Roadblocks are used for many reasons. They are found at entrances to closed roads, roadway construction projects, sporting events, and at police checkpoints, etc. The main objective of a roadblock is to prevent access to an area that is either closed, restricted, or unsafe. Roadblocks can also be found in the everyday lives of people. They are in effect boundaries, lines that should not be crossed. Those that dare to go beyond those boundaries often find themselves in dangerous territory.
The Word of God provides guidelines for the children of God to live by in life. As James 1:22 proclaims, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” If we see the roadblocks and yet do not abide by the instruction provided, we are in effect exposing ourselves to grave danger. And when it comes to walking the straight and narrow road that leads to life, any excursion off of that road can have disastrous consequences. The first example identified is a road closure, which is a topic of discussion that should be discussed in Christian homes, as well as in the Assembly of Believers.
Why would a road be closed, or more specifically, why are there areas in life that a Christian should not enter. An example of a “no go” zone is fornication. The Scripture proclaims that our bodies are not made for fornication, but for the Lord (I Corinthians 6:13). Fornication is often defined as sexual intercourse between a man and woman outside of marriage. But Jesus Christ even went beyond that in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 by saying that even to look upon a woman with lust is adultery.
So what happens when that line is crossed and one would dare to pursue fornication? The short answer is death. The Word of God proclaims in Galatians 5:9 “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” And in that reality, one’s conscience can be defiled and the Holy Spirit quenched. Before long delusion sets in to the point that a person no longer is able to discern between right and wrong, good and evil, clean and unclean. Those that commit fornication may very well become fornicators, and in that unrepentant state they will not enter the kingdom of God (I Cor. 6:9).
One aspect of our human nature that should be understood is that we are creatures of habit. If we do something long enough, it has a way of becoming the accepted norm. One’s conscience can easily be overtaken by the deceitfulness of sin. For unmarried couples, it is paramount that they refrain from any sexual contact with their partner before being married. Without establishing clear, direct, and defined boundaries, compromise can often lead to accepting conduct and behavior that once would make one blush.
With that said, where does the misbehavior start? To begin with, true Bible-Believing Christians have no business or right to enter into a relationship with an unbeliever. Unbelievers do not have the Spirit of God and they are incapable of having spiritual discernment or in knowing the will of God. As Christians we are admonished, instructed, and directed to be separate from the world and not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers (II Corinthians 6). As a relationship begins to develop, soul-ties develop that are not easily broken. Abstinence and proper conduct in a relationship should be a priority and not bondage, as living for Christ Jesus is a privilege that shouldn’t be taken for granted.
And even the word “relationship” should be held in proper context. A relationship before married is a friendship that is mutually accepted between the man and woman, along with the parents. Parents have a vital role in protecting their children, as their perspective, experience, knowledge, understanding, and viewpoint is capable of making decisions that are not based on emotions, but in the reality of wanting what is best for their children. And that reality is a picture of the love of God in caring for His children. A couple is not allows capable in making sound decisions that are not blurred in the fog of love.
Violating the will of God in this matter is perverse, unclean, unholy, and without excuse. Those that indulge in fornication are opening themselves up to consequences, discipline, and even Divine judgment that can span the course of several generations (Exodus 20). With that said, there is forgiveness of sins that can only be found in Christ Jesus. I John 1:9 is clear that God is able and willing to not only forgive us of our sins after confessing them to Him, but in cleansing us from all unrighteousness. Respect, celebrate, promote, and endorse the boundaries that God has provided that enable His children to know and walk in His will. Those that are spiritually minded know that God’s way is much higher than our ways. As John the Baptist proclaimed, He must increase, and we must decrease.
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