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“…having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children.”


having eyes full of adultery

“Having eyes full of adultery” is literally having eyes full of an adulteress. False teachers are like a woman who loves adultery. Their orientation is primarily adultery when they see others.

When these false teachers reject the Bible, they also reject the standards for its morality, and there are no true absolutes outside the Bible. Apostasy and immorality are twins; they journey together hand in hand.

We commit adultery with our “eyes” before committing adultery with our body (Lam 3:51). Men love to ogle women. They leer at them. Some women, knowing this, dress to draw sexual attention to themselves.

The reference to “eyes” is not overt adultery but the adultery of the heart. The “eye” is the window to the soul. Some people would never commit physical adultery but are involved in heavy and extensive mental adultery. The word “having” indicates that this is ongoing mental adultery.

Note that their eyes were “full” of adultery. Their eyes were satiated with mental adultery. Their eyes reach the full measure of mental adultery. They are filled with thoughts of infidelity but not satisfied sexually.

and that cannot cease from sin

They are inane in their sin; they cannot stop sinning. False teachers cannot control their orientation to adultery. Their wills are unable to stop. They are inveterate sinners and cannot help but follow their belief schemes. Their built-in procedure manifests itself in a lifestyle that matches their beliefs.


What we believe and what we do are twins.


Some churches smile at the idea that immorality is a sin. Sadly, even churches do not hold to biblical standards. Some people look for churches that will justify their sins.

These people must be confronted with the gospel somewhere between the cradle and the grave. There is no hope for them unless they turn to biblical truth. Otherwise, they cannot cease from sin. Their belief method keeps them from victory over sin. Their lust patterns are so ingrained and built-in that they cannot stop sinning without God’s intervention, without regeneration, or without the Christ of Scripture.

Christians who allow themselves to become sated with mental adultery are headed for spiritual disaster. God has given Christians the power to overcome sin (Ro 6:14).