Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. -Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
1. Pornography corrupts your mind, and makes everything dirty.
2. Pornography is addictive.
3. It impairs your ability to have a right relationship with a real person.
4. It promotes immorality and perversion.
5. It normalizes the abnormal and sinful.
6. It destroys marriages and families.
7. It makes you more likely to cheat on your spouse.
8. You rate others as sexual objects, rather than as people of worth created in the image of God.
9. It makes you unable to enjoy the good and decent.
10. Pornography offers everything; yet instead of giving, it takes away.
On a related note, whatever your age, never, never take naked pictures of yourself or others. Never send naked pictures. Never ask for, or seek out nude photos. If someone asks you for them, just say “No.” Period. Remember, private photos have a way of becoming public photos, especially with the internet.
Pornography has always been around, but you used to have to go to a little trouble to get it. Now, it is thrown right in your lap by smartphones, internet, TV, etc. While they can, parents need to protect, inform, warn their kids. Be accountable. Do whatever is necessary to stay away from pornography. Whatever your age, you should have nothing to do with it.
Years ago there was a Christian book against porn that some pastors said bordered on pornography itself. I’ve seen some Christian discussions of pornography that got downright creepy. I certainly do not want to be guilty of such. So I’ll just leave you with this simple article, without going into seedy details.
Stay away from pornography. It has no place in the Christian life.
-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, January 3, AD 2017.
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