I write on this subject again because I find it such a massive setback in so many lives in and out of the church and the Christian community. Yes, there are Christians who have struggles, hang ups and addictions that they are trying desperately to overcome. It is possible to be a truly born again Christian and still be thrashing about with the ravages of addiction. My hopes and prayers are that you, the reader, will identify with the evils of pornography and in turn make a conscious decision to flee the enticement that enslaves our minds and hearts through pornography.
First of all let me pose a question. Would you have an encounter with a prostitute. Some would answer yes and some would reply that they have committed such acts. My guess would be that the majority of you would come back with an emphatic “NEVER!”.
In retort to your insistent answer I would like to present this to you. If you have ever viewed pornography you have already devoted yourself to what we could reference to as documented prostitution. The word “pornography” deriving from the Greek pornograophos, adj. writing about prostitutes, from porne or prostitute + graphein or to write. We obtain pornography or documentation of prostitutes. If the ancients would have had a method of filming the ideas that they perceived as provocative I assure you that they would have done so. Now, you may say that you are not paying for the service and you could well be true in this statement. But professionally filmed porn is a paid profession and until more recent history all objectional material was sold for profit and regulated by the government.
Secondly I would like to present to you that prostitution and pornography are never our childhood dream. These situations generally come about through various troubles, mental anguish, distress, pain, sorrow, suffering and the like. Through a series of events in ones life they find themselves immersed in what seems to be an irreversible lifestyle of sexually related acts that do not gratify themselves but rather that of the other. While their life is empty and void of being able to truly feel loved they press on through life living the harsh reality that it is meaningless and a large percentage of prostitutes find themselves addicted to drugs and alcohol and try to anesthetize the reality of what has happened to their life. Others choose the more painful way out which is suicide.
As a response to this I would offer to you that there is hope. Freedom from all addiction, forgiveness for all past wrongdoing and peace in your heart and life is available through Christ Jesus. But before we go on any further there please allow me to write a few more lines on the problem with porn.
The mechanics of porn and prostitution work through eroticism. It has nothing to do with healthy sexual contact or communication between two individuals. It is all about male domination of women. Not only in the sexual aspect but in a way of being. We are taught through porn that the whole of the sexual experience is about the penetration and ultimately the ejaculation of the man. Almost as if there is a genetalial hierarchy in this world and the woman was only placed here for the pleasure of the opposite gender.
It is clearly seen through porn and prostitution that whatever a man finds arousing is acceptable. So called Gentleman’s Clubs offer a visual stimulation that excites and arouses the sexual areas of the brain and therefore we as a society have legalized this form of prostitution. Porn comes in so many different genres that almost any fantasy can be visually fulfilled. But where is the real implementation of the sexual understanding of your partner? Is there any genuine communication between you and the other? Are we so vain as to think that the only need is my own? Should we think that it’s just sex and that nothing else matters? I was actually told this by a partner of mine at one time who had been unfaithful. She was addicted to porn as well and when I confronted her the response I received was, “It’s just sex.”
The Bible goes as far as to tell us that when we encounter someone in this was we become one with them. ( 1Cor 6:18) Spiritually speaking I believe this to be true. That is why we find it extremely difficult to be unchained from the binging and purging when we try to find a release of the sin of pornography. The images are brutally ingrained into our psyche that we find it necessary to refuel that which we have tried to crucify and forever rid our self of. Sex as designed by our creator was never meant to be solely about pleasure although it is a very sensual and pleasurable act when given the proper context. There is an unfathomable and profound communication that is full of meaning. An exchange of caressing, hugs and kisses that were given us by God Almighty as gifts to share and explore with our mate. When this is seen through the lenses of a porn camera it is not about any of that. Sex becomes an all consuming act of nothing more than penetration and ejaculation even if it is uncomfortable for the other person.
We are all vulnerable to pornography. Please don’t think that it’s just some back alley filth that degenerates sneak around to arouse their demented animal desires. Oh no! Porn is in front of us daily and has made it’s way onto Prime Time Television, grocery store magazine racks at the cash register, billboards selling anything and everything with scantily clad people who look better than most of us will ever dream of looking. I’m telling you the truth, we are being more and more exposed to porn than any of us could ever imagine.
I could go on and on with this subject. There is too much material to cover. So in closing I will say that there will be a Part III to this message. I want to leave you with a scripture to meditate on.
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples 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 bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:15-20
We have not even touched on the freedom that is available from addiction. Please look back through the previous pages of my blog and consider how I have found the strength to overcome the adversities of addiction through Christ Jesus and the strength He promises us through the Holy Spirit.
If you have never trusted Christ as your Redeemer it is very simple. Scripture says that If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.(Romans 10:9)
With the smallest amount of faith tell God that you know that you have sinned against him and that you are in desperate need of forgiveness and salvation. Tell Him that you believe Christ lived and died for my sins and now He is risen and sits at the Father’s right hand and that He lives to intercede between myself and God Almighty. I pray for strength and power from on high to help me live the life you have for me Father and I have this hope and promise that one day I will be transformed and be in Heaven eternally. Through the Mighty Name of Christ Jesus I pray, AMEN
If you prayed this prayer for the first time or for the 500th time and believe what you have petitioned God with is true welcome to God’s family. You are a son or daughter of the Most High and will be forever starting this very moment. If you need a Bible please message me and I can direct you to a free copy of God’s Word. Go and tell someone of your new found savior and what He has done for you already. Also pray for God’s direction in finding a Christ centered and Bible believing church that you can worship with in peace and harmony. And let the following scripture encourage you!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity” Jeremiah 29:11-14