Sex Sin Examples from the Bible 

Who was involved Sin involved  Effects/Consequences of the sin (direct or related)
Ham & Noah (Genesis 9:20-27) Voyeurism (looking at naked body) Ham's son Canaan and his descendants are cursed (future Canaanites)
Angels taking human wives (Genesis 6:1-12, Jude 6-7, 2 Peter 2:4)
  • Indulged in gross sexual immorality with "strange flesh"
  • Abandoned proper place of power and dwelling to pursue sin
  • Every inclination of man's heart became evil
  • Earth was corrupt and full of violence
  • God determined to destroy humanity by a flood
Sodom & Gomorrah (Jude 6-7, Genesis 18:16-33, Genesis 19:1-29, Ezekiel 16:48-50)
  • Sexual immorality with "strange flesh"
  • Homosexuality
  • Pride
  • Gluttony
  • Idleness
  • Neglect of poor & needy
Both cities and the surrounding territory were destroyed by God
Lot & his daughters
(Genesis 19:30-38)
  • Incest
  • Doubt:  Daughters did not have faith that God would provide for them
The descendants (Ammonites and Moabites) became hated enemies of God's people
Abraham, Sarah & Hagar (Genesis 16:1-16, Genesis 21:8-21)
  • Adultery
  • Lacked faith to wait on God's promised son
  • Ishmael's descendants became one of the hated enemies of God's people (Ishmaelites)
  • Strife, resentment, jealousy and abuse between Sarah & Hagar
  • Abraham was greatly distressed
Judah & Tamar (Genesis 38)
  • Incest
  • Deception
  • Prostitution
  • Manipulation/Control
  • Hypocrisy
  • Tamar was almost executed
  • Judah's sin was exposed
  • Since Judah repented (vs.26), some consequences may have been averted
  • Twin sons born out of wedlock
Rueben and his father's concubine (Genesis 35:22; Genesis 49:3-4; 1 Chronicles 5:1)
  • Incest
  • Defiled his father's marriage bed

 

  • Rueben lost his birth right
  • Rueben and his descendants were cursed by Jacob
Joseph & Potiphar's wife (Genesis 39:6-13)
  • Lust
  • Lying
  • Slander
  • False accusation
  • Though innocent, Joseph loses trusted position in his master's house and is imprisoned based on false accusations
  • Potiphar lost God's blessing associated with Joseph (Gen.39:5)
Israelites w/Moabite & Midianite women (Numbers 25:1-10)
  • Seduction
  • Harlotry/Prostitution
  • Adultery
  • Idolatry
  • Israel was joined to the demon "Baal of Peor" through sexual worship
  • God's anger was aroused and a plague ensued, killing 24,000
  • The guilty were executed
  • Israel retaliates against Midian for their seduction (Numbers 31)
Samson (Judges 14-16)
  • Lust 
  • Pride
  • Broken vows
  • Manipulation/control
  • Anger
  • Taking revenge
  • Lying
  • Witchcraft (vexing)
  • Strife: Samson involved in several skirmishes with the Philistines
  • Deceived by both his wives and eventually captured
  • God's Spirit left Samson
  • Samson's eyes gouged out by his captors
  • Samson repented in captivity and God granted Samson's death wish to strike the Philistines 
The Levite, the harlot concubine and the Benjamite mob (Judges 19
  • Prostitution
  • Adultery
  • Homosexuality
  • Lust
  • Fornication
  • Rape
  • Murder
  • The concubine died after being raped
  • Israel declared war on the Benjamites; thousands died (> 90,000)
David & Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11-12)
  • Lust/Coveting 
  • Murder
  • Manipulation
  • Conspiracy
  • Lying
  • Covering sin
  • David's son dies
  • David brought reproach on God's name - The Lord's enemies had great occasion to blaspheme
  • Strife: The sword would never depart from David's house
  • Rebellion: God raised up David's son Absalom to rebel against David and lay with David's wives in public 
  • God spared David's life because he repented
Amnon and Tamar (2 Samuel 13)
  • Lust/Coveting
  • Conspiracy
  • Fornication
  • Hatred
  • Lying
  • Rape
  • Incest
  • Because of the cultural prejudice against unmarried non-virgins at the time, Tamar's marriage prospects were greatly damaged, if not destroyed.  She lived "desolate" in her brother Absalom's house.
  • Absalom, murders Amnon in revenge
  • Absalom's anger & rebellion was increased against his father, David, for failing to discipline Amnon
Absalom & his father's wives
(2 Samuel 16:21-22, 2 Samuel 18:6-15)
  • Adultery
  • Rebellion
  • Dishonoring parents
  • Incest
  • Pride
  • Spiritual confusion; Absalom followed evil counsel
  • Absalom was caught by his hair in a tree and killed by Joab
Solomon & wives (1 Kings 11)
  • Love of pleasure
  • Sexual idolatry
  • Idolatry
  • Spiritual confusion
  • Strife:  God raised up several adversaries against Solomon because of his disobedience
  • God tore the kingdom away from Solomon's descendants and gave it to someone else
The seductress and her victim (Proverbs 6:24-26 NIV)
  • Deceit
  • Promiscuity/Adultery
  • Lust
  • Seduction with eyes
  • The victim's life was snared and preyed upon
  • The victim reaped judgment, husband's wrath, soul destruction, wounds, dishonor, reproach, no mercy
Jerusalem's spiritual harlotry (Ezekiel 16 - metaphorical)
  • Spiritual adultery
  • Pride: trusted in own beauty instead of God
  • Brazen harlotry
  • Sexual idolatry
  • Child sacrifice
  • Idolatry
  • Uncovered nakedness
  • God turned against Jerusalem, diminished their territory and gave them up to the will of their enemies
  • God uncovered her nakedness to all her enemies
  • God brought judgment on her in fury & jealousy
  • Her former lovers left her naked & bare
  • God raised up people to burn her houses and execute many judgments on her
Oholah (Ezekiel 23:1-10, 36-49 - metaphorical for the northern kingdom of Samaria) 
  • Spiritual adultery
  • Lust
  • Idolatry
  • Fornication
  • Harlotry (continuous)/prostitution
  • Rebellion
  • Adultery
  • Child sacrifice
  • Defiled God's sanctuary
  • Profaned the Sabbath
  • God delivered her into the hands of her enemies, the Assyrians; the Assyrians plundered Samaria, taking some people captive and killing others.   
  • The Assyrians executed God's judgment on Samaria
  • God gave her up to trouble and plunder
  • She and her sons and daughters would be killed, and their houses would be burned.
Oholibah (Ezekiel 23:1-4, 11-49 - metaphorical for the southern kingdom of Judah)

