by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy – Freedom From Addictions
Gee, someone seems like they know a little too much about porn.
The pornography industry stands ready to feed the dissatisfied straight guy with lesbian sex. When that gets old, they can take the elevator a few stories down and find stimulation with violence and blood mixed with the sex. When that loses its ability to get them off, a few stories lower they offer child pornography to feed the induced hunger. The industry takes you where you never thought you would go and keeps you longer than you wanted to stay, and they close the door behind you, offering a one-way trip to lower levels of perversion, creating appetites that never existed in nature. The shame diminishes and the conscience seems to lose contact with divine promptings. The addict ends up in a signal-free zone where heaven gives up on them and turns them over to a reprobate mind to do those things that are now “inconvenient.” But they remain possessed with an unsatisfying and ever-growing compulsion (Romans 1:24–28).
Simone Kühn, a secular researcher, says, “We found that the volume of the so-called striatum, a brain region that is active when people see sexual stimuli, was smaller the more pornography consumption the participants reported. Moreover, the connection between the striatum and prefrontal cortex, which is the outer layer of the brain associated with behavior and decision-making, learning, and reasoning, worsened with increased porn watching.” In other words, the part of the brain that is stimulated with pornography begins to lose connection with the part of the brain that makes moral judgments and decisions. The brain itself is altered so that one’s ability to think rationally and morally is diminished. The addict takes on self-destructive, self-sabotaging behavior that to the outsiders seems totally irrational and idiotic, for the lust part of the brain has developed while the moral centers have diminished. This is not just theology. The secular researchers can see this transformation take place through an fMRI scan of the brain.
The Apostle Paul described it this way: “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Romans 1:24–28). Note the underlined portions. For 2,000 years this passage has been waiting for the explanation that science has now given us. The sexual perversion of heterosexual fornication and homosexual acts resulted in the perpetrators receiving inside their own bodies (minds) a consequence that was tailored (meet) to the sin. The degenerative change is meet (suited) to the sin. They are altered within. This is not a punishment from God. It is the natural fruit of their lifestyles, but it moves them away from God until they become unreachable—reprobate.
A thing done often is a thing done easily. Pornography today is reflected in actions tomorrow. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one” (Job 14:4).
Some things are harmful (wrong) only when done in excess, like eating, shopping, use of electronic media, etc. But other things are harmful (wrong) from the very first experience, like drunkenness, getting high on drugs, or viewing pornography. It takes repeated experience over a period of time to develop an addiction for alcohol or drugs. It takes longer to develop addictions to social media, gambling, gossip, and overeating. But the day a boy goes through puberty he is already addicted to pornography, for he is created to crave the female form in all of its beauty and lust. It just takes one glimpse at the naked form on a cell phone for a young boy to be fully addicted, like the former alcoholic who takes a single drink and finds himself entirely in the grip of the addiction he laid down ten years earlier. All young men are recovering pornography addicts and will remain so the rest of their lives, even if they have never seen the first image.
So all men are porn addicts even if they’ve never bought a Playboy or looked at an internet porn site? A stretch at best. Interesting he doesn’t address women as consumers of porn.
Part 1 (and yes, there will be a Part 3~!)
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