The Bible Is Open To Interpretation?
2 Peter 3:16 ESV
As he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
*Warning this is a slightly angry post*
Last night whilst browsing in search of some blogs to follow, I came across a post that seriously annoyed me not just as a Christian but as a person living in this world. The selfishness and ignorance seriously had me questioning why God even bothered giving us the gift of salvation, because we don’t deserve it!
2 Timothy 4:3-4 (ESV)
3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
What did I see that made me angry? I read a snippet of a post with scripture that was justifying the use of porn as a Christian. This is not the first time I have come across someone using their platform to justify sin. It is irresponsible to do so. The Bible has been used throughout history to justify sinfulness by people with selfish motives; lets not forget the Bible’s role in American chattel slavery.
Titus 2:7-8 (ESV)
7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.
We are all called to minister to believers and non believers through our lives; what we do, say and how we act. Just because you aren’t behind a pulpit it doesn’t mean that you aren’t ministering. How we behave when the world is watching affects how the world sees us as Christians, because of the lack of unity and sound mind about what the Bible actually teaches the world continues to laugh at us and it wants nothing to do with God.
The fact that this person was using the Bible to justify sin really did annoy me for varying reasons but mainly because we are told not to be a stumbling block for our brothers and sisters (Romans 14:12-13) and justifying watching porn tells other people who have this issue that it’s OK. They don’t have to deal with their lust and addiction because someone else has put together a list of scripture that says it’s OK to continue to watch porn. (Mark 9:43-45) Tells us that if we are causing ourselves to sin we need to deal with the issue because we will not gain eternal life with that problem it will only lead to hell.
Let me be very clear porn is NOT OK to use as a Christian or non Christian.
Matthew 5:28 ESV
28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Simply saying I’m not sinning or doing anything wrong is Biblically incorrect, when you open your eyes, mind and heart to porn you are sinning, because you are lusting after the man or woman in the image. You’re not watching porn looking at their clothes, shoes, hair or the setting, you’re watching them have sex. That’s what you’re doing, whether you’re doing so out of bondage or willfully it doesn’t matter you are watching porn for sex.
Ephesians 5:3 (ESV)
3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.
I have a personal history with porn and it seriously affected my past life in a negative way.
My sexual immorality was fuelled by so many things but it took a hold of me, like most children nowadays through peers and the internet introducing us to things that we have no business being involved in or knowing at a very young age. My naivety about sex and sexuality became evident when I moved to England and new words were being added to my vocabulary. I remember searching things online because classmates at my primary school had been talking about them. Instead of asking them what they were speaking about I chose to save myself from “embarrassment” by opening my eyes to pornography. Soon the internet was my sex educator; I learned almost everything I
neededwanted to know and I could delete the history and all evidence would be gone; but it wasn’t gone from my mind.
1 Peter 2:11 (NIV UK)
Living godly lives in a pagan society
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.
I know that porn isn’t OK, watching it is an open door to spiritual bondage and it will lead to plenty other sins that you never thought you were capable of. Porn leads to nothing good; it is a sin that doesn’t need to be justified, it has and continues to harm young minds, marriages and has caused people to lie just because of how shameful it is. If you don’t believe me listen to other peoples testimonies of how they found salvation from the watching porn and the industry. The only way to break away from that spiritual bondage is to lay your sins at the cross. Give your sin over to Jesus, ask for forgiveness and stop living in that sin. It’s very tempting to put on porn when you’re bored, have nothing else to do. Instead turn to the Bible; read the gospels, listen to sermons like the one below, listen to worship music, write down your emotions, talk to some one get counselling. Sin that isn’t dealt with manifests itself in many ways and can even become a generational curse.
34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.
The bible might not mention porn in the form that it’s currently in but porn is mentioned in the Bible and it’s found throughout history. If you still do not understand the problem with porn from a Biblical perspective I will explain it to you on a human level.
1 John 2:16 (ESV)
16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.
- What I disliked about that post it was justification of watching porn because you’re not actually doing anything with anyone else.
The person was so caught up in their own lust that he forgot to think about women in porn how they are exploited but it’s not harming anyone because “I’m watching it and not having sex with anyone else,” (this is why a lot of people justify watching porn.) What a lot of people neglect to consider whilst they’re enjoying their lust is the women and gay men acting in those videos, many are exploited, living in sexual slavery, addicted to drugs and have no way out of porn. Yes, I do acknowledge that there are women who willfully go into the adult industry, but my focus is on the women who get into this life naively.
I bet a lot of people who are OK with watching porn look down on porn stars, and wouldn’t want any of their family members being in that industry but they’re OK with watching porn because it “doesn’t harm the watcher.”
Hebrews 13:4 ESV
4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.
- I’m watching porn not having sex with anyone else!
There are countless stories of people who talk about how porn affected their minds. These same people start out watching porn thinking it doesn’t affect them or their marriages but soon they are unattracted to their wives because they don’t measure up to the image that they are lusting after. Their wives don’t look like the image that they spend hours focusing on, and then they stop showing their wives affection, they no longer want to have sex with their wives they start to look lustfully at real people not the online images and soon porn turns into an affair. Older men watching porn lusting after younger women and then they leave their wives for the younger model, does that sound familiar?
Your World With Creflo – Freedom From Pornography Pt 1
Your World With Creflo – Freedom From Pornography Pt 2
- If porn is OK Biblically why does it have an age rating?
The writer talks about porn being OK but if it was OK then why is it limited to over 18’s?
What if a child comes across that post looking for an answer about what God has to say about porn? And because of the post they continue to sin against their body and plant seeds in their heart and mind that then leads to spiritual things making a home in their lives that they can not easily remove. I was one of those children and if I had come across a post like the original one I read I would have continued living in sin. Sin doesn’t stop at your eyes or mind and understanding it from a physical and spiritual perspective will help you understand it better.
Growing up I always believed in “no sex before marriage” that wasn’t just because I went to church. I didn’t know what sex was; how it affected your emotions, relationship with God or anything else, but I knew that it was something that I was convicted not to do. But as you already have worked out I went against the one thing that I was extremely against doing. *the devil was working really hard to get me* Porn didn’t help my naivety. I allowed my surroundings to negatively influence something that I valued more than material things and I chose to violate that one thing and this changed the course of my future.
I didn’t have anyone around me to tell me that what I was doing was wrong in a way that would have helped me have a good understanding / relationship with sex. Growing up in the environment that I grew up in, sex outside of marriage “didn’t happen,” (it happened.) And it wasn’t something that was openly talked about. This is something that is prevalent in a lot of African cultures, sex is a taboo subject!
- Porn is not OK. Read your Bibles!
- Don’t twist god’s word to justify your sin.
- Read / Watch testimonies from people who have overcome watching porn and the industry.
Your World with Creflo – Escape From Pornography
- Put your money and time to doing good in this world like donating to projects like A21.
Proverbs 5:20-23 (ESV)
20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress? 21 For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths. 22 The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. 23 He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray.
1 Corinthians 6:13-20 (NIV UK)
13 You say, ‘Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.’ The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, ‘The two will become one flesh.’[a] 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.