ADDoration Ministries
Friday, July 30, 2021
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Beware of Pornography


First of all, it should be understood that sex is a gift of God. None of us would exist, if it hadn't have been for sex. God provided for sex as the deepest intimate passionate expression between husband and wife, for the reproduction of children.

Problems result from abusing sex. No doubt, you are well familiar with two scriptures. One is from the Ten Commandments: Exodus 20:14 "You shall not commit adultery." The other is in The Sermon On The Mount when Jesus extended the commandment: Matthew 5:27-28 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Girlie magazines certainly are an instrument of lust, as are pornographic web sites and Go Go bars.

Between husband and wife -- that is the ideal situation. However many people are not married. As for married people, maybe there are problems with the marriage. Maybe it is a good marriage that is endangered by pornography addiction. We need to recognize that the sex drive is very strong. If a person is not in the ideal situation, what is the person supposed to do about the sex drive? It often is a tall order to expect the person to just abstain; however with God all things are possible. Outside of marriage, celibacy is the purest expectation.

Many marriages have been seriously damaged by pornography addiction. One spouse (usually the husband) secretly views pornography for sexual gratification. Consequently the other spouse (usually the wife) feels betrayed. In many cases, the wife feels that she cannot any longer sleep with a man who also gets jollies from porno queens. This happens even with Christian marriages -- and even with pastors (that doesn't make it right).

Psychologists often say that pornography is a harmless outlet. You cannot get a centerfold pregnant. You cannot get venereal disease from a centerfold. Clearly pornography is safer than prostitution. It is safer than promiscuity or even infidelity. There is the well-known threat of venereal disease. From about World War II until the 1980's, many people figured that they could get Penicillin, if worst comes to worst. But today, there are other strains of venereal disease that are resistant to Penicillin. AIDS began to multiply during the 1980's. Such AIDS celebrity deaths as Rock Hudson and Liberace underlined the news of the threat. In addition, there is the threat of an unwanted pregnancy. That causes legal problems, as to how to provide for the child. As for abortion, that is an explosively controversial issue. In view of all this -- pornography is much safer.

But does God approve of pornography??? NO!!!! It gets in the way of any relationship with Jesus. Lust is a tremendous obstacle to God's grace. Can you look at a girlie magazine and then immediately prayerfully seek The Lord -- I don't think so!!! Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

God created both the male and female bodies to be beautiful. However pornography is abusing the body. The centerfold becomes a sex object, not a human being. The apostle Paul wrote: 
1 Corinthians 6:19 "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?" It would be absurd to expect to see any Holy Spirit in a centerfold. Paul also wrote: 1 Corinthians 6:15 "Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!"

As for Internet pornography, that is abusing the Internet. The number of hits is horrendous with pornographic web sites.

God has guided me to total abstinence from Internet pornography. Don't even visit the site for curiousity. You don't need to know what a pornographic web site is like. One visit for curiousity too often leads to further irresistible curiousity -- resulting in addiction.

Parents, make use of browser parental controls, that are among preference settings. Microsoft Internet Explorer calls it "ratings". In addition, some Internet service providers have options to filter out any pornography. In fact, I recently read that age eleven is the average age for first accessing pornography.

Television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart paid dearly for his addiction to pornography. First Swaggart raised the accusations against brother evangelist Marvin Gorman. In turn, Gorman felt that Swaggart was "the pot calling the kettle black." So Marvin Gorman hired a private detective to track Swaggart. On the night that the detective caught Jimmy Swaggart at that motel, the news media had a juicy story. It had been common knowledge that Jimmy Swaggart's Lincoln Town Car was regularly seen at that motel. Nationwide front page headlines and TV news anchormen made hay of Jimmy Swaggart with prostitutes at the motel. The timing was within a year of Jim Bakker's PTL scandal with air conditioned dog houses. Plus Oral Roberts had broadcast that the Lord would call him home if the millions of dollars isn't raised. Consequently all of the television evangelists became of suspect, except Billy Graham. As for Jimmy Swaggart, monetary contributions to his ministry plummeted. Swaggart's denomination, Assembly of God, revoked his ordination. Television viewers ceased to watch Jimmy Swaggart. Many television broadcasters quit carrying Swaggart. Today, do you hear much about Jimmy Swaggart? I have heard that Jimmy Swaggart Ministries still exists; however it is a very small fraction of what it was.

There is the possibility of the pornography being found. A letter to Ann Landers told about an aftermath of a man's sudden death. The widow was cleaning out her late husband's desk at the office of his employment, and she found a quantity of pornography in his desk at work. In addition to her grieving her loss, she felt betrayed by her late husband's pornography addiction.

As a final thought, here a quote that you might reflect on: "Instead of resisting or feeling ashamed for having a brief lustful thought it is better to appreciate the God-given beauty of that individual. Refocussing your thoughts back on the Creator and the beauty of God`s creation, you elevate your sexuality." author -- Leonard Felder, PhD, book, THE TEN CHALLENGES

In parting -- I repeat that God has guided me to total abstinence from Internet pornography.

Can you give up pornography? Most likely, only through God can you do that. Sure there are Christians who threw out all pornography; however I suspect that God helped them every time. When the sex drive is strong, I doubt that you could it on your own. My suggestion is "Give it to The Lord."

<*(((>< your ADD brother in the Risen Christ,
Lester Hemphill
Founder of ADDoration Ministries

P.S. Here is a web site that offers 60 day interactive courses in gaining freedom from pornography, and also other additions -- Setting Captives Free.