How Influential was Muhammad?

Ever since Michael Hart ranked Muhammad as the most influential figure in his 1978’s book, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, he has been over quoted.

It doesn’t matter that Mr. Hart is an astrophysicist, not a historian; or that he is a racist who hates Muslim immigrants in the West, his ranking is the needed horse and Muslim apologists must ride it to death.

Interestingly, they substitute the term “influential” with “greatest” when quoting Hart. Never mind, these guys are experts at polishing brass into silver.

Did they check up the meaning of “influential” before canonizing Mr Hart as a crypto-Muslim historian?

The word “influential” means: “exerting or possessing influence” (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary)

“having a lot of influence on someone or something” (Cambridge English Learners Dictionary)

“someone or something that has an impact on or shapes how people act or how things occur” (The American Heritage Dictionary of English Language)

That a person is “influential” doesn’t mean he is “great.” A person can be negatively or positively influential. Hitler was ranked the most influential by TIME magazine, that doesn’t make him great.

Aleister Crowley was ranked the most influential man of the 20th century, but he was a rabid Satanist.

Osama Bin Laden was ranked by St. Petersburg Times as the most influential man of the decade. Does that make him a saint? No.

Granted, Muhammad was influential, but was his influence a positive or a negative one? That is the real question. To answer this, one needs to look at the regions most influenced by him. This is what this piece intends to do.

1. Studies have shown that Muslim majority countries like Pakistan or Jordan are less economically stable than minority Muslim countries like India or Israel.

In the UK, Muslims have the highest drop out rate and lack of qualifications of any religion. They also have the highest male and female unemployment rate.

In Ireland, Muslims have the highest unemployment rate.

In Belgium, Moroccans and Turks have a 5 times higher unemployment rate of the native population.

In Australia, Muslims have twice the unemployment rate of non-Muslims and 40% of their children live below the poverty line. The typical Muslim cry, “racism,” won’t cut it since Islam is not a race.

When Mitt Romney said in 2012 that the GDP differences between Israel and Palestine reflects a contrast of values, it blew the cap off the heads of the Palestinians who roared back that the GDP gap was due to oppression, checkpoints and blockades.

If this was true, why then was Israel’s GDP at the time higher than oil-rich Saudi Arabia by 13 places? There are no Israeli check points in Saudi Arabia, yet in spite of being an oil-rich country, it was behind Israel.

In Israel, while 56% Jewish women and 52% Christian women are in the workforce, only 19% of Muslim women and 59% Muslim men are officially part of the workforce.

This probably accounts for an average Israeli family earning double the income of the average Arab family. This is not racism, this is Islamism.

When Muslim fail in the West bank, they blame Israeli check point. When they fail in Australia or Europe, they blame racism. But when they fail in Somalia and Saudi Arabia, who is to blame?

The point is this: responsibility is a missing element in Islam. This religion inculcates irresponsibility into its victims. Muslims are not taught to take responsibility for their actions but to shift blame.

Blaming one’s failures on someone else is a slavish mentality. It shows itself each time there is a Muslim terrorist attack and Muslims quickly rush to position themselves as victims rather than dealing with the violence in their midst; it’s a cheaper way to live.

They got it from Muhammad and it has affected their economic life as well.

2. The Quran says: “No misfortune can happen on earth or in your souls but is recorded in decree before We [Allah] bring it into existence…” (57:22).

In fact, “no soul can believe [in Islam] except by the permission of Allah” (10:100).

This fatalistic principle is adhered to mostly by the Asharites and Hanibal Muslims. An opposite school of thought – the Maturidis and Mutazilites – cite Quranic verses about free will of man rather than blaming Allah for every misfortune.

Notwithstanding, the fatalistic ideology is more entrenched in Islamic thinking.

When a crane collapsed and killed 118 and injured 400 Muslim pilgrims in September 2015, the first response was: “It was an act of God.”

When 1,420 people died in a stampede due to poor ventilation in 1990, the Saudi king at the time, Fahd bin Abdulaziz, said “It was God’s will, which is above everything … It was fate.”

When Muslims slaughtered Christians in Northern Nigeria in 1991, the president of the country then (Ibrahim Babangida) said “It has been ordained by God that these things will happen.”

