Why Viewing Porn Mocks the Gospel

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Nothing displays greater spite toward God than destroying what He considers most significant.

Pornography is ubiquitous today; addiction to pornography, especially among men, is equally widespread. Young men are often introduced to pornography long before they are able to understand what it is and what it means.

Many a young man’s first awakening to sex and sexuality is by exposure to pornographic sex and nudity. This is sadly, increasingly, the case with women as well.

Some Christians can take a kind of refuge in the fact that so many others share in the struggle. “We are all in this together” can minimize the weight of it. Yet the ubiquity of porn and porn addiction does nothing to lessen the horror of it.

I want to ask you a question. But not quite yet. Read on …

Desecration and Titillation.

There is an inescapable consequence to the fact that human beings bear the image of God: There is nothing God values more than human beings.

Bearing God’s image is an extraordinary privilege and brings with it extraordinary worth.

Jesus asked, “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but forfeits his soul?” If you were to accumulate the wealth of Bill Gates and add to it the wealth of Solomon, you would barely be scratching the surface of the value of a soul, of a person. Wealth will fade. It will rust and decay and be lost. People are eternal. When all of that wealth is gone, the soul will live on.

God says there is nothing in all creation that he values more than human beings. And if this is true, there can be nothing more abhorrent to God than the desecration of human beings.

There is nothing that displays greater spite toward God than destroying what he considers most significant. As man rejects being made in God’s image, there necessarily follows a culture of death and desecration.

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  • Sung Kim

    Brother Tim,

    I have a great deal of respect for your body of work and your commitment to our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Please know that, upfront. This article, as well, is a solid one. However, I’m a little confused by your question. First of all, while I do agree that we must bear fruit if we are new creations in Christ and that we are to repent of our sins, we also know that nothing can separate us from the Love of God. Romans 8:38-39 tells us: 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Having said that, someone who struggles with porn (or any other addiction for that matter) is not doomed and automatically sentenced to an afterlife of hell. Salvation is through faith in Christ alone, through grace alone. Anything else is works-based salvation. I just think we need to be careful how we word things. “Do you love pornography enough to go to hell for it?” in my humble opinion, is not the appropriate question. I’d love to get your feedback on what I just said. In the meantime, thank you and keep up the great work with your ministry.

    • James

      I agree with your observation.

    • Terry Allan Christian

      I believe- grace is where it starts for all of us HOWEVER from that point on- your with the Lord or your not. When we read the WORDS OF JESUS (our LORD) we find that HIS WORDS are more intense and specific on this subject than Paul. Lets quote JESUS since HE is THE SON OF GOD-

      Judgement begins in the house of God and we will be HIS EXAMPLE and in HIS KINGDOM there is no sin only LOVE. Its time we tell the TRUTH that makes us free instead of saying GOD will give us ROOM to sin and still be with HIM.

      • Ellis

        Since we’re quoting Jesus, Terry, I would like to add what He prayed for us in Jn 17:17, “Sanctify them by thy truth: thy word is truth.” Our lives, our completion is the product of an ongoing effective relationship with Him. One in which He is the dynamic, whether it be through scripture or the work of the Spirit. Phil 1:6. Jesus also told us to “be perfect as the Father is perfect”. But that perfecting is an ongoing process dependent on Him and the gracious work that He continues to do in us until the “day of Christ”. We make life choices every day. Our thoughts and actions reflect who we are. And more importantly who we are in Christ. Perhaps, that hard thing to address, in my heart, yours and in the hearts of all believers should not be what can I do or not do to validate my professed faith in Him, but who has He made me to be in Him and to what purpose, by His grace and for His glory.

        Every day we will be confronted in the flesh by our less than perfect nature, 1 Jn 1: 5-10 . Every day we will have the opportunity to die to that nature and live by and in the Spirit, Rom 7&8. If one continues in a sin, without repentence, ( 2 Cor 7:10), the question is not one of obedience to the law, but rather whether one really believes, or is a mere professor. As to our root nature, Jer 17:9 comes to mind, among others. Finally, grace is never the starting point in anything. It is the point. We are creatures. He is the Creator. I know Paul was addressing Corinthians about divisions in that church, that we could liken to sectarianism, but this verse has truth that transcends the single issue, 1 Cor 4:7. Now back to the original assertion, for you and more so myself, our hearts, our minds, our behaviors cannot be dissociated from our relationship, by grace, with God. We love Him because He first loved us and if we love Him we will keep His commandments, per John and Jesus respectively. Rom 12:1-3, yes I said vs.3.

        • Terry Allan Christian

          I am only here to communicate the seriousness of the cross, salvation, repentance and holiness- taken from the WORDS OF JESUS. We must establish the seriousness of hell and Heaven as it appears in the WORDS OF JESUS. HE took HIS example serious enough to tell us to FOLLOW HIM. I am most concerned with my brothers & sisters inChrist who have become “lukewarm” excusing their behavior because of satan instead of becoming strong in the POWER OF THE LORD.

