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Porn: If Your Right Hand Causes You To Sin



"The problem with pornography is not that it shows too much of a person, but that it shows far too little.” – Pope John Paul II


We must say no to porn. As we journey through the final part of our #everythingrelationship Bible Study, I think it's vital we talk about the harmful effects of pornography on our relationships with others and ourselves. Let’s tackle the epidemic of pornography…


Pornography denies human dignity. It denies the fact that you and I were made in the image of God. It denies the fact that you are more than just your body. For pornography reduces a person to just their body, ignoring the whole picture of who they truly are inside. It’s degrading - no one likes to be used yet pornography only uses…


Porn, essentially, plays with our brokenness and trains our eyes to view others less than that of their worth. It counters love for love does not use, whereas pornography uses people as sexual objects to be consumed for one’s own sexual gratification.


Love says, “This is my body given up for you,” whereas porn screams lust through “This is your body taken by me.”


Porn is an invitation to explore one’s impure thoughts and interests behind closed doors. You hide because you've become exposed to the shame attached to the sexual experience. You think no one will find out but you can’t fool God, you can only fool yourselves.


For the Word says, “He will bring to light what is hidden in the darkness and will expose the motives of the heart.” – 1 Corinthians 4:5


Pornography attempts to replicate the result of sex, without the involvement of another person. It begins to warp our view of sex, by destroying the holy sacramental nature of the act and introducing us to a shame-filled experience of sex. As a result, we trade authentic sex for a counterfeit, pixelated version of sex, something nothing more than a fantasy…



It’s no secret that pornography and masturbation go hand in hand. If our bodies are Temples of the Holy Spirit, then masturbation only offers an opportunity to bow down to temptation and desecrate the sacredness of our bodies out of our own earthly, lustful desires.


Hence, the Word provides a solution…


“If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”

– Matthew 5:29-30


The Bible is so clear that anyone who indulges in sexual immorality will not inherit the Kingdom of God. For masturbation is not a sign of freedom or maturity, but rather it is a sign of weakness in the face of temptation. It disrespects one’s body simply because it destroys the dwelling place of the Spirit and makes space for the enemy to inhabit.


For pornography is a drug whose addictive nature causes one to become a slave to sin. It floods the brain with an overwhelming rush of dopamine, which makes people more and more dependent on porn to satisfy their thirst. As a result, porn destroys people’s sex life…


Rather than being aroused by an actual person, a porn user will have conditioned their brain to only become aroused when sitting in front of a computer screen. No wonder research has shown exposure to pornography leads to brain damage! Porn does not enhance sex, but rather ruins sex.


“God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honour – not in lustful passions like the pagans who do not know God and His ways.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5


If you struggle with pornography and masturbation, trust me there is hope. God’s grace is so abundant that He will work with you to heal the brokenness, you just need to expose those wounds to Him. For Christ died for you, so that you no longer need to live in bondage to sin. He traded your shame for righteousness with God, so that you can live freely…


Accountability is key. Opening up about your struggles with porn to one of your close brothers or sisters in Christ is one way to resist the temptations of porn, because you become accountable to them. If we want to surrender our lives to Jesus, it’s time we be brutally honest with ourselves and get rid of any blockages that separate us from Christ. For many this will include saying no to porn…


If you’ve made it this far and stuck around for all six parts of #everythingrelationship thank you sooo much for journeying with me!!


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Created By Jessica Fernandes