The article is about pornography use among young men. At the heart of the article is the backlash against internet pornography use among young men who have been heavy users throughout their adolescence and young adulthood. The author, Belinda Luscombe, writes:.
I am 18 years old, with an independent nature and sometimes shy persona. I grew up all my life in the church. When the newly formed contemporary worship team invited me to play the drums, I finally found my place in the church.
What does the Bible say about? But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Flee from sexual immorality.
There is a direct connection between your sexual behavior and your destiny in Christ. God has designed us to do amazing things for His kingdom, and our level of sexual purity will determine how useful we are. Sex and destiny are linked.
At the heart of the problem with pornography is the fact that it promotes sexual arousal outside of a relationship, which has many dangerous consequences. This is the first of a series of articles which look at some of these consequences. The Bible teaches that we can sin sexually with our eyes and mind, and the use of pornography is such a sin.
For centuries, this passage has been rightly understood as a denunciation of homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle in society and before God. To be sure, I am in completely agreement with the ancient and orthodox Christian understanding of Romans 1 and homosexuality. I do, however, believe that this passage issues a broader warning about sexual immorality that should be headed by all, especially considering our current existence in a pornified-world.
But do we recognize those failures in our own lives as well? Just as a failure to recognize and respect the imago dei is responsible for a great deal of human evil when we think about the Holocaust, terrorism, or mass shootings, so it is with cultural values. There are several examples of this, such as social media flaming, pro-life issues, and verbal abuse, for example.
Slavery to looking at pornography is just that — a seemingly unstoppable giant blocking your path. This lewd barrier of impurity causes you to stray far from the path of a Christian. It is absolutely possible to resist these impure temptations and live a clean, overcoming, Christian life. God created marriage as a framework where man and woman can live together with His blessing, expressing their love for each other in a caring and harmonious relationship.
The New York Times published an article this week about teenagers and porn-use, and the first hand accounts contained in the piece are devastating. I am not going to link to the piece here or even describe it because it is too vile to share. In fact, I regret reading it myself.