The term “pornography” is not mentioned in the Bible because books, movies, cellphones, computers, magazines, and televisions did not exist in biblical times. However, God did know the sinful thoughts of man and gave us plenty of warning about sexual sins. He gave us very solid moral teachings that can be found throughout the Bible about the many different types of inappropriate sexual behaviors. Forbidden sexual acts specifically mentioned in the Bible as sin include homosexuality (1 Corinthians 6:9), sex with animals (Exodus 22:19), incest (Leviticus 18:6-18), idolatry (Deuteronomy 5:21), fornication and sex outside of marriage (Matthew 15:19), orgies (Galatians 5:19-21), adultery (Exodus 20:14), and even rape (Deuteronomy 22:25). The penalty for these sins, as stated in the Bible, is death.
Romans 8:5-8 tells us, “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.” God wants our minds and hearts to be pure of sinful thoughts and feelings. He wants us to keep our focus on heavenly things and ignore the sins of the flesh that crave our attention. When we view pornography, when our attention is focused on lust and adultery, we cannot do the will of God. We must be “transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
Christians also need to remember that our bodies are not our own. 1 Corinthians 3:16 reads, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” As believers, the Holy Spirit lives in our bodies. He is there to help us discern right from wrong; He is our conscious who speaks to us in times of need. Our bodies are meant for the dwelling of our Lord, not for immoral sexual pleasures. I dare say that it breaks our Father’s heart when we disrespect and use the good and perfect body God created in His very own image.
Pornography and lust destroys human relationships! It dictates the satisfaction of your heart and only leaves you wanting more. Pornography robs your joy and steals your heart. It leaves broken hearts and shattered marriages, broken and molested children, addicted adults, wrecked and shamed teenagers. God didn’t intend for those things to attract our hearts. He wants us to hold true to His teachings and wants us to experience sex and love fully when married.
It is true that Christ died for our sins. While we have freedom and redemption in Christ, we do not have freedom to sin. As fully committed Christians who have given our life over to Christ, we must strive to live a life like Christ. While we can never truly achieve this goal because Christ was the perfect and sinless man, we can make it our goal every day to attempt to live sin-free. Fighting sin and temptation is part of walking with Christ. Taking those temptations and handing them over to Christ and then leaning on Him for strength is part of walking with Christ. Christianity is about avoiding sin and keeping our minds and hearts pure.
Christianity is also about forgiveness. Jesus dies for us, while we were sinners. He chose to walk this earth and take the brutal punishment of death on a cross so that we would be forgiven of our sins and live a life eternally in heaven. Forgiveness is not a license to sin. Once we commit our lives to Christ, we make a stand for Christ and adhere to immoral sexual behaviors. We must strive to fight sin at all costs. Fight the urge to look at pictures, to gawk and lust after a stranger or famous person, fight the urge to stop at the bar or adult club on your way home, and fight the desire to befriend members of the opposite sex. Satan wants nothing more than to find your weakness; he will take hold of it and make it his goal to ruin your walk with Christ. Give God the glory and fight temptation!
Turn your back on all kinds of pornography. Ask a fellow Christian of the same sex to hold you accountable. Keep your hearts and mind focused on the things of Christ and fight the temptation of satan.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your
mind. Then you will be able to test and approve
what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect
will. For by the grace given me I say to every one
of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than
you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober
judgment, in accordance with the faith God has
distributed to each of you.