Before I get to today’s interview, I want to let you know that we just uploaded to the podcast the message I delivered at the NCY Ministers Conference. It’s entitled “For God So Loved the World vs. Love Not the World.” Other speakers were Scot McKnight, Jon Acuff, Larry Osborne, et al. You can listen to the message freely via iTunes, RSS feed, or direct streaming. Just click here.
Now on to the topic at hand.
Back in December, I asked a question about using profanity called The Swearing Christian. Christians were divided down the line on the issue. Some said that using cuss words was sinful, wrong, or inappropriate. Some justified it, saying it was not only fine, but it was beneficial.
In that post, I pointed out that Christians are divided over many issues. Some say that these practices are sinful, while others say that they are fine or even good. Among the list are:
Watching R rated movies
Owning an SUV
Sending your children to public school
Supporting same sex marriage
Listening to “secular” music
Another one is pornography. Years ago it seemed that there was an unmistakable consensus among Christians on this issue. But today, that’s not exactly the case. Several years ago (when I used to read Facebook threads), I came across a thread where Christians were debating the issue. Most were saying that viewing pornography is always sinful. Some even said it was the greatest sin facing Christians today.
Several others disagreed. They argued that if the pornography was between consenting adults (not children and not people who were victims of human trafficking), then it was a legitimate hobby. Even for married folks who wanted to watch it.
Again, this was on a Christian Facebook page and everyone who was involved in the discussion professed to be Christian.
So as we did with my Swearing Christian post, I’d like to hear from the Christian community on this question. Answer and share the post so we can hear from as many Christians as possible. I’ll weigh-in with my opinion in a future post.
Is viewing pornography that involves consulting adults sinful? Why or why not? What say you?