NBC: ‘Exposed in Ashley Madison Hack? Here’s What to Do Now’


The adultery-promoting Ashley Madison website keeps making the news because of a hack exposing the names of many who registered with it.  NBC has ‘advice’ for those exposed:

Exposed in Ashley Madison Hack? Here’s What to Do Now 

August 20, 2015

As details emerge about the hack of adultery website Ashley Madison, its users have a reason to be nervous.

“This breach has the potential to ruin the lives of millions of people,” Eric Chiu, co-founder of cloud security firm HyTrust, told NBC News.

It’s not clear exactly what was exposed. The hacker or hackers behind the breach, known as The Impact Team, said that it uncovered personal information on all of Ashley Madison’s 37 million users.

Don’t freak out …

Call the police if someone tries to blackmail you …

Don’t shy away from the truth …

Beware messages from divorce attorneys and hot dates …

Find a good divorce lawyer or marriage counselor


Those that believe the Bible have a different view about what to do. God created marriage and condemns adultery or even getting close to it.

So, what should adulterers do, whether exposed or not?

Sin no more according to Jesus:

3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery.

11… And Jesus said to her, “…go and sin no more.” (John 8:11)

The first thing adulterers should do is to STOP committing adultery.

Contrary to the ‘advice’ NBC is giving adulterers, the adulterers need to care about their spouses, not see how a divorce lawyer can minimize the negative impacts of being caught for the adulterer.  Physical adulterers also should get tested for sexually transmissible diseases and tell their spouses if they have exposed them.

It should also be noted that the Bible condemns even seriously considering adultery:

27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’  28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:27-28)

1 I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman? (Job 31:1).

9 “If my heart has been enticed by a woman, Or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door, 10 Then let my wife grind for another, And let others bow down over her. 11 For that would be wickedness; Yes, it would be iniquity deserving of judgment. 12 For that would be a fire that consumes to destruction, And would root out all my increase. (Job 31:9-12).

18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. (1 Corinthians 6:18)

Websites like Ashely Madison are horrible and promote immorality.  I noticed a news article had a statement from the Ashley Madison website that it had over 30,000,000 anonymous users–of course, the recent hack has blasted that.  Notice that the Bible also indicates that adulterers hope to operate secretly:

15 The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, ‘No eye will see me’; and he disguises his face (Job 24:15).

Yet there are warnings in Bible:

2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth;
Render punishment to the proud.
3 Lord, how long will the wicked,
How long will the wicked triumph?

7 Yet they say, “The Lord does not see,
Nor does the God of Jacob understand.”

23 He has brought on them their own iniquity,
And shall cut them off in their own wickedness;
The Lord our God shall cut them off. (Psalms 94:2-3,7,23)

23… your sin will find you out (Numbers 32:23).

32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul.  (Proverbs 6:32)

12 For our transgressions are multiplied before You,
And our sins testify against us;
For our transgressions are with us,
And as for our iniquities, we know them:
13 In transgressing and lying against the Lord,
And departing from our God,
Speaking oppression and revolt,
Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. (Isaiah 59:12-13)

10… For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  11 For it is written:

“As I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”

12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.  (Romans 14:10-13)

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, (Galatians 6:7-8).

14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.  (Revelation 22:14-15)

Adulterers are deceiving themselves if they think that they are ‘getting away with it.’  There were other ‘Ashley Madison’ related stories in the news today, and several I saw named people who were of some notoriety–people who foolishly thought that they would never be found out.  One press report I heard on the radio today said that some with political ties were on the list of revealed names.

Notice also the following news report (posted 8/21/15):


The 20-gigabyte data dump reported on Thursday would be roughly double the size of the earlier one.

Despite the negative publicity surrounding the attack, demand for Ashley Madison’s services has been steady since the data breach first announced in July, said Mark Brooks, CEO of Internet dating consultancy Courtland Brooks.

“It just goes to say that all press is good press … The awareness of the brand is through the roof,” Brooks said.

US military, postal service probes

The data release could have severe consequences for U.S. service members. Several tech websites reported that more than 15,000 email addresses were government and military ones.

Hundreds of U.S. government employees—including some with sensitive jobs in the White House, Congress and law enforcement agencies—used Internet connections in their federal offices to access and pay membership fees to the website, The Associated Press reported.  http://www.cnbc.com/2015/08/21/ashley-madison-founder-emails-leaked-in-new-data-dump.html

The Bible has a long warning about adultery in the Book of Proverbs:

23 For the commandment is a lamp,
And the law a light;
Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
24 To keep you from the evil woman,
From the flattering tongue of a seductress.
25 Do not lust after her beauty in your heart,
Nor let her allure you with her eyelids.
26 For by means of a harlot
A man is reduced to a crust of bread;
And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life.
27 Can a man take fire to his bosom,
And his clothes not be burned?
28 Can one walk on hot coals,
And his feet not be seared?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
Whoever touches her shall not be innocent.

30 People do not despise a thief
If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving.
31 Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold;
He may have to give up all the substance of his house.
32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding;
He who does so destroys his own soul.
33 Wounds and dishonor he will get,
And his reproach will not be wiped away. (Proverbs 6:23-33)

Adultery has a cost.  It is NOT something anyone should engage in.

Jesus cited adultery as a valid reason for divorce:

31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’  32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery. (Matthew 5:31-32)

Adultery costs the family money, trust, and even health.  Just a one-time affair can result in disease and/or pregnancy.  Adultery is wrong.  Jesus taught:

20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’  (Luke 18:20)

Actually, one difference I held with the Living Church of God (LCG) is that its top leader did not believe that committing physical adultery once or twice was grounds for divorce–he stated publicly that it had to be repeated adultery–I doubt he would have that been as supportive about murder or stealing, but for some reason, he said that about adultery. I disagreed with his comments.  I also cited Jesus’ statements about this and his statements, and I tried to bring this up to the LCG ministry the last year or so I was with LCG, nothing changed (see also What About the Living Church of God? Are there Doctrinal Differences with the Continuing Church of God? and Why Bob Thiel Left the Living Church of God).

Adultery is a terrible sin that needs to be condemned:

1 “Cry aloud, spare not;
Lift up your voice like a trumpet;
Tell My people their transgression,
And the house of Jacob their sins. (Isaiah 58:1)

Adultery is not good for society and should be publicly condemned.
The New Testament is clear that God created marriage from the beginning to involve one man and one woman:
4 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)

Notice that God made humans male and female for marriage. The human body is not for sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 6:13).

God created marriage, for many reasons, including to increase the amount of love in the universe. Husbands and wives are to love each other:

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesians 5:25-33)

1 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; 3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things — 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. (Titus 2:1-5)

5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. (1 John 2:5)

Jesus’ word was for married couples to stay together, and He had the Apostle Paul record (as the above shows) that husbands and wives are to love each other.  Adultery is not love and harms.

As far as Ashley Madison goes, its owners want to sue to the hackers for exposing their clients.  The owners of Ashley Madison should instead repent and not be part of something that promotes sexual immorality.  The Apostle Paul wrote:

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:28-32)

The owners of Ashley Madison are inventors of ‘evil things,’ unloving, filled with unrighteousness, promoters of sexual immorality, proud, undiscerning, and guilty of many of the other things the Apostle Paul warned about in Romans 1.

No one should participate in sexual immorality or promote it.  The Bible teaches that there are consequences.  “Your sin will find you out.”

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