Pornography

Pornography opens the door to other sins such as fornication, adultery, child molestation, rape, homosexuality and other related sins. But one does not have to physically commit the sin of adultery to be guilty of adultery in God’s eyes. Jesus said even if a married man looks at a woman to lust after her in his heart, he is guilty of adultery. Scientific research determined that pornography is an addiction to the neurochemical high (Dopamine, Norepinephrine, Oxytocin, and Serotonin) that occurs in the human brain while viewing sensual images. This is Satan’s counterfeit for the neurochemical high that God designed to occur between a husband and wife during intimacy. It has been said that this chemical addiction is more powerful than those experienced by a drug addict. If you give in to the temptations of pornography, you are allowing Satan to rob you of your marital relationship and distort your views of real relationships.

 Matthew 5:27  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 5:28  But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 5:29  And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.  5:30  And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

 How to obtain victory over lust

 David and Job made a contract with their eyes that they would not indulge themselves in lustful images. That principle is still essential for people overcoming these same temptations today as well. It’s obvious that God gave men a desire for women and women a desire for men, as part of the cycle of procreation and establishment of marriages. The problem occurs when these sensual desires occur outside of the marriage. This principle goes way beyond just pornography and applies to lustful looks and wicked thoughts of people you see in public as well. You should consider the trouble that King David caused for himself (Samuel 11) when he was in the wrong place (likely out of God’s will) and gave in to lusting over Bathsheba (another man’s wife). David said (Psalms 51) that his “sin was ever before him”.

 Psalms 101:2  I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. 101:3  I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

 Job 31:1  I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

 In the first chapter of James we find that God does not tempt us but this occurs when we are “drawn away of his own lusts”. What are we drawn away from? This is referring to being drawn away from the closeness of the Lord. When do Christian fall to temptation? When they are spiritually weak we fall for Satan’s temptations. How does a Christian obtain strength over temptations? Our strength comes by drawing closer to God. Verses 16th and 17th explain that every good and perfect gift is from God. That includes the gift of sexual desires in a marriage and it wasn’t a mistake, but as we know Satan has attempted to corrupt many Holy gifts into unholy ones.

 Jas 1:12  Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  Jas 1:13  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  Jas 1:14  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Jas 1:15  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Jas 1:16  Do not err, my beloved brethren.  Jas 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

 I’m so glad for God’s promises in 1 Corinthians 10, where he said that we would not have temptations that are unique to us individually, but that He was faithful and would not suffer us to be tempted above what we are able to withstand.

 1Co 10:12  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.   1Co 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

 1 John 5:18  We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

 Are sins like pornography hidden from God?

 Psa 139:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.  Psa 139:2  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.  Psa 139:3  Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.  Psa 139:4  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.  Psa 139:5  Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

 Numbers 32:23  But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

 Ephesians 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 5:12  For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

 Rom 2:16  In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

 We only have to look at recent history and how pornography led Ted Bundy to mistreat and murder fifty women. Bundy said he began casually viewing soft-core pornography when he was 12 or 13 years old and gradually became addicted to it. During an interview with Dr. Dobson, he made the following statements: "But slowly throughout the years reading pornography began to become a deadly habit”.  "My experience with pornography ... is once you become addicted to it, I would keep looking for more potent, more explicit, more graphic kinds of material. Like an addiction, you keep craving something that is harder, something which gives you a greater sense of excitement. Until you reach a point where the pornography only goes so far, you reach that jumping off point where you begin to wonder if maybe actually doing it would give you that which is beyond just reading or looking at it." His religious training and morality initially restrained him from acting out his fantasies, but he confessed that finally, "I couldn't hold back anymore."  While committing the murders, Bundy said he felt as if he was possessed by "something ... awful and alien. There is just absolutely no way to describe first the brutal urge to do that kind of thing, and then what happens is once it has been more or less satisfied and recedes, you might say, or spent, that energy level recedes and basically I become myself again." This description describes the conditions of a demonic possessed person that is capable of any hideous crime known to man. The devil has no mercy nor does he have respect of person or God.

 It has been stated by researchers that these pornographic images can be “burned” into a person’s mind for years, which allows Satan to have an easy target in plaguing people’s minds. This presents even more reasons to stay away from such content.

 

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