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Perils of Pornography

 I Co 6:9 -10  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God

 

The word pornography is the combination of two Greek words. In our KJV the word "Fornication" comes from the Greek word "Porneo". The suffix "graph" means something written. So, pornography is the practice of writing or showing acts of fornication.

 

I Co 6:9 lists the sins that are associated with pornography.

A – Sexual Sins Listed

   1 – Fornicators; where we get the word “porn”

  • Sex outside of biblical marriage

   2 – Idolaters; heathen practice of temple prostitution

  • Prostitutes and whoremongers (men who use them)

   3 – Adulterer; married person going outside of marriage for sex

   4 – Effeminate; means soft; a man with the qualities of a woman

  • A young man kept for homosexual purposes
  • A man who gives his body for the use of other men
  • Note: Probably a cross-dresser could apply

   5 – Abuser of self with mankind

  • Sodomite/homosexual

 B – Sexual Sins Lusted

 

   1 – This sin is powerfully addictive;  it is called the New Drug and a group called “Fight the New Drug” writes this about it

"It's a discussion of brain chemistry: Viewing pornography is like pushing a button in the brain that releases four pleasure-inducing chemicals -- so you feel good. But here's the catch. The more chemicals released -- the more you want. It's a cycle, and it can get beyond your control. Your brain starts needing even-raunchier images to achieve the same high and it's hard to stop."

One counselor who helps with addiction writes

"Interestingly, dopamine is a neurotransmitter which causes desire, not pleasure. What this means is that many clients who come to mental health experts for help because pornography is destroying their relationships report not getting any pleasure from watching pornographic materials but are still unable to stop."

 

   2 – This sin is problematic

  • Users of porn suffer same issues as other addicts as it interferes with their relationships, jobs, finances, etc.
  • It is tied to feelings of guilt, depression, isolation
  • It destroys the bond of intimacy between couples
  • Porn users become more dissatisfied with mate and eventually must act or fantasize about the images just to be intimate with mate
  • 56% of all divorces involve at least one mate involved in it
  • Many people use the dopamine high associated with porn to fight depression; unfortunately, it causes more of it

 

  3 – This sin is prevalent with Church people

EX:50 percent of men viewed pornography within one week of attending a Promise Keepers stadium event… 54 percent of pastors said they viewed porn within the past year in a Pastors.com survey… in a 2003 Focus on the Family poll 47 percent of respondents said porn is a problem in their home.

 

   4 – This sin is prevalent with women

  • 1 in 3 porn site users are women and 10 million American women visit porn sites monthly
  • Women are a new target market for porn makers
  • Note: They have taken the characteristics of the romance novel and upped it
  • Many are wives, mothers, and active in church
  • Reasons for women porn addiction; Sexual abuse, exposure to it as a child, Loneliness,“Wimpiness” of men today as the men are often dominating and taking control in porn

 

 

  5 – This sin is prevalent with youth

  • Seven out of ten teens have been exposed to pornography.
  • NOTE: If they have unsupervised internet access assume they have seen it either accidentally, on purpose, via text from friend, etc.
  • Average age of initial exposure is 11
  • It is the premier tool teens use to educate themselves about sex
  • Note: As the internet kids come of age in the next ten years, porn addiction is expected to be an epidemic for the next generation.

 

This sin is becoming the biggest moral issue of our day. Those involved must break free from the bondage of sexual sin through repentance. There are many in the bible who were once bound by sexual sin but later lived for God faithfully. Some are David, Bathsheeba,  Rahab, and others.

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