“18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
1 Corinthians 6:18-20
I believe Porn is one device that Satan has crafted to target the masses with a false image of pleasure and excitement that hides sinister devices of lust of manipulation. It’s coming between marriages, effecting the way men handle and approach women, effecting the way women expect and desire to be treated, it is even causing havoc to those in the body of Christ with spiritual leaders being overcome by lust. Lust is a virus that contaminates the spirit first, then shows its true power through our thoughts and actions, Porn is just an avebue to spread this virus. It has effected me as well, so it’s because of that exprience I felt a need to write about it.
What exactly is Fornication?
Fornication is basically anything that’s considered sexually immoral in the eyes of God. Adultery, prostitution, rape, and sex outside (and before) the sanctity of marriage. Interestingly enough, the Greek word for fornication is Porneia…which is where the term porn comes from. The clips and sites you watch that may seem harmless are actually full of the things that Paul clearly said we should be fleeing from, and he wasn’t saying that for no reason.
What makes Porn dangerous?
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light”.
Guarding your eyes against anything contrary to your spirit is vital, especially when it comes to fornication. Your eyes are the gateway to your mind, heart, and spirit…so whatever you watch potentially can manifest itself in your thoughts, feelings, and eventually your actions. Pornographic scenes contain so many different spirits that can enter into your gateway (eyes) and wreak havoc on your life from the inside out. The goal of these spirits is to simply destroy any Godliness in you and replace it with desires of the flesh. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to watch these things on a constant basis and maintain a healthy relationship with Christ, Sin and Holiness cannot co-exist, either one of the other will have the authority in your life.
The most obvious type of spirit that embodies porn is Lust. Through porn, the spirit of lust has run rampant in today’s society. Lust causes us to desire sex on an extreme level, making us uncomfortable the longer we go without it. It demands total control of your life. Whether it’s through sexual sin with someone, or masturbation, the spirit of lust will not stop pressuring you until you please it’s appetite..and then the cycle repeats itself! Watching people commit various acts of lust over and over again, not only causes us to desire the same thing, but it screws up our spirit and character when trying to love others. It’ll cause you to push potential partners away when they don’t do the things that you continue to watch, or look like the people on those sites. Lust will anchor itself in your heart and make you desire nothing more than pleasing and indulging yourself in sexual pleasure, which will also invite the spirit selfishness in your heart as well. These type of spirits almost never travel alone. The spirit of lust can lead you to a point where you will do almost anything to get that feeling pleased, disregarding anyone else but yourself.
Watching porn consistently can open you up to the spirit of perversion, which in this case I’m referring to confusion or distortion. Porn can twist our views on love and the people we try to love. Porn actually spiritually attacks our views considering those subjects which shows itself true in our actions. We’ll begin to chase after women or men who look like the people we watch, we’ll begin to put those specific actions we see in the movies into our perfect description of what love and happiness really is. If already in a marriage, it can take you to a point of rejecting your spouse for the sites and movies, because porn has now taken its spot in your heart. And people may not able to see the effects porn has on you, but God looks past the front and straight into your heart.
“for the Lord seeth not as man seeth. For man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7
As stated early, these spirits rarely travel alone. Porn often delivers spirits on sale, “buy one get one” type of deal! Along with extreme selfishness, porn opens you up to potentially spirits of rebellion, anger or resentment, even manipulation! Direct quotes from several famous serial killers (Jeffrey Dahmer,Ted Bundy, etc.) states that they either watched porn before hunting their victims or blamed porn for their murderous behavior. Not saying it’ll turn you into a murderer, but that’s just proof that shows the host of spirits that can run rampant in your life just from opening yourself up to the effects of Porn.
Porn has had its grips on my life in the past, it made abstaining from sex way harder than it needed to be, it changed my perception of beauty when it came to women , it distorted my desires for a marriage, and it caused my committment to women to waver. Whenever lust would call I would answer even when I didn’t want to! It DOES effect you whether you think so or not, and if you doubt that it does go without it for a month and see how things begin to change…from your thoughts, to your actions, even your conversations! It conflicts directly with your relationship with Christ and the struggle between the two within takes its toll on you eventually.
Undoubtedly, Satan’s mission through porn is to manipulate and control the masses through their desires for fornication. He wants to make us slaves to him through our own desires. Don’t allow him to keep you in his grip, stop subjecting yourself to these sites while continuing to struggle in your relationship with Christ. If you find yourself addicted to the rush of porn, you can break free! Call on Jesus and allow him to free you from the grips of lust, pray and actively voice your freedom, but seek Jesus for the power to break loose. We can’t break the chains ourselves, but it’s up to us to make the decision that allows Jesus to step in and set us free. Guard your mind, heart and spirit with the discipline of what you allow yourself to watch. Be blessed.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”