Let’s imagine you and some friends were playing basketball, and I walked up to the person who had the ball, and I asked him, “Hey can I have the ball?” He says, “Sure!” And he tosses me the ball. Then, while I have the ball in my hands I ask him again, “Hey can I have the ball?” With a strange face and a still body he replies, “You already have it… It’s right there in your hands.” But again, I respond with the same question, but this time, I get on my knees passionately and say, “Please… can I have the ball?” He looks around at everyone watching our interaction, wonders if I’m mentally stable and then blurts out, “YOU ALREADY HAVE IT!”
Sadly, this is the same type of prayer dialogue Christian porn addicts have with God. A conversation where men kneel down and beg for the freedom, victory, and strength that God has already given to them.
Despite receiving the Gospel, becoming a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), receiving the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13), having the ability to walk in the liberty by which Christ has made us free (Galatians 5:1), these men still believe they are in an impenetrable dungeon with walls too thick for the healing power of Jesus.
It all stems from a lie. In the words of my mentor, “If you believe wrong, you’ll never live strong.”
That is to say, if the Gospel you believe can only save you from some sin while leaving you in a dungeon with the rest of it, is Christianity really “Good News?” When you tell others about Christ do you say, “Accept Christ as your Savior! His death and resurrection can make you free, but He isn’t capable of freeing you from pornography.”
Sadly, this is the Gospel of which many men have subscribed—a false and fraudulent imitation that leaves husbands, fathers, and sons begging for the prison door keys that are hanging around their neck.
Christian, there are over 100 Scriptures which speak to the freedom and victory we have over sin through Christ Jesus. Either the Bible isn’t true, or you believe a lie—I’m siding with the latter and here’s why…
Years ago, I believed a false gospel. I believed that I could have my pornography habit and Heaven too. I believed that this sin would be an inevitable struggle where I would just have to put the “ask forgiveness” button on repeat. I would be a Christian but stuck with this repetitive sin I could never conquer.
That was until I heard the truth of John 8:31-32, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Well, what if I don’t abide in Jesus’ word? Am I still His disciple? Not according to this scripture. Why? Because in order to know Jesus Christ we must abide in His Gospel of freedom and keep His commandments. 1 John 2:3-6 explains it quite well, “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”
When we abide in Him by keeping His commandments, we will know the truth (Jesus), and He will set us free through the power of His word.
I believe many men remain in bondage to their sin simply because they don’t know what God’s Word has already said on the matters of sin, sexual immorality, repentance, healing, and power. Below, I have summarized those lessons for you.
1. Your Pornography Habit Has The Power To Send You To Hell
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Masturbation at the viewing of another individual(s) participating in sexual behavior (who is not your spouse) is fornication. If you have a pornography habit, you are a fornicator. It’s not that you have fornicated. But the active, continuous, unrepentant, habitual pattern of porn usage makes you a fornicator.
Moreover, we mustn’t forget that 1 Corinthians is a letter written to Christians, not non-Christians. The Apostle Paul is reminding believers, “Do not be deceived.” That is, do not be fooled to believe that, if you (even as a professing Christian) walk in habitual and unrepentant sin you will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
I can hear it now, “But I do repent after I watch pornography!”
Men, there is an eternal difference between the person who is apologetic about his sin and the person who is repentant about his sin. One will send you to hell while the other won’t. The word repent means: To turn away from.
So, I have a question for you. If you’re continuing to look at pornography week after week and month after month have you truly turned away from your sin? The answer is no. Your repentance is in fact, a mere apology. The truth is, you don’t hate your sin. In fact, you love your sin. You love pornography. Yes, you hate how it makes you feel. You hate the shame and guilt that it brings. You hate hiding it from others. But you love pornography! You love porn more than you love Christ! If you loved Christ more than porn than you would choose Christ over porn. Until you hate your sin and truly give your life to Christ (Galatians 2:20) you will not break this bondage.
Let me illustrate it another way. There’s a difference between the man who walks a hundred miles, slips into a mud puddle, gets up, wipes the mud off his clothes and continues moving forward; and the man who walks a hundred miles, slips into a mud puddle, pulls out his beach towel, stays at the muddle puddle (because he loves the mud), and willingly jumps back into the mud over and over again.
Christian, how many unrepentant sinners are in Heaven? According to Paul, there’s zero. Now you might add, “But doesn’t Paul also tell us, ‘There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus?'” Yes, as a matter of fact, he does. But let’s look at the second part of that verse—the part everyone seems to leave out.
Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
Uh oh. That means there is condemnation for those who choose to walk according to the flesh and not in the Spirit, right? Now, I am not preaching perfection here. I am not saying that if we sin, we will all be hellbound. No. Christ is the sufficient sacrifice for our sins. We, even as sinning Christians, can still receive heaven. However, I am drawing our attention to habitual, practicing, unrepentant sin.
