Straight Talk on Sexual Self-Stimulation

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A married man once wrote to a Christian counselor:

I was [sexually] abused when I was young. I’m so addicted to pornography and masturbation.”

Two single young men also shared their struggles:

I’ve been battling with masturbation for a long time now and it’s killing me. I notice I masturbate each time I feel depressed. I’ve prayed and done a lot still I find myself doing the same thing over and over again.”

I have a very big problem with both sex and masturbation. It has really gotten to me. I am a devoted Christian … yet I find it difficult to quit … I have planned to cut myself off media, phone and internet so as to stop going through porn sites and downloading its content … Why is stopping sex and masturbation too difficult for me, or is it my FATE? I am really confused.”

Sadly, sexuality is still a no-go area topic in many Christian circles. This is why I applaud Christians who summon the courage to open up about their personal sexual struggles.

I’ve come to realise that when such “uncomfortable” issues are swept under the carpet of church rules and strict conservatism, they not only fester but eventually become elephants in the pews.

Many people in the church today are suffering from silent frustration as a result of private problems that have created turmoils in their hearts. They can’t find anyone who understands or is able to handle the details of what ails them.

Sexual issues need to be openly discussed because they are crucial to life, and it’s an area where the devil is enslaving many believers.

I was told of a Christian guy in my undergraduate days who broke with “tradition” during a Bible study by telling how God helped him beat the sinful habit of masturbation.

Typical of hyper-conservative student fellowships, his audience looked on with shock and distaste, but he defied their countenances. As he was leaving the fellowship that evening, about five Christian brothers walked up to him saying, “Please sir, I’m struggling with masturbation, can you help me?”

If we are really going to help people find freedom and healing, we’ll need to blow open the citadels of pretense and role-playing that the devil has used to wall us in.

Masturbation or “solo sex” is a hot topic on several fronts. A 2016 survey by TENGA, a sexual health and wellness company, indicates that 88 % of 1,200 Americans masturbate.

To remove the stigma from self-pleasure, this company launched “an online empowerment campaign that celebrates and encourages masturbation” called #DoItInMay.

Secular society has always lauded masturbation as a safe, healthy valve of release from sexual pressure.

Some scientists tell us that it boosts the mood; has a natural sedative effect; helps maintain body immunity; prevents prostate cancer, heart diseases and STDs and even confers a longer lifespan!

If one’s life is patterned by their claims, solo sex becomes a placebo to cure virtually all of life’s hitch. I guess a time would soon come when we will be told that if we don’t masturbate frequently, our brains will stop functioning and our hearts will stop beating!

From a scientific perspective, however, one needs to tread with caution before touting masturbation as a “silver bullet” to bodily infirmity.

Masturbation triggers the brain into releasing a flood of internal chemicals like dopamine, endorphins and serotonin into the bloodstream.

These natural “drugs” give quick, temporary escape and relief from stress, insomnia and anxiety. This can make masturbation a convenient “drug” for instant pleasure and self-medication.

It also results in a chemical dependency that people use to escape from boredom, negative emotions and the stresses of life.

We all know how drug addicts resort to drugs to escape from reality. Sexual self-stimulation works out the same way. Thankfully, the debilitating effects of addictions are not disputed by secular society.

Frequent masturbation stimulates acetylchlorine and parasympathetic nervous functions and when it is excessively done, large amount of this hormone and neurotransmitters are being produced, thus altering the body’s chemistry. This leads to fatigue, erectile dysfunction and pelvic cramps.

Even in the medical world, there are check and balances that govern drug use. That’s why pain relievers are given with prescriptions. When the body is made to naturally circumvent these regulations through masturbation, it becomes a form of self-abuse.

Many scientists, psychologists and even some Christian leaders argue that masturbation is not a sin. If that is the case, why then, do many men and women feel so guilty after indulging in it?

