Temple School of Taphim 8:
The Seventh Commandment
1. Beloved children and friends, I welcome you back to the House of the Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, whose House this is.
2. You have now been instructed on the four commandments which deal with man's relationship to God and the first two of the six commandments which deal with man's relationship to man. The first four commandments are as follows:
3. "I am the Lord your God...you shall have no other gods before Me...You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments... You shall not misuse the Name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His Name. Remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy" (Exodus 20:1-11, NIV; Taphim 2:36; 3:1; 4:3; 3:17; 4:5; 4:12; 5:2).
4. The first two man-to-man commandments are as follows: "Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder" (Exodus 20:12-13, NIV; Taphim 7:4,36).
5. In the Seventh House of Taphim you were taught that murder has both an inner and an outer dimension. Whereas in the Law of Moses murder meant wilfully taking another man's life contrary to the Sixth Commandment, Jesus widened this definition to include hatred or anger which constitutes the spirit of murder, or murder's first causes.
6. You were taught that the root of all murder is pride which, if not checked, can set of a chain reaction of thoughts and feelings which, if allowed to complete its natural course, leads to physical murder. You were also reminded that this was the process that led to the fall of the archangel Lucifer, who became the mass-murderer, Satan.
7. You were taught that the spirit of murder is the characteristic spirit of the world. The world, which is not in Christ, lies on a thin line separating peace and order from anarchy and chaos. Just as voluntary self-control prevents us from actually physically murdering a person, so the forces of law and order in a country -- its laws and police force -- prevent a nation from turning on itself in civil war.
8. You are being prepared for a time when all law and order in society breaks down. Already a break down of law and order has taken place in many countries leading to civil war and anarchy. Since the last World War which ended in 1945 there have been many bloody civil wars. In one of the worst, which took place in Cambodia (Kampuchea), one third of the population was massacred by the army and police who, instead of defending the people, turned against them in a horrifying orgy of violence and killing.
9. Many have had visions of the last days that reveal just what our world is going to be like, a world that either you or your children will inherit before the Saviour comes. The scenes are not lovely but it is necessary that you be given a picture of them so that you can be motivated to work all the more harder to prepare the twelve firstborn colonies of refuge for the saints.
10. I will relate part of a vision given in 1877 to an American: "It seemed as though I was above the earth, and looking down upon it. As I passed along my way east, I saw the road full of people, mostly women, with just what they could carry in bundles on their backs traveling to the mountains on foot.
11. "...there were so few men among them....the cars were (not) running. The rails looked rusty and abandoned...I continued east by way of Omaha and Council Bluffs which were full of disease. The states of Illinois and Missouri were in tumult. Men were killing one another and women joining in the fighting. Family were against family in the most horrid manner...next...I was in Washington, and I found desolation there....everything was in ruins. The people seemed to have fled the city and left it to take care of itself.
12. "I was next in Baltimore in the square where the monument of 1812 stands in front of the Charles Hôtel. I saw dead piled up so as to fill the square. I saw mothers cutting the throats of their own children for their blood. I saw them suck it from their throats to quench their thirst, and then lie down and die. The waters of the Chesapeake Bay were so stagnant and the stench arising from it on account of their throwing dead bodies in it so terrible that the very smell carried death with it.
13. "Everywhere I went I beheld the same sight all over the city, it was terrible beyond description to look upon. I thought this must be the end, but not, I was seemingly in an instant in the city of Philadelphia. There everything was still. No living soul was there...It seemed the whole city was without inhabitants. In the south of Chestnut street and in fact everywhere I went, the putrefaction of the dead caused such a stench that it was impossible for any living thing to breathe, nor did I see any living thing in the city.
14. "Next I found myself in Broadway in New York, and there it seemed the people had done the best they could to overcome the disease, but in wandering down Broadway, I saw bodies of beautiful women lying, some dead and others in a dying condition, on the sidewalk. I saw men come out of the cellars and ravish the persons of some that were yet alive, and then kill them and rob their bodies of all the valuables they had upon them and then they would roll over a time or two and die in agony. In some of the back streets I saw them kill some of their own offspring and eat their raw flesh, and in a few minutes die themselves.