          Jesus said many things about the seriousness of FOLLOWING HIS WORDS AND COMMANDMENTS such as: If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.- (key phrase is DAILY)

          Jesus said- If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. “He who does not love Me does not keep My words”; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. John 14:23-24

          JESUS gives us reasons to serve HIM!

          We know if we walk with HIM daily then we are protected in HIM. Lets STRIVE to give one another- REASONS & SCRIPTURES TO SERVE HIM ALWAYS- and not excuses why we can’t. We know- with God all things are Possible so lets be strong without waiver …. and lets help the Body of Christ by the example we walk as people take the example of Christians more importantly than our advice.

          Lets close on the WORDS OF JESUS – If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.- God Bless

          • Ellis

            Amen.

          • Terry Allan Christian

            an AMEN

    • Thomas Burris

      “Anything else is works-based salvation.”

      I’m not sure that’s true. You don’t need the works of the law to be justified, but it sanctifies you. Otherwise, I don’t think Hebrews would say: How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10:29 ESV)

      There is the possibility to outrage the Spirit of grace and profane the cross that keeps you from His presence for eternity. Thoughts?

      • Richard UK

        You have essentially said that obedience sanctifies you, whereas disobedience ‘outrages the Spirit of Grace..keeps you from His presence from eternity’. That is salvation by obedience, not salvation by faith.

        Hebrews is not about the importance of obedience; it is about the importance of the gospel of grace and a warning not to return to a works-based (in this case temple ritual-based) life out of a fear of persecution by the Jews. Galatians has the same message for converted Gentiles

        • Thomas Burris

          What I mean is that sanctification produces obedience. We are proven in the faith by the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Part of that is a turning from addictive idols to Jesus. The grace of God is great enough to cover our sin, but far greater to change even our natural slavery to sin.

          • Ellis

            I love your last line. Obedience according to Jesus, however, was the product of loving Him, Jn 14:21. Obedience may be the outward manifestation of sanctification, but it is knowing, believing and loving Him, through His Word and the Spirit, that works itself out in us to sanctify us, Jn 17:17& 16:13. And those come as the outworking of His grace towards us, Rom 5, esp. vs. 5: 8, 19-21 and 1 Jn 4:19.

      • Sung Kim

        You just confirmed my point. That’s works-based salvation. Sanctification happens through the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, not through works or your effort.

        • Thomas Burris

          We agree on that. Sanctification comes by the in dwelling of the Spirit, but even Jesus says there is fruit of that indwelling (Mt 7).

          What I hear in your original post is that it’s ok to continue being an addict because one said a prayer to Jesus. But if there’s no fruit of repentance, then there’s no repentance.

          • Sung Kim

            I never said that. You’re putting words in my mouth that I never said. I believe in repentance and I believe in faith alone through grace alone. Not sure where you get that idea from but not from me.

    • Toby Moore Jr.

      Brother Kim

      The question is appropriate if you understand the context of the scripture that he used, 1 John 3:6, 8-10. He is not talking about a Christian going to Hell because that would be contrary to scripture. In light of the scripture context, he is talking about a person who calls himself a Christian but is not saved because he still has the habit of continual sin. In verse 6, it states, (a) whoever abides in Him does not sin (Make a habit of sinning) (b)Whoever sins (Make a habit of sinning) has neither seen Him nor known Him. This is not saying that a Christian will never sin, because it would make 1 John 1:9 irrelevant. It is the habit of sin that is broken.
      In verse 8, He who sins (Makes a habit of sinning) is of the devil. In verse 9, whoever is born of God does not sin (Make a habit of sinning). For His seed remains in him and he cannot sin (Make a habit of sinning) because he has been born of God. In verse 10, he who does not practice righteousness is not of God. Therefore, Brother Kim, the question is appropriate because it is speaking to the unsaved person. If the Christian is struggling with pornography, he will not continue to struggle because he was born of God. The seed that is in him won’t allow him to continue with the struggle.

      • Sung Kim

        Brother Moore,

        Thanks for your input. I’m not 100% sure that’s the context he used nor am I sold on it but I do understand your point and it’s a valid one. Thanks again for weighing in.

    • Akin

      Dear Sung Kim,
      I agree with you, the above article is quite edifying. However I wish to make certain things arising from your comments clear:
      1. Pornography is morally wrong and it is a sin in the sight of God. God was the first to cover man’s nakedness after Adam and Eve sinned and lost the glory that covered their nakedness, thus God expects man’s (women too) nakedness to be covered to others.

      2. Indeed we are saved by grace but we are not expected to continue in our sinful ways. We recieve the grace after repentance. from the bible Romans 6:1 says “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
      In addition the bible says in Philippians 2:12 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”.
      Again, Ezekiel 18:20 says “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.
      Christians even though saved by grace annot live life without boundaries
      3. Pornography is grossly sinful and those who engage in it, if they do not repent will go to hell.
      4. Addiction to pornogrpahy is a bondage of the mind – one can be delivered from it through repentance and prayers. Jesus has paved the way for setting the captive free; if they call upon his name, they shall be delivered from bondage.
      5. Having been saved by grace christians are expected to be transformed to new Christlike creatures. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”.
      Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

      Studying the holy Bible prayerfully can help free the mind from unfruitful works.

