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Porn and the Bible

Porn and the Bible March 11, 2013

Last night, I was watching the History Channel miniseries, “The Bible”, which retold the epic story of King David. He was a great and mighty king who got tripped up by an ancient version of pornography which led to lust which led to adultery which led to murder and ultimately led to chaos in his life. I believe that there is much we can learn from his story about the importance of protecting our purity and our marriages.

The story from the Bible 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

Adultery never starts in the bedroom; it always starts in the mind.

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, but God wants to set you free. 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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