Re: Defeating Pornography
This is one area of my life that isnt shored up very well I hate to say. The deception for me is good ol denial. I believed that looking at "soft" porn was ok and masterbation was better than going all out and committing adultry. Ah the power of bargaining! I can so relate to doing the deed, feeling remorse, going to the cross for what seems like the ten millionth time to bang on the door and ask Christ for forgiveness. In the sex saturated society where we are constantly bombarded with racy images of women in advertising TV and movies one becomes somewhat desensitizes to it, maybe even hipnotically numb to an extent. So here I was yesterday night watching rhe Battlestar Galictica miniseries opener (the new one not the one from the 1970s) while doing the night watch for the homeless shelter our church operates. This racy scene comes on, it was downright soft porn. I didnt turn it off rationalizing in my head that the scene would be over and the remainder of the movie was space battle stuff. Well the next day my pastor kindly took me aside and told me that by entertaining that spirti I was bringing it in with me even though I did not find the scene appealing the enemy was using it as a foothold to access not only my mind but also the minds of the 25 or so homeless folk we are trying to save. To rationalize that entertaining the sin of lust is only a sin upon ones self is complete folly. I told my pastor that I would destroy the movie lest I or anyone else watch it again. My pastor asks me "What are you going to do with the sin that still is in your heart?" He showed me that it is a spirit that I have allowed to become attached to my heart and that I was bringing it in with me. Mind you I didnt tell him I have been masterbating to imaginings conjured forth in my mind then asking for forgiveness in secret, but there it was as plain as a wart the size of a casaba mellon on my nose for him to see. It gave me pause to ask wether how many others am I affecting with this spirit. My pastor also told me that by entertaining this spirit it is blocking out how I might be hearing from God. - - - - Dravenhawk
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