Monday, November 7, 2011

Does the Devil Make Me Watch Porn?

This past week at axis we separated the guys and girls.  You can read about it right here.  We had a Q & A time with our guys that I really wanted to be open and honest.  We took a few minutes before things started to give the guys an opportunity to write out anonymous questions.  Nothing was off limits.  I then tried to randomly answer some of the questions that were given.  It was fun and also very challenging.  There were questions on dating, masturbation, sex, lust, why do some girls go for "bad" boys ... really fun questions like that. :) I tried to be as open and honest as possible and our guys really seemed to appreciate the candidness and openness that was given.

I didn't have enough time to answer all of the questions but promised the guys I would take some time to answer a few more online.  I'm no theologian and have never been described as an intellectual.  I'm not even sure I spelled the word correctly.  :)  But, I am a guy who cares deeply for students and desire to be a help and influence in their lives.  So, in this post I'll try to give some insight in to one of the questions asked:  "Does the devil make me watch porn?" The fast answer is simply "No" .... the devil does not MAKE a person watch pornography.  It's a choice ... a choice to choose sin or a choice to choose to God.  If Satan could make us sin, he would have no reason to use temptation.  He would just make us do what he wants us to do.  He does not have that power or authority.

But, he is a deceiver.  He is a liar and the father of lies, as Jesus described him.  And, what he tries to use to his advantage so often is our sinful nature.  Romans 7:15 - 25 talks of the battle going on inside of each of us.   If one is a follower of Jesus, there will always be a battle between the "old" nature and the "new creation" ... between the sinful nature and the new nature we have been given.  And, because we have a sinful nature, our natural bent is to go against God.  James 1:13 - 15 says that we are tempted by our own evil desire.  The enemy doesn't have to get all of the credit for tempting me.  I have enough "natural/sinful" desire myself that allows me to find sin on my own.  But, that doesn't mean that the enemy and his playmates don't use temptation to trip us up, turn us from God, and ultimately try to "steal, kill, and destroy" as Jesus says in John 10:10.  The enemy is a liar, a deceiver and he'll work our natural desires that war against God's best for our lives and attempt to use them to steer us away from God.  And, he wants nothing good for us at all.  He hates us with an never-ending hate and has only one goal for each of us ... to steal our joy, kill our relationships, and destroy our lives.  That's his plan.  And, unfortunately, pornography has stolen so much joy from people, wrecked so many relationships, and destroyed so many lives in the process.

The good news, we do have a choice.  We do not HAVE to give in.  As tempting as pornography can be for people of any age, but especially a teenager with hormones raging through their body, there can be victory.  1 Corinthians 10:13 says there is always a way of escape.  James 4:7 - 8 say that we can resist the devil and he will flee.  We can draw near to God and He will draw near to us.  And, Romans 8:2 says that it's Jesus that sets us free!  The enemy will always try to feed us his lies.  And, it's important to not simply just ignore his lies but to replace his lies with truth ... the truth of God's word.  There is hope.  We do not have to give in.  Sometimes it takes lots of help from friends, counselors, accountability partners, churches, and many others ... but we are not powerless to overcome temptation.  And, every time we say no, it makes us stronger and builds character, and ultimately points to a Savior who offers us freedom.

If you are struggling with pornography and would like to find help, here are a couple of websites to check out:

XXX Church

Setting Captives Free 

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