I find that dealing with the area of porn, it just leaves the impression that men and women just sit there and watch naked people commit the sin of adultery, fornication, bisexuality, and homosexuality, and then turn off the TV, cellphone, iPad, or whatever device they are viewing and that’s the end.
Nothing else goes on.
But those of us that have been bound to this know that when it comes to watching porn, acting out sexually is part of the package.
Whether we act out sexually with another person or masturbate, the heat of sexuality is ever present. There must be a release of sexual tension.
Charisma put out an article on their page regarding overcoming porn.
Every one of us that came out from viewing pornography applaud anyone that address this issue.
In most articles that Charisma posts, they usually leave a place for comments but evidently, they chose not to allow for comments. And that’s fine.
Thank goodness for bloggers that will reveal a lot more of what goes on with pornography so as not to cut corners or “sugar coat” the anti porn message.
Porn is not just a show. It is demonic activity. Pornography is an “accelerant.”
Lust is already in the heart and mind of a man or woman, and all they want is something a little extra to heighten and “hijack” the chemicals and emotions operating in the body to achieve orgasm or releasing sexual tension.
But on the spiritual side, a man or woman must defect from righteousness, operate in disobedience to the commands of the Lord to remain pure, obey the enticement from demonic sources to be drawn away to commit sexual immorality.
Demons are always involved in sexual immorality and it is covetousness, which is idolatry that takes place wherever and whenever porn is involved.
Men are sight oriented and women are touch oriented.
What is the combination that occurs in sexual activity?
Sight and touch.
What attracts men to porn?
What they see. Then the arousal process begins. Sight and stimulation.
In the case of men, manual stimulation while aroused by sight is what makes masturbation, that leads to orgasm, the number one reason why men are bound to porn. A man doesn’t have to mentally manipulate or coerce a woman into sex. He engages in solo sex without relational involvement.
According to Dr. William Struthers, “porn hijacks the brain,” and he engages in masturbation, pretending to have sex with that image.
He deliberately avoids the normal relational process because all he wants is sex.
In the privacy of his home or hotel room, he engages himself sexually, brings himself to orgasm, and it’s over.
According to a source, the average time a man spends watching porn in a hotel room is 12 minutes.
A man doesn’t need porn to engage himself in masturbation. His mental capacities can engage in solo sex because, again Dr. William Struthers, in his book “Wired For Intimacy,” said that a man is wired for sex. He’s done a case study of individuals regarding the effects of porn on the brain.
While I was taking a course from Liberty University on Sexuality, another person did a case study years ago on the effects of porn on the brain. There is scientific evidence that porn is dangerous to the brain and its objective is to impose and implant abnormal sexual behavior.
But these studies all come to the same conclusion.
Porn is just an accelerant.
In order for a fire to start, all you need is three basic components.
Fire, material, and oxygen.
Eliminate one of these three, and you cannot have a fire.
But a person isn’t satisfied with just the basic components.
To get a bigger fire you need an accelerant.
It’s not a bigger orgasm that will be achieved. It’s the way, methods, or instruments that you use to get to the place of no return.
The man or woman is bound to use this and other accelerants to achieve orgasm.
So he or she returns, day after day, night after night to achieve something that is illusive.
You could also factor in the emotional episodes that people go through during the day that ties into achieving complete human satisfaction.
It’s an acronym for H– Hungry. A– Angry. L– Lonely. T– Tired.
When any of these emotions surface, this is the place where sexual temptation is sure to come, but also remember what James 1:14-16 says.
“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.”
These things are always operating in the carnal believer until crucified.
Only those that respond to satan get resurrected from the dead to commit sin.
Remember what Paul said that we are to be dead to sin but alive to God.
We cannot be alive to sin and alive to God at the same time.
With HALT, we could see satan personally attacking the Lord Jesus in the wilderness. Jesus was Hungry. Jesus was physically Lonely. At the very least, two out of the four were present.
Remember. Jesus was tempted in all points like ourselves yet, without sinning (see Hebrews 4:15).
Now men are looking to be seduced and women and men (homosexuality) will use the tools to draw them from strength to struggle. They give in to the struggle because of the reward of orgasm, but it always lead to an empty feeling inside.
Sexual intimacy is to be shared with a person of the opposite sex within the confines of matrimony. Yes, it involves relational involvement so as not to cheapen the person. Hence, “Marriage is honorable in all and the bed undefiled, but adulterers and fornicators God will judge.”