This narrative is repeated every time there is an epidemic, a terrorist attack, a collapsed building or natural disaster where human lives are lost. Muslims just shrug their shoulders and say their line: “It is Allah’s will” and go back to their beds.

This explains why even with the oil money, most Islamic nations have no welfare or social safety net for the poor, the handicapped or the elderly.

If you have an accident and can’t work again, it’s Allah’s will, pick up a pan and become a street beggar. If a woman’s husband dies or divorces her, Allahu akbar! If she is pretty or young enough, she could still get taken by some rich old man, otherwise, pan handling and suicide are the options left.

In a map showing top ten richest Islamic nations, not one of them gives foreign aid to disaster-stricken countries. It’s understandable. Why muster charity for others when Allah has decreed their misfortunes?

“In these codes,” writes Mustafa Akyol, in the New York Times “human free will is easily sacrificed to fatalism, science and reason are trivialized, and philosophy is frowned upon. Consequently, ‘God’s will’ becomes an easy cover for intellectual laziness, lack of planning and irresponsibility.”

3. Muhammad’s low view of women echoes all through Islam. He said:

“Bad omen is in the women, the house and the horse… after me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women” (Bukhari 7:30).

Speaking to a group of women, he said “I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you” (Bukhari 2:541).

Hence, the more Islamic a region is, the more women are abused and relegated to the backroom.

In Mauritania, more than 1,800 domestic violence against women have been reported.

In Gaza, 51% women suffered the same in 2011 alone.

In Algeria, Yemen, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, there are no laws against marital rape.

In Palestinian territories, only 17% of women are employed despite a literacy rate of 93%.

In the UAE, 14% of women are in the total work force.

A UNICEF report shows that 12.1 million women are subjected to female genital mutilation in Sudan. In Syria, over 4,000 cases of rape and sexual mutilation have been reported.

In Lebanon, there are no laws against sexual harassment of women.

Northern Nigeria has the highest rates of child marriage (rape) in the world. Is this a blessing to the human race or a curse?

In Saudi Arabia – the cradle of Islam – women can’t drive a car because it would “undermine social values.”

It wasn’t until late 2014 that the ban on women voting or holding a public office was lifted by their king. Yet, Saudi women can’t open a bank account, leave their homes or even travel without a male guardian (mahram).

Once, a teenager who was gang raped was punished more than her rapists because she didn’t have a mahram with her. Saudi women can’t wear make-ups, go for a swim or try on clothes when shopping (The Week UK, Dec., 14, 2015).

Saudi banks, offices and universities have different entrances for men and women. Yes, men and women who mix in public will face criminal charges.

Their public transportation, parks, beaches and amusement parks also have separate places for both genders.

Muslims tell us they need to hide their women behind a dark screen because they are “precious,” but we all know the moral economy behind such injunctions – asymmetrical gender relations – a culture that punishes women harder and gives men a pass when it comes to sex.

4. Islamic ideology is a travesty of justice, intelligence and civilization. Little wonder majority Muslim countries have less than 600 universities for 1.4 billion people.

The United States has 5,785. While the US has over 1.1 million scientists, the Muslim world has produced only 300,000 that can be called “scientists.”

In the last 105 years, 1.4 billion Muslims have produced only 8 Nobel Laureates. One of them, Naguid Mahfuz, had his novel banned in Egypt and was stabbed by another Muslim for “heresy.”

It’s a known fact that Muslims have a high rate of illiteracy, perhaps a consequence of following an illiterate hero. No, this is not the fault of the Jews or America, it is Islam.

It keeps people ignorant, unproductive and lazy. It fills the minds of intelligent youths with fiqh, Sharia, the arts of defecation, copulation and urination until their mind regresses into 7th century ideologies.

Sura 5:41 says “As to the thief, male or female, cut off his or her hand: a punishment by way of example from Allah…”

The Encyclopedia of Islam informs us that amputating the hands of thieves was introduced into Arabia by a pagan named Walib bin Mughirah.

Ancient societies maimed criminals as punishment because they didn’t have prisons or reform schools where criminals could be kept or modified to become useful to the society.

Allah’s law of amputating hands has outlived its usefulness since people are no longer stigmatised for having a cut hand, since some health or accident problems could warrant amputation.

Muhammad and his Allah couldn’t see beyond their time.

Also, there are different forms of theft today – with the pen and the Internet – which are hard to detect. How can amputating hands deal with these?

