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6 Truths About Pornography
Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2014 | Matt Wackwiak

Posted on 06/02/2014 6:47:27 PM PDT by Kaslin

The Bible is the “word of truth.” It’s mankind’s user manual. It’s the blueprint, even in suffering, for a joyful and fulfilled existence in this life, and an incomprehensibly glorious eternity in the next. The total truths and precepts inherent within the Judeo-Christian scriptures are both timeless and universally applicable to all people and peoples across the globe, be they Christian, Jew or pagan.

Obviously, neither pornography nor pornography use, in the modern sense, was around during ancient biblical times. Still, since all time is biblical time, and since the Bible transcends time and space, God, in His boundless love and wisdom, has given us specific truths that directly apply to the use and abuse of modern pornography in all its ugly forms.

Studies indicate that at least 70 percent of American men and 30 percent of American women regularly view online pornography. The numbers aren’t much better among Christians with a 2011 ChristiaNet survey finding that 50 percent of Christian men and 20 percent of Christian women regularly use porn.

The following is in no way a comprehensive analysis of the devastating medical, mental, spiritual and societal pitfalls associated with porn use. Neither is it a complete examination of what the Holy Scriptures have to say on the subject. Still, here are six specific truths, from the word of truth, about pornography use:

1) Pornography use is always wrong.

Like adultery, fornication, homosexuality, incest, bestiality and other forms of sexual immorality, the use of pornography, too, is sin.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 admonishes us to “abstain from every form of evil.” As we will further develop in the subsequent “porn truths” below, porn use is evil. “Do not desire her beauty in your heart, nor let her capture you with her eyelids” (Proverbs 6:25).

“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality …” (Galatians 5:19).

When you use pornography, you engage “the deeds of the flesh” and grieve the Holy Spirit. “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30).

2) Married? Pornography use is adultery. Not married? Pornography use is fornication.

“[B]ut I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).

Husbands, I realize that you tell yourself, “I’d never cheat on my wife.”

Using pornography?

You already have.

You also don’t have much sense.

“The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it. Wounds and disgrace he will find, and his reproach will not be blotted out” (Proverbs 6:32-33).

Using porn? Knock it off, repent and ask God’s forgiveness. You’re destroying yourself and your marriage.

“Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4).

Hear that, single guys? If you’re using porn, you’re committing fornication. You’re sinning against God, your future wife and God’s precious daughters featured in the images after which you lust.

Again, knock it off, repent and ask God’s forgiveness. Then save yourself, from now on, for your wife. That’s what your Creator both expects and demands.

3) Pornography use leads to death.

“But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death” (James 1:14-15).

People often say that pornography use is a “victimless crime.” Nonsense. Both the subjects of pornography, the men, women and children featured in it and objectified through it, as well as those who consume it, are hurt by pornography.

Pornography use is a cancerous epidemic in America. It’s destroying lives, souls, children, marriages and families.

It’s also destroying our culture.

Porn use leads to death – spiritual, emotional, marital, familial and societal death.

4) Pornography use is demonic.

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world” (1 John 2:16).

Porn use typifies all of this and more. Porn is “of the world.”

Scripture calls Satan the “prince of the world” and the “father of lies.”

Pornography, which is “from the world,” is the wicked, destructive, deceptive and deadly brainchild of the “prince of the world.”

“Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret” (Ephesians 5:11-12).

5) You must flee pornography.

“Flee [sexual] immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body” (1 Corinthians 6:18).

Flee pornography while you still can. You will be discovered. Many falsely believe that porn use is a personal, harmless form of entertainment. They think that what they do, they do in secret. Nothing is done in secret. More often than not, your loved ones will discover you. As scripture warns: “[Y]ou may be sure that your sin will find you out.”

Either way, God knows.

6) You can be free from pornography use.

“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

The way of escape is available in and through the person of Jesus Christ, His holy word, the Holy Spirit and the full armor of God:

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:13-18).

Try this: Every time you’re tempted to return to your computer for porn, pick up a Bible instead. Or go to BibleGateway.com.

Begin reading.

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments” (Psalms 119:9-10).

I second the Apostle Peter’s plea: “Dear friends, I urge you … to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul” (1 Peter 2:11).

Even if you feel you cannot stop using pornography under your own power, you can stop under the power of the Holy Spirit. Ask Jesus – keep asking Jesus – and He will help you.

If you screw up, then stop, ask His forgiveness and then ask Him again for help.

Because a soul is a terrible thing to waste.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bible; god; jesus; pornography

1 posted on 06/02/2014 6:47:27 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

A succinct admonition that is not well-received on the part of my flesh. Rom. 7:23


2 posted on 06/02/2014 6:54:51 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Fester Chugabrew

bump

Those who love this particular sin will react badly.

That’s pretty much what your Bible quote mean.