      God bless you

      • Sung Kim

        Dear Akin,

        I agree (and already know) most of your points. But I outright disagree with Point #3. Sin is sin. Pornography is not “grossly sinful”, it’s just sinful. So is murder, rape, theft, homosexuality, etc. Jesus’ sacrificial atonement is for all of these sins with none bearing greater weight than another. What you just said is works-based salvation and that’s not biblical. Yes, we need to repent but if you believe that our actions are what saves us, you’re wrong. God’s grace is sufficient and our faith in Him alone through the propitiation of our sins on the cross is what saves us. Yes, we are to be new creations in Christ and yes pornography is an evil, but what you said is false. You don’t go to hell because of one particular type of sin. You go to hell because you do not believe unto the cross and sacrificial atonement of Christ Jesus for our sins (original or otherwise). Thank you and God bless you too.

  • msj

    Great great article!

  • Radu

    Dear Sung Kim,

    It is true that the salvation is by faith alone, and that nothing from what Paul says in Romans 8, can separate us from the love of God. My opinion is that there are two things that makes the difference:

    1) Romans 8 talks only about the external factors, independent of my decision, but it leaves my decision out. As to say, nothing externally can impose something against the love of God, but the object of the love. I can separate myself from the love of God through my decisions, like watching porn. This is clear in the Bible even through the exhortation, “Be watchful”, “Watch” or “Be alert”, depends on translation. To watch for what if there is no danger?
    2) “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil” is clear enough. God shows us grace all our lives through Christ, but we need to decide to follow Him fully or not at all. If I die in my practice of watching porn, means that God has showed me grace by being open to receive me back, but I enjoyed playing in devil’s playground…. Growing in Christ means that every day we need to decide what to do, and what we do is important not what we intended to do. The discipline of Christian life is not characterized by addictions, but by freedom, and watching porn is an addiction, otherwise it is ugly enough to scare the child of God.

    The wording of Brother Tim seems to be perfect for me :) Grace and Peace!

    • Richard UK

      so I guess all alcoholics, gamblers etc, who regret their addiction and weakness are going to hell because they are not strong enough to stand firm?

      That is a Theology of Glory not a Theology of the Cross (in lay terms, Muscular Christianity)

      • Sung Kim

        I agree with you, Richard. The wording of Brother Tim is not perfect. It stands contrary to scripture, in fact. In essence, it’s saying that God’s grace is not sufficient over our sin. And that’s not right.

    • Sung Kim

      Dear Radu,
      I’m not sure how you exegete that from Romans 8. None of what you said is implied there at all. It is not independent of your decision, it is part and parcel with it because you have submitted to His grace. You seem to be missing that one essential piece: Grace. I’m just saying.

  • Richard UK

    Dr M Lloyd Jones realised later on than he had made a mistake in preaching John’s epistles as ‘prescriptions’ (which can only lead to fear and works as this post also does). MLJ later realised that they were ‘descriptions’ which would drive us back to the gospel as often as we realise that our lives do not match the standard set out in (all) the epistles.

    I therefore find the final sentence, The Question, terribly sad and terribly dangerous and ask myself is this what Jesus said to all the ‘sinners’ he encountered

    Almost all anger is rage and wishes to violate another person to the point of their death and extermination. But we rail about anger much less. Why? Perhaps because we don’t think we can do much about rage, whereas we can certainly ‘guilt’ people into avoiding pornography

    Incidentally cultures which cover up the female form have not thereby abolished lust. And this blog’s portrayal of most pornography as being essentially invasive and semi-violent is unwarranted.

    We can only hope in the gospel; meeting sin with more law does not work – Theology 101

  • Akin

    Dear All,
    1. Pornography is morally wrong and it is a sin in the sight of God. God was the first to cover man’s nakedness after Adam and Eve sinned and lost the glory that covered their nakedness, thus God expects man’s (women too) nakedness to be covered to others.
    2. Indeed we are saved by grace but we are not expected to continue in our sinful ways. We recieve the grace after repentance. from the bible Romans 6:1 says “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
    In addition the bible says in Philippians 2:12 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”.
    Again, Ezekiel 18:20 says “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.
    Christians even though saved by grace annot live life without boundaries
    3. Pornography is grossly sinful and those who engage in it, if they do not repent will go to hell.
    4. Addiction to pornogrpahy is a bondage of the mind – one can be delivered from it through repentance and prayers. Jesus has paved the way for setting the captive free; if they call upon his name, they shall be delivered from bondage.
    5. Having been saved by grace christians are expected to be transformed to new Christlike creatures. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”.
    Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
    Studying the holy Bible prayerfully can help free the mind from unfruitful works.