In fact, a person without limbs can still steal whether by aiding and abetting theft or organizing a gang of thieves with his speech.

Amputation changes nothing because stealing comes from the heart (Mark 7:21-23). When a person is regenerated and becomes “a new creature” in Christ, rather than stealing, he would find fulfillment in “working with his hands” and giving to others (2 Cor 5:7, Eph 4:28).

That Muhammad couldn’t deal with sin in a relevant or wise way proves that he was negatively influential to mankind.

The Quran tells us: “Travel in the land and see the end of those who rejected the Truth [Islam]” (16:11).

Yes, today we see the lands of these rejecters flourishing in milk and honey while the lands of the accepters are lined with starving beggars, torn apart by wars and have become faeces-strewed deserts.

We see Muslims fleeing the hardships and backwaters in their own lands to study, shop and seek medical care in kafirland – and also to indulge their base instincts in the pubs and strip clubs.

Muhammad’s influence on mankind has been more devastating than the influence of AIDS, Cholera, Nazism or any other biological and social plagues.

The extent to which a region holds to his teachings is the extent to which human lives are cheap, dictatorship thrives, barbarity lives, women are abused and violence is prevalent.

These are the bad fruitage Jesus warned us to look out for. We therefore reject Muhammad and his Islam (Matthew 5:18).

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A Dialogue on Muhammad and the Veil

This is a condensed exchange I had with a Muslim lady on Facebook. I must commend Miriam’s politeness all through the dialogue (believe me, politeness is a rare trait in Islam).

Miriam: Please try to learn more about Islam and you’ll see life from another point of view and you will never regret it. I will like to discuss this issue with you.

Victor: I have studied about Islam from the Quran, hadiths and sira. Here is an example of my findings.

Miriam: [She sent two videos, one was a poetry exalting Muhammad and the other was an Islamic lecture trying to tailor Muhammad with Jesus Christ].

If you have anything else that makes islam illogical for you please tell me and I’ll try and help you understand.

Victor: There is nothing in these videos that refutes the charges laid forth – from the hadiths – against Muhammad. It’s interesting how you guys throw your hadiths under the bus whenever it presents Muhammad in a bad light.

These apologists (and Muslims in general) launched out with a blind assumption that Muhammad is a prophet of God, but that argument won’t fly.

Miriam: Muhammad is a prophet and he is even mentioned in the Bible. [She sent another link in which the writer attempts to “find” Muhammad in the Bible].

Victor: There are 6 differences between Muhammad and Old Testament (OT) prophets

1. In the OT, the prophets always called the Israelites back to the Law and the covenant which God had revealed at that period of God’s dealings with mankind.

On the other hand, Muhammad didn’t call people to either the Old or New Testaments, but rather tried to replace them with his own false revelations. He only appealed to the older revelations whenever he wanted to legitimise his own.

2. The OT prophets didn’t take vengeance on people. Read about prophets Amos, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Zechariah or Jonah etc, and you would see that they gave prophetic utterances of what Yahweh would do to bring destruction on the wicked.

They did not for once take up a sword to impose their beliefs on unbelievers like Muhammad did. Prophet Jeremiah didn’t launch any jihad against the Babylonians or Egyptians.

Prophet Ezekiel didn’t launch a jihad against Tyre or its evil king, neither did Jonah wage war against the Ninevites.

3. Many of these OT prophets were hated, slandered and even killed for declaring the words of God, yet they didn’t attempt to defend themselves.

This is unlike Muhammad who first began insulting the Meccans and when they reacted, he lied that they were planning to kill him.

Yet this same Muhammad didn’t tolerate any criticism against his person later. His murders were all directed against his critics or non-Muslims.

4. The OT prophets had signs and supernatural feats as confirmation. Muhammad had none. All the so-called “miracles” manufactured for him in the hadiths are spurious, because he admitted he had no miracle except his recitations.

Even when one takes his recitations (Quran) and weighs them against history, science, logic and the Bible, they are found to be terribly wanting. His “miracles” were as bogus as his prophethood.

5. While the prophets in the Bible preached historically accurate facts and gave valid prophecies, Muhammad’s recitations are full of myths, folklore and unhistorical claims e.g Jesus spoke in a cradle, youths slept in a cave for 309 years, Jesus’ escape of the cross, talking ants, Allah’s she-camel, the myths of Dhul Qarnain and the gates of Magog.