The ready-made answer that such people are conditioned by social indoctrination and upbringing doesn’t cut it. That guilt is an indication of our God-given conscience which must not be muffled with empty rationalizations.

This is why science, psychology and philosophy – albeit beneficial – cannot be our final arbiter of truth, ethics or morals. The Bible, God’s Word is.

Science sees man as a “higher animal” that is subject to all base instincts and desires, but the Bible dignifies man, stating that he is created in God’s image.

Psychology also fails to address the complexity and depravity of the human heart. The Encyclopedia Britannica presents a lengthy discussion on sexual deviations but adds that:

“Although most psychiatrists and psychologists consider masturbation an expected practice on the path to heterosexual relations, it serves equally to gratify in fantasy many of the sexual deviations discussed above” (16:610).

That is, masturbation can be fuelled by fantasies involving sexually debased acts like paedophilia, rape, sado-masochism, voyeurism, homosexuality, lesbianism and bestiality.

The human heart is so deceitful and depraved that most sex criminals usually start off by masturbating to fantasies of what they later indulged in.

With the way sex toys like strokers, dildos, sex dolls etc. are becoming lucrative even here in Nigeria, God’s view – not man’s opinions – of solo sex needs to be emphasised.

Granted, masturbation is not directly mentioned in the Bible and can’t be accurately termed as the “sin of Onanism,” but it’s still a sin because it involves lust of the mind (Matt. 5:28).

Virtually all sexual self-stimulation is accompanied by either sexual fantasies or pornographic materials. It cannot be imagined or carried on without committing the sin of lust.

It also fails the Bible’s eight fold test: what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8).

Our body “is the temple of the Holy Spirit … You are not your own. You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Cor. 6:19-20). Solo sex spiritually defiles our body.

God says we are to “put to death … whatever belongs to [our] earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires…” (Col. 3:5), but masturbation does the very opposite: it energizes the fleshy nature.

Furthermore, masturbation is a selfish act. God intended sexuality to help relieve a person’s loneliness, but solo sex does not relieve loneliness. In fact, one feels more lonely than ever after this sin.

Being immersed in one’s body sensations is a form of narcissism. As time goes on, self-pleasuring becomes the brain’s preferred method for achieving sexual gratification and this ultimately affects a healthy relationship with one’s spouse.

I am not writing this to lay a guilt trip on anyone struggling with this habit. What I’m saying is that it is a sin that one can repent of and forsake just like any other (1 Jn. 1:9).

There is one more reason why sexual self stimulation should be avoided: it often attracts sexual spirits called incubi (those appearing to be men) and succubi (those appearing as women).

These demon spirits are responsible for the sexual dreams many men and women frequently have.

These sex demons are also sought after in the occult and can invited by sexual fantasies. When these spirits latch themselves to people, they wield a web around them, draw away their virtues, destroy their potential and pump their demonic garbage into their lives.

In some cases where the demon already resides in the victim, it will control his or her hands to sexually stimulate himself or herself, at times after having an erotic dream.

One of the ways to know if masturbation has led a person into spiritual bondage is that, it becomes a besetting sin and he/she would be having relationship or marital troubles (if married). That individual might be oppressed by a demonic sex partner and may need to be ministered to.

Such persons would tell you that they feel more pleasure when they have sex in dreams with demons (who appear as very beautiful ladies or handsome men) or when they masturbate, unlike with their physical spouses. This problem is a very common one. I have personally met real Christians victimized by it.

The way out

Although there are no specific “formulas” to conquer masturbation, some steps are crucial.

1. Repent and forsake the sin. This involves getting rid of porn or sex materials. Because masturbation feeds off secrecy, sharing your struggles with someone mature is also good, but it’s not compulsory.

2. Know what triggers you. Some masturbation triggers are: depression, porn, indecent dressings, images of past sexual acts, erotic chats or phone calls, stories or TV shows that border on sexual themes.

A guy named Immanuel wrote:

“I can remember heavily masturbating to Rihanna’s Rude Boy’s music video immediately it was released till my organ got painful sores.”