  • Vincent Aja

    I always feel uncomfortable because this word “GRACE” has been OVEREMPHASIZED, and what the scholars have INVENTED as the “Modern Form of the Criticism of the Gospel, has given everybody the right to choose one particular verse from the Bible ahead of every other….Christianity is dying today because the word “GRACE” has been misunderstood from the message of the Apostle Paul. From the book of Ephesians 2:8-9 the Apostle Paul was writing to the Church in Ephesus telling them what they should do of which Churches in everywhere can learn from. He has reminded them of God`s position and intention of which anybody who meets it will be saved. There is nothing like collective salvation, rather salvation is an individual decision. The very word GRACE means the PERIOD OF THE TIME that God has given the world to REPENT or be FACED with His JUDGMENT. (The Love of God is UNLIMITED to those who love God and were willing to obey His Word. But the Love of God is also LIMITED to those who show no sign of RETURING to God in RIGHTEOUSNESS and HOLINESS; this has nothing to do with our IMAGINATIONS, but has to do with what God says in His Word.)Whether somebody wants to hear the person would hear otherwise let`s keep following what the “Liberal theologians and the enemies of the Cross were saying.” From the same book of Ephesians the Apostle had made it known that God`s intention is for His people to return to Him in Holiness and Righteousness as man was before in the Garden of Eden, let`s not pick what we want and throw away the best part of God`s Word that offers man salvation. These words were still in the same book of Ephesians, why are we not seeing them? According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be
    holy and without blame before him in love (Ephesians 1:4). 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:23-24). Grace be with all them that love
    our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity (Ephesians 6:24). Do we prove to God that we
    love Him in sincerity by obeying His Word or by taking His Word out of context
    due to denominational errors?

    From the book of Romans 8 we saw that those who will not be separated from the love of God were those who walk not after the FLESH but by the SPIRIT. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, WHO WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH, BUT AFTER THE SPIRIT (Romans 8:1). Every PROMISE of God is CONDITIONAL, It`s IF we do this, then God will do that. So, what If we fail to do what God wants us to do?

    Please be all assured that the book of Ephesians 2:8-9 has been OVEREMPHSAZIED, and here is what the GRACE of God is all about after what you have read from the book of (Ephesians 1:4, 4:23-24). 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness
    by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead (Acts 17:30-31).

    God has called this Age the AGE of IGNORANCE and we are abusing the WORD of God because we do not want to know what the Apostle Paul has spent his time to teach the Churches before writing letters of encouragements to them. And we are building false doctrines from those letters which were making the Word of God ineffective.

    • Richard UK

      You say

      “The Love of God is UNLIMITED [[only]] to those who love God and were willing to obey His Word”

      Where do you get this from scripture? Isn’t the gospel about Jesus doing what we could not do? I assume you are a Catholic

  • joe

    Great discussion! I would like to offer what I believe to be an issue that MUST be clarified in today’s Christian landscape. I will make it as short as possible so there will be short quotes from scripture. As born again Christians we are saved from hell and the wrath of God to come – period. We can however loose our salvation BUT it is not very easy to loose ones salvation. (See Heb. 6:4-6. Another discussion for another day.) For the Christian who commits or yields to sin habitually, there is a price to pay. See 1 Cor 11:30-31. Our spirits might be saved and sealed but our bodies and minds will be tormented because the wages of sin is death, because whatsoever a man sows he will reap. If we would not judge ourselves we will subject ourselves under the judgement that is on sin regardless of who participates in it. Sinners who sin, pay a price for it and saints who sin pay a price for it. “for THIS REASON many are WEAK and SICK and DIE young…” Hope this makes sense to all. Blessings.

    • Richard UK

      We cannot lose our salvation. Where do you get the idea that we can? What was the Reformation all about?!

      (The only people who can ‘lose their salvation’ are those who think they can and who are therefore relying on works to maintain their salvation and who have therefore not understood salvation by grace alone and who were not therefore Christians in the first place. If this sounds harsh, read Galatians or Hebrews. Hebrews 6 4-6 is nothing to do with losing one’s salvation, least of all losing it through sinning)

      • Jack

        Richard I like your theology. You are balanced and sound. I would like to contact you for more fellowship.

  • Algoria

    Viewing pornography is a sin. It is destructive to the person watching it, to those he is closely related with and to society at large. The consequence of sin is death. Therefore Christians must not seek gratification in pornography, just as we shouldn’t indulge in pre-marital sex or adultery, for example.

    That being said I’m not sure it is helpful to approach the problem with the question given.

    One of the goals we have as Christians is to stop sinning – to be holy as God is holy. Any success I have had in my own life in dealing with sin has resulted from returning to God as the prodigal son returned to his father – seeking his mercy with a contrite heart and acknowledging my sin, whether that sin has been gossip, anger, lust, pride, fear, laziness or any other.

    It has been helpful for me to realize that my sin is displeasing to my Father in heaven, as well as hurting other people. I admit I haven’t dwelt on the possibility that my sin might send me to hell. My focus has been instead to pursue the relationship of an adopted son of God, sinful and stupid at times, but still a son.

    “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Cor 5

    Hell is a reality, but I think God has given us a higher goal than merely avoiding that punishment.

  • Just Curious

    Looking at pornography is a sin. Jesus said that to lust after a woman is committing adultery. He also said that remarriage after a divorce is adultery. Why is the church so anti-porn, but not anti-remarriage? Seems to me that the church picks and chooses what sins to be against.

