DEFINITION: Pornography is sexually explicit material including films, magazines, books, photographs, images, and Internet sites that are intended to cause sexual arousal.
FACTS ABOUT PORNOGRAPHY:
Pornography is sin. Jesus said if you even look and lust after a person, it is the same as committing the sin of adultery (Matthew 5:28). Because pornography is sin, even a married couple should not engage in it together. By lusting after the images they view, they are sinning. They are also supporting the porn industry by purchasing and viewing such materials. Would you take a porn magazine to church with you? God is just as present in your bedroom as He is at church because you are His temple.
Pornography is not a victimless crime. The person who posed for the erotic photo or movie is a victim, as well as the one viewing it because you have become a mark for pornographers to peddle their evils. If you are married, your mate is also a victim because you are secretly committing adultery in your heart by lusting after these images. Pornography also victimizes innocent children who are used to produce porn and results in sexually transmitted diseases and feelings of low self-worth in those who produce it. It is not a victimless crime!
Pornography leads to sex crimes. Many convicted rapists and murderers have stated that the first step on their road to crime was viewing pornography. A prime example in the United States was convicted serial killer Ted Bundy, who confirmed that pornography is what led to his raping and killing numerous women.
Pornography is associated with drugs. Many of the people who pose for photos or perform sex acts for pornographic movies must get “high” in order to perform such degrading acts.
Temptation enters through the eye gate. Read the story of David’s adultery recorded in 2 Samuel 11. His sin began with temptation that began by viewing Bathsheba bathing on a roof top and noting that she “was very beautiful to look upon.”
DEALING WITH PORNOGRAPHY:
Ask God for forgiveness. Pornography is sin and, as any sin, requires confession and repentance before God.
Bind the pornographic spirit from operating. Pornography is lust, and lust is a demonic spirit. Pray a prayer rejecting it and binding it from operating in your life.
Make no provision for your flesh (Romans 13:14). Do a spiritual housecleaning and get rid of any pornographic material–literature, videos, pictures, etc. Do not access porn sites on the Internet. If cable TV and the Internet are too great of temptations to you for viewing porn, have them disconnected.
Make Psalm 51 your prayer: This is the Psalm prayed by David after his adultery with Bathsheba which began by lustful “looking.” Make this psalm your prayer.
Make a new commitment to your spouse. Ask their forgiveness for the behavior in which you have been engaging.
Make a new commitment to the Word of God and prayer. Use the time you were spending on porn to develop positive spiritual habits. Turn to the Word of God and prayer anytime you are tempted to view porn.
Memorize some of the verses listed below and quote them when you are tempted.
WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT PORNOGRAPHY:
I will set before my eyes no vile thing. (Psalm 101:3)
Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. (Psalm 119:37)
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
“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.” (Matthew 5:27-28)
Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good (Romans 12:9)
Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. (Romans 13:14)
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (2 Corinthians 6:9-10)
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. (Ephesians 5:11-12)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5)
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7)
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (James 1:13-15)
Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. (1 Peter 2:11)
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
(1 John 2:15-17)