Sex: god or gift
I was recently talking to a friend and he was sharing with me how difficult it was for him to stop watching porn. He shared with me his battle with lust and how he feels helpless and slaved by this sin. What struck me was what he said later. He said: Why did God give us sex if he knew it was going to be so difficult?
As one reads the Old Testament, one can’t overlook the fact that many of the great heroes of the faith struggled with this issue: Lot, Abraham, Samson, Abraham and others. They all fell pray to the same issue. How about those Canaanites? They went as far as exchanging the Creator God for sex. They made a god out of sex. We read about the Asherah poles, which was directly related to the cult of the fertility gods. They even built temples as sacred places to worship it. Sex. They went as far as hiring priests, well temple prostitutes who were to offer their sexual services as an act of worship.
You would think that the madness would end in the new Testament era. Well, it didn’t. The religion of Corinth had gods of Egypt, Rome and Greece. The temple of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, stood atop the Acrocorinth and housed 1000 cultic/temple prostitutes. (http://www.godrules.net/articles/1cor6.htm)
Moving on to the 21st Century and the story hasn’t changed.
-Men admitting to accessing pornography at work-20%
U.S. adults who regularly visit Internet pornography websites-40 million
Christians who said pornography is a major problem in the home-47%
Breakdown of male/female visitors to pornography sites is 72% male & 28% female
Internet Pornography Sales-$4.9 billion
Pornographic websites-4.2 million (12% of total websites)
Pornographic pages-420 million
Over $3k a second is spent on porn worldwide.
72% of porn viewers are men.
260 new porn sites go online daily. Internet users who view porn-42.7% 89% of porn is created in the U.S.
What was meant to be a gift has become a god. The worship of the body. The worship of sex. The worship of pleasure. The devil has told lies from the beginning and he hasn’t stopped. He keeps deceiving and hurting.
Now fast forward to your life. Are you struggling in this area? What can you do to get out?
Go before God and confess your struggles through prayer. Don’t be afraid, God is on your side, acknowledge that you can’t handle it anymore-you need God.
2. Find accountability.
Find someone godly and share your struggles: a close friend, pastor or family member. God has placed people around you that will walk with you as you move toward freedom. Download a free accountability software. You can find one here: www.x3watch.com. Find a support group in you area.
3. Get rid of it
Throw it away. Delete it all. If you need to cancel your cable or internet altogether, use your computer in front of your spouse and avoid using it at night. It will ruin your marriage, it will make you sick. It is eating you alive. Get on you knees, find help, get healthy today.