Now if Immanuel is going to maintain his victory, he will have to avoid music videos or lyrics with sexual innuendos. Some are triggered by certain places, smells, gestures, words or objects.

A Christian guy once admitted he gets “triggered” to masturbate once he sees a boxer short. So know your own trigger and address it.

3. Filling one’s heart with God’s Word has a cleansing and renewing power (Ps. 119: 11; Rom. 12:2). Daily meditate on the Bible and control your thoughts

4. Resistance. You can only resist what you dislike. This involves:

a) directly resisting the urge to masturbate by avoiding compromising situations and exercising bodily control (1 Cor. 9:27).

You could be tensed up and unable to sleep and feel tempted to give in to it; but don’t yield. Endure hardness as a soldier and resist the sin (1 Tim. 2:2).

b) standing back on your feet if you have a relapse (Prov. 24:16). Don’t let the devil beat you down with guilt. Some people gain victory quickly, some don’t. Focus on Christ.

c) praying fervently, especially before going to bed. That is how to draw on the power of Christ (Mt. 26:41).

Years ago, a close friend shared with me how God set him free from the bondage of masturbation.

After praying one night, he went to bed and while he was asleep, he felt a strange pressure mount over his body. With his eyes still closed, he felt someone raise his hands up and make him say: “You spirit of masturbation, I renounce you in Jesus’ name!” and the pressure lifted.

Since that day, the urge to masturbate vanished. There is great power in Jesus Christ.

If you are struggling with this sin but not yet born again, I want to tell you that the Lord Jesus Christ died for your sins at the cross of Calvary and rose again for us to have a new life.

Repent of your sins and believe in Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. Ask Him to forgive your sins and make you a new creature.

Dear Muslim, the Porn is in your Mind

Muslim leaders have a grand agenda: to keep as many Muslims as possible away from the Bible. When this can’t be done, they poison their minds against it so much that when they open a Bible, their minds are already so biased against it that they don’t want to learn anything meaningful from it.

This is how these bearded men consolidate their hold on their followers. But a truth-seeking Muslim must be ready to shake off such mind-numbing manacles.

There are some “porn in the Bible” shock quotes these Muslim leaders cite:

“Your Breasts are like two Fawns”

Here is the full passage (Song of Solomon chapter 4):

1 “How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are doves. Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Mount Gilead. 2 Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn, coming up from the washing. Each has its twin; not one of them is alone. 3 Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon; your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil are like the halves of a pomegranate. 4 Your neck is like the tower of David, built with elegance; on it hangs a thousand shield, all of them shields of warriors. 5 Your two breasts are like two fawns, like twin fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies. 6 Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, I will go to the mountain of myrrh and to the hill of incense. All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you”.

Unless one’s mind has been defiled with a perverse spirit (which is prevalent in Islam) there’s nothing pornographic about this passage. It’s a discussion between two lovers: Solomon and the Shulamite bride.

The Lion Handbook to the Bible (David and Pat Alexander, London, 1983, 368) notes that: “The bridegroom glories in the beauty of his bride. The imagery is oriental, but love the world over shares the same delighted appreciation of the human form.”

Finnis Dake wrote: “The Song [of Solomon] was read annually at the Passover, as Ruth read at Pentecost … It is a poem giving the story of Solomon and a Shulamite – a young woman whom he wanted to make his queen of queens, but who was already pledged to a shepherd of Shunem” (Dake Bible Commentary, 2001, 1133).

“By far the most common common interpretation of the Song of Solomon is that it is a collection of lyrics celebrating human love. This approach, based on affinities with ancient Near Eastern love poetry, seeks to do justice to the plastic language and sensuous imagery that reveal vivid imagination and artistic skill … [T]he Song was a collection of songs assembled as a repertoire for wedding celebrations. The vivid portrayal of the body of the woman (4.1-7; 6.4-7; 7.1-6) and of the man (5.10-16) resemble Arabic wafs sung at weddings. This includes vivid metaphors: hair falling like descending flocks of mountain goats; teeth sparkling like newly shorn goats; cheeks glistening like the inside of a pomegranate covered by a thin veil” (The Oxford Companion to the Bible, eds. Bruce Metzger and Michael Coogan, Oxford University Press, 1993, 708).

