Obviously, there is sadness in the Playboy world.
But we have to put things into perspective.
It’s very easy to condemn people but we also must understand that the Lord Jesus said that they are condemned already.
Jesus said in John 3:18-21….“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
You can’t condemn someone that is already condemned.
Today, many preachers live in hypocrisy like I did.
That one peek at a Playboy magazine aroused our flesh to view porn on scales unimagined.
I’ve read about a story of a pastor robbing banks to be able to by porn on the internet or PPV cable or satellite. Of pastors using their computers to finish their sermon in their pastor’s study, tell their secretaries to go home, and click on to site after site of porn in the house of worship.
No doubt, masturbating in their pastor’s study while watching porn.
That’s what sexual objectification does. It’s idolizing a woman’s body, pretending to have her sexually. Not realizing that you’ve worshipped her body as if her body was god. You bowed down in sexual worship, not realizing that behind every lustful eye, you are worshipping demons.
That’s why what Jesus said in Matthew 5:27-30 is there. The right eye lusts for her sexually, and the right hand engages in solo sex or outright touching another woman in adultery or fornication.
Many would love to think that Hugh Hefner is in heaven. Many will joke and say that he will be in Playboy heaven with angelic bunnies. Far from reality. You see, there is no sin in heaven. There’s God forgiven, sanctified, blood washed saints that were sinners in heaven.
But for certain, sinning in heaven is not happening there ever.
And there is no sinning in hell either.
Jesus said, “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
You will be too involved seeking to get out and too involved seeking relief from the pain and misery associated with the condemned place of the abode of departed Christ-less spirits.
Meaning that the pain of torment will be beyond what a person will be able to bear.
There is no Playboy mansion in hell. There aren’t any bunnies there either.
The pain and misery of hell will pale in comparison to the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.
Just imaging being responsible for plunging many men and women into hell by way of sexual immorality. Hugh Hefner will bear his own sins but he will also bear the responsibility of facilitating sexual immorality to plunge man people into hell.
We all know that there is a slight chance for everyone to get saved but when you live an unrepentant lifestyle, the odds of heaven for the unrepentant are very very slim.
Remember, the thief on the cross next to Jesus got saved moments from his own death. That’s why there is a very slight chance. But how many sinners would seriously look to the Lord when they are moments away from death themselves?
The Playboy mansion and its wicked activities drove men and women into the abyss of sexual immorality, leading down the staircase into the chambers of death.
And if that isn’t enough, countless men and women, perhaps, were infected with STDs and some women got pregnant.
I dare say that many of them killed their babies in abortion.
But this activity wasn’t just in the mansion. All across the world, their connections is apparently obvious. PPV cable or satellite, Playboy magazines, iPhones, CD’s and DVD’s made it possible to participate and be connected to viewing fornication on demand, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This, and his death, is nothing to celebrate but the world will do everything in its power to celebrate this man and applaud his sexual empire. That’s the way the world works because it is, as Paul said, “the course of this world.”
My exposure to this wickedness started with 42 Street in NYC. While going to see decent movies along the route, there would be movie theater after movie theater of sexual immorality. Porn shops by the dozen. It was a haven for all manner of crime, adultery, fornication, bisexuality, and homosexuality.
The newspaper stands would be filled with Playboy magazines that tempted the imaginations of man. Fantasy sex which leads to pornography, and leads even deeper to act out sex in masturbation, adultery, fornication, and other forms of sexual immorality.
Trapping millions into the slave trade of sexual immorality.
Entrapped in this sin were billions of men and women, searching for intimacy, or to get a quick pick me up. The pleasures of sin dominates the fantasy world of men and women around the world.
There’s no question that Playboy played a central part in opening up the way to further sexual immorality.
The pursuit of the pleasures of the lust of the flesh, the eyes, and the pride of life intensified.
Playboy wouldn’t be enough. You go further into hard core porn and tap into the area of criminal sexual predation. For most men, the insatiable desire takes a man further than he is willing to go. Takes a woman to do daring things too. Some women are just as trapped as men.
There is nothing to celebrate here.
But Jesus can free any man or woman, but they must desire to leave their thirst for the flesh behind. They must cry out to God for His true love that will never be found in flesh. The Son can make a person free if they want to.
You can’t make people be free. They have to want to be free, and then there is the fight to stay free from every contaminating influence and every enslaving yoke of sexual immorality.
This happens when you find in the Savior all the love you will ever need for the rest of your life.
So what will it be?
Continue in sin, or to be free from it?
It’s not worth going to hell over.
The choice is up to you.
The death of Hugh Hefner could be read here