Above that is the fact that sexual immorality is an act of sin, which is an act of betrayal of the only One that could fully satisfy our every need (see John 4:1-42).
When a man or a woman engages in sexual immorality, he or she is seeking intimacy.
The highest form of intimacy is with the Lord in spirit and in truth, worshipping the Father. In the natural, the Lord provides for natural intimacy in marriage. And when the natural intimacy is achieved in legal matrimony, we go back to the Father for full satisfaction.
So when it comes to masturbation, achieving orgasm outside of the marriage, we are robbing ourselves of complete satisfaction as designed by the Lord.
You can read the Charisma article here
In the “gospel music industry,” we see that another noted “artist” is announcing his marital failures and possibly “sin.” The devil’s trophy case of noted singers, musicians, and preachers is filling up. Israel said that he sinned in his marriage, but few are willing to say that “they’ve sinned against God.”
Israel never mentioned on his FB page that he sinned against God.
And that’s more important.
You can’t cheat or commit adultery against your wife until you commit adultery against God.
Obviously from sources, his mistress was a gospel artist. Either a Jezebel driven woman and or just a sexually immoral woman as Proverbs teaches men to avoid.
When you read into the statements of many failed ministers and gospel singers, the pitfall into sin is obvious. If this is to be true, the preponderance of evidence suggests that porn and masturbation is a strong probability in his life. Not every man is caught in this whirlwind, but the statistics are strongly in favor that many men are into porn and masturbation.
Consider the fact that this was kept hush hush until now.
What was he protecting or keeping SECRET?
Protecting his music and keeping his sin a secret.
Never mind keeping his relationship with God and salvaging his marriage.
It was all about maintaining his reputation because as a result of his divorce, the sin was rising to the top to be exposed.
That’s how we do church these days.
Keep ministering, forget our relationship with God. Marriage fails. Oh well.
The pitfalls of marriage is always, sex, money, and relationship management.
It is very easy to read into the “sinned” part.
Secret Sexual Sins.
It takes discipline to stay away from the sexual immoral women. The interconnectedness of music and sex knows no boundaries. Psalm 90:8 (NLT) says this, “You spread out our sins before you—our secret sins—and you see them all.”
As I have said, the Lord was never caught off guard. The Lord seen this happen before the world was founded. So we need to take another look at what always happens that lead up to physical adultery.
Matthew 5:27-28 “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
In order for you to commit physical adultery, you must commit spiritual adultery first.
You must disregard your relationship with the Lord. You must cast aside prayer, worship in spirit and in truth is cast to the side. Deliberately disobey the Word of God to abstain. The Holy Spirit and discipline is suppressed.
satan demands that you leave your holiness, prayer and Word life at the door of darkness. He demands you to snuff out your light to enter the place of darkness.
Leave the Lordship of Jesus at the door.
And whatever wounds a person may have in their marriage becomes the false reason to sin against God.
You then begin to eye a female for sexual connection. She agrees to give you what you refuse to get from your own wife according to Proverbs 7.
But something else was burning. Releasing sexual tension through masturbation. You do not need porn to masturbate. Just an image or imaginations that lead to fulfilling a sexual fantasy. But as with all men, it gets boring. That line you said you never cross was a lie.
You arrange to “hook up” with a member of your church, praise and worship singers, or someone from the outside to attempt to be discreet within the frame work of a false sense of security.
All sexual sins is a result of lust in the heart.
James 1:14-15 and 1 John 2:15-17 reveals this.
Hurting in the soul over something that happened in a marriage is a pitiful excuse to commit adultery. Not that any excuse to sin against God is ever good enough. Sinning against God is not outright hatred of God unless you were never born again.
As John the apostle said, “Anyone that is born of God cannot sin.”
Because true believers prove their love for God by keeping His commandments (see John 14:15).
In the Charisma article, it is very easy to try to smooth over the fact that sexual sin took place. It goes to show you at what lengths the “Charismatics” will use vague terminology to cover the sin of an international gospel artist.
The Bible is clear that “love covers a multitude of sins.”
But the Bible also says in 1 Corinthians 13 that “love rejoices not in iniquity but rejoices in the truth.”
The gospel music industry is noted for bringing some of the most exciting contemporary music into the house of worship. Some are amazing and straight from God. Others just have too much of the world in it to focus on God, holiness, righteousness, sanctification, redemption, discipline, consecration, and total devotion.
