There is more hope for fools
than for people who think they are wise.
–Proverbs 26:12, NLT
They traded the truth about God for a lie….
–Romans 1:25a, NLT
Cheaters can come across as so confident in their lies. This confidence has the power to make even the most stalwart faithful spouse second-guess their instincts, hard evidence, and reasonableness.
It’s a vortex created by the cheater’s shameless confidence in lying.
A vortex designed to suck you into their warped sense of reality.
So, the battle becomes standing firm in the truth when confronting a cheater who is given over to lies.
It is not controlling to demand the end of a relationship with the Other Man/Other Woman as a precondition for marriage restoration. That is called setting a healthy marital boundary.It is not unreasonable to require full, unfettered access to all accounts–Facebook, financial, and otherwise–following infidelity discovery. That is called transparency and is a baby-step towards rebuilding the trust the adulterous spouse utterly decimated by cheating.It is not “unforgiving” to question suspicious behavior of the other spouse after infidelity discovery. That is called a natural consequence of having one’s trust so viciously broken, and a repentant cheater would offer compassion as opposed to the ‘See, you’ll always hold this over my head!’ line.It is not “unchristian” to refuse to take the focus off the adultery until the cheater repents. In fact, that is precisely what a godly Christian would do–i.e. rebuke a sinner (see Luke 17:3) and refuse to settle for anything less than godliness.It is not “uncharitable” to say the marriage was destroyed by one spouse’s adulterous sin. God viewed this sin on its own as full grounds for ending marriages, and He did not seem to care about any investigating other “sins” when instructing His people to end such marriages ravaged by adultery (e.g. Deut. 22:22, Lev. 20:10, Jer. 3:8, Mt. 19:9).