“There is no question that the book is a poetic drama of a lover’s longing for his beloved and of her willing complicity … Furthermore, it should be noted that, though the poetic imagery comes close at times to suggesting the lover and his beloved have in fact come together and joined themselves in that union that they so lovingly describe, the structure of the book itself suggests that has not yet happened. The book, in fact, closes with the words of the beloved, still wooing her lover to come away with her…” (John H. Sailhamer, NIV Compact Bible Commentary, Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 2003, 359).

Muslims love using the Songs of Solomon as “shock quotes” because of a fallacy of equivocation underlying their arguments. They believe the Quran was authored by Allah himself in heaven – its words are heavenly and purely divine – that it merely descended to earth like snow flakes. So they attempt to force this mythical idea onto the Bible as well, but the Bible is God’s Word penned by over 40 men inspired by the Holy Spirit.

God inspired His Word in various ways, thus the Bible consists of different types of literature and modes of expression.

Furthermore, God Himself created our bodies and instituted marriage in the garden of Eden, He doesn’t find our bodies and beautiful expressions of love between two lovers offensive.

On the other hand, the Quran, purportedly Allah’s words, resorts to sexually graphic imagery. For example:

And (remember) that lady who guarded her sexual parts [fajahaa]. So We breathed (introduced) into her out of Our Spirit…” (Sura 21:91)

Here, Allah uses a crude Arabic reference to Mary’s vagina, suggesting he breathed into it. In another place he says:

Surely for the god fearing awaits a place of security, gardens and vineyards, and maidens of swelling breasts like of age and a cup overflowing” (Q 78:33)

They will recline (with ease) upon coaches arranged in ranks, and We shall wed them maidens, with beautiful big and lustrous eyes.” (Q 52:22)

The Tafsir Ibn Kathir on Sura 56:35-37 says Muslim men “will be able to have sexual intercourse with a hundred virgins in one day.” How fantastic.

So while Muslims hate the language of love used by a couple in the Bible, they gloat in the fact that their Allah will be sitting on his throne day and night, watching a porn orgy of Muslim men having sex with hot virgins accompanied with gross debaucheries while he cheers them on.

Needless to say, such a miserable deity is not worthy of worship.

“Women’s Vaginas taste like Wine”

A Muslim named Osama Abdullah wrote on his website:

The bible sings glory songs about not only incestuous relationships but also about women’s vaginas and breasts tasting like ‘WINE

He quotes Songs of Solomon 7:2 “Your navel is a rounded goblet that never lacks blended wine. Your waist is a mound of wheat encircled by lilies.”

Even a mere glance at this passage fails to prove what this Muslim porn detective is saying. How exactly did he reach his conclusion? Did he examine any Hebrew lexicon or Bible commentary? He provided no documentation or footnote to back up his claim. But, wait for it, he refers us to a TV programme as proof!

According to the documentary film ‘Sex in the Bible’ on A & E TV station, the Hebrew translation to ‘your naval’ is referring to the woman’s VAGINA

What reasoning person would accept this as evidence? This is a rhetoric on the same level as a gossip tabloid. This happens when people are so desperate to attack the Bible yet still struggle to get a grasp on what to use.

Unfortunately, the Muslim drones visiting this website don’t have the time to ask for solid evidence either.

These are folks who will stoop to the lowest pit just to sling a mud at the Bible. They know nothing about the rich genre, style and figures of speech used in the Songs of Solomon.

In Hebrew literature, passages are often structured such that the second line further explains the meaning of the first sentence. For example:

“Your NAVEL is like a round goblet which never lacks mixed wine.