15. "Everywhere I went I saw the same scenes of horror and destruction and death. No vehicles or cars were running, but death and destruction was everywhere. Then I saw a fire start, and just at that moment a mighty east wind sprang up and carried the flames over the city and it burned until there was not a single building left standing there, even down to the water's edge...The stench from the bodies that were burning was so great that it was carried a long distance across the Hudson Bay and carried death and destruction wherever it penetrated. I cannot paint in words the horrors that seemed to compass me about. It was beyond the description of men..." .
16. Children and friends, this vision encompassed the whole United States. In fact, this kind of scene will be world-wide. The founder of the Holy Order, Lev-Tsiyon, had a similar vision of his home city in Europe. A disease had struck the city and bodies were lying on the streets rotting away. Buildings were falling down and rats ruled the streets.
17. This is how it shall be in the last days in this country and in every other country in the world, when the sins of carnal man fully ripen. These are the fruits if the spirit of murder. Every little bit of hatred and anger adds to the already growing spirit of murder in the world. Only the love of Christians can help roll back this tide of murder, giving the saints sufficient time to gather in the elect before the world is finally overwhelmed with evil, and judged by the Most High God.
18. The spirit of murder is everywhere, even in people you think are nice and kind. It is a part of human nature, belonging to what the apostle Paul calls "the flesh" (Philippians 3:3). Without Christ -- without the spirit of love and willing obedience to the moral standards of the Gospel, the spirit of murder will eventually overwhelm. It is the inevitable consequence of rebellion against God.
19. You were taught last time that you would be accountable not only for your actions but also for your thoughts and deeds. The reasons for this should, I am sure, be clear to you now, since all are intimately connected. You see, the "flesh" and our spirits are waging war with each other. The spirit leads us to do godly things but the flesh leads us into sin.
20. But Christ has done something very special for us. By his death the spirit and the flesh do not need to war with one another. Paul said: "For (Christ) Himself is our peace, who has made the two (flesh and spirit) one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility...His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace...He put to death their hostility" (Ephesians 2:14-16, NIV).
21. This is very important for you to understand so I shall repeat it again. Jesus Christ, God's Son, took on our sinful nature by being born in this world. A member of the Godhead came to live in sinful human flesh!
22. He experienced exactly the same temptations as we do -- the same temptations of the flesh -- but never once sinned. These two natures -- spirit and flesh -- are constantly fighting each other for supremacy.
23. Jesus, through His death and atonement on the Cross, has brought peace between the spirit and the flesh. He is now a resurrected person where there is no distinction between spirit and flesh. He is immortal. He cannot die.
24. We, however, are not resurrected beings....not yet. The spirit and flesh continue to wage war BUT this need not be so. We can have the same peace between spirit and flesh that Jesus won in Himself by receiving His resurrection power. You see, Jesus has done the fighting for us. We do not have to overcome our sinful, fleshy tendencies in our own strength.
25. By trusting in Jesus and being obedient to the commandments of life, He promises to send us the Comforter, or Holy Spirit, and take over our lives. When the Christ-life dwells in us, we possesses the spirit of the resurrection, and peace is brought between our warring flesh and our spirit.
26. This concept may be very hard for you to understand at the moment but as you draw closer to God through faith, study, prayer, worship and obedience to the commandments, so you will understand these things more clearly.
27. It is enough for you to know that Jesus has won the battle between the spirit and the flesh and He offers you the same victory through faith in His Name and obedience to His commandments. If you stay close to Him, the spirit of murder will never, ever dwell in your heart. You will be free and at peace.
28. But there is a price you must pay. And that price is that you will become completely different from those people who belong to the world. You will not feel the same or act in the same way. You will not be attracted by the things which attract the people of the world. In fact, you will be cut off from them in every way.
