Why Is LookIng at Pornography so Dangerous?
Written by James Beeke
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Reformed Ethics - Sexual Issues

God warns us not to sin and not to give in to sinful lusts. If we do, these sins can gain a deep hold over us. We can become addicted to them and to the sinful pleasures they bring. This is especially true of sexual sins.

Ned married a girl he loves from his church. he is suc- cessful in many ways, but a serious problem has entered into his marriage. Ned started watching por-
nography as a teen and he is addicted, he can’t stop himself. When his wife learned of it, she felt betrayed. Ned’s sin is seriously harming himself, his wife, his marriage, and his relationship with God.

Ned has developed a “sex for self-gratification” spirit. This is the opposite of God’s plan. Sexual intimacy is intended to be a special expression of oneness between two people God unites in marriage. It is meant to be a deep expression of love, not a selfish desire to entertain or please myself.

Pornography is anti-God; it breaks his law—the seventh commandment. It is anti-moral; it corrupts our thoughts, emotions, and actions. It is anti-human; it degrades and uses people as objects for sinful pleasure. Pornography is anti-love; it uses sex for self-gratification. It is anti-marriage; it looks for sexual pleasures outside of the loving bond of marriage. It is anti-society; it pollutes and degrades a culture and nation. It is anti-personal; it impersonalizes sexual activity and destroys the person involved.

Today, pornography is everywhere. Our society is addicted. Be forewarned and be wise: avoid all forms of pornography. The pain and consequences of sexual impurity are great, but the rewards of sexual purity in a loving marriage are also great! Following God and his loving commandments is always your best guide to happiness. 

Read Proverbs 5 and 7. In these chapters, God warns us of the disastrous consequences of a young man yielding to sexual temptations and indulging in sexual sin. Pray for strength to live a sexually pure life. If you have sinned, stop, ask Christ Jesus for repentance (Acts 5:31; 11:18), and begin again, by God’s grace, avoiding sexual sin. 

Mr. James W. Beeke is an elder in the Chilliwack, British Columbia, Heritage Reformed Congregation, an educational consultant, a former superintendent of schools in China, and an author. This article was printed in Heritage Reformed Churches' "The Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth" and is republished here with permission.