Justin Taylor has a helpful post reminding us of the devestating effects of pornography on the heart and mind. The kind of slavery involved in sexual impurity involves both soul and body, mind and matter. Books are starting to be published that demonstrate the physical consequences of the human brain to lust and particularly to pornography.
I have posted on this before (for instance, see Lust and Christ’s Lordship) and I believe this is a major spiritual battle that is being waged behind the scenes in many lives. Tragically, I believe many people are having the spiritual life sucked right out of them by this kind of a slavery. Yet, I also know that the grace of the Lord is able to cause his children to be overcomers.
He also includes a testimony from the daughter of a pastor who is experiencing Christ’s redemptive grace in overcoming a slavery (addiciton) to pornography. One reason sexual sin has victory is because for a period of time it can thrive in secrecy. But it cannot and will not remain this way forever. It will eventually either be made public in a sinful downfall of the person or it will be confessed and repented of within the loving accountability of others.
I am reminded of the testimony of Augustine who was esposed to all manner of immorality at a young age and yet also experienced the delivering grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Noteworthy in Augustine’s testimony of conversion to Christ was the Scripture from Romans…
“Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratfy its desires.” (Romans 13:13-14)
God is a God who sets the captives free. If you are one who struggles with immorality in secret, don’t stay there. Jesus said:
“For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.” (John 3:20)
But for those who love Christ, repentance will bring times of refreshing (Acts 3:19-20). Jesus said his disciples will know the truth and the truth will set them free (John 8:31:32). It is with this in mind that we are to confess our sins to one another (not just to God) that we may be healed (James 5:16). Don’t let pornography or immorality have victory over you in secrecy.