Looking for Porn?

November 4, 2014 | by: Steve Simmons | 0 comments

Posted in: weekly pastor's blog

Looking for porn? Find someone who is deceptive, manipulative, who will not take responsibility, blames others, and has no empathy and ask him where he keep his. Pornography changes the user, always. And these shifts in behavior and personality are not the end to the effects of porn. The user will more and more be transformed into a drone of his lusts.

May a man take fire into his bosom and not be burned? No, of course not. Behavior, even the most carefully hidden behavior, changes who we are and how we think. In time you learn to bend reality to suit personal preferences and end up justifying and approving actions that formerly were considered sinful. Purity becomes quaint, archaic, and impossible. The old enemy becomes the new master—a master that has the full support of the world and sadly many professing Christians because, after all, it is just sex and surely God does not expect us to give up that which we love so much.

But porn, this vile master and excrement of satan, is not the High King. Scripture has declared clearly the High King’s Word, that there is no temptation that is greater than His grace. Though this secret and destructive sin is vile and hesitant to give up its slaves it is no match for Christ.

Naturally when we talk about repentance and the turning away from sin we must talk about the ordinary means of Grace. This battle must include the getting back into the Word of God, faithfulness in worship, much prayer, and the right use of the sacraments. But before you pull out the check list and start marking off each item it is important that we see sin, and especially sins that thrive in secret, as a foe that is as much an enemy of the body as the individual. In fact, when a struggling saint determines to go at this battle in private he combines pride with the folly of not realizing how much the sin has already changed him. Such a battle in private is giving the sin the home court advantage and like a nasty mold this sin loves darkness. Porn turns a person inward and makes him as ready to lie to himself as to others. You should not do battle with this enemy of Christ on your own. There needs to be some accountability and encouragement. If God is giving you such grace as you are beginning to really hate this sin, then do not despise His provision. Find someone that is godly, mature, and willing to invest in your holiness. A little embarrassment is good medicine for the sickness of porn and the means of Grace in the context of God’s community is God’s emancipating means. Porn is a child of darkness that trains its victims to think and live in darkness. Porn is a sin that that is powerless when God’s means of grace are embraced in the context of godly, supportive, instructive, and patient accountability. Porn changes people. Christ changes them more, and changes them into His own image and such a change is well worth the battle.

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