Biblical Reasons to Fight Pornography

By Bishop Clyde E. Van Valin, The Free Methodist Church 

(Excerpted from Light and Life magazine)

Why should I attend a conference on pornography? I asked myself, "Why all the fuss? With poverty, child abuse, drug addiction, abortion, and AIDS making headlines, why join another "anti" cause?"

I attended the meeting. After hearing the shocking evidence of porn’s grip on our society, I decided I must join the crusade for the survival of the values I cherish and the country I love. Let me explore with you some compelling reasons why every Christian must join in the fight against pornography.

Pornography leads to idolatry. The central truth of the Christian religion is belief in one Holy God. "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve," Jesus said (Matthew 4:10). Ancient near-Eastern history documents the decadence of nations that worshiped the fertility gods using human sex organs as their symbols and prostitution as worship. God eventually punished them without mercy, as He did His own people when they fell into these pagan practices. Pornography supplies the symbols, the rituals, the stimulus, and the creed for worshiping the human body and its sexual impulses rather than the eternal Spirit, Jehovah God.

The central truth of the Christian religion is belief in one Holy God. 

"Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve," Jesus said (Matthew 4:10). Ancient near-Eastern history documents the decadence of nations that worshiped the fertility gods using human sex organs as their symbols and prostitution as worship. God eventually punished them without mercy, as He did His own people when they fell into these pagan practices. Pornography supplies the symbols, the rituals, the stimulus, and the creed for worshiping the human body and its sexual impulses rather than the eternal Spirit, Jehovah God.

Pornography is anti-Christian. God abhors all that is immoral, idolatrous, sexually perverted, and lustful. "Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor male prostitutes nor sexual offenders... will inherit the kingdom of God...The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body" (I Corinthians 6:9-13). Holy Scripture exhorts us in Ephesians 5:3 and 11: "But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people" and to "avoid the very appearance of evil, having nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them."

God abhors all that is immoral, idolatrous, sexually perverted, and lustful. 

"Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor male prostitutes nor sexual offenders... will inherit the kingdom of God...The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body" (I Corinthians 6:9-13). Holy Scripture exhorts us in Ephesians 5:3 and 11: "But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people" and to "avoid the very appearance of evil, having nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them."

Pornography destroys normal human relationships. Jesus taught that we are our brother’s keeper. In fact, we are accountable to each other. Pornography dictates that the satisfaction of one’s own desires is all that matters. It ignores the plague of unwanted pregnancies with its resulting abortions. It leaves in its wake broken marriages, estranged and molested children, shattered young people, and deteriorating neighborhoods. The producers, promoters, and participants couldn’t care less.

Jesus taught that we are our brother’s keeper. In fact, we are accountable to each other.

Pornography dictates that the satisfaction of one’s own desires is all that matters. It ignores the plague of unwanted pregnancies with its resulting abortions. It leaves in its wake broken marriages, estranged and molested children, shattered young people, and deteriorating neighborhoods. The producers, promoters, and participants couldn’t care less.

Pornography attacks women and children. Christianity ascribes a special place of honor to women and children. Through centuries when neither was looked upon with favor by pagan society, God’s Word gave them dignity and value. Pornography exploits women as discardable tools for the satisfaction of male lust. Children are abused mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually to satisfy the hedonistic urges of perverted sex fiends. Conscientious followers of Jesus dare not turn their backs on such destructive behavior.

Christianity ascribes a special place of honor to women and children.

 Through centuries when neither was looked upon with favor by pagan society, God’s Word gave them dignity and value. Pornography exploits women as discardable tools for the satisfaction of male lust. Children are abused mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually to satisfy the hedonistic urges of perverted sex fiends. Conscientious followers of Jesus dare not turn their backs on such destructive behavior.

Pornography is addictive. Pornography weaves around its users an ever-tightening rope of bondage to the impulses of sexual instincts. The Apostle Paul describes this process as the "...hardening of their sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more" (Ephesians 4:18-19).

Pornography weaves around its users an ever-tightening rope of bondage to the impulses of sexual instincts.

The Apostle Paul describes this process as the "...hardening of their sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more" (Ephesians 4:18-19).

Pornography is anti-sex. The Bible describes sex as a beautiful and purposeful gift of God. He designed the sexual encounter between husband and wife to be a source of mutual delight as well as a means for carrying on His work of creation. He gave to a husband and wife the incredible assignment of carrying on the miracle of bringing into existence beings in His image. Is it any wonder that the process is packaged in a relationship of ultimate joy - physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially? Or is it any wonder that Satan’s attack should center on this fundamental work of God. From the beginning he has determined to destroy the very system that fulfills God’s original commandment to "be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it" (Genesis 1:28b). In demonic contradiction to God’s plan, pornography promotes physical satisfaction without caring love, sex without responsibility, union without obligation for the consequences, and exercise of privilege with no regard to the eternal consequences originally designed to accompany it.

