Lust, Adultery and Fornication - The Difference

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Lust, Adultery and Fornication - The Difference

Post  Waqar Daniel on Thu 23 Oct 2008, 11:49 am

Many people confuse Adultery with fornication and assume that verses that talk of adultery and fornication are same.


Webster defines Adulteryas: Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband.

Webster defines Fornication as: Consensual sexual intercourse between two persons not married to each other.

Is there any verse that tells us the difference between Fornication and Adultery?

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind (1 Cor 6:9)

The word Fornication is translated from the Greek word is Pornea

Is “Lust” Fornication?

You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery”: but I say unto you, that every one who looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. (Mathew 5:27-28)

Our LORD and Savior quoted from the Ten Commandments, “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). Clearly this refers to a physical sex act by which one violates a marriage relationship. But the Jesus expands the moral lapse by addressing the mental disposition that lends itself to the overt physical act.

He speaks of the man who longingly looks (the verb is a present tense form) at someone other than his spouse—with a sustained desire for intercourse. This is no passing glance. The lusting person is doing mentally what he (or she) almost certainly would do physically, if given the opportunity.

Is Forgiveness Available to Fornicators?
Heavenly Father will forgive any sin through our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ, as long as the sinner repents and forsakes that sin. But He will punish known sins that are not repented of, no matter how trivial those sins may appear to be.

God bless you and your families


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the LORD Jesus Christ. (Philemon 1:3)

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