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In this section of the Baptist Larger Catechism, we continue our exhaustive discussion on the Ten Commandments, which is the summary of the moral law. This section consists of an expansion of questions 76-78 in the Keach Catechism and the Baptist Catechism on the Seventh Commandment. Because of the essential agreement between Reformed Presbyterians and Reformed Baptists on the use and function of the law, the extended answers are very similar to questions 137-139 in the Westminster Larger Catechism.
As before, feel free to comment on the expanded questions below.
Q. 126: What is the seventh commandment?
A: The seventh commandment is: You shall not commit adultery.1
1. Exodus 20:14
Q. 127: What is required in the seventh commandment?
A: The seventh commandment requires us to be sexually pure in body, mind, inclinations,1 words, and actions,2 and to maintain that purity in ourselves and others.3 We are to monitor what we look at as well as what we experience with our other senses;4 and we are to live temperately,5 keeping pure company6 and dressing modestly.7 Those who cannot control their sexual desires should marry, loving and living together with their spouses.8 We should also work hard at whatever we are called to do,9 avoiding all opportunities for indecency, and resisting any temptation to say, think, or do anything indecent or obscene.10
Q. 128: What is forbidden in the seventh commandment?
A: In addition to failing to do what is required,1 the seventh commandment forbids adultery, fornication,2 rape, incest,3 sodomy, and all unnatural desires.4 It also forbids all impure imaginations, thoughts, purposes, and inclinations.5 It also forbids all corrupt and nasty talk or listening to such,6 lewd looks,7 shameless or frivolous behavior, and immodest dress.8 It also forbids prohibiting lawful marriages9 and allowing unlawful ones.10
It also forbids the condoning, tolerating, or organizing prostitution and visiting prostitutes.11 It also forbids restrictive vows of celibacy,12 unnecessary delays in marrying,13 having more than one wife or husband at the same time;14 unjust divorce15 or desertion.16 It also forbids idleness, gluttony, drunkenness,17 and keeping impure company.18 It also forbids obscene or pornographic songs, books, pictures, dancing, or theatrical presentations;19 and all other encouragement to or indulgence in impure activities by us or others.20
12. Matthew 19:10-12