The Bible describes sex as a beautiful and purposeful gift of God.

He designed the sexual encounter between husband and wife to be a source of mutual delight as well as a means for carrying on His work of creation. He gave to a husband and wife the incredible assignment of carrying on the miracle of bringing into existence beings in His image. Is it any wonder that the process is packaged in a relationship of ultimate joy - physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially? Or is it any wonder that Satan’s attack should center on this fundamental work of God. From the beginning he has determined to destroy the very system that fulfills God’s original commandment to "be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it" (Genesis 1:28b). In demonic contradiction to God’s plan, pornography promotes physical satisfaction without caring love, sex without responsibility, union without obligation for the consequences, and exercise of privilege with no regard to the eternal consequences originally designed to accompany it.

Pornography and greed are partners in evil. Greed, according to Scripture, is displeasing to God and destructive to mankind. In contrast, God exhorts in His Word that we live by honest labor. Pornography and greed feed upon each other. The few captains of the porn industry take advantage of the masses for personal gain, regardless of the destructive impact. Both producer and seller reap huge profits due to exorbitant markup. The coffers of organized crime are filled with gain from pornography. Every government study documents that a few organized crime families control the national distribution of hard core pornography. (Final Report, Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography, Volume 1 at 912-17.)

Greed, according to Scripture, is displeasing to God and destructive to mankind.

In contrast, God exhorts in His Word that we live by honest labor. Pornography and greed feed upon each other. The few captains of the porn industry take advantage of the masses for personal gain, regardless of the destructive impact. Both producer and seller reap huge profits due to exorbitant markup. The coffers of organized crime are filled with gain from pornography. Every government study documents that a few organized crime families control the national distribution of hard core pornography.

Pornography threatens Western society, as we know it. The Judeo-Christian value system has long ago provided the moral and spiritual foundation for our free society. Men and women are socially, economically, and politically free only where they have been freed from addictive forces of evil. Pornography is one of the most vicious of those forces. It pulls individuals and whole societies away from all that is good and Godly. As former Chief Justice Warren Burger remarked, "...hard core pornography rots the fabric of society." It is a social blight on our society, like a lawless profligate flaunting the principles of a nation founded on constitution and law. The most compelling reason why the pornography industry must be crushed is its defiance of Almighty God. It is anti-God in its presuppositions and anti-Christian in its practice. It destroys everything that is precious in the sight of God, who has made both men and women to experience love and sex as beautiful, enjoyable, and productive gifts. It destroys children who are to be both the fruit of married love and the beneficiaries of a sage, moral society.

The Judeo-Christian value system has long ago provided the moral and spiritual foundation for our free society.

Men and women are socially, economically, and politically free only where they have been freed from addictive forces of evil. Pornography is one of the most vicious of those forces. It pulls individuals and whole societies away from all that is good and Godly. As former Chief Justice Warren Burger remarked, "...hard core pornography rots the fabric of society." It is a social blight on our society, like a lawless profligate flaunting the principles of a nation founded on constitution and law. The most compelling reason why the pornography industry must be crushed is its defiance of Almighty God. It is anti-God in its presuppositions and anti-Christian in its practice. It destroys everything that is precious in the sight of God, who has made both men and women to experience love and sex as beautiful, enjoyable, and productive gifts. It destroys children who are to be both the fruit of married love and the beneficiaries of a sage, moral society.

What the Bible says about pornography

From Genesis to Revelation, God seems to emphasize the same principle many times. You cannot mix darkness and light. You cannot join with or put yourself under the advice of the ungodly without being corrupted.

Leviticus 20:7; Psalms 101:3; Proverbs 6:25-29; 7:4-27; 23:7; 31:10; Matthew 5:27, 28; John 5:14; Romans 6:11-141; Corinthians 6:12-20; 7:1, 8, 9, 37; 10:132; Corinthians 7:1; Galatians 5:16, 17, 24; Ephesians 2:3-6; 4:18-19, 22-24; 5:3-7; 5:11; Philippians 4:81; Thessalonians 4:3; Titus 2:11, 12; 3:3-5 ;Hebrews 2:18; 4:15, 16; 13:4; James 1:12-14; 4:1, 7, 81; Peter 1:14-162; Peter 1:4; 2:91; John 2:16, 17; Jude 18-21; Revelation 14:4

Achan’s secret sin

(Excerpted from Porn in the Pulpit, Dr. Sam Serio, Pastor, Rock Hill, SC)

Bible references: Joshua 6:17-19; Joshua 7; 2 Samuel 11:2-4.

Achan was a member of the congregation of Israelites. He blended in with the rest of the church. But God singled him out. God knew what he had done and what he had hidden. It was something Achan wasn’t supposed to have, so he hid it.But Achan got caught.So many men and women today are similar to Achan. Many see and want so badly that they take, rape, or molest in order to have what they saw in the movie or magazine.

There's still hope.

You don’t have to wait until your whole world comes crashing in, like Achan did.