Leviticus 18:20)
Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness. (Leviticus 19:29)
You shall not commit adultery. (Deuteronomy 5:18)
Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life. (Proverbs 6:25-26)
Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths. Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death. (Proverbs 7:25-27)
For a prostitute is a deep pit and a wayward wife is a narrow well. (Proverbs 23:27)
A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth. (Proverbs 29:3)
You are to abstain from … sexual immorality. (Acts 15:29)
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.(1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. (1 Corinthians 6:13)
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with the spirit. Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:15-20)
We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did–and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. (1 Corinthians 10;8)
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. (Galatians 5:19-21)
I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:21)
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. (Ephesians 5:3)
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater– has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (Ephesians 5:5)
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5)
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. (1 Thessalonians 4:3-6)
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. (Hebrews 13:4)
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)
(See also the related topics of “Sexuality”, “Adultery”, “Homosexuality”, and “Incest” in this database.)