Q & A On Porn And Solo Sex Commonly Called Masturbation, Part 2

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Q: After reading many books on the subject of masturbation and gleaning from the many responses, do you believe that masturbation is a sin, and why?

A: This is the most controversial issue among many professed believers that practice masturbation.

There are obviously, more books that is pro masturbation than against, for obvious reasons. 

Well, let’s start with the Bible.

The Bible says nothing about masturbation, with the exception of an inference of masturbation in Genesis 38. Judah told his brother, Onan, to marry his brother’s wife and produce offspring so that the child would be heir to his brother’s possesions.

Onan married his brother’s wife and had sexual intercourse, but right at the point of no return, he either withdrew and ejaculated his seed on the ground, or he masturbated.  It is not clear, but many ministers assumed that he masturbated. For the sake of clarity, according to the passage, it appears that he didn’t masturbate but simply withdrew at the point of no return.

By the way, God killed Onan. Not for masturbation, but for not producing a heir according to God’s ordinance. It’s one of those passages that should be “shelved” until additional insight comes. 

It’s reasonably argumentative.

But there is nothing definitively stated in the Bible prohibiting the practice of masturbation. On the other hand, there is no Scripture that approves the practice of masturbation. 

Therefore, silence is not permission or prohibition. 

Q. So, what’s the issue if there’s no Scripture preventing or permitting the practice?

A. Titus 1:15-16 says “To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.”

Notice Paul said, “but even their mind and conscience are defiled.”

I’ve read arguments that masturbation is healthy. That it’s common to masturbate, and that kept me “in the game,” but I kept getting this nudge from the Holy Spirit that something wasn’t right. This nudge was heavy on my heart after I quit porn. I honestly thought that it would be okay to masturbate even after I put away the porn.

Romans 8:29 says, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

Then Colossians 3:5-10 says, Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,”

Did you notice the phrase “…conformed to the image of His Son,” and “…renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.”

The thing that the Holy Spirit was pointing out to me was that if masturbation is part of the image of Jesus, and we are to conform to His image and be just like Jesus, then if Jesus masturbated, we can masturbate too.

My conscience bother me after this Word from the Holy Spirit.

That’s why it’s very easy to suppress the knowledge of the truth. Suppress the convicitng power of the Holy Spirit by declaring that there is nothing specifically said in the Word that masturbation is a sin. By creating this “loop hole,” we create a law on permission. We will even use this Scripture.

Like Paul said in Romans 4:15, “…for where there is no law, there is no sin.”

But we forget the law of the heart called the conscience.

The word “conscience” is the Greek word “syneidesis” which means “moral conscience.”

Furthermore, it means, “the soul as distinguishing between what is morally good and bad, prompting to do the former (good) and shun the latter (bad)…”

To overcome the conviction, we completely bypass the conscience.

After that bombshell, the Holy Spirit said, “You are still a slave to sin.”

Notice what Jesus said in John 8:34-36.

Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Well, because mastrubation is not a sin, I’m not sinning. That’s right, that the Bible doesn’t say that mastubation is a sin, however, your own conscience knows the difference between good and bad. The other issue that you have to resolve is the slave mentality.

I thought I was free but when something or someone is telling you to do something, you are not under your own control. You are being controlled. It is when you can say “NO!!!” to what is trying to control you that you have absolute control. But it is not just in the saying “NO!!!!” You have to fight your flesh and your mind to not touch yourself sexually.

When you give in to its influence, you are under its control.

Paul said this by the Holy Spirit in Romans 6:12

“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.”

Your own conscience knows that what you are doing is bad, so to you, it is sin. If you do not believe that this is true, then why do you “feel bad” after you’ve masturbated?

It’s called the guilt of sin.

You’ve allowed yourself to come under its power and you’ve yielded your members to unrighteousness.

And Paul said in Romans 6:12-14.

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”

Noticed what Paul said further in Romans 6:15-17


“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.”

If masturbation is telling you to masturbate, you are not free. You are a slave to masturbation. 

Finally Paul said this in 1 Corinthians 6:18-20.

“Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not 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.”

Does masturbation glorify God?

Hummmmm.

When it comes to sexual immorality, especially watching porn, you know that masturbation is part of the lewd conduct. James tells us in chapter 1 and verse 14 and 15, the latter portion, “…and sin when it is finished brings forth death.”

So when we sin against our own body sexually, it brings forth death. Death is a nature, we understand that, but what happens when death comes?

Life stops.

1 Corinthians 6:12-13

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.”

Did you notice that Paul said, “I will not be brought under the power of any.”

That’s why masturbation is a sin against the body, even though the Scriptures says nothing in writting about its prohibition. Your own conscience told you and convicted you.

I know that there’s many that will say, you are making the Scriptures say something that isn’t there. Well, when you stand before the Lord, will you be free as a son in the house or will you be a slave outside the house?

Are you under it’s power or do you have absolute control and power over masturbation?

If Jesus masturbated, and we are to conform to His image, then you have His permission. But if Jesus didn’t masturbate, then we do not have His permission, and there is no justification.