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The Baggage We Carry 5: Pornography and Sexual Sin

The Baggage We Carry Day 5 – Pornography and Sexual Sin

“Flee from sexual immorality.” (1 Corinthians 6:18a, ESV)

“Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” (Psalm 119:37, ESV)

If there has ever been a time when pornography was easily consumed with no one knowing, it’s now. Because it can be viewed so easily, it has quickly become a social and spiritual crisis in our modern day—not just a problem, but a true crisis. And the sad truth is that pornography has found its way into the lives of many believers, many of which you would never suspect, and maybe even into your own life.

Pornography is addictive, no less addictive than recreational drugs or alcohol. In fact, statistically speaking, far more people regularly consume pornography over drugs or alcohol. The use of pornography is destroying homes and families and perverting the beauty of God’s creation of sex within the boundaries of marriage. 

If it’s been part of your own struggle, you likely carry guilt or shame over it; it’s part of the baggage you carry. If you’re not on the other side of your addiction, and you’re currently viewing porn, you may feel one of two ways: It’s no big deal—it isn’t hurting anyone (lies!) or, There’s no way out and I’m not sure what to do!

First, let’s be clear. The Bible would clearly label pornography as sin. The first step is acknowledging that it’s a sin problem. But the good news is that, as with any sin, there is always hope for not only forgiveness but victory over the addiction/sin. From podcasts I’ve listened to and articles I’ve read on the topic, it’s clear that many refuse to acknowledge they have a problem, denying themselves freedom that’s possible through Christ in the face of any sin struggle. Let’s begin with honesty—honesty before not only God but perhaps a spouse whom you’ve wronged by your habit of pornography. And to go even further, the baggage with this sin can be quite heavy and hard to overcome without the help of a qualified Christian counselor. 

For anyone caught in the web of pornography, you cannot live abundantly nor effectively as a believer until this sin is repented of and discontinued. It is mind-altering and insidiously evil, and so many Christians struggle to find victory.

Help is available for any who cannot break this addiction on their own. I encourage you today to seek help. Take steps to make private usage on your electronic devices almost impossible; there are so many safeguards that can be applied to your devices to discourage or prohibit you from visiting these sites. 

If you’ve found victory but continue to feel shame for what you viewed and experienced, seek out Christian mentors, speak with people you trust for godly advice, and, once again, be willing to get professional help. Be honest. Continue to pray for the strength to stay strong when you feel tempted, and use Scripture to combat the lies of Satan telling you it’s no big deal. God is able to help us through any sin struggle we face, even if it requires counseling from a godly source. Refuse to live with this baggage on your shoulders; freedom is possible because we serve a mighty God. Life is short so live it well.

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