Evident is the combination of marital situations that push a minister beyond boundaries and limitations to maintain a strong impenetrable healthy bond and the thirst to perform.
When a man or a woman is consumed and defined by what they do, they lose who and whose they are in Christ.
As with sexual sins, there is always the preponderance that when sexual neglect takes place, the man is “Wired for Intimacy.” At some point, if he isn’t as disciplined as he should be, the tempter will tempt him to entice his desires. Lustful desires that lurk in a man’s fleshly needs one hot moment.
One match starts the fire.
Ministry is full of these four things.
This is what Pastor Roger Jamison of Sword Of The Spirit Tabernacle in Brooklyn NY taught me. These are the emotional tell tale signs of an individual in ministerial overdrive. His soul is wide open to be tempted sexually. The devil opens up the matchbook and strikes the match.
A hot looking woman or man.
Infatuated and obsessed after a sexual separation due to marital issues makes a man or woman ripe to commit adultery.
The late David Wilkerson said this while praying.
“God, keep me humble. Keep me on my knees.”
The one place where there is power is prayer. Prayer. Prayer. Obedience. Obedience. Obedience.
Pastor Roger Jamison also said that we must “Guard our unguarded moments.”
Jesus said in Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray, lest you fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”
Peter said, “Be sober, be vigilant. For your adversary, the devil walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
When you are watching over your life, you constantly tell the devil that you are not on his menu. You have to tell him this every time till your last dying breath or when the Lord returns.
As many of us have said, Israel Houghton will not be the last gospel artist to fall into sexual sin. There are many others that have and will never reveal it to save their “ministry.”
But Jesus said this in Matthew 10:39 “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”
Jesus said in Luke 12:2 “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.”
Come Clean! Or Be Exposed. (A chapter in my book Secret Sexual Sins).
More and more, we are finding that people are willing to lose their relationship with the Lord to find life. But Jesus requires and demands that we lose our lives for His sake to find it.
Sin always leads to death.
The one thing that the Holy Spirit tells me that keeps me from sinning against God sexually is the fact that if I entertain that sin in thought, deed, and words, what if Jesus were to come at that moment?
Would I be eligible to be raptured or will I remain on the earth to watch the wrath of God be poured out? What if my soul was required at that moment?
Meaning, what if I were watching porn and masturbating, and I happen to die? Would I go to heaven to appear before God, or will I die and go to hell?
Ezekiel 18:24 answers this question.
“But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die.”
It’s a fearful thing to know that you missed out when you could have disciplined yourself to abstain.
One moment of sinful pleasure is not worth an eternity in hell.
We pray that Israel Houghton has repented as he has said. But more than this first step must be taken.
If he is involved with porn and masturbation, he is still caught in the whirlwind of sexual immorality. There has to be a clearing of the deck. A clearing of the heart. A full renunciation of sexual immorality. And a renewed commitment to abstain from every form of sin.
Avoid fornication, adultery, homosexuality, bisexuality, porn, masturbation, and bestiality.
It’s not worth going to hell over.
The Charisma article could be read here.
Kirk and Kanye will be doing a perverted “gospel” album.
When darkness has a hold on you, the effects are devastating. Looking at the face of Kirk, this Scripture comes to mind.
Proverbs 13:15b, “…the way of the transgressor is hard.”
I was attacked a couple of days ago. As I was looking at the News on my iPhone and a porn site popped up twice. I was prepared to always look away and I immediately deleted the site. satan is not going to get me ever again to click a site to intentionally watch porn.
While there are many ways to head this attack off, I know that the Lord is strong and mighty in my life and that like Paul, “...nothing shall separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus” (see Romans 8:31-39).
When you see the video, you will see no quoting of Scriptures by Kirk to support any of his statements. When you depart from God, the first thing that goes is the Word of God.
The Word in Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision the people perish.”
You are either involved in the sin of homosexuality, or you are still in porn and masturbation, or both. It’s debatable, but one pastor told me that masturbation is the door to homosexuality.
Here is the reason.
“Finally, Zika reminds us that over and over nature is a formidable enemy,” he said. “We wish we knew more we wish we could do more. We know this is anxiety provoking for pregnant women and their families.”
Notice the phrase “nature is a formidable enemy.”
This is a direct source reporting on the new epidemic that is transmitted sexually.
While nature plays a role in infecting certain people around the world, we see that it cannot stop humans from engaging in illegal sex called adultery and fornication.
Now we are reminded that this disease can affect married couples that never engaged in illegal sex.