Your BELLY is like a heap of wheat fenced about with lilies.” (SOS 7:2)

Notice the parallel between the navel and the belly, which clearly shows that the text is referring to the bride’s belly, NOT her vagina.

Solomon’s reference to wine and wheat (associated with fertility) could suggest his admiration for his lover’s womb wherein a child is woven and conceived.

According to the Brown-Driver Briggs Hebrew English Lexicon of the Old Testament (Vol. II, 957), the word navel in Hebrew is sho’rer and it refers to the umbilical cord.

The Theological Workbook of the Old Testament gives a derivative of words derived from shor (navel) which are: “umbilical cord [Pro. 3:8], ‘shera’ meaning bracelet [Gen. 24:22] ‘sharir’ meaning sinew or muscle [Job 40:16].” No scholarly work translates shorer as vagina.

Muslim critics like Osama Abdullah have only the statements of a TV programme in their armoury. Anybody can prove just about anything from a TV show.

In fact, until the day this man and his anti-Christian armies of the night present a scholarly, documented evidence to back up their accusation (which is impossible anyway), every honest, rational person must discarded the claim of “women’s genitals taste like wine in the Bible” as a slander cooked up from Hell.

Interestingly, this same Islamic website used Song of Solomon 5:10-16 in another article in an attempt to prove that the Bible foretold the coming of Muhammad! Isn’t this wonderful?

So based on their claim that the Bible is “full of porn,” that means Muhammad is a porn star, since he’s mentioned there. You see, this showcases the hypocrisy and inconsistencies that have become the trademarks of Islam.

Muslims conveniently appeal to the Bible as a divine revelation when they want to “prove” their Muhammad or Islam in it. But when it no longer serves their purposes in promoting their false prophet and his false religion, they virulently attack it as a “filthy, slutty book, full of porn.”

To our Muslim friends who love to rehash such slander, I’ve got news for you: the porn is not in the Bible, it’s in your minds and you need some help.

The Merchants of Vice

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Blac Chyna’s merchandise to her fans

Lately, at the height of some key world events, the real news was put on hold for a “ground-breaking” one, which seemed to be equally (if not more) important to the mainstream media.

It was about some nude pictures released by a reality TV star described by the Huffington Post as “the queen of nude selfie” – Kim Kardashian. Of course, this is not the first time this lady would pull off such a stunt.

Kim rose to worldwide fame in 2010 with her leaked home-made sex videos, which earned her family a whopping $65 million.

Since then, she has gained more attention from her fans worldwide by re-enacting her rotten start with slight variations. She is not alone.

Years ago, porn actors were characters who preferred to keep their real identities hidden and strictly under guard, but as pornography is now being accepted on different fronts – music, fashion, adverts, TV shows – these actors are now becoming icons to millions of youths around the world, occupying a niche that media personalities or rock music stars used to have.

We might spend days, perhaps weeks, stoning these fallen men and women with endless editorials, but it will hardly push the envelope, because they are trading in a collective hypocrisy and depravity that exist in the society at large.

Each time they put their bodies and souls out there with indecent pictures or videos, what can’t be denied is the traffic of voyeurism that follows them.

Even those who will pass judgement on them first pause to feast their eyes on their erotic acts. Indeed, the issue is deeper than mere attention-seeking; a decadent lifestyle is being sold to the consumers.

The standard argument of porn advocates is that viewing pictures of nude women or men is not really pornography, especially since the performers enjoy what they do.

Some researchers actually state that there is no link between looking at porn and real acts of sexually offensive behaviour in people. Such a view neither squares with facts nor Biblical truth.

a) Porn is basically a material (photograph, video or writing) that is intended to sexually arouse the user. It involves lust of the eyes and the flesh.