    • Chandran

      My thoughts exactly! Remarriage also desecrates the picture of Christ and the Church in marriage. As long as Christ loves the Church, a man shall love his wife and as long as the church submits and recognizes Christ’s authority a wife shall respect her husband. Divorce and remarriage breaks covenant which is what the gospel of Christ displays!

    • ServantHeart2012

      “The church,” doesn’t pick and choose. Church PEOPLE do. As one who stands guilty of both the sins you list above and many more, I am forgiven of them through God’s grace and have turned from them. It matters not whether I am forgiven by church PEOPLE.

    • Andy

      The church is not anti-remarriage because the Bible, specifically Jesus, speaks about it in Matthew 19, Romans 7:1-3 and 1 Cor 7:27-28, 39. Jesus did not say that all remarriage after a divorce is adultery. It is only adultery for the unfaithful partner and his/her new partner. That is the distinction that can’t be ignored.
      The church usually deals with divorce and remarriage quietly on a case by case basis. The broad issue of divorce and remarriage can be addressed publicly and, I agree, is not talked about as much (if at all) as it should be.
      Just my 2 cents having married a woman who divorced her ex on biblical grounds (sexual and emotional adultery.) We went through the church to make sure our relationship was on solid ground upon initial dating to ensure going forward was OK biblically.

  • Scott Moore

    Not only does porn totally desecrate the image of God in mankind it also destroys a true intimacy with one another and how we view each other.
    The sexualization of society places the wrong value on life and its true pleasures.
    It’s a battle that must be fought and can be won. Yet this must be done in love

  • Jane

    This is a very good article except for one important point – as christians we do not hold to the platonic model of the immortality of the soul. We believe absolutely in eternal life and resurrection but this is very different to the greek idea of the soul’s immortality.

  • Casey Scott

    Good heavens guys! We’ve all been given a spiritual uppercut to the jaw about living in conformity to character and person of Jesus Christ (not to mention honoring the imago Dei), and you’re rehashing a 500 year old argument! Listen, whether or not someone struggles with addiction to porn (though studies would indicate that a majority do), this is a powerful warning, and we’d better listen up! Sheesh!

  • Rolly

    A very nice article. It is sad that our young women and men are engaged in the pornographic business now a days “…lust of the flesh is not of God…” But what are the Christian churches doing about it? This is a problem of social and spiritual inequality. Why do worldly people treat women less human than men or rather why do some Christians treat women less spiritual and incapable to receive and exercise all the gifts of the Spirit? Looking to women or men, who were both created in the image of God, with their own sinful biases is far worst than pornography.

  • Marcus Robinson

    I think this article is pretty well written. The problem I see not only in this article but in the church in general is that this is limited to men and usually when it is spoken about it is in a condemning way. This is why most men never come out and admit this as being a problem because it is looked upon with such horror and disgrace that men are ashamed to speak up. Secondly men view porn through Internet sites and videos but women also struggle with this sin but in a different manner. Women’s imaginations are more in tune or vivid than men so women can see a man and create her own video in her head and this to is pornography. I’m not excusing men or beating up on women but my point is that pornography stems from the spirit of perversion and can manifest in all types of ways (rape, child molestation, fornication, adultery, pornography, ungodly sexual acts in marriage, homosexuality, and lesbianism). I think we as a body need to stop attacking fruit and start dealing with the root or the source of the sin.

  • Frank

    Great article! What sucks is how quick those whom responded with scripture take up a defense. Perhaps it better to be honest and say if you struggled with porn—be honest! There are many roots to the porn trap. Unfortunately the church ignorant in responding objectively. We all know scripture. But or those with deep history of sexual abuse, emotional issues, and unresolved pasts, porn is a remedy to some. Much like the gossiped at church whom gossips to alleviate their own internal anxieties. Ironically, men and women of all socioeconomic backgrounds struggle with the porn trap. It hurts and it sucks. However it has to be dealt with. In the conclusion of the article it leaves the reader with a “do” or “he’ll is the choice” attitude. Perhaps a better response would be more objective. Like the porn addict, I believe the writer is black and white minded as well. I’m not acceptance of porn, but a more professional and objective response would be appropriate.

    • Richard UK

      I agree with you Frank, but that is why I think it was not a great article.

      It was an article that has the same attitude to man’s competence in fighting sin as all the other religions. It assumes responsibility is the same as ability.

      • Christian Lee

        I think the article offered some great insight into how porn desecrates the image and dignity of women and mocks the gospel, but I agree with Richard and was disappointed how the article ended. So many Christians deal with this bondage and if properly dealt with, via the preaching of truth, deliverance, and accountability, many experience victory over it. But the article concludes not by offering hope but an accusation that those who struggle with it are not truly saved and may be in danger of going to hell.

        If one is truly saved, you cannot watch so much porn that you end up in hell. You’ll just be a miserable and defeated Christian. Is everyone in the church truly saved? Well, that’s a different topic altogether.