So what’s the point?
The point is simple. We know that people engage in homosexuality, bisexuality, fornication and adultery.
It’s a reminder that we need to abstain from sin.
It is also a reminder that these are the last days as the Lord Jesus told us.
Matthew 24:7-8 “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Note Strong’s Concordance definition of the word “pestilence.”
g3061. λοιμός loimos; of uncertain affinity; a plague (literally, the disease, or figuratively, a pest):— pestilence (- t).
AV (3)- pestilence 2, pestilent 1;
pestilence a pestilent fellow, pest, plague
So if there is any question about the last days, look no further. Many more may be headed this way but it is a sign of the end times before the coming of the Lord.
As a note, earthquakes have occurred in Oklahoma on a regular basis. Japan has had an eruption recently. Nations are rising against nations. Just look at the on going battle in Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, and other places. Famine is still an issue around the world.
Jesus said that “All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
The additional definition of sorrows is as follows……“the pain of childbirth, travail pain, birth pangs intolerable anguish, in reference to the dire calamities precede the advent of the Messiah.”
Like a woman that is about to give birth, these signs are upon us. Whether they are occurring rapidly or with varying intensity, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that it is happening just like the Lord said.
That’s what we should be paying attention to. Unmistakeable, undeniable signs that point to the coming of the Lord.
So if you are still caught in the web of illegal sexual activity, Revelation 21:8, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Hebrews 13:4, and Matthew 15:18-19 is looking at all those that run the stop sign of God’s Word.
This was posted on my FB timeline.
There was a man in a certain country that solicited the services of a prostitute. It would be his last sex sin. The paramedics had to place his dead corpse on a gurney with the living prostitute on top.
Evidently, his penis enlarged itself in her vagina and possibly rigor mortis set in where she couldn’t disconnect from intercourse. Or possibly, the man took viagra and blood settle in his penis, who knows?
But according to Proverbs 7, the prostitute, as an immoral woman, is the staircase, descending into the “chambers of death.”
Chambers is defined as an “apartment.”
This is where we get “prison cells” from.
This man committed adultery or fornication, died in bed, and went directly to his eternal “prison cell.”
Such a story resonates. But people will not listen. They will continue to seek pleasures rather than seeking God.
The Zika Virus story could be read here.
The dead elderly man still sexually attached story could be read here.
Brothers, watch where your eyes travel. Too much flesh on DailyMail.
In John chapter 5, the man at the pool of Bethesda was the only person healed by the Lord Jesus. Later on, the Lord said to him “Go, and sin no more lest a worst thing come upon you.”
The man that was healed was in his condition for 38 years. He couldn’t walk. For the Lord Jesus to tell him to “go and sin no more” is an indication or a blatant statement that sin opened the door for his inability to walk.
Before I continue, there are many books, statements, and comments that state that the Bible said nothing, PROHIBITING masturbation.
The Bible said nothing PERMITTING masturbating either.
You know that.
Sex was established by the Lord between one male and one female in matrimony. Genesis 2:21-25, Matthew 19:4-5, 1 Corinthians 6:15-18, 7:1-9, and Ephesians 5:31.
You will also note that no proponents of masturbation will quote any Scriptures to justify masturbation.
So any sex outside of these Scriptures is called “sexual immorality.”
In subsequent posts, I asked the question as to why we feel we have done wrong after masturbation.
The answer is simple.
The conscience witnessed to you that you have violated the Word of God. The passages of Scripture above, and others witnessed to you that you have violated the Word of God. The instinctive thing to do is to suppress this feeling with the deception of fulfilling a need.
There are other things that we use to excuse ourselves and suppress the truth. In any case, no matter what you use to suppress the truth, it is in an effort to continue in sin.
In the passage that Paul shared about sex in 1 Corinthians 7:1-9, notice that Paul shared about “self control.”
Which means that if you are not married, you must exercise self control. Meaning that you have to control your “urges and impulses.”
Romans 6:12-13 “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.”
Romans 6:19 “I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.”
When it comes to masturbation, there is no self control. It is lust being fulfilled. Masturbation is a sex act with one person.
You are manually stimulating yourself to ejaculate and to experience an orgasm by yourself. You are “presenting your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness.”
Notice the word “uncleanness.”
Matthew 12:43-45 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came. ‘And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
You won’t believe me so let’s look at the actual Greek word of “unclean and uncleanness.”
Both from Strong’s Concordance.