29. All that will remain in your heart is the desire to bring them into the same love, peace and freedom that you have. You will desire to spare them the terrible wrath that is to come. Remember the vision that has been shared with you today and ask yourself two questions: First, do you want to be a part of that nightmare? If you don't, then you must get out of the world, because that is where the world is headed.
30. And second, do you want your friends and loved ones to be a part of that end-time nightmare? If not, work with all your soul to save them by bringing Christ into their lives. Warn them of the spirit of murder and what is going to happen to the rebellious and disobedient. That is your call.
31. Therefore, beloved children and friends, the challenge lie before you: to choose the world, with its spirit of murder, or the Lord, and His spirit of peace, love and freedom. That is the heart of the Sixth Commandment.
The Seventh Commandment
32. Children and friends, we shall now take a look at the Seventh Commandment, which says: "You shall not commit adultery" (Exodus 20:14, NIV).
33. The home and the family is sacred to God. For this reason, He has protected it with two eternal commandments. The first is: "Honour your father and your mother" (Exodus 20:12, NIV) and the second is, "You shall not commit adultery" (Opt.cit.). To understand why there is so much unhappiness in the home you have only to ask yourself if these two commandments are being lived or not.
34. In most western countries in our modern world over 50% of all marriages end in divorce. In most of these countries upwards of 80% of married couples commit adultery. And it's getting worse. Never before in the history of the world has the institution of marriage been under such heavy attack. And the world is paying a heavy price in broken homes and spiritually crippled people.
35. Marriage is sacred. It is holy. It is so special that God has protected it with one of the 10 commandments -- "You shall not commit adultery". Breaking this commandment is so serious that under the Old Covenant the punishment was death (Leviticus 20:10). And the reason the punishment was so severe is because adultery is a form of MURDER. The New Testament teaches that "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23, AV). Adultery therefore results in spiritual death.
36. The scriptures teach that a man is incomplete without a woman, and that a woman is incomplete without a man. When two lives are joined together, a new life is formed. Though a man and woman remain separate individuals they also start creating a third being. This "being" is not separate from them -- it does not have its own independent action -- rather, it is a shared personality.
37. If you take two colours like blue and red and mix them together you get a new colour, violet. Though violet is a separate colour from blue and red it is in fact a composite of two primary colours. If a man and a woman can be seen as blue and red, respectively, then their combination creates a third colour, namely violet. The combination of two colours to make a third colour is creative activity. Similarly, when a man and a woman come together in marriage, a creative process is set in motion.
38. Once I have made violet from red and blue I cannot separate them out again. I cannot take violet and say: "Separate out into blue and red". Once it is made, it is made. It can never be separated.
39. When a husband and wife come together in marriage a new unity is created -- a new creation. The scriptures call this "one flesh". Once a baby is made you cannot tell the baby to separate out into the egg and sperm that created it. You cannot say: "Return to your mother and father". You have only two choices: either you accept the baby or you reject it. If you reject it, you effectively kill it.
40. When a man and a woman have intimate contact with each other, a process is started inside them that is very much like the creation of a physical baby. Their minds start to join together, their hearts start to join together, and even their flesh starts to join together. Not only that, but their spirits start to join together too.
41. Our thoughts, our feelings, and our physical sensations consist of different kinds of energy. Try to think of your thoughts as ripples caused when a pebble is thrown into a pond. Those ripples are energy waves. Now picture in your mind two people each throwing a pebble into the pond so that they are quite close to each other. When the ripples or waves meet each other they combine to form a third type of ripple. That ripple is a combination of the other two -- it is utterly unique.
42. This is an experiment you can try next time you are near a pond or lake. Life is like a lake where people are throwing their pebbles -- themselves - in. In your life you are going to meet people who are going to influence you if you let them. The way their energies touch you will determine how you develop intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. It is up to you whether you open your minds or hearts up to them or not -- whether you allow your energies to mingle with theirs. You can put barriers up so their ripples bounce off and don't touch you. That is the choice you have.
