1. Before continuing in this article or any article in this blog, I recommend that you read the article entitled, Lakewoodites for McCartney: (which was originally written when I was running for a seat on the city’s council,) otherwise the paragraphs that are numbered 2 – 5 and 77 – 78 of that article. But persons ought to know that they (and you) are responsible, (although some act recklessly,) and ought to act responsibly.

2. I think that adultery means a male (whether a man or boy) copulating with a married woman that is married to another man. That is not necessarily based on the laws of man, (some of which ought to be changed,) but on the scriptures.

3. In the old testament, although the intent was monogamy, a man was allowed to have more than one woman; but a woman was not allowed to have more than one man. A man was allowed to have more than one wife. And there were concubines.

4. In the new testament, although I am not sure that polygamy was prohibited, the intent seems to be more toward monogamy than it was in the old testament.

5. In the old testament, a man was to show a woman’s father appreciation for the money spent on his daughter by paying him a dowry before marrying her. After buying her, she became his property. He owned her. She was not to be unfaithful to him. Unfaithfulness was adultery, which brought the penalty of death. That helped to cement a marriage. And the same for her husband. If he copulated with another man’s wife, both the adulterer and the adulteress were to surely be put to death. See Leviticus 20:10 in the King James Version.

6. To day in modern unscriptural America, a woman can be untrue to her husband, divorce him, and he pays her alimony. Although not all judgments are that unjust, because this country has departed from the scriptures as much as it has, that can happen. (America appears to be heading in the direction of that which is described in II Kings 18:11-12 and Jeremiah 23:10-12.)

7. That is not encouraging for men that would be loyal to a woman that they commit themselves to. If a married woman, that sought to be with another man, knew that she and her sexual partner could be killed for their sin, I think that that might make for greater fidelity in America’s marriages.

8. In moving pictures, (movies) and in society during this present day, when a cuckolded husband discovers his unfaithful wife with a man that is not her husband, and he kills them, the husband is taken to be a murderer. But the sin was committed by the adulterous couple. They were the ones worthy of death. And although it is the job of the government to execute the sentence of death against the adulterers, when a man loves a woman, and she pays him for his love by her unfaithfulness, it ought to be understood that he will feel betrayed and frustrated such that that could drive him to a jealous rage that rightly ends in the death of the sinners. See Proverbs 6:32-35 and Song of Solomon 8:6.

9. The government by not killing adulterers (which is consistent with an ungodly government) is not protecting marriage as much as it ought to be. During this bad time in American history when marriage is too often disregarded, when some treat unfaithfulness to be optional, when some seek to redefine it, or attack it, it is good to know that God sought to protect marriage by providing the spirit of jealousy that is mentioned in Numbers 5 to cause infidelity to be suspected. Although it of course is preferable that a spouse be loyal for the love of the spouse without the thought of a death penalty, there ought to be a godly death penalty for those which selfishly disregard one’s spouse and the law of God.

10. From a man’s prospect, some women are attractive. They are not only physically attractive, but personally. Hence some of them are married. Two (2) of the ten (10) commandments warn men of married women. See Exodus 20:14,17.

11. God’s Son in Matthew 5:27-28 warned that looking and lusting is adultery in one’s heart. I have been guilty of that, for which I had to confess to God according to I John 1:9, which has helped to keep me from committing adultery physically.

12. Although I prefer that husbands and wives be loyal to each other because of their love for each other, for those that are disloyal I suggest that the laws of man be conformed to the law of God if the law of God is not directly executed (enforced). I think that adultery ought to be illegal, and that the death penalty be provided for adulterers.

13. I don’t have a problem writing that; for I don’t intend to become an adulterer. I suppose that those which have a problem with the death penalty for adultery might have a desire to sin against God.

14. Lest some men think that God winks at a married man copulating with an unmarried woman, you might consider Romans 1:28-32 and I Corinthians 6:9-10 about fornication. For further information you may read the scriptures, or read my article called, Fornication, or both.

15. Married couples might read Ephesians 5:17-33, I Corinthians 7:1-6, and the Song of Solomon if not all of the scriptures (Bible). I think that one thing that could help to keep one’s spouse loyal is to accommodate. I Corinthians 7:3-5 teach that in a marriage when one spouse has a copulative or sexual desire, the other is to fulfil that natural desire. That ought to be understood before a marriage. Of course it ought to be reasonable such that when the husband has two minutes to leave for work, the wife ought to understand that. But when he arrives home, if his wife still desires the man that she married, his place is not in front of a television set watching football; it is in bed with the woman that he married.

16. Likewise, considering Romans 13:10 and I Corinthians 13:4-5, if the husband has a desire; but his wife has an headache, (and not lying about it,) he ought not to be selfishly demanding; but ought to wait and considerately comfort her. Then when she is feeling better and has the time, she is to accommodate her husband, lest he go elsewhere. [Considering the sexual desire that Americans have, (which can be stirred up by watching scantily clad cheerleaders during an athletic contest,) one might think that married couples don’t have to be told to have sex.]

Edward M. McCartney

Lakewood, Ohio

Posted on September 14 anno Domini 2009.

This third (3rd) edition was revised on December 8 A. D. 2009.



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