“g0169. ἀκάθαρτος akathartos; from 1 (as a negative particle) and a presumed derivative of 2508 (meaning cleansed); impure (ceremonially, morally (lewd) or specially, (demonic)):— foul, unclean.
AV (30)- unclean 28, foul 2; not cleansed, unclean in a ceremonial sense: that which must be abstained from according to the levitical law in a moral sense: unclean in thought and life.”
Let’s look at the word “uncleanness” in Romans 6:19.
“g0167. ἀκαθαρσία akatharsia; from 169; impurity (the quality), physically or morally:— uncleanness. AV (10)- uncleanness 10; uncleanness physical in a moral sense: the impurity of lustful, luxurious, profligate living of impure motives.”
So it is clear that the same or similar word and definition is speaking volumes that unclean spirits drive uncleanness operating in the world.
Mark 1:23 “Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are —the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him. hen they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” And immediately His fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee.”
What do unclean spirits do in people?
There is no question in my mind that this passages speaks of people doing unclean things. No question that unclean things has everything to do with sexual immorality.
Look no further than the criminal world with sexual predators on one level. On the other level there are those that do lewd acts at home, strip clubs, sex clubs, and other places where sexual immorality is happening.
Demons on every level are in operation, including masturbation.
Do you mean to tell me that I am “demon possessed” when I masturbate?
When you are dealing with sexual immorality, you are giving yourself over to the fulfilling of the flesh and body. Remember what Paul said.
“…presenting your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness.”
Lawlessness doesn’t come from the Lord. Lawlessness comes from the devil. You have to come out from under the power of God to come under the power of the devil.
Some of you may recall an incident I shared when I was waiting for the next train to Croton Harmon in New York, on the Hudson Line. I was at Tarrytown as the train entered the station and a Black man was on the overpass that leads from Tracks 2 & 4 to Tracks 1 & 3.
He was masturbating.
There was no question that he was possessed.
This is called “exhibitionism.” This is when a person is committing a lewd sexual act in public.
We all know that full possession takes place when you give yourself over to the full array and control of demon power. When it comes to temptation to sin, the temptation comes from the devil as a suggestion. According to James 1:14-15, you fulfill sin. On this level, it is NOT demon possession.
It is obedience to demon power to commit sin. Some will say that they do not understand the difference.
When it comes to committing sin, it all depends on how far you are willing to go. In any level, there is demon power in operation but we all know that there are certain levels that exhibit certain manifestations that clearly indicate demon power.
If you find yourself going deeper into sexual immorality. Another words, doing things that require more “submission,” there is no question that you are entertaining more suggestions to receive a euphoric aspect of sexual fulfillment or satisfaction.
Recently, (December 2015), I was watching the late David Wilkerson who pastored Times Square Church in NYC, minister along the lines of lust, pornography, and perversion.
Not once did he mention the word “masturbation.”
When you are dealing with the area of pornography, masturbation is a part of the process. I am not blaming pastor Wilkerson for not mentioning this aspect because I believe that at the time he shared what he shared, everyone assumed that masturbation was assumed to be a part of the message.
Even today, there are many preachers that only mention the filth of porn but few will mention the act that is always associated with porn. This is where men are true slaves to themselves in masturbation. They can’t free themselves from porn because they are enslaved to masturbation.
They can give up porn like I did, and remember the images so well that buying or viewing porn isn’t necessary. That’s what happened in 2008. I gave up porn but I had porn “in my head” as one pastor said to me.
It would be 2009 that I would give up masturbation for 3.5 years. Then relapse came into my life and that’s when the Lord said to me this year early 2015 that I have to put together everything that I have learned otherwise I am still a hypocrite.
I also had to put in my mind that I grieved and offended God. I also have to remember that at anytime, the Lord could require my soul. Where would it be if sin were in my life at the moment He calls for my soul?
Or if the rapture would take place (I know there may be different beliefs about the rapture so just bear with me please), would I catch the first flight or would I be left behind?
I was unwilling to take that chance and I’ve been fighting ever since to stay clean and pure in His sight. At all times. I had to give up the arguments and reasonings to selfishly justify masturbation. Such arguments, reasoning, and self justification will always lack Scriptural authority.
When I deal with this area of porn, I always state that no one watches porn and not act out sexually in masturbation, adultery, fornication, bisexuality, homosexuality, or bestiality.
It’s all a part of this world of sex outside of the Biblically established pattern of marriage between one man and one woman.
