4 Truths to Combat the Lies of Porn

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
-Matthew 5:8


Last month’s issue of Time Magazine features a cover story highlighting young men who are swearing off Internet pornography. This is cause for rejoicing for those of us committed to the person and cause of Christ. Even if the secular sources from which the conversation is stemming do not hold the same vision of human flourishing that we Christian’s do, we can still be thankful that the conversation is happening within the marketplace of ideas. We can pray that the thrust of this conversation into the mainstream will allow more people to consider the bankruptcy and bondage of pornography.

With an increasing platform of credibility for those skeptical of pornography, let’s consider some of the lies it sells us and some truths from God’s Word to combat them. Here are four:

1. You Need Multiple Partners To Satisfy An Ever-Increasing Sexual Appetite

Pornography models both explicitly in its content, and psychologically with its marketing tactics, that humans should be experiencing lots of sex with lots of partners. It does not value human beings beyond their bodies. The sole purpose of humans, according to pornography, is to seek sexual pleasure whenever and with whomever they desire.

The Bible combats this lie in the following ways: first it tells us we are made in the image of God (Gen 1:26), second it tells us it is good for us to be with a mate of the opposite sex (Gen 2:18), it then encourages us to remain with this mate until death (Mk 10:9). God also tells us specifically to “be intoxicated always in [the] love [of the wife of our youth]” (Prov 5:18, 19). This is telling in that it doesn’t say our youthful wife, but the wife that we acquire in youth with the implication that we grow old with her. Secondly, intoxication is a strong word connoting an altered state of mind from substance abuse. Heavy pornography use is more and more being found to have similar effects on our brains. God says, in essence, “don’t be intoxicated with the lure of a bunch of different women (Prov 5:20), drink deeply from the well that you have in your lifelong partner.” God offers us much pleasure to be had in sex within the bounds of marriage. Let’s reject the cheap intoxication of porn and embrace the God-glorifying intoxication of marital intimacy.

2. Your Sexual Desires Are Always Good and Always Need Fulfillment

The fact that pornography is only a click away at all times has trained us to think of our sexual desires as nothing more than biological needs that need to be met—as quickly and as often as they arise. If you are hungry you should grab a snack, if you are aroused you should go watch porn.

Conversely, the Bible tells us that we cannot trust our desires.  They are sometimes deceitful (Eph 4:22), often stemming from a heart that is equally deceitful (Jer 17:9). Some of our desires have their root in our flesh and these should not be gratified (Rom 13:14). Nonetheless, Paul tells us that sexual desire is not in and of itself wrong. Instead, it should be harnessed, controlled, and directed towards our wife (1 Cor 7:36, 37). When this is the case it is pleasing to the Lord and to us. To use an old cliche: fire has many benefits when it is confined to the fireplace, but is disastrous when it is uncontrolled. Don’t allow porn’s lies to burn your relationship with God and women to the ground.

3. Woman’s Sole Purpose is to Bring Man Pleasure

There is an overt message sent by pornography that women are not valuable beyond the pleasure they give to men. This is depicted in objectifying women, increasing female violence, and a reductionistic view of women as nothing more than body parts designed for male pleasure.

Again, the Bible says that women are created in the image of God (Gen 1:27). As such they have an intrinsic worth and value found outside themselves in the triune God who made them in his image and desires fellowship with them. Rather than existing to bring sexual pleasure to others, in God women can “live and move and have [their] being” (Acts 17:28). The chief end of woman, like man, is to “glorify God by enjoying him forever.” Women, don’t allow porn to infiltrate your thinking and make you settle for anything less than full enjoyment of your God.

4. Porn is a Worthy Use of Our Time

Time reports that over 4 billion hours of pornography were consumed on one website alone. People are sacrificing large chunks of their lives chasing after the empty promises of pornographic content.

Conversely, the Bible admonishes us to make, “the best use of the time, because the days are evil (Eph 5:16)” and then tells us to “not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph 5:17). Could the Lord’s will be any clearer than the commission he left his church in Matthew 28? There he tells us to go and make disciples of all nations. Instead of selfishly wasting our time scrolling through a buffet of online nudity, God calls us to the high task of calling others into relationship with him. Truly, there could be no better task than joining God in populating paradise. Let’s not settle in the ghetto of pornography.


[Photo credit: Caden Crawford via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-ND]

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