> I have thoughtfully read your two letters, and pondered the matter
> last couple of days.
> I do believe it's wrong, but not for the scripture you list. But rather,
> based on the New Testament scriptures about lusting after the flesh.
> After all, a woman is unclean during her period, and is also unclean for
> seven days after her period ends. Now, if the average period is once a
> month, and lasts a week, a woman is unclean 1/2 the time! And you could
> never conclude that "unclean" equals wrong, because with that logic, you'd
> have to conclude that it's wrong for a woman to have a period!
> A person also becomes unclean if he touches a dead thing, or goes to the
> bathroom. Now, it's not wrong to touch an unclean thing if you are doing
> the touching to bury it, or to move it outside the city. Etc.
> If you feel moved to do so, I would love to post a compilation of
> scriptures against the lusting after flesh.
> With love,
Thanks for the response, as well as the thoughtful consideration. I
that a woman's uncleanness does not mean that she is wrong. It only means
that in that time frame, a woman is not fit or suitable for use. Anyone who
was declared unclean for a period of time was excluded by God from use by
anyone during that time. Those touching a body, for example, would be unclean
for a period of time, even after washing, to allow for the natural demise of
any surviving germ, virus, or bacteria, etc. This prevented the spread of
these disease causing problems, to others in the body of people.
15:16 clearly shows that masturbation makes us unclean, and therefore; renders
us unfit for use by God or anyone in the body of Christ. Being unclean from
masturbation would exclude a man from being fit or suitable for use by God.
the word clearly says be instant in season and out of season. We cannot be
unfit for use and ready to be used at the same time. Though this is an Old
Testament scripture, I appreciate what one minister said, in that the Old
Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old
Testament revealed. The entire bible is for our good. Obviously, anything
that God spoke against in the Old Testament, He would not endorse in the New
Testament. Jesus said that He came not to destroy the Law, but to fulfill
We should heed God's warnings concerning lust. Even though we are the
generation, as they say, we cannot blame the sum total of our experiences for
our sins. We all have access to the Word of God, and the compilation of
scriptures which provide this clear warning is as follows:
Gal. 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against
and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye
Gal. 6:1-9 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself,
lest thou also be tempted. 2Bear ye one anotherís burdens, and so fulfil the
law of Christ. 3For if a man think himself to be something, when he is
nothing, he deceiveth himself. 4But let every man prove his own work, and then
shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5For every man
shall bear his own burden. 6Let him that is taught in the word communicate
unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7Be not deceived; God is not
mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8For he that
soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to
the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9And let us not be weary
in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Ephesians 2:1-3 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses
2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world,
according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh
in the children of disobedience: 3Among whom also we all had our conversation
in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh
and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. ..
Ephesians 4:17-24 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that
walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18Having the
understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the
ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19Who
being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all
uncleanness with greediness. 20But ye have not so learned Christ; 21If so be
that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is
corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23And be renewed in the spirit of
your mind; 24And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in
righteousness and true holiness....
1 Timothy 6: 9-11 But they that will be rich
fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts,
which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10For the love of money is the
root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the
faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11But thou, O man of
God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith,
love, patience, meekness...
2 Timothy 2:19-22 Nevertheless the foundation of God
standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let
every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20But in a
great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood
and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21If a man therefore
purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and
meet for the masterís use, and prepared unto every good work. (won't be
unclean, but suitable) 22Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith,
charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart..
2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time
will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts
shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4And they shall
turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables...
Proverbs 6:24-29 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery
of the tongue of a
strange woman. 25Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her
take thee with her eyelids. 26For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought
to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
27Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? 28Can one
go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? 29So he that goeth in to his
neighbourís wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
Matthew 5:27-28 Ye
have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit
adultery: 28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust
after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart....
1 Peter 2:9-12 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an
holy nation, a
peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called
you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10Which in time past were not
a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now
have obtained mercy. 11Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and
pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12Having
your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against
you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold,
glorify God in the day of visitation....
2 Peter 3:2-7 That ye may be mindful
of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the
commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking
after their own lusts, 4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for
since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the
beginning of the creation. 5For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by
the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the
water and in the water: 6Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed
with water, perished: 7But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the
same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment
and perdition of ungodly men...
1 Corinthians 10:5-13 But with many of them God
was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after
evil things, as they also lusted. 7Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of
them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to
play. 8Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell
in one day three and twenty thousand. 9Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of
them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10Neither murmur ye, as
some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 11Now all
these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our
admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12Wherefore let him
that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 13There hath no temptation
taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not
suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation
also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it....
Thus ends my compilation. I trust that all who read it will be blessed
these scriptures as I have. You, like myself can overcome the lusts of the
flesh. It only takes a serious desire on your part and trusting the Lord to
be faithful in, "providing a way of escape".
I was both comforted and shocked at the numbers of believers that were
at these sites and confessing a weakness like mine. I sincerely pray for all
those who are giving in to the voyeristic desires as I once did. I was
serious when I told you that I had made my last visit to a pornographic,
adult, erotic, or whatever site.
I have no way of knowing whether you trusted the Lord to meet your needs
have abandoned this most destructive avenue of revenue. Believe me, if
you truly would desire to have your needs met by another means, ask the Lord
to show you another means, and He will. I am praying for you. Please pray
With Love In Christ,