"Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. ...If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham ((and not falsely accuse him of fornication, even of so-called "adultery")).
"Ye do the deeds of YOUR father. ...Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the TRUTH, because there is no TRUTH in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
"And because I tell you the TRUTH, ye believe me not." (John 8:43,39d-e,41a,44-45.)
Is it not therefore a lie to accuse father Abraham of fornication, even of so-called "adultery" as re-defined by your own false doctrine from that of the Word of God (as per Exodus 20:14 and 21:10)? Is it not therefore a lie to accuse faithful Abraham of the unrighteousness of being a whoremongerer and so-called "adulterer"? Was Abraham married to his wives (even concubines) or not?
For Scripture says, "Marriage is honorable in all. And the ((marriage)) bed undefiled: but whoremongerers and adulterers God will judge." (Hebrews 13:4.)
And what is that judgment? Revelation 21:8e,h-i reveals that "whoremongerers, ...and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone". Indeed, "Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, ...they which commit such things are worthy of death". (Romans 1:29a-c,32b.) For we see that "fornication, ...For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh upon the children of disobedience". (Colossians 3:5b,6.)
"What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? For two, saith he ((in Genesis 2:24)), shall be one flesh." (1_Corinthians 6:16.) But and if he commit such unrighteousness and thereby be "one flesh" with a harlot, would he therefore cease to be "one flesh" with any wife? God forbid. (Thus is the true doctrine of "one flesh" revealed yet again, as well. For if a man may be "one flesh" with a harlot besides his wife, then he certainly can be "one flesh" with more than one wife, just as was father Abraham!)
But "Flee fornication. Every sin that a man would do is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you"?
(1_Corinthians 6:18-19b.) "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." (1_Corinthians 3:16-17.)
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators... shall inherit the kingdom of God." (1_Corinthians 6:9a-c,10f.)
"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness... and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:19a-e,21e-h.)
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