Our culture is saturated in sex. Highly sexualized images and messages are printed, displayed, and broadcast incessantly through every form of mass communication. A lot of sexualized content isn’t even commonly called pornography. Many people have convinced themselves that there is nothing wrong with this and that; it is harmless, even healthy.
Such thinking is deception. Jesus Christ plainly condemned our pornophilic culture. He called it adultery, a violation of God’s eternal spiritual law: “I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). That’s because in the heart is the beginning of choices and they do have effective impacts on thoughts. It’s a simple case of allowing the subconscious to effect the conscious.
With pervasive temptations, by no means is it easy for a majority to keep your mind free of lustful thoughts. The Apostle Paul actually called it a life-and-death struggle: “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5;). The Apostle Peter also spoke of this struggle with sin as being a war: “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11).
Does your attitude toward pornography match God’s?
Many who look at sexual images say they don’t feel guilty about it. Their conscience is either uneducated, or it has been seared (Jeremiah 6:15; Ephesians 4:17-4:19). They need to understand that pornography is sin. It is a major weapon the devil uses to destroy men in particular, as well as women, children, and families. He has more tools today than ever with which to entrap people in sin.
Many others acknowledge that pornography is destructive and want to steer clear. For anyone who has any degree of contact with mass media: movies, Internet, television, magazines, newspapers, and books; this requires genuine effort. Practically speaking, failing to battle means losing the battle. You must fight to protect your mind, body, and spirit.
Sadly, many who are trying to avoid this sin are losing the battle. Pornography and the immoral sexual habits it causes can be powerfully addictive. And it can be much harder to overcome than some addictions. Generally pornography addicts don’t want to give it up, and although you can purge the elements from your bloodstream in a chemical addiction, you cannot purge the mental images you absorb from pornography.
Many are caught in the trap of pornography and want to be free of it. They can see the damage done to themselves and their families. They wish they had more self-control but they feel unable to free themselves. They are living testimony of the truth stated in 2 Peter 2:19: “Whatever overcomes a man, to that he is enslaved.”
Is this a problem you face?