PORNOGRAPHY

6th January 2013 by Bill Davis
I was asked by a member of one of our mission boards to write something on pornography. Certainly not a dinner table topic, but one that needs to be addressed. With the help of the Internet and other social media, pornography is running rampant. Satan has entered the heart of many causing marriages to fail, disease, adultery, rape, sex trafficking and much more. God’s Word is very clear about the things we should think about and have our minds and hearts dwell on.
Philippians 4:8 English Standard Version (ESV); “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Jesus taught us that He wanted us to be IN the world, but not OF the world. Scripture points out how pronography can fit into being OF the world.
1 John 2:16; “For all that is of the world squeezes out love for the Father 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.”
We see here, three main categories of sin  as lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life. Pornography definitely causes us to lust after flesh, and is  surely a lust of the eyes. We must also be aware of the laws of man and the laws of God. There are things that may be “legal” within the description of earthly law but will certainly “enslave” us to do evil in the law and eyes of God.
1 Corinthians 6:12 The Message (MSG); “Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to my whims.”
2 Peter 2:19 The Message (MSG); “There’s nothing to these people—they’re dried-up fountains, storm-scattered clouds, headed for a black hole in hell. They are loudmouths, full of hot air, but still they’re dangerous. Men and women who have recently escaped from a deviant life are most susceptible to their brand of seduction. They promise these newcomers freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption, for if they’re addicted to corruption—and they are—they’re enslaved.”
As Paul was writting his letter to the people of Ephesus, he was trying to teach the people of the great wisdom of God. Wisdom that in itself would teach them to live a better and happier life.
Ephesians 4:19 The Message (MSG); “And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can’t think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, addicted to every sort of perversion.”
 We should all realize that lusting after another person in our minds is a sin unto God. That is exactly what pronography causes. As Jesus was explaining the need to understand and obey the law, He expounded and clarified certain commands.
Matthew 5:27-28 New International Version (NIV); “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
1 Corinthians 6:9 New International Version (NIV); “Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers.”
From God’s Word, it is evident that if a habit involving pornography fills a person’s life, it  demonstrates the lack of a Christian commentment to one’s own purity of mind.
Bill Davis

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