3 posted on 06/02/2014 6:56:33 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Kaslin

Guess I’ll have to bypass the lingerie models in the department store ads in the Sunday paper.


4 posted on 06/02/2014 6:57:17 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Kaslin
3) Pornography use leads to death.

So does breathing.

5 posted on 06/02/2014 6:58:13 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Kaslin

Nice pick Kaslin.


6 posted on 06/02/2014 7:06:07 PM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: Kaslin

Porn is simply people having sex. Its just male fantasy and no one would describe as an approximation of a real life relationship.

That is a good deal more complicated than porn films show. The human heart cannot be visually conveyed and the vulnerability of love in the eyes is only a language shared by lovers.


7 posted on 06/02/2014 7:28:18 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Kaslin

Paul asked HOW many times to have the ‘thorn in the flesh’ removed?


8 posted on 06/02/2014 7:30:16 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

So does holding your breath while driving through a tunnel


9 posted on 06/02/2014 7:32:42 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Elsie

Sex is not a sin; its a gift given to us by God to show our love to someone we share our life with and for the procreation of the species.

A gift can be misused; but that does not diminish the meaning of the gift we are given and we thank God for giving us the ability to love others like we love Him.


10 posted on 06/02/2014 7:33:56 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Porn is simply people having sex.

People aren't always the only ones involved. My wife watches porn on TV - House Porn.

At least that's what I call it.

Flip this House
Extreme House Makeover
Crash my Backyard

HGTV is of the DEVIL!!

She sees all that stuff and lusts for more!

I've got paint and saws and nailers and chainsaws and shovels and all the other little kinky toys that this addiction uses to tittalate and fantasize with.

11 posted on 06/02/2014 7:34:58 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Kaslin
Matt Wackwiak

Really?

REALLY!?!?


12 posted on 06/02/2014 7:36:09 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Kaslin

Do anything long enough, and you’ll eventually die.


13 posted on 06/02/2014 7:48:43 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Elsie
ummmm....if you're not using those nail guns.......

I got a shed to build

14 posted on 06/02/2014 7:52:16 PM PDT by onona (I’ve pretty much given up on sanity returning.)
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To: Elsie

LOL!

At least you got to buy a bunch of tools to help satisfy your wife’s “lust”...


15 posted on 06/02/2014 7:55:42 PM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I remember when SEARS catalogs had models wearing black leotards and the undergarments over them.

When they did away with the black leotards, some women tore those pages out of the catalog before the kids and old man could see them.


16 posted on 06/02/2014 8:13:28 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: Kaslin

Pornography addiction leads to same brain activity as alcoholism or drug abuse, study shows

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/pornography-addiction-leads-to-same-brain-activity-as-alcoholism-or-drug-abuse-study-shows-8832708.html


17 posted on 06/02/2014 8:19:57 PM PDT by skyman
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To: Kaslin
Porn use leads to death – spiritual, emotional, marital, familial and societal death.

It's statements like this that make conservatives look like troglodytes.

Death? Really?

I've seem some porn and it all looks remarkably similar and mechanical, and pretty artificial in terms of how the participants are "acting."

However, I can see how a little bit can fire up some fantasies and add some spark in the bedroom.

And that's not addiction or death or misogynism or whatever. It's simply a little help where one might need it for your sex life.

Lighten up, Francis.

18 posted on 06/02/2014 8:33:38 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: Kaslin

This becomes a slippery slope. What is porn? What if you feel lust seeing a woman in a bikini at the beach? Or that woman on the Monistat yeast infection commercial (sorry, I haven’t learned how to post youtube videos)? Do we start demanding women cover up in burkas because we can’t control our lust? Do we start becoming barbarians like certain religious zealots not allowed to experience lifes pleasures who go around blowing themselves and others up?


19 posted on 06/02/2014 8:34:41 PM PDT by willk (everyone)
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To: Kaslin

It says 70 percent of men, 50 percent of Christian men, watch porn.

I wonder what the methodology of the studies are that give us these stats.

Sounds like guesses to me rather than verifiable social science.


20 posted on 06/02/2014 9:05:51 PM PDT by garjog (Obama: making the world safe for Sharia.)
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To: Lizavetta

If Arnold Swartzenegger and Tiger Woods had a little porn instead of women to sleep with, they could have saved a whole bunch of money.


21 posted on 06/02/2014 10:23:31 PM PDT by svxdave (Life is too short to wear a fake Rolex.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

And, after that, the Judgement...


22 posted on 06/03/2014 2:57:20 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

National Geographic;Oct 2013, Vol. 224 Issue 4, p23

The accompanying graph shows all of revealed that 539 photos showing bare-breasted women have appeared in National Geographic magazine since 1896.


23 posted on 06/03/2014 3:36:05 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Lizavetta
It's statements like this that make conservatives look like troglodytes.