43. The scriptures describe the heavenly Church of the Firstborn -- of which this Holy Order is a type -- as a allegorical "marriage" with Christ as our allegorical "husband". When we receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour, we enter into a spiritual marriage relationship with Him. All of us -- His spiritual sons and daughters -- are collectively His "wife" or His "wives". That means all our "ripples" have joined together into Christ's ripple to make one large "super ripple". This "super-ripple" is the oneness of the Body of Christ. That is why, in fact, the Church is also called a "Body". It is one entity.
44. When a person accepts through faith that Jesus Christ is his or her Saviour, he lets Jesus into his heart. We are born again when our own sinful, carnal or "fleshy" nature is put to death. We do, in fact, "die" in a manner of speaking. Our unique ripple, made up of our own desires, combines with Christ's to form a new Ripple. Christ takes over but He allows us to be independent within the boundaries that He has set. In fact, once Christ has combined with us, He can work through us for the blessing of others.
45. When you mix red and blue together, the red and blue must "die" in order for violet to be born. When a man and woman marry, part of themselves must "die" for the new "one flesh" relationship to be created. That new creation is sacred. It cannot be separated out into its original parts. It can only be killed.
46. God, in His infinite wisdom, knows what can be mixed in life and what cannot. If you take different colours and mix them you can end up with all kinds of different combinations, some beautiful and some ugly. It is the same in music. Certain notes combine together to give beautiful harmonics. Others, when combined together, create ugly sounds called dischords.
47. Musicians follow certain rules when composing music. They know that certain things cannot mix without causing ugly sounds. Artists know the same. Certain colour combinations are not beautiful. Others are.
48. The same principles apply in our relationships with each other. The Creation contains within it pure elements which can either be combined to make harmony or disharmony. God, because He loves us and wants us to grow up to be creative beings, gives us the freedom to combine these elements and to know the joys of creative activity as He does. But just as the combination of certain musical notes and colours can create ugliness, so the combination of different spiritual elements can cause ugliness.
49. A good painting consists of many colours used in a creative relationship to one another. Combine all the colours together and you end up with ugly browns, greys and blacks. An artist follows certain rules born of experience in order to create a beautiful painting. God, in His infinite wisdom, has created certain rules in our social contacts with each other too.
50. One of the must powerful forces God has bequeathed us is the gift of sex. It is a creative force. It is the energy which makes plants burst into flower. It is the energy which causes men and women to fall in love with each other. It is the energy which causes all living things to multiply. It is a force of renewal.
51. Because it is so powerful, however, it can also be very dangerous. Like nuclear energy it can either be used in a controlled way to make electricity or in a destructive way to make thermonuclear bombs. Nuclear energy involves the fusion or joining together of atoms just as marriage involves the fusion or joining together of souls.
52. For a nuclear reactor to work properly and safely, the radioactive substances have to be very carefully controlled. Sex is the nuclear energy of the body. It also must be controlled otherwise it can be terribly destructive. Like lethal radiation spewing out of a damaged nuclear reactor, unlicensed sex spreads spiritual death and destruction all around it.
53. Sex is a sacred energy which God has given to mankind for specific purposes only. And He has created marriage within which this sacred energy can be safely manipulated.
54. What is marriage? Marriage is an agreement between two persons to work together within certain rules. It is an agreement or covenant to become guardians of this sacred energy and to use it in the way God has ordained. This energy is to be used in three ways only:
55. Firstly, to multiply the species. It is to be used to make babies which are then to be loved and cared for until they are old enough to leave home and get married themselves. This is creative activity on the physical plane.
56. Secondly, to join husband and wife together so that they are "one flesh" -- so that they become a New Creation -- a unity that can never be divided. God ordained marriage to be eternal, not something temporary. God intended men and women to marry each other with a view to never separating. Indeed, He intends us to look upon marriage much as an artist mixes two colours together. Once mixed, he knows they can never be separated. He must either use the mix or throw it away. Once two notes have been played together as a chord they cannot be separated and played separately.
57. This sexual energy is designed to bind husband and wife together intimately so that all the energies that make up their bodies -- mind, heart, physical senses and spirit -- start joining together. They start to mix into something new and wonderful.
