Is Porn Sin?

If it came out that your pastor was addicted to pornography, would you ask him to step down?

If it came out that you were addicted to pornography, would you understand if your spouse left you for marital unfaithfulness?

Pornography is not talked about even though reports estimate that over 70% of the Church, and 30% of pastors, are addicted to it.  But it is more than that, pornography (which is adultery) is killing the Church faster than divorce and homosexuality combined because almost no one views it as even in the same league as adultery!  Pornography is right up there along with covetousness (which is idolatry) as one of the most tolerated deadly sins in the Church!

Listen up brethren.  Do you know why so many people in the Church remain addicted to pornography?

Because we do not have this:

“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate.” Proverbs 8:13

“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28

Do you know that God hates your pornography? Or do you believe that He will simply scold you at the pearly gates and then welcome you in as a beautiful sinner that He simply couldn’t stand to live without?

Here’s what you need to understand about pornography; porn is not something outside you, like some external element of your life like food and drink, porn is the condition of your heart. That is right. Pornography is the condition of your heart. It’s not just a “reflection” of your heart, it is the condition of your heart. You lust after those who commit shameful acts with each another because your heart covets the things of the flesh.

I’m willing to wager that there are very few of you out there that understand pornography better than I do.  My corpse that hangs on Christ’s cross was addicted to pornography for more than 15 years of my life.

For far too long I would not acknowledge what I just said above because I did not understand it, and was far too prideful to admit the level of depravity that my heart still embraced. But even more than that, I would not admit the severity of God’s judgment upon my sin!

If you do not have the fear of God, you will never wholly depart from pornography, you will simply take it under control to the degree that is acceptable in your life. And if you come to God on judgment day with that heart, you will not enter His Kingdom.

Brethren, with all the love of Christ I urge you today, REPENT!

You cannot overcome this sin with the gospel of accommodation.  Neither can you overcome this sin with the gospel of legalism.  The only way for your heart to be transformed is the true and authentic gospel of Jesus Christ, full of both grace and truth- embracing both the fear of God and the mercy of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

You must repent of this sin in light of the gospel.

8 thoughts on “Is Porn Sin?”

  1. With respect, I think you are overgeneralizing to a dangerous degree. Many, many consume porn in moderation with no hint of addictive tendencies. Whether you feel this is sinful or not is to your judgment but do not impute the inability you had to consume porn in moderation with the ease with other consume moderately.

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    1. Hi, thanks for the comment!

      My feelings regarding the sinfulness on this subject would not amount to much; Jesus said that “lust is adultery” and that “no adulterer will inherit the Kingdom of God”. Apart from that revelation of God that sin is evil and brings death, if it had been left up to my feelings, I wouldn’t have been able to understand sin for what it is until it were too late and the hard-heart of sin produced its fruit in my life. People usually only “feel” that something is sin when it becomes personal to them and they see the corruption of it in their own life- many times that is too late. That’s why God’s act of showing us how evil sin is was such an awesome act of grace.

      Pornography is sin whether or not you are addicted to it the way I was or not; it will produce a corrupted heart and deaden your love no matter how often you look at it- the only difference is that rate to which you die.

      If I may ask, are you a Christian?

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      1. I can see your point, but I am also surprised the degree to which Christians (and I am one) prioritize sins relating to sex above other things that God and Jesus said were sinful. I find the preoccupation very confusing, to the point of making me skeptical of many forms of organized religion.

        In response to your question, I am a Christian, but a more a pretty progress strand – when I attend, I attend a United church that really emphasizes multi-faith spirituality.

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      2. I understand. My experience in organized religion seems to be quite different as most churches seem to give very little attention to sexual sins. But, if we consider how sexualized our society has become, it should follow that the Church would give considerable attention to sexual sin, though, this isn’t to say that other sins should be welcomed and allowed to rest in our shadows. I pray we will see sins like covetousness (which is idolatry), gossip, bitterness, slander, lies, and abuse against the poor (and the like) being stood up against as well.

        But, the Scripture does single out the uniqueness of sexual sin:

        1 Corinthians 6:13, 15, 18-20 says “…now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sings against his own body. Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price, therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

        Sexual sins bring the defilement of sin into the holy temple and dwelling place of God. I think this, coupled with the prevalence of sexual immorality in our society, is why we (may) see it emphasized.

        Regarding multi-faith’s spirituality, do you know that Jesus said that He alone was the way to God, the truth from God, and the light of God in this world?

        This is why Christians are instructed “not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For righteousness and lawlessness have no fellowship, nor do light and darkness have any communion. There is no agreement between Christ and Belial (another religion of the day) And there is no agreement between the temple of God (you) and idols. God said ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they My people’. That is why He said ‘Come out from among them and be holy, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean and I will receive you.'” (2 Corinthians 6:14-17).

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      3. We’ll have to agree to disagree on your last point. There is no conceivable way that an all knowing God would condemn a massive portion of the human race because they happen to be born to the ‘wrong’ circumstance. You have been fooled by false prophets

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      4. Well, I usually prefer to agree to strive together for the truth in patience and understanding with each other, rather than to simply “agree to disagree” since that effectually produces division. The statement is also usually one composed of false humility and followed up by statements like “you have been fooled by false prophets”, which is anything but “agreeing to disagree”. But I understand if this is already a matter of division. I pray there may be a way to heal division if there is anything to heal.

        But, to your comment, the statement “there is no conceivable way that an all knowing God would….” subjects God to the mind and wisdom of man rather than subjecting man to the mind and wisdom of God. It places man the burden of supreme knowledge on man (which known of us can bear) and exalts us to the high position of judging God.

        You need to ask yourself, is it right to judge God?

        None of us have been able to ascend to God and pierce the veil that separates the spiritual realm from nature; we all rely on revelation. If your own wisdom is your revelation, you are gambling that your speculation accurately assesses the realm to which you have never walked in or understood. However, Jesus Christ descended to the world and took on flesh in order to reveal to us the nature of what is and what is to come.

        So if you’re asking me whether I trust the speculations of men who are being led by the trends of Western thought (universalism), than “no”, I do not trust our modern speculations about the things to come.

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      5. I meant to address your first point as well. Personally I believe the levels of selfishness, bitterness and disregard for the poor far outweighs the sexualization of society. Yet the Christian right does virtually nothing about. Jimmy Carter, in my opinion, nailed it when he said ‘don’t say you’re a Christian nation if you are not actively pulling the poor from poverty. Because you’re not’. Great sentiment by a great man

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      6. I understand. Like I said before, the “weight” we assign to sins have nothing to do with how God views them. They are influenced by how they have affected us- whether we have suffered by them, or whether they can be used to shield us from our guilt.

        I actually agree with Jimmy Carter on the point that we can’t say this is a “Christian nation”- I have never suggested that America is a Christian nation. We are an extremely immoral, idolatrous, and heartless nation. But, taking care of the poor is only a portion of what God has instructed His people to do; God said “This I have required of you, to walk humbly with your God, to love mercy, and to walk in just-righteousness.” (Micah 6:8). If we are kind to our neighbor, but do not love God (God defined love as “keeping His commandments”) then we have partially kept a lesser law of God while neglecting the weightier matter of God’s commandment, which is to “love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength”. And to that point, “pulling the poor from poverty” does not fulfill our obligation to them. If you write a check for a $1,000,000 to a poor person, but you do not humbly extend your heart to them and walk alongside them, what have you done? Are they not still poor?

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