Jesus expanded on sexual sin even further by including what we think
as potential sin.
That is partially correct. It is NOT 'potential sin'. The law only covered the physical acts, the sins of the body and the spiritual form of it. Yeshua expanded it to include sins of the soul. To fantasize about a sexual sin without doing it physically is a willingness to do the physical sin. It also judges the attitudes of the heart.
1Jo 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh
, and the lust of the eyes
, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
The physical sin is 'lust of the flesh'. The 'lust of the eyes' is the sin of the soul when you look at an attractive woman and fantasize about sex with her.
The sin of the 'pride of life' is the spiritual form of the sin.
For adultery, the physical sin is easy to identify. It is a man that has sex with a woman that is married or betrothed to another. It has nothing to do with whether he is already married or not.
The 'lust of the eyes' is also easy to identify. It is performing those acts in your mind without doing so physically. It is a willingness to perform the sin if the situation was possible. It is NOT 'potential sin' but actual sin done only in your mind.
Yah equates 'spiritual adultery' as violation of the covenant with Him by following the ways of the pagan gods. Anyone that mixes in the pagan doctrines with their doctrines of Christianity is guilty of 'spiritual adultery'. All over the OT spiritual adultery is linked with the pagan worship in violation of the covenant with Yah.
It is that spiritual adultery that I am battling against with the Phariseeism within the modern day church that requires sexual perfection as a requirement to even enter the kingdom by twisting scriptures without understanding and following doctrines rooted in that ancient paganism then attacking anyone that doesn't conform to their expansion of the law.
I see spiritual fornication as any act to usurp false authority over another to satisfy their lust for power
over others. It is following the ways of Ashtoreth who was the goddess of Jezebel. Ashtoreth is the principality over all those attributes and all Jezebel spirits. Manipulation and control over men by sexual means is a major attribute of a Jezebel. Both allowing those to bow to her have all the sexual activity they want and those that are her enemy, she tries to deny legal sexual activity making it harder to achieve perfection. The primary attribute of a Jezebel is arrogance and superiority while Yah requires the humble and submissive.
Any woman that is trying to control the sexual activity of men is operating under the influence of a Jezebel spirit. A wife that uses sex to reward a husband and denies sex to punish a husband is a Jezebel. A woman can still be a major Jezebel even if she has only had sex with her own husband. Using sex as a bribe, or as a form of reward/punishment is a means to usurp invalid control over a husband. It is whoredoms. The 'contrary whore' of Eze 16 uses sex as a reward for example to pay men that bow to her instead of being paid as other whores.
The Greek worship of the goddess Ashtoreth was broken down into worship of her in her early life as the 'arrogant virgin' a goddess of manipulation, control, witchcraft and attacking men for their sexual activity. That aspect of her persona was the worship of Artemis. Later in life when she became a goddess of physical whoredoms, they worshiped her under the name Aphrodite. The Roman's knew she was the same goddess but in different phases of her life and worshiped her under the name Diana Luciferah.
Attacking men for lawful sexual activity is following the doctrines of Artemis, the young Asthoreth. It is an example of being in spiritual adultery against Yah. Of course the attempt to usurp invalid authority over men is also being guilty of witchcraft which is also a major attribute of Ashtoreth.
Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. Rebellion is rejecting a valid authority over you like a wife rejecting the authority of her husband. Witchcraft is taking invalid authority like a wife not only rejecting a husband's authority but in trying to impose her will over her husband and sex is the biggest weapon a woman wields against a man to effect that control.
Fornication includes all specific sexual laws equated as sin. A man guilty of fornication is a man that rapes, takes girls virginity for fun, has sex with anyone willing, ie strangers, homosexuality or even incest or bestiality. It is sex to satisfy lust. It has nothing to do with sex within a relationship with a non-virgin or sex with their betrothed. We have to be responsible within our sexual activities.
You are so focused on the 'lusts of the flesh' and 'lusts of the eyes' but totally ignore the 'pride of life' aspects of those sins. Being prideful of being in sexual perfection is just as much a sin as being guilty of fornication. Yah rejects the prideful.
Another pagan doctrine influencing women is following the ways of Asherah, the mother goddess of the Canaanites. Women that treat others as children and think they can punish the bad boys and girls without the authority to do so. She is the other major goddess of witchcraft among the Canaanites. So any woman that punishes any man is guilty of that spiritual adultery unless she is somehow an authority over him. A wife is never an authority over a husband. A woman is never a spiritual authority over any man but her own minor sons. A woman that uses her 'mothering instincts' on other men is guilty of 'spiritual adultery' against Yah.
Phariseeism is guilty of this sin. It rewards those that bow down to church sanctioned marriage and punishes those that don't without the authority to do so.
I got involved with a virgin when I was 19, before I entered the military. She wanted to stay a virgin until she married. I didn't have any problem with that and recommended it. I saw her again years later at my sister's wedding after I got out of the military. She was engaged. I asked her if she made it, was she still a virgin. She admitted she had given up her virginity on the night she had gotten engaged. I told her, that's okay. She had saved her virginity for the man that was to be her husband and be the father of her children. That is what is important and what Yah cares about. Her husband could never accuse her of being in error. I also told her don't worry about any Christians that would attack her to accuse her of being in sin. They were the ones in sin for attacking her as modern day Pharisees. She married and raised 3 kids with him. The man involved took her virginity after gaining permission for her hand in marriage from her father and a covenant with her and married her therefore not sin. She limited herself to one sexual partner within the bounds of a covenant whom she married therefore not sin. The ceremony is the celebration of the covenant and to reinforce it with vows before other witnesses to confirm their covenant. Anyone that would accuse them of being in sin first off lacks love and is guilty of the error of the Church of Ephesus (Rev 2). Add on top of that they are guilty of following the ways of a Jezebel in the Church of Thyatira and face significant curses brought down on their lives.
Teaching young men that any sexual activities even in their mind to find a girl sexually attractive is sin just proves to them they are all guilty of fornication already so they don't worry about it going further into what is actually sin according to the law.