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Hello Gramps,
What are the extremely serious consequences of adultery? If you can’t tell me could you send me where to go in the scriptures or anywhere?

Dear Wondering,
Surely you have heard of the Ten Commandments, the seventh of which is Thou shalt not commit adultery (Ex 20:14). The New Testament version of that commandment is as follows—

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart (Matt 5:27-28).

So you can see by this scripture that the sin of adultery is more a mental evil that a physical evil. In fact, King Benjamin in Mosiah 4:30, put it this way—

But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not.

As you can see, if you are an adulterer, you will perish. What does it mean, to perish? In this context it means that after this life you will not be resurrected in the first resurrection, but will be remanded to the custody of Satan, to be under his domination in hell for a thousand years, until the end of the millennium. At that time the adulterers will be resurrected, having paid the price of this gross sin by their own suffering, the expiatory suffering of the Savior having no effect on the unrepentant adulterer. They will then inherit for eternity the lowest of the three degrees of glory that are the final destinations of the children of God. The president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had this to say about the severity of the sin of adultery—

“One of the painful things that I have as a responsibility is to have a flood of recommendations for cancellations of sealings of those who have been married in the temple. It is frightening, brethren, and much of it stems from one of the greatest of all the sins next to murder, the sin of adultery” (President Harold B. Lees General Priesthood Address, Ensign, January 1974, p.96).

In today’s wicked society the sin of adultery is rampant. But the law exists and a just punishment shall be imposed. And those today who wallow in relative morality, trying to justify their lascivious behavior, will spend an eternity of sorrow in regret for allowing themselves to be ruled by their own wicked passions rather than by a righteous intellect.

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