A Life Lesson from Ancient Porn

Porn is a daily struggle for millions (if not billions) of men around the world. God wired us up to be visual creatures and with the pervasiveness and availability of pornography on the internet, many men have fallen into a destructive cycle. When guys get into a habit of looking at porn, they tend to respond to the sin by believing one of two lies:

Lie #1. This is not a big deal. It’s not hurting anybody.

Lie #2. This is an unforgivable sin and I’ll never be free from it.

Both of these lies keep men (including many Christians) in the cycle of Porn. God wants to set you free. Pornography in it’s modern form didn’t exist in Bible times, but there is one example that I believe perfectly displays the dangers of this sin. The passage is found in 1 Samuel where King David goes looking someplace he never should have been looking…

“One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.” 1 Samuel 11:2-4

David fed his appetite for visual lust with an ancient version of Pornography. He believed the lie that it wouldn’t hurt anyone, but that first sin led to many others until adultery and ultimately murder had been committed. God’s Grace is huge, so David was forgiven, but for the rest of his life, he dealt with consequences that started with one bad choice to let his eyes wander someplace they never should have gone.

Sin always leads to more sin and more destruction until it is stopped. If you’re one of the many who are caught up in Porn, please know a few important Biblical principles.

1. Porn is sin. Jesus said in Matthew Chapter 5 that “…to even look lustfully at a woman you’ve already committed adultery with her in your heart.” Call it what it is. It’s sin. It’s wrong. It’s destructive.

2. Freedom starts with Confession. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sings and purify us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9…Confess to God for forgiveness and confess to a trusted friend (or your wife if you’re married) for accountability. You don’t need to fight this battle alone!

3. You can be Free! The Bible says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free so don’t let yourself be enslaved by sin anymore.” Do whatever you have to do to live in that freedom. It might mean drastic steps like cutting off your internet or putting in an internet filter. Do whatever you have to do to live in the sweet freedom Jesus died to give you!

Final Note: There are great Christian resources available for anyone struggling with porn at http://www.XXXChurch.com

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2 thoughts on “A Life Lesson from Ancient Porn

  1. Rebekah says:

    I totally love XXXChurch.com! It’s fab! And this is a great article too! nicely and succinctly written.
    I would propose that women with porn addictions is also a major issue today too, and there’s a great site which deals with that: http://www.beggarsdaughter.com/ and others but I’ve forgotten them now… Other than that, great piece!
    Shalom!

  2. tmumuni says:

    Reblogged this on Real Life Devotions and commented:
    Especially for men….

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