58. Thirdly, this energy is given to be transmuted for the blessing of others. In its raw state sexual energy can only be used between husband and wife, just as oil can only be used for certain things. However, God has given us the power to change or transmute this energy into other creative activities which can be shared with others with whom we are not married.
59. This energy can be changed inwardly into the creative energy of a musician, an artist, a scientist, a writer, a mother, a father.... it can be changed into many other kinds of energy too. Like oil when it is refined into petrol, paraffin, gas and other products, sexual energy can be transmuted into other forms of energy -- mental, emotional, and even spiritual. It is the oil of the soul.
60. For this reason how we use it is of the utmost importance. This energy can be used for all the wrong purposes -- for sex where there is no intention of making children or having a permanent marriage relationship, for war, murder, and other forms of devilish activity. Sex can drive a person to do good or evil. It is the fuel of the soul.
61. Sex itself is neither good nor evil. It is what a man or woman does with it that makes it good or evil. It is a powerful energy that can either be used to create or destroy.
62. God created sex as a beautiful and holy thing to be used to His glory, not out self gratification. Marriage was created to bring Him glory and us happiness. Sex is not, therefore, something to played around with or experimented with. Noone would dare play around with nuclear power. Neither should you play around with sex. You should respect it and use it for what it was intended.
63. "You shall not commit adultery". Adultery destroys. Adultery breaks apart a union that God intended to be eternal. Adultery breeds distrust and causes great emotional pain. Adultery is a form of murder. Don't even let it enter your mind! Jesus said that a person who commits adultery in his heart is no different than a person who commits it for real in the flesh (Matthew 5:27-28).
64. To commit adultery in your mind starts the process of destruction of a man and woman's unity on the mental level. If marriage is like a zip, then mental adultery is like opening the zip up. That zip should remain firmly closed always. When adultery enters the heart, then desire is born and real destruction starts. The unity of husband and wife begins to break apart.
65. But remember this also. Marriage is of God. God is a part of all marriages because He is present within every soul in the form of the Light of Christ. Adultery against your husband or wife is also adultery against Him! When a man or woman commit adultery, they also start breaking apart their relationship first, together with God, and then separately with God.
66. The effects of adultery on a human soul are not unlike the effects of a nuclear explosion on a city. The destruction and suffering are terrible not only to the husband and wife, and the one with whom adultery is being committed outside the marriage (possible destroying two marriages), but also to the children who come under the protection of husband and wife.
67. For a child to grow up spiritually healthy it needs two things: First, the love and care of its individual parents, and Secondly, the love and care that comes from the "one flesh" unity -- the "oneness" that will become the child's internal pattern for its own spiritual growth.
68. Children learn by copying both consciously and unconsciously. In order for them to have happy marriages, they need to grow up in the midst of a happy marriage. They need to see not only the red and blue but the violet as well. Without that violet, they will grow up incomplete.
69. Adultery denies the atonement of Jesus Christ, and therefore the Cross. Jesus came to the world to make atonement for our sins by reconciling flesh and spirit -- by making them one. If there is a key word that describes God in addition to "Love" it is "One". God, the scriptures teach, is one. The Godhead, though made up of three persons, is nevertheless one (Deuteronomy 6:4). They are perfectly united in mind, heart and spirit.
70. The spirit of adultery is born of selfishness. It comes from a soul saying: "I will be one with myself only. I will do what I want." The spirit of marriage is born of selflessness. It comes from a soul saying: "I recognise that alone I am incomplete. I must become one with another".
71. Human marriage is a type or reflection of heavenly marriage, or spiritual marriage. The Church is a Marriage, with Christ as the Bridegroom or Husband. In fact, you will find that the principle of marriage is built into the fabric of creation. God is marriage because God is one.
72. Children and friends, adultery is a very serious sin. It can be forgiven provided there is true repentance. Repairing a relationship torn apart by adultery may, however, take a very, very long time. You should look upon adultery as you would upon murder. It is no accident that the commandments not to murder and not to commit adultery appear side-by-side in the Ten Commandments. They belong to each other. Murder is adultery, and adultery is murder. It is a special kind of murder which destroys oneness.
