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Question: I've committed adultery. Can I still go to heaven?

Answer: Thank you for your comment and question. I think it would be good for you to read our track Jesus Forgives Adulterers! (Which should probably be called Jesus Forgives Adulterers and Adulteresses!)

Here is how the tract starts out: Maybe you think a person who is an adulterer cannot be forgiven. You could not be more wrong. In fact, Jesus wants to forgive adulterers!

We have an example of this in the Bible: "Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, 'Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?'

This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

"So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, 'He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first. And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last.

"And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her 'Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you? She said, 'No one, Lord.' And Jesus said to her 'Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more. Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, 'I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (John 8:3-12)

It is interesting in this story that the man was not brought in also. Who knows, maybe that is what Jesus wrote on the ground the first time. The statement that Jesus made next was "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first."

Maybe the second time He wrote on the ground, He was writing their sins, starting with the oldest. If we are honest, all of us have committed this sin of adultery in our hearts at one time or another.

Jesus said another time: "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman [a man] to lust for her [him] has already committed adultery with her [him] in his heart." (Matthew 5:27-28) You could also say, " Whoever looks at a man to lust for him has already committed adultery with him in her heart ."

Notice that she was not told by Jesus that she had not sinned. In fact He told her to go and sin no more. He also told her that He did not condemn her. Jesus said He came the first time to this earth to be our Savior.

It is not that He does not hate adultery, He does, and Scripture talks about this a lot. He hates the sin, but He loves the sinner. He could see this woman's heart, though, and He knew she was repentant. She called Him Lord, and I am sure she went from there a changed person, knowing how much God loved her!

God loves you and me too! The Bible says: "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:17-18).

Right now if you want to be washed spiritually, by the blood of Jesus, you can pray this prayer:

"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your loving-kindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. I believe that Jesus Christ Your Son died on the cross for my sins. That He came to life the third day, right now; I repent (turn from) of my sins and receive the LORD Jesus Christ as my Savior. In Jesus name, Amen."

Again, I would like to encourage you to read the whole tract on Jesus Forgives Adulterers! Also, if you have not prayed the prayer above please do so now. We will be praying for you and many like you that have committed similar sins.

Here are some other questions and answers on similar topics:

Where is there a Bible verse on adultery?; I cheated on my husband; I just found out that my husband committed adultery; What does the Bible ay about adultery?

God loves you still and wants to save you,

Gary T. Panell

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