HMMMmmm...



What is your church doing to help the male to stay true?
 




prophet kimball"All of this should be conveyed without having priesthood leaders focus upon intimate matters which are a part of husband and wife relationships. Skillful interviewing and counseling can occur without discussion of clinical details by placing firm responsibility on individual members of the Church to put their lives in order before exercising the privilege of entering a house of the Lord. The First Presidency has interpreted oral sex as constituting an unnatural, impure, or unholy practice. If a person is engaged in a practice which troubles him enough to ask about it, he should discontinue it."
- Official Declaration of the First Presidency of the Church, January 5th, 1982


spencer kimball"Prophets anciently and today condemn masturbation. It induces feelings of guilt and shame. It is detrimental to spirituality. It indicates slavery to the flesh, not that mastery of it and the growth toward godhood which is the object of our mortal life. Our modern prophet has indicated that no young man should be called on a mission who is not free from this practice. What is more, it too often leads to grievous sin, even to that sin against nature, homosexuality. For, done in private, it evolves often into mutual masturbation-practiced with another person of the same sex and thence into total homosexuality...."
- Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, Pages 77-79, 81-82

"Among the most common sexual sins our young people commit are necking and petting. Not only do these improper relations often lead to fornication, [unwed] pregnancy, and abortions - all ugly sins - but in and of themselves they are pernicious evils, and it is often difficult for youth to distinguish where one ends and another begins. They awaken lust and stir evil thoughts and sex desires. They are but parts of the whole family of related sins and indiscretions. Almost like twins, 'petting' and fornication are alike."
- Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, page 65


spencer kimball"Also far-reaching is the effect of the loss of chastity. Once given or taken or stolen it can never be regained. Even in a forced contact such as rape or incest, the injured one is greatly outraged. If she has not cooperated and contributed to the foul deed, she is of course in a more favorable position. There is no condemnation where there is no voluntary participation. It is better to die in defending one's virtue than to live having lost it without a struggle."
-
Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, page 196


"And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth." (Genesis 4:9-14.) That was true of murder. It is also true of illicit sex, which, of course, includes all petting, fornication, adultery, homosexual acts, and all other perversions. The Lord may say to offenders, as He did to Cain, "What hast thou done?" The children thus conceived make damning charges against you; the companions who have been frustrated and violated condemn you; the body that has been defiled cries out against you; the spirit which has been dwarfed convicts you. You will have difficulty throughout the ages in totally forgiving yourself."
-Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, "Love Versus Lust", BYU Speech January 5, 1965. Often-used quote still used today in LDS seminary classes.


kimball"I do not find in the Bible the modern terms "petting" nor "homosexuality," yet I found numerous scriptures which forbade such acts under by whatever names they might be called. I could not find the term "homosexuality," but I did find numerous places where the Lord condemned such a practice with such vigor that even the death penalty was assessed."
- Apostle Spencer W. Kimball, "Love Versus Lust", BYU Speech January 5, 1965


"If adultery or fornication justified the death penalty in the old days, and still in Christ's day, is the sin any less today because the laws of the land do not assess the death penalty for it? Is the act less grievous? There must be a washing, a purging, a changing of attitudes, a correcting of appraisals, a strengthening toward self-mastery. There must be many prayers, and volumes of tears. There must be an inner conviction giving to the sin its full diabolical weight. There must be increased devotion and much thought and study. And this takes energy and time and often is accompanied with sore embarrassment, heavy deprivations and deep trials, even if indeed one is not excommunicated from the Church, losing all spiritual blessings."
-Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, Page 155


"How like the mistletoe is immorality. The killer plant starts with a sticky sweet berry. Little indiscretions are the berries -- indiscretions like sex thoughts sex discussions, passionate kissing, pornography. The leaves and little twigs are masturbation and necking and such, growing with every exercise. The full-grown plant is petting and sex looseness. It confounds, frustrates, and destroys like the parasite if it is not cut out and destroyed, for, in time it robs the tree, bleeds its life, and leaves it barren and dry; and, strangely enough, the parasite dies with its host."
- Apostle Spencer W. Kimball, General Conference Address, April 1, 1967.

24 posted on 06/03/2014 3:53:30 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Kaslin
I agree with some of the article but not all.
The question for single men is far more complicated than the author opines.
First, one cannot sin against someone who does not exist and may never exist. That is, a single man cannot sin against a future wife, as he may remain unmarried.
Second, one cannot commit the physical act of fornication with an image that does not exist.
Third, one feels great sympathy for those women who are involved in the pornography industry. They are, as the author claims, daughters of God. But they - at least in theory - chose to participate - and they are (at least in theory) paid for their services.
The author needs to rethink his objections to pornography for single men.
25 posted on 06/03/2014 11:18:28 AM PDT by quadrant (1o)
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