1 John 3:4-10 explains this well: “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.”
Galatians 6:7-8 brings additional support to this bold claim, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
Put simply, no amount of church attendance, or emotional-high worship singing, or statements about how much we love Jesus will negate the declaration of the Scriptures. If we choose to walk in known, unrepentant, habitual sin, we will not reap eternal life but instead, reap what we have sown, corruption and an afterlife away from God.
This should strike righteous fear into the heart of every Christian with a porn habit.
Men, the Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Jesus continues in Matthew 10:28 by saying, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
God does not call us to a malicious or vindictive fear of Him but to a reverential fear. Psalm 19:9 even says, “The fear of the Lord is clean.” However, much of the church today has lost this very healthy, fundamental fear of the Lord.
Having said that, let me reaffirm my theological position. If we as Christians fall, there is grace. If we sin, there is repentance and an advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1). If we stray, there is restoration. But we cannot fall and stay down. We cannot sin and not repentant. We cannot leave and expect citizenship. While God offers all people, unconditional love, He does not offer unconditional salvation. The Bible declares that we must believe in His Son, we must make Jesus our Lord, and we must repent of our sin.
2. Pornography Doesn’t Happen To You, You Choose It
Too many Christians and too many churches have catered to pornography viewing brothers (and sisters) by acknowledging it as something that’s uncontrollable. Some Christians have even tried to elevate its power by labeling it an “addiction”—a state of brokenness which I guess is too far for the Gospel to reach. Their version of the Bible must read, “You are free! (unless you are addicted).”
The truth is, addiction is merely a biological response to sinful behavior. It is not a territory too remote for the healing power of Jesus Christ. There is no biblical support that addiction can separate you from the truth and the transformative power of God’s Word. There is no biblical evidence that addiction can overcome your ability to choose to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16).
So while Christian porn viewers believe their “addiction” forces them to sin, it’s simply not true. Sin doesn’t happen to us, we choose it. It’s not your phone’s fault, it’s not your computer’s fault, it’s not your faulty pornography accountability software’s fault, and it’s not even the pornography’s fault. It’s your fault. Your sin is your choice.
In other words, the Bible tells us you aren’t a victim of your sin but you are a victor over it.
Colossians 3:5 in the ESV tells us, “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” That is to say, you have the power to kill off your flesh’s desire for evil.
1 Corinthians 15:34 brings further support by bluntly stating, “Awake to righteousness, and do not sin;” Another direct call to the power we have to choose what is right. But most importantly, Romans 6:12-14 declares, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members (your body parts) 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. For sin shall not have dominion over you.”
Christians, you are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus. You are a victor over the sin in your life. Now, are you perfect? No. Can you live a sinless life? No. But do you, through the power of the Holy Spirit, have the power to win and win often? Yes. In the Spirit, do you have the power to choose not to sin? Yes. In the Spirit, do you have the ability to put to death the desire to look at pornography? Yes.
3. God Has Already Given You A Way Of Escape
Everyone faces temptation in their life, both believers, and unbelievers. Hebrews 4:15 even tells us that Jesus was tempted, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
The problem is when action follows temptation—then you have sin. Over the years, I’ve worked with several men who claimed the name of Christ yet genuinely believed they could not escape the temptation to indulge in pornography. They believed once the thought of it had entered their mind it was impossible to remove. Though I empathize with their utter brokenness, these men held a profoundly unbiblical perspective.
1 Corinthians 10:13 states the exact opposite, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
If I could paraphrase, I believe the Apostle is saying, “Your temptation to look at pornography isn’t special. It’s not some extra-dominant form of temptation. It’s actually quite common. Millions of people have dealt with it, and millions have conquered it. But God who remains loyal to you, through the Gospel, even after you sin, won’t allow the temptation of sin to overpower your ability to reject it. But more than that, God will also provide you a way out—meaning, in the Spirit, you can escape your temptation to sin every single time.”
Read that last sentence again. You, through the power of Christ, have the ability to win Every. Single. Time. Go ahead, stand up and scream, “Glory, hallelujah, amen! The truth has set me free!”
Pornography is idolatry. It creates a habit of lust that leads a person to surrender their mind, body, money, time, and purity in service to it. It becomes their god and their master.
Additionally, repeated, habitual, unrepentant pornography use isn’t some slight spiritual infraction that merely requires proper sin management. It’s the highway to hell that needs an immediate detour. It’s the evidence that Christ isn’t Lord. It is proof you’re not walking in the freedom of the Gospel. It’s sin that needs confession. It is a threat to your relationship with God.
Lastly, while this article might hurt, it is not harsh. Harsh is God’s consequences for those who choose to reject and disobey Him. This, however, is healing. This is redemptive.
So yes, pray for the strength to remain in the Spirit. Pray for the strength to remember what God has already said. But do not pray for the strength to quit viewing pornography. After all, that would be like asking for a basketball that’s already in your hands.
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