Most of these myths were borrowed from the Talmud, apocrypha legends, Zoroastrian beliefs and pagan myths. These are not credible by any means. God does not inspire lies and fictions.

6. The Biblical prophets all taught the same message about the Fatherhood of God, atonement for sin, mankind being made in God’s likeness (e.g Gen 1:26), and other key doctrines. Their messages run with consistency that even the Tree of Life lost in Genesis is restored in Revelation.

On the other hand, Muhammad’s messages (in the Quran) not only contradicted theirs but also itself and suffers from such a huge amount of abrogation to the extent that Islam without the hadiths and sira is incoherent.

Miriam: About hijab, have you forgotten that Mary (Jesus’ mother) also wore a hijab?

Victor: Unless you lived in first century Israel and had access to Mary’s wardrobe, you can’t appeal to her mode of dressing.

And unless you want to prove to me that those thousands of paintings made by artists’ impressions of what Mary should look like are really those of Mary.

The fact is, there NO pictures of Mary. Even if we go by 1st century dressing (based on archaeology), your appeal is weak and falsely equivocal, because Christians are not under any obligation to dress like 1st century Jews as Muslims are obligated to follow 7th century Arabian customs as divine.

Miriam: Please open your mind and think logically. The hijab is a “protection.”

[She sent a picture of a wrapped and unwrapped lollipop side by side representing hijab and no hijab].

Victor: Protection from what? From men’s looks? Zakir Naik said Muslim women are safer as wrapped candies unlike the “infidel” ladies who are like unwrapped candies.

Even as a young man, I find this analogy so dumb and offensive. Why would any mature and responsible man liken women to lollipop? And you promote this nonsense that insults your gender?

An unshrouded woman is not naked. Muslim ladies have been so programmed to see themselves as walking-talking genitals rather than humans; they feel every man who sees them without a veil wants to have sex with them.

Only a sick man wants to “gobble up” every unshrouded lady. There are some uncivilized communities today where people go about almost naked, yet they don’t have as many cases of sexual assaults as cultures dressed up like astronauts.

Muhammad used the hijab to keep his beautiful wives and sex slaves from being taken by his younger Muslim disciples. Any jealous, insecure old man dating a young beautiful woman would do the same.

Miriam: Men, whether they confess it or not, are slaves of lust and desire. Hijab protects women from such men; it symbolizes that she has been sanctified to one man only and is off-limit to all others.

1. Hijab contributes to the stability and preservation of marriage and family by eliminating the chances of extramarital affairs.

2. It compels men to focus on the real personality of the woman and de -emphasizes her physical beauty. It puts the woman in control of strangers’ reaction to her.

Victor– “Men… are slaves of lust and desire.”

This description specifically refers to Muslim men. And we see a typical example of this in Muhammad. He lusted after Zainab; snatched her from her husband. He lusted after Juwayriya; bought her from the slave market. Lusted after Safiya and took her from Dhiya like a piece of cake. Lusted after little Aisha, took away her toys and gave her another kind of “toy” to play with.

Most of his verses pander to his baser lust (and those of his followers); even his laws have the underlying idea of women as objects of lust who should be tucked away from men.

Almost every law of islam was made up to favour men above women – from inheritance to marriage to spirituality to heavenly pleasures (but never mind, all Muslim men are slaves of lust and thanks to islam for empowering lustful men).

“Hijab protects women from such men”

If it didn’t prevent Muhammad from raping Mariyah who was veiled, then it’s useless to hold that view. It even falls short of reality.

A survey by the Egyptian centre for women’s rights has shown that 83% of 2,000 Egyptian women have been victims of sexual harassment and 70% of these women were wearing a headscarf.

The same study shows that two- thirds of the Egyptian men surveyed admit to abusing a woman at one time or the other. So Muhammad’s stereotype of Muslim men as raging sex-starved bulls holds true after all.

“she is sanctified to one man only and is off-limit to all others.”

Says who? Why can’t a Muslim man also be sanctified to one woman too since women also seduce, entice and even lust after men? Some bunch of black robes do not change the human heart.

The Bible says lusts come from the heart and that is where a real change should start from (Mk. 7:23). Unfortunately, Islam is not about changing people’s hearts, it’s about modifying the outward look while the inward festers.