73. I wish now to speak a little about something closely related to adultery and that is fornication. Fornication is sexual relations between two people who are not married.
74. When two people have sex together their spirits mix together. The first act of sexual intercourse is, in fact, the sealing ordinance of marriage! Once a man and woman have had sexual intercourse, they are married in the eyes of God because they have created a third entity -- red and blue have created violet! Something new is born.
75. But what is born? It is a mixing of substances for which proper preparation has not been made. There has been no covenant -- no mutual promise to cherish one another for eternity. There has been no desire to raise children and to take care of them together no matter what happens. There is no commitment.
76. Fornication is a bit like playing around with nuclear energy without really knowing what you are doing. Once two spirits combine together and separate, a big void or hole is created in the soul. The two who were briefly joined go into the world unconsciously seeking to complete what they began -- they seek it in other partners, and never find completion.
77. Once two people separate after having had sexual relations, the New Creation has to die. It desires to live -- it desires to be complete, and therefore it drives the souls of the parties who created it to find inner satisfaction. It never does.
78. Either the two must come together and be properly married by covenant and sacrifice, or the New Creation -- the violet -- must die. Death is painful. That New Creation, which God never intended to die but to live for ever, must disintegrate before the couple can truly marry again. There are two ways that can be done:
79. Either the individual must allow it to die slowly over time or, through genuine repentance, allow Christ to put the New Creation to death painlessly. Only then can a fresh start be made. If that old "violet" is allowed to exist in the new marriage, it will constantly be an obstacle because it will seek for its original mate. That is why the Bible says that those who have committed adultery and divorced should do all in their power to find the partners of their youth (Proverbs 5:18; Malachi 2:14; Joel 1:8).
80. Be clear, then, that God hates adultery, He hates divorce, and He hates fornication because of the pain and sorrow they cause. This is why prostitution is forbidden in the Scriptures. Prostitution is sex without love or covenant. It is sex sold for money.
81. We live in a world, children and friends, where sex is out of control. The barriers which God has established for the safety of His children have been ignored. The Bible is quite specific about who can be married to who, and the boundaries of sexual activity. Only heterosexual marriage is permitted between those who are not near relatives. Sex is the creative force of life. Its abuse can destroy a soul. Nowadays men have sex with men, women with men, brothers abuse their sisters, and parents commit incest with their children. All of this is more than sin. It is utterly evil and satanic.
82. The energies released by unlawful sex are gathered by Satan and his demons. Satan and his demons have no power of themselves. Sex used properly is not lost but is used for the building of the spirit. Sex used improperly escapes from the body and enters into the spiritual atmosphere like pollution. This polluted spiritual energy is collected by Satan and used by him and his demons to get power. In a similar way, the energy released by souls who are murdered are gathered by him. Satan survives only because of the energies people release through murder, adultery, anger, and other destructive activities.
83. Your body is sacred. Jesus Christ purchased it on the cross. It is the temple of God. It does not belong to you. It is on loan to you by God to take care of and use creatively for righteousness' sake. It is like a petrol tank in a car. Either it is connected to the car where the petrol can be burned to make the energy to drive the car, or it can be punctured full of holes by sinful activity, and the petrol spilled out is then collected by evil entities.
84. You are therefore given a warning, beloved, to strictly control your sexual energy. The Holy Order is most strict about this. Anyone abusing this energy and trust is not allowed in the Holy Order. If you have sexual problems it is your sacred duty to make these known to the Patriarchate. If you have committed sexual sins these must be freely confessed as it is likely that great damage has been done to others who require spiritual release too. If you yourself have been abused in any way it is important that you talk openly to the Patriarchate about it so that you can be helped.
85. You young and unmarried people are admonished to be sexually chaste and pure. Sex should not be on your minds at all. Flee from all sexual talk and activity in the world. Sexual energy will start welling up within you when you have turned around twelve years ago, however, and this you must come to understand. The Holy Order will teach you how to deal with it and channel it constructively until it can be released in marriage. You should seek for marriage with a view to the higher, spiritual things, and not just to find a sexual companion.