 

  • Fornication
  • Lust:  after pictures of Chaldeans (Ezek.23:14-15)
  • Lust: after memories of youth sex sin (Ezek. 23:19-20)
  • Sexual Idolatry
  • Harlotry (more so than Samaria)/prostitution
  • Pride
  • Rebellion
  • Adultery
  • Child sacrifice
  • Defiled God's sanctuary
  • Profaned the Sabbaths
  • Oholibah was defiled by her Chaldean lovers and she alienated herself from her lovers
  • God alienated himself from Oholibah
  • God stirred up her former lovers against her on every side
  • God delegated his judgment to Oholibah's lovers to carry out on her - they dealt furiously and cruelly with her so that she would not continue in her sin 
  • God set his jealousy against her
  • She was filled with drunkenness and sorrow (from God's wrath)
  • She was held in derision and scorn
  • God gave her up to trouble and plunder
  • She and her sons and daughters would be killed, and their houses would be burned.
The Romans (Romans 1:20-32
  • Pride
  • Idolatry
  • Lust
  • Sexual immorality
  • Homosexuality
  • Covetousness
  • Maliciousness
  • Envy
  • Murder
  • Strife
  • Deceit
  • Evil-mindedness
  • Unforgiveness
  • Rebellion
  • Gossip/slander
  • Became futile in their thoughts
  • Their hearts were darkened
  • They became fools
  • God gave them up to uncleanness in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves
  • God gave them up to their vile passions (homosexuality)
  • They burned in lust for one another and committed shameful acts
  • They received due penalty for their acts (AIDS?)
  • God gave them over to a depraved mind
  • They were filled with evil
The sexually immoral brother and the Corinthian church (1 Corinthians 5:1-13)
  • Incest
  • Pride
  • Tolerating sinful practice in the church
Paul instructed the church to:
  • Not keep company with the unrepentant brother 
  • Deliver the brother to Satan in hopes that he would repent (5)
The Jezebel spirit and the church (Revelation 2:19-25
  • Sexual immorality
  • Idolatry
  • False teaching
  • Spiritual adultery
  • Unrepentance
  • Studying Satan's "deep secrets" (occult)
  • Jezebel and those who sin with her will suffer intensely on a "bed of suffering" (unless they repent of Jezebel's ways)
  • God will repay each person according to his deeds

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