“it compels men to focus on the real personality of the woman and de-emphasizes her physical beauty”

Did it compel Muhammad to focus on women’s inner personalities? Did it de-emphasize his lust after beautiful women? Your arguments make your prophet come out more randy.

It was Umar ibn Khattab who saw Muhammad’s wife (Sawda) relieving herself in public and then suggested the idea of veils to Muhammad [Bukhari 1:41:148]. Umar was the one feasting his eyes on a married woman’s behind because he had lust in his heart. Why should women be caged in black blankets because of that?

If the hijab is not rooted in gender discrimination, why can’t handsome, muscular Muslim men also cover up in veils, after all women lust after them?

“It puts the woman in control of strangers’ reaction to her”

Really? So how are Muslimas in control of strangers when Islam mandates them to stay at home or retreat to the backyard when a male visitor is in?

Or how do Muslim women who are forbidden to look men in the eyes, sit with men and wrapped up in a burqa control strangers who can’t even identify them? Please cut the joke.

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Miriam: Even if the prophet’s marriage with women was motivated by pleasure, his motive was not motivated by pleasure because his wives were either divorced, widowed or had husbands before him.

Victor: What could have motivated a man in his 50s to marry a girl at the age of 6 – a girl not capable of consenting to a mutual act of love – if not sick pleasure?

All his marriages were based on lust. In fact, with the exception of Sawda and Hafsa, the women he married were beautiful. It was for their beauty and political connections (so-called). Read this piece.

Muhammad himself said “I like not from worldly life but perfumes and women” (Kitab al-Tabaqat 1:469). He wasn’t just a philanderer, he was also sex pervert. His “heavenly playboy mansion” paradise is a proof of that.

Miriam: If he loved really sex as you said, during his 25 years in Makkah, he was married to Khadija who was older than him. Why didn’t he marry anyone else since polygamy was so familiar at that time?

Why did he also refuse the Quraish’s offer to marry their women? If I was a playboy, I would want to have sex with all the girls offered to me.

Victor : Those lightweight defenses have been addressed in the previous link, read it up. It was during his early mission that the Quraish proposed some offers to him:

“…if you want sovereignty, we will make you king, and if this ghost which comes to you which you see, is such that you cannot get rid of him, we will find a physician for you and exhaust our means in getting you cured for often a familiar spirit gets possession of a man until he can be cured of it.” (Alfred Guillaume, The Life of Muhammad, p. 132)

It’s doubtful the Quraish offered their daughters to a man they were convinced was demon possessed (or insane).

Even Muhammad wouldn’t have accepted such an offer since he still had his “sugar momma” for sex and cash at that time. But the moment Khadija died, he could no longer zip it up. His real nature then manifested. Your attempts to sanitize Muhammad is a travesty of truth.

Ensnared by Sex

One of my favourite TV programs was “To Catch a Predator.” It was a reality show made in conjunction with law enforcement agents to track and arrest paedophiles.

Undercover agents would set up profiles of underage girls or boys on social networking sites and enter chat rooms to chat with unsuspecting adults. These conversations are often sexual in nature and the culprits were usually lured to meet the decoy at a specified location.

When the visitor meets the decoy at the location, she (or he) finds a reason to leave the room, then the anchor of the program, Chris Hansen, enters the room, quizzes the paedophile and reads out some of the sexually graphic portions of the chat to make him aware that his online chats were recorded.

Finally, the camera crew enters the room and the pervert is arrested. At that point, you would see the level of shame and degradation that sexual sins bring into people’s lives.

Most of these perverts are not your average gangsters off the street. Those arrested have included a criminal investigator, successful businessmen, a Jewish rabbi, a male school teacher and even a lawyer (who subsequently committed suicide).

One, a Christian sergeant, went on his knees and apologised for his acts, yet he was later re-arrested for exposing himself to an underage girl at a pool.

There are many respectable Christian men and women who are also caught up in unclean sexual habits. They know it’s wrong, they try to stop it, but they keep falling into it.

