Monday, August 1, 2016

Pervasive and Intrusive Pornography

As many of you know, we heard Michael Pearl teach Hebrews over ten years ago for a week. During one of his times of teaching, he told us that pornography was going to separate the wheat from the tares; those who truly love the Lord and His ways and those who don't. It is so easy to have access to it, at the click of a mouse, and those who aren't saturated in the Word of God and love Him deeply will be easily deceived by it and allow it to control them. Sexual immorality is the one sin that the Bible tells us to FLEE from. Ephesians 5:5 states, For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.Pearl told us that “whoremongers” are those who seek after whores {pornography} since all those people in porn are whores. Read this sad and scary statement from Josh McDowell on pornography. Here are a few comments from the article in italics.

What the Internet has done is it has made pervasive and intrusive not just sexuality but pornography. Pornography is the number one threat to the cause of Christ, five times greater than anything historically in the last 2,000 years. It's the greatest threat to young people, the greatest threat to marriage, the greatest threat to family, the greatest threat to pastors, oh, the greatest threat to youth pastors—this pervasive pornography on the Internet. And most people don’t realize. It’s five times greater than anything the church has ever faced in history, and it’s destroying kids right now.

Just an example, finances have always been the number one reason for divorce. Now, 60% of divorces for Evangelical Christians is pornography. Right now there are over five million pornographic websites. With my smart phone right here, I can access within three seconds, just one click away, 1.2 billion pages of pornography.

But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin {Hebrews 3:13}. When someone’s heart becomes hardened, they are in danger of no longer believing in the God who created them. I know of couples where the husband doesn’t want to have sex with his wife since he is so involved with porn. It is devastating to marriages, but worse than this is that the husbands are in danger of walking away from their faith and spending eternity in hell. This is far worse and Satan is having a field day with the easy access to porn.

Just skimming through AOL news, many of the articles that it tries to get you to read go something like this; “Click on here to see so and so almost naked…” {Not in those exact words but close.} Everything is to try and get men especially, and women, to lust. Many commercials are the same. Women easily sell their soul in order to dress immodestly to turn men on.

Now, I don’t believe Christians should be getting divorced over porn. The Bible states that wives who are married to disobedient husbands {such as looking at porn} should be in subjection to them with godly behavior and win them without a word. Even if you are furious with him, you don’t want him to spend eternity in hell. The Lord just may use your transformed life to win your husband to Him. Before you get on your high horse about being morally superior to your husband, just as they fight the monster of porn, you fight the monster of feminism and having control. Ask for forgiveness every time you disrespect him or try to take control. Stay as far away from any trace of feminism as you can. Don't allow it to pollute your soul. Be an example of Jesus' righteousness to your family and this is possible since His Spirit lives in and through you.

We have the means to fight this battle. It is a spiritual battle so fight it with the spiritual weaponry that the Lord directs us to fight it with. 

 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:10, 11