Matthew 5:28 says that when a man looks lustfully at a woman, by God’s standard, he is guilty of adultery (or fornication). Therefore, viewing porn images, which often stimulate immoral desires, are offensive to God.

b) The term “pornography” is from a Greek word porneia which means “illicit sexual intercourse in general” (Thayer’s Greek Lexicon).

It’s a word encompassing all forms of sexual immorality – fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, oral sex, anal sex – which are the acts being recorded and simulated in most porn materials.

Others include acts of bestiality, child sexual abuse, gang rape, bondage, brutalizing of women and sadistic torture which are sins condemned by God (and even human laws).

These acts mould people’s morals and thinking, since we all change into the images we behold.

Porneia, says Thayer, is also “used metaphorically of the worship of idols” in Scripture.

A study of ancient religions shows that the oldest idols people worshipped were representations of the male and female genitals, which is probably natural since they produced life and pleasure.

In the same way, modern porn is also a type of sex organ worship and it’s allied with the sin of masturbation.

The influence of porn leads to a morbid obsession with the sex organs and preoccupation with sex – a trend commonly observed among youths today.

Strong’s Concordance defines porneia (#4202) as “harlotry (including adultery and incest), whoredom derived from perna – “to sell off” a selling off (surrendering) of sexual purity; promiscuity of any type.”

Porn is a form of harlotry involving fantasy or mental imagery. It’s literally prostitution with the eyes and mind.

This is why a porn user seeks out more attractive models and “exciting” erotic acts from time to time the same way a person seeks out the next prostitute to offer a newer thrill.

Porn can thus result in lack of intimacy and unrealistic sexual expectations in marriage because when a man’s head is filled with pictures of various models, his desire for his wife wanes. The same can also affect a woman.

Porn is the selling off of the decency and purity of men and women to appease the base instincts of the viewers. Since it’s a market, it also has some profit. Most individuals who put up nude photos or sex videos gain fame and many hits on their Web sites.

A survey states that 30,000 people are viewing porn every second; nearly 2 hardcore porn videos are released in the U.S. every hour, and an average of more than 2 million porn movies are rented in the U.S.

In short, the global porn industry generates an estimated $100 billion (US) annually.

Music videos laden with graphic sexual imagery and porn TV channels also target for profit. Germany, the porn capital of Europe, has 60 porn channels while Britain has 36.

The Daily Mail reports that millions of British children view Freeview channels in their bedrooms, leaving most of them in danger of accidentally accessing porn.

Some reality TV shows like Big Brother Africa (and its European counterpart) also indirectly promote whoredom by enhancing and funneling the nudity and sex acts within the four walls of the perverse house to millions of subscribers.

It was recently reported that Big Brother draws in a salary of £60,000 through this spy business. Me thinks this “Big Brother” is some lecherous old man who goes about peeping at naked ladies through bathroom key holes with spittle running down his chin.

The money these folks are raking from sacrificing the morality and innocence of people are more or less “earnings of a harlot” (Deut. 23:18).

The Lord Jesus says a good tree produces good fruit (Matt. 7:17). If porn is so harmless as we are told, then why do we keep seeing its damage in the lives of the performers and users?

A study has shown that porn users, due to the frequent secret indulgence, tend to be secretive and deceitful, establishing a link between porn use and depression, anxiety, social isolation, shame, damaged relationships and suicidal tendencies.

A team of German neuroscientists from Chante University of Medicine, Berlin, scanned the brains of 64 healthy men noting the amount of porn they consume each week.

The study showed that the men who watched more porn have a smaller volume in their striatum (the reward region of the brain) and those who watched it the most had less activity in the striatum. This implies that a repeated exposure to porn dulls the brain’s response to intimacy (Psychology Today, June 5, 2014).

This shouldn’t be a surprise. “Porn studios aren’t sitcoms,” says Norm Kent, a porn director. “They aren’t places where actors develop ongoing, deep relationships.”

This highlights the damage that having sex with complete strangers for money does to the soul.