A letter to a certain newspaper columnist reads:

I’m 60, a Christian and well respected. I look very innocent but no [one] knows that I can ask about 5 girls to come and have fun with me in bed. I have prayed asking God to deliver me from this ungodly act but I cannot stop. Sometimes, I set a day to stop so that I can make heaven but soon I will see another girl and would talk to her again…

Most of the time when topics like these come up, there are Afro-jingoists who quickly position Africa as a bastion of moral values (which incidentally always begins and ends with sex) as against the “morally eroded West,” but the reality is, sexual perversion is rife everywhere.

The Medical Research Council reports that 500,000 rapes are committed annually in South Africa. 25 per cent of South African men have raped someone; 23.2 per cent men have raped more than 2 women while 7.7 per cent have raped more than 10 women or girls.

The report indicated that these rapists were more likely to have had more than 20 sex partners including sex with a prostitute.

Referring to the booming strip club business in Nigeria, a reporter says “their existence, no doubt, has given rise to another dimension in the sex trade.”

During a visit to one, he “observed that while the majority of the guests were paying attention to the erotic gyrations of a dancer on stage, a few others were busy having sex with some of the girls in an adjoining room.”

Internet porn is another giant. PUNCH news (December 1, 2015) reported that Nigerians visit more pornography websites than education-related ones.

A certain porn site had an 113th position while a popular Nigerian university ranked 133rd on Alexa ratings.

Recent Google trends also show that words like “gay sex pics” and “anal sex pics” were mostly searched from Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Pakistan among others.

In spite of our ultra religious environment, sex is being thrown at us everywhere – whether through the printed page, fashion, movies, adverts and music with sexually debased lyrics.

The Centre for Research on Health and Care, in a study reveals that “a high exposure to lyrics describing degrading sex in popular music was independently associated with higher levels of sexual behaviour”.

Sex, which ought to be pure and spiritually bonding within marriage, has been warped by hell and crudely distorted even by the very words used to refer to sexual intercourse and the sexual organs.

This is why as Christians, instead of joining the ranks of the hypocritical religious crowd who call for the execution of all sinners, or of cultural romantics who dream for a return to an African society where everyone wore a chastity belt, we have an obligation to reach out to people trapped in sexual sins and “proclaim liberty to the captives” (Lk. 4:18).

What is a snare?

A snare is a trap often used for catching birds or mammals.

The Bible speaks about the “snares of death” (Ps. 91:3), “the snare of the devil” (1Tim. 6:9) and a table (or food) being made a snare (Rom. 11:9). Snares can also have prison houses (Is. 24:17).

A person can be sexually ensnared, in which case he is trapped in a sexual sin he can’t seem to escape from in spite of all his effort.

It becomes a yoke that restricts one’s progress spiritually, mentally, financially, or socially in a divine direction. For example, a man wrote:

I am 29 and can’t explain what is happening to me. From 2012 till date. I have slept with over 1,000 prostitutes. This is beyond me … I have fasted and prayed about this but no avail. This affects my finances and relationship with other girls. I need help what do I do?”

Every snare has its “attraction.” In the same vein, sexual sins have a temporary “benefit” they seem to offer – otherwise, no one would be ensnared by them. But the moment the trap closes, the “benefits” loses its zing.

A disgruntled woman wrote this to Daily Post recently:

I work with a private establishment … My boss is a married man and he sleeps with me at will. He [is only] nice to me when he wants to ask me for sex. Sometimes, he doesn’t even ask me, he will just visit me. No matter how much I resist him, all he wants is to have me laid and the moment he is [done], he dresses up and leaves.

That is a sexual snare. Some women succumb to such office romance with the rationale that it will bring promotion, a higher pay or love.

These “rationalizations” are mental snares – false reasoning that blinds people from the consequences of wrong decisions. They are strongholds that lure people into acts they end up regretting.

I saw this comment on a popular Nigerian blog:

I’m a guy. I have slept with countless men. I really want to stop it but don’t know how to. It started when I was in [the] university. I was so broke and men kept disturbing me after I met one. He introduced me to a lot of his friends, that’s how all the rich men want me … I allowed them [to have sex with] me. That’s how I paid my bills. Now I really want to stop it because I’m working and I don’t need their help again.

His snare was: “Just do it and get some money,” whereas he was entangling himself in a horrible sexual bondage.

When people say things like “the Bible’s view of sex is outdated or impractical,” I’m alert to the mental trap they might be labouring under.

The Bible’s view is relevant because it addresses sexual sins which are still prevalent in modern society. It also teaches that sexual sins defile our body and presenting our bodies “as a living sacrifice” to God is our “appropriate way of worship” (Rom. 12:2).

