I heard a message recently about Goliath and how he defied the men of Israel, mocking them as cowards unwilling to stand and fight against this giant of the Philistines.
It reminded me of one of the biggest problems in the church today- pornography addiction. Although the Bible states, in Ephesians 5:3 “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you;” I hear regularly how porn use is at epidemic proportions within professing Christianity.
This problem is so big and so widespread that Christians now tremble at the feet of this Goliath as though there is no hope. Porn mocks our great God and our Christianity as it destroys homes and ministries. Men, as helpless victims enslaved to the lust of their flesh, just don’t seem to know how to get victory over this Goliath.
We make excuses for it, citing the accessibility of it on cable and the internet. We justify struggling against this sin for years and even decades, claiming that it is just such a great temptation for men.
Well, here’s a thought- How about we view it and treat it as the sin it is?
In the Old Testament, those participating in acts of fornication (homosexuality, bestiality, incest, illicit sexual intercourse, adultery) were to be put to death. However, in New Testament Christianity where men claim to be indwelt with the Holy Spirit of God, they just can’t get enough of it? Watching these abominable acts is such a huge temptation that Christians willingly invite it into their homes and lives, supporting and increasing the demand for sex trafficking, prostitution, child abuse and every other sexual sin.
How have we come to a place where we now stand and tremble as though we have no hope? Are we not children of God?
Instead of loving porn and making excuses for it, why not stand and fight? Why not put it out of the church as we are commanded?
1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
Can I suggest that if you have been losing the battle to this sin for that long, you’re not fighting, you’re willingly enslaved. Why should a Christian who has been freed from the power of sin be enslaved to such wickedness? You are enslaved to your sin because you love your sin. Not only do you love porn more than you love your wife, but more than you love Christ. You fall because you choose to.
Don’t be deceived, God does not accept this as your personal weakness. He is not ok with it. If you think your god understands and overlooks your sin, you are not worshipping the God of the Bible. You’ve created your own god. Could this be why immorality and idolatry always seem to go hand in hand?
1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Instead of holding up David's example of sin to justify your own, why not stand and fight this giant in the power of the Lord instead?
1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's