A friend to Michael Cohen, a porn actor who committed suicide recalls, “He laughed and joked about it when he could, but he was ashamed, frustrated, and angry, and it did a lot of damage to him emotionally. He was sensitive, and he couldn’t deal with it.”

Ex-porn actress, Jenni, clearly remembers her first experience:

“The porn star I was supposed to work with that day was there but she couldn’t do anything because of her health. Her insides were so damaged from porn.”

Contrary to what many viewers think, these actors don’t enjoy what is being done to them.

“When I did porn, I wanted it to be over as quickly as possible and it was all about the money for me,” adds Jenni. “You don’t have any respect for yourself or the person you’re with. It’s all about money, and getting what you can from the other person.”

Alex agrees, “Everyone wanted a piece of you. So you basically get rewired to think that is what you’re worth.” Though he booked as many shoots as possible to stay sane, he said, “It doesn’t go away, and that festering is what leaves people high and dry.”

The average life expectancy of a porn performer is 37.43 years whereas the average life expectancy of an American is 78.1 years.

That means untimely death is rampant in the porn industry. Below are some examples and their manner of deaths:

1. Pierce Daniels (36), died of AIDS.
2. Jon King (32), died from AIDS complication.
3. Karen Mereness (27), suicide by hanging.
4. Randy Potes (34), suicide by gunshot.
5. Christopher McLaughlin (22), suicide by drug overdose.
6. Rommel Hunt (31) suicide by gunshot.
7. Eve Valois (37), prescription drugs.
8. Elisa Bridges (28), heroin and meth overdose.
9. Jeanette Rogers (42) drug overdose while having AIDS.
10. Natel King (23), murdered after shooting an adult scene.
11. Tim Barnnet (37) committed suicide by hanging while in jail on rape charges.
12. Rex Hickok (40) committed suicide by jumping off a building.
13. Patrizia Grazzini (39), cancer.
14. Yumika (35), choked to death on her vomit while asleep.
15. Arpad Miklos (45), suicide by drug overdose.
16. Zac Stevens (25), suicide.
17. Mehran Chesnut (25), seizures caused by “poppers.”
18. Dimitri Kane (20), accidental drug overdose.
19. Holie Stevens (30), breast cancer.
20. John Weston (39), HIV.
21. James Erik (30), heart attack.
22. Marland Anderson (39), cardiac arrest during an attempted suicide.
23. Katie Kiong (20), suicide by unknown causes.
24. Joe Romero (40), HIV complications.

While certain suggestions have been made to explain this tragic menace, some Biblical truths stand out: “God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction…” (Gal. 6:7-8)

When a person offers his/her body parts to sin “as instruments of wickedness,” he/she becomes a slave to sin which leads to death (Rom. 6:13).

It is these things that bring God’s wrath on the disobedient. “Therefore do not be partners with them” (Eph. 5:6-7). Romans 1:29-31 list out the lifestyles of people with “a depraved mind”:

“They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder strife, deceit and malice. They are … God-haters, insolent arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil … they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.”

Verse 32 says God has decreed that both those who actually practice these and those who support those who do deserve death.

The note of the Full Life Study Bible (published by Zondervan) in Romans 1:32 says:

Being entertained by watching other people sin and engage in ungodly actions, even while you yourself abstain, brings you under the same divine condemnation as those engaging in such evil practices… Those (and especially those who profess faith in Christ) who use immoral actions of others for entertainment and enjoyment are (also) directly contributing to public opinion favorable to immorality and therefore to the corruption and eternal damnation of an indefinite number of other people.”

In essence, when we share or view porn pictures or videos, visit their Web sites or subscribe to their channels, we are in the same category as those producing them and upholding their influence.

Every time we invest our time, money and emotions into immoral entertainment, we are partnering with the dehumanization, depravity and exploitation of these merchants of vice and courting the same sentence hanging over them.

Deriving pleasure from porn typifies feeding off human pain and degradation for selfish purposes.

Like David, our stance should be: “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).