  • Lance

    I believe there is a demonic spirit behind the whole porn industry. If you watch porn you worship the demonic spirit. You can’t serve two masters as you will love one more than the other. Jesus came to set the captives free from all sin and iniquities. People who are addicted to porn need to be set free by the King of Kings but that won’t happen till true repentance happens and you really hate that secret sin. May God set us free in Jesus name.

  • isaac prince tawiah

    before i saw the viewing of porno as a fun. actually i can spend time upon time to watch on pc all night. there a times i plan to pray but i end up no praying because i was watching porno. the truth is it actually a serious adverse effect on me absolutely, spiritually, physically and emotionally. porno actually is sin by all standard and i think no christian who really wants to be matured christian should entertain it. it is my prayer that who ever reads this comments will join me to pray for brethren who had been caught in the web of porno. also remember me.

  • isaac prince tawiah

    porno is demonic and it must not be accepted in any society. to me every country must ban porno movies, which is actually dehumanize persons involve, which also can bring the wrath of God. i was sad to read an article in which the actors and actress call such demonic act as a career. may God have mercy on them.

  • Richard UK

    Tim, Tim, Tim

    If you are there and reading these posts, can you not see how your post has given rise to a welter of crypto-Catholic ‘salvation by faith and works’ (or even ‘salvation by works’) approvals?!

    On your head

    • KatherineG

      Richard…study the word.

  • revfrank

    78 times in the Gospel of John it says that salvation is by “belief in Jesus Christ.” Paul writes in Corinthians that “if you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead” then you WILL be saved.

    I am a pastor. Before I came to Christ I consumed a massive amount of porn. Since coming to Christ I have struggled with all my faith against the urge to do it again. One of the most significant factors in porn addiction is abuse at an early age. This is not something we can simply “not do” but something that we struggle against.

    I believe I am saved because I believe in Jesus Christ (as the scriptures say); I am saved by grace through faith (basic Protestant theology). I fight against pornography BECAUSE of that salvation, not so that I will earn it. There are no degrees of sin; there is only sin and all sin is equally grievous to our Lord and God. When we come to Christ, through the Holy Spirit we are changed from the inside out, but it does take time and the old pre-born again person continues to rise up in us.

    Our response must be to take that old person and his/her sin to the cross and repent. Christians need to do this almost daily or even several times daily.

    No person is without sin, only Christ has ever been without sin. But if we believe, if we repent then we will be saved.

    • Richard UK

      thank you for your honesty, bravery and the truth of your comments

    • DJ

      I beg to disagree sir. I am not a pastor but I believe we are trying too hard to define the word of God and put it in a nice fit where mediocre Christians can feel comfortable being repeat offenders.Your first paragraph about if one confesses Jesus and believe in your heart………..you will be SAVED” is a true statement but you have to realize that there is a depth to Love. Do you Love him enough to deprive your flesh and obey his teachings and principles? To be Christlike? If you truly Love Christ enough, then the grace to overcome the hunger for Porn etc will come upon you. I have struggled with Porn before too. But even I am sometimes amazed that I was able to make it through the struggle. The key for me was to ask myself that considering what Christ went through for my soul, the least I could do is to get rid of these little habits as a form of sacrifice. Now at this point, is where the SAVED part comes in. You are now saved because you Loved him enough to give up these habits…..Holiness can now have a place in your life as the Bible already says……without holiness, it is impossible to see God.

      • Joshua Neisinger

        “You are now saved because you Loved him enough to give up these habits”…wrong.
        I’m thrilled that you have experienced victory in this area. Victory over daily sin is accomplished through faithfulness and trusting in God.
        Salvation from eternal consequences, however, is not based upon my loving God. It’s not based upon my victorious living. It is based solely upon accepting His love and grace.
        Please understand that your proposition diminishes the grandeur of Jesus’ sacrifice. Yes, overcoming this world is available to me, but to suggest that righteous conduct is a requirement to enter Heaven is to deem Christ’s death as inadequate.

        • DJ

          I am not by any means am finished product and I would be first to admit, but we all behave like spoilt brats when it comes to our faith. You have to examine yourself daily and work out your salvation 1 Corr 11:28-30. Jesus will not rapture everybody just because you respond to an alter call and do right on Sunday but go back repeatedly to bad habits Monday to Saturday. There are pastors that won’t make it……it’s in the bible. Matt 7:21-23 says it all.

          TV and video is one of the biggest ways which the devil makes sinners and saints to worship him.a lot of people sing praises to the devil in secular music without knowing it……ooh that’s my jammmm. Please examine everything u watch and listen to and sing with your mouth if you really are serious about Jesus.

          We have to work our faith and as we work out all these habits, the Holy Spirit will have more presence and we will have victory and joy. May the scales fall off our eyes so we can behold the MAGNITUDE of the sacrifice which the lamb of God made.

