This is in response to the points of a recent sermon I heard on pornography.
Let’s tell it like it is.
The responsibility for the sin of pornography falls primarily on men’s shoulders, for God calls men to lead in the church and families.
We are not getting God’s correct information to be delivered from the sins of pornography, fantasy, and lust.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:” Hosea 4:6a
A) Confession in counseling and accountability is not faith and cannot overcome sin. Another person like you and me, no matter their label of pastor or counselor or other, can overcome your sin.
Of course, confession is required in the Christian life – we must be willing to confess sin. But confession doesn’t cause anyone to walk uprightly. Confession comes after the sin, not before, so confession cannot be the solution for sin.
B) Nor is a stronger resolve the answer to sin struggles. If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you understand that you cannot do what God wants, though you have resolved to do better. But, nothing changed – you still sinned. In fact, it seems that you fell harder and faster after your more intensely emotional resolve!
C) Nor is the answer to sin “more of the same” repeated doctrine that hasn’t changed you!
“(1) Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us push on to completion; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, (2) of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. (3) And this will we do, if God permits.” Hebrews 6:1-3
So, it’s not, “Well, let’s try it again from the very beginning. Maybe I’ve missed something.”
Remember the saying (with a twist), “Insanity is doing (teaching) the same thing over and over again and expecting different results (finding freedom from sin).” Either God is wrong or the church’s assumptions are wrong. It’s the latter, because THERE IS FREEDOM IN CHRIST!
D) Be angry with sin and what it’s doing to all of us.
Instead, we give these answers to sin’s invitations:
Bob Newhart says, “STOP IT!!”
Bob Dole, 1996 Presidential candidate says, “Just say no.”
The inoffensive, amiable pastor who is not getting tough with sin, tells his child to say “No, thank you.” to sin.
The tougher pastor’s wife, who does want to get tough with sin, tells her son to say, “Hell no!”
What’s lacking with all three? It’s just talk, and we don’t even talk a good game.
“And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” (Acts 19:15)
Bob Newhart’s advice cannot shock a person out of behaviors.
Bob Dole’s advice doesn’t cause a revelation in the drug addict to proclaim, “Free at last, free at last, praise God Almighty, I’m free at last!”
The pastor’s son could (if he attended public school) still have his books knocked out of his hands at school, sand kicked in his face, have his lunch money stolen, be tripped in the hall, and roughed-up on the way home.
The non-accommodating pastor’s wife’s advice, though tough, also has the same effect on the son, plus two black eyes and a broken leg.
What’s wrong with the pastor recommending, “No, thank you?” This is an example of the feminization of men. Sin is not a slightly wrong, innocuous problem. It’s killing us! Don’t tell your kids to politely thank others for inviting them to sin! [A more likely thing for the child to say to his friends who are doing wrong is, “I want to be friends. But if you are going to do these things, I’m going to have to stop being your friend. These things are wrong.”]
Our talking doesn’t help. Our stronger resolve doesn’t help. Staying perpetually in the basics drinking milk definitely doesn’t help.
Nor do we break free of sin by our heads, our hands or our hearts, as this pastor declared. The focus is never us!
So what does? No-thing helps. The answer is a Person!
It’s His head (1 Cor 11:3; Eph 1:22, 4:15, 5:23; Col 1:18, 2:10), “We have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16), His hands, His heart. Jesus Christ is in you (Col 1:27, Gal 2:20, 2 Cor 13:5, etc. and this document).
When Jesus Christ, Who is in you, says to sin, “Hell no.” – all of heaven and earth backs away from Him. “Zeal for Your House has consumed Me!” Psalm 69:9
Through His cross, He has dealt the killing blow to your old sinning self.
Accept His invitation to share His life with Him, and watch Him live out through your new self!
Let Him be The Lion of the tribe of Judah in your battle with sin!
Christ cannot be defeated!
He will win your battle, in you and with you.
Will you accept His offer?
“I am He Who lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; I have the keys of hell and of death.” Revelation 1:18