A lot of men and some women will state that regular sex is not enough.
That extra stimulation is needed to obtain satisfaction. But as I have stated before, it is outside the norms of marriage and connected to sexual immorality. That’s why your conscience is bothered because the God that dwells in us is offended.
You can go and sin no more.
As 2015 comes to a close, many have put a close to this year and they are looking forward to 2016. The toughest resolution is the resolution to exercise. Many failures occur just after the first week, but without a doubt, there is a resolution much tougher than dieting and exercising.
Ending porn and masturbation in your life.
Will you put an end to porn and masturbation?
This is not high on the “to do” list of resolutions for 2016.
Women and men are struggling to climb out of the slimy pit of porn and masturbation.
They have made a decision to go cold turkey but all of a sudden, the urges and impulses return.
The eyes and hands travel.
Habits, cycles, and patterns return and it’s worse than before.
Galatians 5:22 talks about the fruit of the Spirit called “self control.”
The parable of the sower in Luke 8 reveals the place where many are when it comes to sexual immorality. When people make a clean break from porn and solo sex, the body is adjusting to sexual normalcy.
Dr. Mark Laaser calls is “sexual sobriety.”
Depending on how you desire to be free and remain free determines the outcome.
Many men and women receive the Word regarding sexual immorality freedom and then the tempter comes. Or, we open ourselves up to temptation by watching certain shows that has sexuality in it. Or our eyes travel to sexually look at another person.
Luke 8:13 “But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.”
Notice “who believe for a while….”
The Greek gives the impression that it was a very short period of time. Most believers would hold out and that’s where the struggle begins. You renege on a promise to abstain and the enemy or even our own minds decide to meditate on what was left behind at the altar.
Our lusts of the flesh and mind.
In studying “Way To Purity” from Setting Captives Free from Mike Cleveland, the course shared several times about “radical amputation” from what Jesus shared in Matthew 5:29-30 that “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”
And Hebrews 12:4 “You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.”
How radical are you willing to go?
Sell your computer? Oh, but you have your iPhone or other small devices to view deliberately or by accidental glance at sexual objects intentionally attached to catch your eye.
How radical are you willing to go?
Throw away your cable or satellite subscription? Disconnect the TV. Discontinue going to the movies, purchasing DVD with sexual themes, avoid sports when the commercials of sexually provocative women are paraded before your eyes? Stop watching the News because you know, like on FOX News, they have women dressed for the club on their shows? Or certain talk shows where certain A movie stars will be on the show to look at?
How radical are you willing to go?
Paul shared about mortifying the deeds of the flesh in Colossians 3:5… “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”
Are you willing to execute everything to please the Lord?
And James and Peter shared these powerful words.
James 4:7 “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
1 Peter 4:8-9b “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith…”
Make this your verse of Scripture to live by for 2016 and for the rest of your life, or until Jesus comes, which ever comes first.
1 John 5:18 “We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.”
This is not impossible as it has much to do with your determination to live free of the flesh. The work on the cross of Jesus made this possible.
By the grace and help of the Helper, Comforter, Standby, and Counselor, and through strict obedience to the Word of God, you can turn this resolution into an everlasting promise keeping maintenance where “…the wicked one does not touch…” you.
A NEW STD IS AMONG US
MG it’s called.
Actually, according to the report, the disease has been around since the 1980’s and is curable. It’s one of the “pests” of sex that people wish would not happen.
Whenever a report on STDs comes out, it it clear that more people are infected and that they anticipate that more infections will be reported.
The one thing that I read is that they’ve tested 200 teens that were not sexually active and found that they all tested NEGATIVE for the disease.
At the end of the report, they stressed condoms.
Wait a minute……
Did anyone catch this?
If you are not sexually active, it means that you have no need for condoms, which proves one thing.
Psalm 107:17 says “Fools! Because of their transgressions and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.”
You may be insulted but according to Psalm 107:17, people are still acting like a fool. According to the Lord God in Genesis chapter 2, sex is reserved for married people, one man and one woman. Sexually transmitted diseases are designed to reinforce what God ordained.
When there is sex outside of this God ordained institution it carries a carries a consequential judgment. A penalty.
Should people die in their sins, Revelation 21:8 tells us that the “sexually immoral” will be cast into the lake which burns with fire and brimstone forever.
Remember. God created us in His image. His highest attribute is “HOLY.”
Sin is opposite of righteousness, holiness, and purity.