          • Kc

            You are absolutely right –
            “TV and video is one of the biggest ways which the devil makes sinners and saints to worship him a lot of people sing praises to the devil in secular music without knowing it”
            The TV is the God of the modern family. On Judgement day Christ is not going to be happy about how most of us who want his salvation but do not want Him more than an hour on Sundays, thinking Christ saved us to watch TV, Games and Sports, so we could wear nice clothes and have a good career.
            He saved us to suffer – to follow the way of the cross, denying of self so that He can live in us.

        • Tatonka

          That doesn’t seem right. As faith without works is dead, how can anyone anyone accept God’s free gift of salvation and not love him? He first loved me, and I love the Lord. It’s not possible to follow Jesus, to carry your cross and follow Him, without love.

          • Joshua Neisinger

            Would you tell a meth addict who steals from his mother to support his habit that he doesn’t love her?
            Would you tell the mother that she must refuse to love her son because of his behavior?
            When someone’s behavior doesn’t live up to our definition of a good “Christ follower,” we cannot assume the behavior to indicate a lack of love.
            Nor should we assume that the God who tells us to forgive seventy times seven will stop forgiving those who trust in His name–even when they remain bound by the sin that He’d love to rescue them from.

      • KatherineG

        I agree with you. Hebrews 10:26-27 is pretty clear that there is no such thing as “once saved, always saved”. Jesus said in John 14;15 “If you love me, keep my commandments.” Yes we are saved by faith but faith is an action word. That’s why James said, “I’ll show you my faith by my works.” Just my two cents.

  • Caleb

    ” If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1st John 1:8-10

    Great article, but I think the exegesis of 1st John 3 was poorly done (ending could have been better). If you take into context the entire letter you will see that John isn’t saying that it’s possible to quit sinning completely (in this case, not be tempted to look at porn, given Jesus said the thought was just as evil as the deed). But it is possible to not “make a practice” of it through the Holy Spirit (which is a daily battle). If someone doesn’t feel remorse for their sin and acknowledge it as such, then I doubt they are able to repent completely. I think that is what John is trying to say. Christians who still struggle to defeat their porn addiction will not go to hell because they struggle with porn. People only go to Hell for refusing the Gospel.

    God have mercy on those souls!!

    Everything in this article was great. I just did not like the last sentence (I feel it is incorrect). Therefore, I refuse to share it on facebook! haha

    • Richard UK

      Everything in your post was great. I just did not like one sentence. So I too cannot share it on facebook!

      What scriptural basis is there for the idea that we can avoid repeating a sin but we cannot avoid occasional lapses into it (ie when must ‘occasional’ be considered as ‘repeated’?)

      We seem to get there by human logic. We know we sin but the bible says we are freed from sin (we never discuss what type of freedom). So to synthesise the two, we say we sin occasionally but not habitually if we are Christians. Magically the problem has disappeared.

      So, when an addict becomes a Christian, we expect him sooner or later to overcome this addiction – ‘by the power of the Holy Spirit’ (oops – I nearly forgot that mantra). If he does not, we either doubt he is a ‘real’ Christian, or that he is not trying hard enough (how would we know – we have never had that degree of addiction!)

      We have now created a distinction, like the Catholics have their mortal/venal distinction, and just like them, we believe one is ‘acceptable’ (pardonable etc) and the other isn’t.

      This takes our eyes off Jesus, and puts them on our effort which is where the enemy would like them to be

      Despite the irony and levity in my comment, I would seriously be interested in your reply

    • KatherineG

      I must respectfully disagree with you. Hebrews 10:26-27: For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. ”
      The bible is very clear that when we are born again we become new creatures and we are free from sin and have the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome our sin nature. Hebrews points out that if, after being born again, we continue on in our sin we will end up straight in hell. To teach otherwise is false doctrine.

  • Chief of Sinners

    This issue is a struggle between the two natures that now dwell within us as born again believers (Gal 5:16). When I walk with God in intimate fellowship I have victory over the flesh. However, when I lose sight of Jesus I begin to feel an attraction to sin that can be overwhelming. So the issue to me is not so much about fighting sin (which we must do) but about surrendering to Jesus. My fellow pilgrims do not give up hope, look to Jesus the author and perfector of your faith.

    • Tatonka

      Scripture doesn’t say we have two nature’s when we’re saved. We had one, then saved through the blood of Jesus we are a new creation. We put to death our sin nature, it can no longer bind us. God is faithful to continue the work he has begun. Can one be saved and still comfortable in sin? No. Through faith by grace God will cleanse us of unrighteousness, and it will be complete when we are in His midst. We are justified by faith in Jesus, and consecrated as we follow Him. If we find ourselves stuck, could it be we have grown cold and dead in our faith?