Some mental snares are reinforced by culture. For instance, many males are raised with messages that indirectly damage their spiritual well being.

Many guys are told that women exist only for their pleasure, hence having multiple partners and sexually “conquering” women is a way to win their respect.

The girl child can also be raised to see her body as tools to get whatever she wants instead of using her God-given brain to positively impact the world.

A common mental snare that keeps Christians in sexual sins is: “I can’t stop it; this is my fate.” It’s a lie of the enemy planted in their minds to keep them bound.

Some in the early Church also once indulged in sexual sins, but became “washed and made holy” and “received God’s approval” (1Cor. 6:11).

The God who delivered them from their sins has not changed. Sadly, many Christians are perpetually ensnared by sexual sins because :

1. They have misplaced motives.

Mostpeople don’t make any effort to quit sexual habits unless it’s threatening their lives, families or reputation.

Many are also trying to strive for sexual morality, not because they love God or want to please Him, but because they are in a serious romantic relationship or are financially independent.

So a good question to start with is: Why do I want to quit this habit? Is it because it’s a sin against God that will take me to hell, or because I want to maintain a good public status?

When Joseph was faced with a sexual temptation, his resistance was not because of STDs or a cultural taboo, but to “do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:9). If your motive is lacking the God factor, it’s impure and misplaced.

2. Many are looking for a fast and cheap victory.

They endlessly run from one prayer mountain to another or one pastor to the next because they want fast solutions to a deeply rooted problem. It doesn’t always work that way. Christianity ain’t no magic.

Yes, prayer and fasting are good, but they are not the silver bullets to all spiritual problems. After the fasting and prayer, you also need to deal with the flesh and apply personal discipline.

Your personal prayer life also need to be fervent. You need to regularly read and meditate on Scripture. God doesn’t operate a fast food joint or some 20 naira sales. Spiritual victories are not cheap; they come with much sacrifice.

The starting question is: Are you really born again? There are many church goers who fast and pray and have gone through deliverance sessions over sexual sins yet they are not Biblically saved, and they can’t even explain what the term means!

When we become saved, we sell ourselves to Christ and become His property. We no longer belong to ourselves. We are to become “dead to sin but alive to God” (Rom. 6:11).

We become “crucified with Christ” and “make no provision for the flesh to fulfill” its lusts (Gal. 2:20, Rom. 13:14).

This self-crucifixion is more harder (and takes more time) than casting out demons and sincerely, many people don’t want to take this difficult path, so they conclude that they have “tried everything” and it didn’t work.

3. Many haven’t dealt with the spiritual root of the sexual sin.

Until you address the roots of a sexual problem, you can’t overcome it. Some people are under demonic control and they can’t exercise any self-restrain. Until they admit that and deal with it, they can’t be free.

Some are being externally oppressed by a demonic strongman. He brings them porn they can’t resist; a randy boss they can’t reject; a sexual offer they can’t refuse or a sexual dream that pollutes their mind – especially when they try to become serious with their spiritual walk.

These strongmen must be bound and dislodged in the name of Jesus Christ (Luke 11:21-22).

4. Many Christians still love their chains.

They want to eat their cakes and have it. They want to be free from the oppression and crushing guilt but still want to keep visiting places where they will meet more sex partners.

They hate the acts but they still feed their minds with erotic stories and risqué TV shows or view stuff that re-kindles their lusts.

It’s not enough for us to love good, we must also hate evil as well (Heb. 1:9).

David said “I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate: they will not cling to me” (Ps. 101:3).

You can’t hate evil and be entertained or thrilled by it. If it is your right hand that makes you stumble, cut it off (Matt. 5:30).

What that means is that, if a friendship, group, website, or certain entertainment makes you stumble into sexual sin, you need to give it up. When you hate a habit and you strive against it, it will wither. But if you keep feeding it, it will get stronger and pull you down.

I won’t dispute the fact that some people have been helped by psychotherapy, but even if man-made methods can help, the Holy Spirit can help far better.

If you are already saved, you need to mortify the deeds of the flesh by drawing on the power of Christ. Be grounded in God’s Word and whenever the vile thoughts come to your mind, rebuke and demolish them with the Word of God (2 Cor. 10:4).