Porn Addict: Jesus, on Porn

What is pornography? According to the World English Dictionary, pornography is “writings, pictures, films, etc, designed to stimulate sexual excitement.” Another dictionary defines it as, “films, magazines, writings, photographs, or other materials that are sexually explicit and intended to cause sexual arousal.” In other words, Pornography is something used to arouse sexual lust. Lust, according to the Encarta World English Dictionary, is the strong physical desire to have sex . . . without associated feelings of love or affection.As we will see, Jesus warns that lust, unchecked, is something that will eternally separate us from God. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talks about the spiritually deathly affects of sexually lusting after someone or something. Jesus said,

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell” (Matthew 5:28-30 MSG).

Jesus warns that what we ponder in our hearts can be as spiritually corrupting as actually committing the deed itself. Lust and sexual sin (perverting God’s original design for sex — one man married to one woman for life. (Look up Genesis 2:24. In this verse, we see that God not only created man and woman, but God creates marriage as well.)) is so corrupting to the spirit that if it is not dealt with, it could eternally separate someone’s soul from God. Jesus said it would be better to “gouge” out your eye or “cut” off your hand if it causes you to sin, than to be thrown into hell (eternal separation from God, our Life).

Wow, Jesus holds nothing back here. It’s like He’s yelling out, “Don’t fantasize about anything that is sexually impure! Lust will kill you! Be careful what you see with your eyes and do with your hands!!! These are surefire ways to separate yourself from — eternal life — God!” Jesus, “the image of the invisible God,” wants us to never be separated from our Heavenly Father and knows that lust (and pornography, which is designed to arouse sexual lust) will do just that (Colossians 1:15).

If you are struggling with lust or maybe addicted to looking at pornography, don’t be discouraged. Jesus came to help you out. Listen to how Jesus defined why he had come to earth, “The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners(Isaiah 61:1 MSG). You might feel like a prisoner to lust or to pornography, but you can be set free. Christ will help you. God, your Heavenly Father, is there to pick you up every time you fall. I know He can set you free, because he set me free.

So why am I talking about porn so much, on this blog created for youth leaders? Simply, this is the main addiction that my students and adult volunteers struggle with. This is also a major struggle for many youth pastors, directors and leaders around the country and globe. My hope for extensively posting on this subject is to see God’s Word bring “freedom to all captives” and  “pardons [to] all prisoners.” 

Proverbs 28:1 (NIV) says “the righteous are as bold as a lion.” The best way to describe the spiritual and emotional ramifications of porn is it turns lions into kittens. Sin always cuts off our power. It transmogrifies our savage roarings into spineless meows. I guess, I’m tired of seeing to many spiritual lions romping around like kittens. Porn — at least for the folks I know — erodes their faith-foundation. They lose some of their boldness, because there’s a hidden sin.

 

Grow: (2 minute exercise)

Ask God to reveal to you if there is anything unpleasing to him in your heart. I have included a prayer below. You can use it as a guide if you would like:

Dear God is there any area of my life that is unpleasing to you?

(If something is revealed, then continue with the prayer below.)

Father, even though it’s difficult to see the faults in me, I know that it’s when they are revealed that we can work on them together. I choose to repent, to do everything in my power to live a different way, but I can’t do it alone. I need your grace to empower me to overcome the sin that has entangled my heart. I give you my heart now. I give you the good, the bad and the ugly. Take my heart and purify it. I know you have forgiven me and I receive your forgiveness. I receive the power of the cross that ransomed me from my sin-slavery. I no longer am a slave to sin, because of your death and resurrection. I declare that I am free, in Jesus name, amen.

(Now roar out a few praises to God. (If you’re in a inappropriate setting to vocally roar, you can roar these statements from your heart and soul!) “God, you are good! God, you love me. You will never leave me or forsake me! You are the author and finisher of my faith! That means you’ll never give-up or quit on me! We got this, God. When my will (as feeble as it is) touches your grace, no sin can stop me. Sin has no power over me, because you died and rose again, Jesus . . . !”))

Also, I encourage you to talk to someone you trust about this. A great friend can be a huge help on this road to freedom. In an earlier post, I have written on what kind of person you should look for to help support you on your journey. To read that post, click here.

Additionally: I have created a resource that has helped so many of my adult leaders and my students to break free from porn and sexual addictions. It’s called, Walking like Zombies. Every youth leader needs this resource. You can work through it with a group or by yourself.

To discover more about Walking like Zombies, please click here.

 

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One thought on “Porn Addict: Jesus, on Porn

  1. I totally agree that any disconnect from God robs us of our boldness. How can we then stand against the attack from the accuser of the brethren? I heard that over 60% of leaders struggle with porn. We need to guard our hearts. Our society is so infused with sex and lust that everywhere we turn it is posted up vying for our attention. I have proactively stopped watching certain shows, looking at certain publications and even listening to certain music because it weakens my defense. Thanks Joel for your words!

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