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Porn's Lie
Theme of the Week: Experience Sex as God Intended
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: Run from sexual sin! (1 Corinthians 6:18)

Dig Deeper: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Out of the illicit forms of sexuality to plague us, pornography stands above the rest. As a pastor, I do not know any other issue I deal with among men in the church more frequently.

Pornography lies to men about the reality of sex. So when a man comes to marriage, then, he doesn't have the slightest idea where to begin in spite of all the sites he's visited and movies he's watched.

Furthermore, he trains his passion to be directed toward specific types of women and certain experiences when he uses pornography. When this man gets married, he finds his expectations shaped by fantasy rather than reality. He selfishly uses his wife rather than graciously serves her. And inevitably, he becomes bitter when "she can't do it like the movies."

If his wife, for example, has a different body type than his fantasy women, his oneness has been spoiled before it can even begin. The wife will find herself in an unfair comparison with people neither partner has ever met. The joy the Lord created to be shared between husband and wife finds itself in a stalemate.

What, then, are we to do? Paul gave the simplest command: run! "Run" does not need exegetical insight. Run means run.

—Eric Mason in Manhood Restored

My Response: What practical steps can I take to keep from giving in to sexual temptation?

Thought to Apply: Porn promises so much, but it doesn't satisfy and charges a high price: broken lives, broken relationships, broken hopes.—Tim Chester (pastor, writer)

Adapted from Manhood Restored by Eric Mason (B&H Books, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, thank you for the gift of sex. Forgive me for times I've misused this gift. Help me to begin each day by committing my body to you as an "instrument of righteousness" (Rom. 6:13, NIV).

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Curt Schleicher

August 13, 2014  12:05pm

Everyday is a day to begin again in Christ. i must flee at every hint of anything other than how God intended sex to be enjoyed. i must not dwell on past failures as they have been covered by Jesus' blood. In His name i pray amen.

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ANTHONY Swaggerty

August 13, 2014  5:49am

Amen for this word, it does describe a un-realistic aspect that we should never imagine. Thank you M.O.I. for bringing the realness to what is really going on by allowing this to steal what God has made to be enjoyable, loving and pleasing. Thanks for sharing this real tough personal word with us all for our benefits. May God bless each and everyone whom heeds to what He gave us freedom to have. Anthony

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August 13, 2014  5:33am

All who read comments pray for us who openly display ourselves and I to pray for you.

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August 13, 2014  5:30am

Every summer I struggle with lust. As a driver of big trucks I often see stuff I should not from passing cars. Then TV and internet never stop parading women. In the past I have looked at porn. The images get stuck in the mind and pop up when ever they want to without control of when they come, but with Jesus there is a way. Capture every thought and bring it to the obedience of our Lord Jesus. Many times a minute sometimes. As a man in flesh this body is returning to dust, but my spirit is being built up for eternal glory with our Lord. I have no hope in flesh; it will always be a battle. In Jesus is my hope as he is the way and the truth and the life. I came to him and he will take me to the father. All things are done in Jesus. Don't look to self for anything but look to Jesus. In Christ love i will never give up even when from time to time i lose the battle.

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Bob Gound

August 13, 2014  4:20am

Growing up in the 70's in SoCal. It was not uncommon to see pornography openly displayed in many households of the unsaved. This distorted my view of sex and it wasn't until I found Jesus, that I was to begin my journey of understanding and healing. I never understood the joys of of sex until I began to serve my wife with a biblical understanding of how God blessed us! Praise God!!!

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