Since God created us, He makes the rules. When man violates His rules, there is a moral penalty applied.
Just like when we are driving and the cop or trooper pulls us over for speeding or other traffic violations, we are assessed a penalty.
Just like when we commit a crime, we are arrested, tried in court, and should we be found guilty, we do time in prison.
Did you just see the difference?
Illegal sex is like a traffic violation and the STD was the penalty.
The crime of an unrepentant life demands eternal prison time.
Many will say that this is not fair, that we should be able to do as we please.
Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
God placed within this life all of the benefits of life provide that we follow what He said. When we do something apart from what He said, God demands justice. Remember, He is holy, righteous, full of compassion, love, mercy, and truth.
If God didn’t love us, He would never give us a chance.
In truth, and because He is holy and just, the Lord God judges us.
Without this eternal righteous standard, there wouldn’t be an incentive to repent, receive salvation, and obey His Word to live holy. The fact that the Lord gives us a chance to repent tells us that this is MORE THAN FAIR.
Especially in light of the fact that the Father demonstrated His love for us by sending His Son to die for our sins to completely pay our debt.
Notice Romans 5:8-9. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”
Many people have failed. This author included, but because of His mercy and compassion, He gives us all another chance, not a second chance because every one of us blew away that second chance.
We accept by grace through faith the gift of salvation to avoid the wrath of God. The STD is not the wrath of God. Should you die without Christ, hell, and then the lake which burns with fire and brimstone is the eternal wrath of God.
Believe me when I tell you, the tribulation period is also the wrath of God, poured out on the earth, but it pales in comparison to the eternal wrath of God for which there will be no relief.
Remember. God created us and He can do justly as He wishes.
Perhaps you are reading this and wonder if the Lord would forgive you for continuously blowing it. As the late David Wilkerson said, “sin and confess, sin and confess.”
That’s a merry go round that we need to stop. The constant cycle of guilt and remorse must come to a halt. God knows what’s best for us.
If we want sex, we must get married first.
Many want the benefits and gifts of marriage without actually getting married. That’s not how it works and you know it. Sex outside of marriage is destructive. It’s dangerous. It carries more woe for man and woman than imagined. Worse of all, it keeps you in bondage to sin as it’s slave.
Ask one slave if he or she ever loved being a slave.
They will truthfully answer that they wished that they were free.
Jesus can make you free indeed after you come to the knowledge of the truth.
Do you want to be free?
It’s up to you. The Lord Jesus suffered the penalty for every man and was imprisoned in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights to appease the just and righteous demands of the Holy and Righteous God.
All the hard work was done by Jesus to free you. You get to do the easy part.
Repent and abstain for the rest of your life until you get married.
Sadly, a lot of people will not listen. The other sad thing is that people, including me, thought that when we would get married that all of the sexual triggers, desires, urges and impulses would be satisfied.
To be able to have sex all of the time is a fantasy. We are still permitted to have sex with our married opposite sexed partner, but there’s a lot of dynamics that must be factored.
Timing and making time for sex. Work. Children. Emotion state of each other. Financial well being, and other issues makes it very challenging to have sex. This is another reason why many married people engage in the extracurricular activity of masturbation.
You could be in the heat of the moment but your partner is sick, not at home, went to bed early, emotionally detached from you because of personal issues, and a host of other reasons.
Even masturbation is out of bounds because God designed sex to be shared between two married persons of the opposite sex. Which means the fruit of the Spirit called “self control” must be employed until you can come together to have sex.
So the rule still exists and there is nothing that you or anyone else could do about it. Congress, the president, and SCOTUS can’t legislate against God’s ordinance to draft and pass a law to stop STD’s from occurring.
The lie of “safe sex” will not help.
Safe sex is a myth. The only safe sex is married, one male, one female for life, or abstinence. Condoms circumvent the Word of God and you know it. This is called “suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”
In other words, they hold down the truth so that it would not try to convict them. But when the truth is released, man is powerless to stop the convicting power of the Holy Spirit in the Word of God.
And even if you use a condom, there is always the possibility of a failure, leakage, or other common missteps. Because of the desire for full satisfaction, condom-less unlawful sex.
Sex is for married couples of the opposite sex.
Sexual immorality carries a consequential penalty and an eternal penalty should people remain unrepentant. God offers forgiveness and healing when we repent and place our full faith and trust in the salvation provided through the sacrificial life, death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
Anyway, you can read the article here about MG.