  • Dave

    Porn is a symptom, the root problem is masturbation. Sort out masturbation and porn has no grip.
    You will not solve porn unless you tackle the cause of porn. Porn is not the cause. Masturbation, or sexual immorality is the cause. No one views porn unless they desire sexual expression through sex or masturbation.
    But to sort maturbation is to be set apart in relation to sexual behaviour. For a married couple it is to ensure sex is exclusive to husband and wife.
    That is desire, need, expression and satisfaction, kept exclusive, is to make it holy, set apart. Ring fenced. To the ‘exclusion’ of all others. Once that is established, porn has no grip. No matter what the problem with porn in the past, establish truth in your marriage with no secrets on this issue, including benign honest about your desires, nullifies the power of masturbation and porn. It is simply sticking to the marital vows and Gods design for sex, to be exclusive within marriage. As Jesus said, do what he says and you build on rock, don’t do it and it will come crashing down.
    The problem is men are not honest with their wives, instead of pursuing a relationship with her, they look for expression outside the marriage (I.e. not with wife) and this opens the door to all sorts of problems. It’s right for a husband to desire and need his wife, and vice versa, two have become one. To think a husband and wife can be married, but find sexual fulfilment alone (without needing each other) is like thinking you can walk using just one of your legs!

    • Jonathan Hughes

      If you cannot contain as scripture says is masturbating.

    • LeeAnne

      I must kindly disagree with a statement you said…”No one views porn unless they desire sexual expression through sex or masturbation.” I watched porn for at least one year. I never masturbated. It was more about an escape. Just like drugs/alcohol/etc. It was an escape into a life that was different from your own, and helped to escape from the life you had.
      I do understand that I am unique and other people have other reasons for watching porn, but we cannot assume that all people are the same.
      The solution to porn is Jesus Christ and loving him above all else.

  • Tatonka

    Pornography and maturation is rooted in Lust. There’s an excellent book on the topic. All God’s men and boys (and women and girls, as the problem spreads, and has infected females) need to listen to what the gospel says, what God commands, that we be holy because he is holy.

    • Jonathan Hughes

      The body that lusts with the eyes never satisfied with seeing having a mouth never satisfied with eating an drinking etc is the fallen state of the human being. That word is used to give guilt. The devil loves doing that through people. Holy people are not guilt givers condemning people. Did Jesus do that?

      • Tatonka

        The plain truth, the unsugar coated word is lust. As I see it, it’s instructional. It’s a serious problem, one that keeps people separated from God. The sooner we realise how filthy and damaging sin really is, the more decisively we can seek through God’s riches to rid it from our lives. How serious is Pornography? Deadly and destructive, and even that’s putting it mildly

  • Jonathan Hughes

    If viewing nudity and sex mocks then gospel gouge your eyes out not seeing anything God made that is all of those things. Don’t repent of your statement do what I said quickly so you are not offended by what is seen. It will be better for you to be blind never seeing what God has for people that is unseen for if you can’t stand the sight of what is seen how can you stand the sight of what is unseen?

  • LeeAnne

    I feel this needs to be for all sin. All sin is idol worship of something else. We cannot put one sin over another b/c God sees it all the same…evil & sin. I know the struggles with porn very well as my husband and I both have struggled with it in the past, but God has redeemed us from those things. But I think sometimes there is too much emphasis on pornography that it makes it seem impossible to get out of, and unlike drugs, it is legal and accessible just about anywhere. I’m not saying that pornography isn’t bad because it is. But we cannot say that God sees it differently than lying/cheating/gluttony/etc. Sin is sin & no matter the sin, Jesus redemptive work on the cross (our salvation) and resurrection from the dead (our hope) are all we need! I’m not disagreeing with the article just the way it is worded.

  • Josh

    Jesus is the one who said that lust, undealt with, leads to hell (Matthew 5:27-30).

    All this talk that has arisen from this about works based salvation and the battle between our flesh and the Spirit are different issues then what is addressed here. Let’s not MISS the point of the article, and Jesus’ point as well:
    Lust, even in the heart/head, is sin that MUST be repented of or hell awaits. We all stand condemned already and Jesus was sent to save us from this condemnation (John 3:16-18) by providing a perfect righteousness FOR us and taking a complete punishment FOR us.
    Everyone who has faith repents, and those who do not repent do not have faith or love (Probably the single most driven point in 1 John).
    The gate is narrow and the way is difficult and few are they that enter in (Mt. 7:13). Jesus is the one who said that if we love Him then we’ll keep His commandments; that whoever keep His commandments is the one who loves Him; that the one who does not obey does not love Him…and the apostle John reiterated this as well (John 14:23-24; 1Jn 2:3-6).

    Don’t miss the warning Jesus gave, as well as the author of this article. Every time we watch porn it’s because we think that it will satisfy something within us. We WANT to watch it, because there is something we are wanting it to provide for us. It promises satisfaction, pleasure, fulfillment of needs, and so on…but GOD is the One who said that it (and all sin) leads to death … and every time we embrace it for the good it promises, we are acting in unbelief of what GOD has said about it. A life of faith is a life of obedience (that is a huge point of Hebrews 11); a life of love is a life of obedience (point in 1 Jn).

    The Gospel is repent and believe – both verbs. Yes, it is “out of” something spiritual that GOD works in us…but believing and repenting are actions we take BECAUSE of the faith within us. Pursue holiness my friends and don’t believe the lies any longer that sin can fulfill you or meet any need – it always leads to death. Our Father has warned us, like He did Adam and Eve, out of love – He is not withholding anything good from us :)

    His and yours,
    Josh

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