86. You will receive further instruction on this matter in the House of Tabal and elsewhere in your journey through the temple.
87. To finish off your instruction on the Seventh Commandment I wish to talk about some important principles so that you understand what marriage is and to summarise what has been taught you today.
88. Sexual attraction has a divine purpose. It's purpose is to kindle love and intensify it until there is complete and mutual surrender of the two lives involved. Love in its highest state is union. Marriage is union of mind, heart, and body. Marriage is the perfect expression of love between a man and a woman.
89. Marriage is holy. It is so holy that the Lord uses this marriage union as a type of the relationship between Christ and His Church. Paul taught: "Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the Church, His Body, of which he is the Saviour. Now as the Church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything" (Ephesians 5:22-24, NIV).
90. You will come across the word "submission" alot in the temple. The wife must submit to her husband in righteousness as Christ submits to His Father, and as husbands must submit to Christ, and as children should submit to their parents. It is only in submission that men and women learn the lesson of lasting faithfulness.
91. Husbands, in the same way, are instructed to "love your wives, just as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her...husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself" (Ephesians 5:25,28, NIV). In the marriage union man and woman are made one. The wife's body becomes the man's, and the man's his wife's. Marriage teaches us, amongst other things, to be faithful to God, because our relationship to God is as a wife to a husband. Marriage teaches us important lessons of patience, kindness, longsuffering, self-control, love and faithfulness.
92. On divorce, Jesus says: "...what God has joined together, let not man separate" (Mark 10:9, NIV). To dissolve a marriage ordained by God is to undo God's creative work. It is to deny the atonement, which means "at-one-ment" -- it destroys oneness. Jesus therefore said: "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery" (Mark 10:11-12, NIV).
93. Divorce not only undermines marriages but families and society too. Because divorce is so easy nowadays adultery has soared. Society has been thoroughly corrupted by the exploitation of sex. Indeed, it has become so common that you probably don't even notice it any more. The dress and clothing styles of modern women emphasise one thing -- sex. Newspaper headlines emphasise or exploit things that have to do with sex. Most modern magazines emphasise sex continually -- and often think they will not be able to sell enough copies unless they can get the word "sex" in the title of some article appearing on the magazine cover.
94. Throughout the newspapers, magazines, billboards, TV advertisements, and videos sex is emphasised over and over again in different and varying ways. Pornographic books and films are common place. All of this is part of a systematic attack by Satan on mankind's spirituality. It is designed to deaden man's spirit or ruin him utterly. And all of it deliberately breaks the Seventh Commandment.
95. Sex before marriage always spoils sex in marriage later. Memories linger. The soul is already corrupted. The Lord says: "Flee from sexual immorality!" (1 Corinthians 6:18, NIV). Literally, run away from it with all your strength, it's that bad. Sex is not a toy to be played with. It is God's creative power, the power the created the universe and all that is in it. Do not cheapen what is sacred. Reverence this divine power.
96. In the Holy Order you will be taught how to build deep, satisfying, joyful and everlasting marriages. If you are single, do not rush into marriage. It is a vitally important decision. Seek out God's will. Seek out a companion who will honour the Commandments of the Lord, who puts love and faithfulness before sex, and who puts God before all of them. Do not go seeking for a companion using the world's standards.
97. May the Lord bless you that you may be faithful to the Seventh Commandment and be spared from the corrupting influence of the world which is out to destroy marriage and the family, is my prayer in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Question and Answer Session
98. We will now have our question and answer session according to the rules that you have been taught (Taphim 1:49; 2:88).
(Questions and answers -- max. 30 minutes)
99. Beloved children and friends, may you leave the Lord's House with a deepened awareness of the sacredness of marriage and of the importance of having an everlasting perspective of this sacred ordinance.
100. May the Lord bless you until we gather here again next time to discuss the Eighth Commandment. Amen.
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