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5 Introduction: 1. Eph. 5:3-5 Idol: obsessed with sexual desire Pornography: depict erotic or lewd sexual scenes in writing or pictures 2. Study porn threat to morals, homes, & nations God’s purpose for sex: what it can & cannot do Walking in love in a sex-saturated society Overcome the sin & devastation of pornography! 5

6 I. God’s Purpose for Sex: What It Can & Cannot Do A. Man Created to Have Fellowship with God Gen. 1:27 In God’s image to know & love Him 6 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

7 I. God’s Purpose for Sex: What It Can & Cannot Do B. Sex: Marital Love-Commitment-Companionship Gen. 2:24 Unity in Godhead, & in marriage 7 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

8 I. God’s Purpose for Sex: What It Can & Cannot Do B. Sex: Marital Love-Commitment-Companionship Husband, wife serve each other as if one person: sexual intimacy symbolizes lifelong commitment to each other “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, in adversity as in prosperity, and forsaking all others, to love & to cherish, ‘til death do us part” 8

9 I. God’s Purpose for Sex: What It Can & Cannot Do C. Sex: Offspring in Context of a Loving Family Ps. 127:3 Children: God’s love & our love 9 3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

10 I. God’s Purpose for Sex: What It Can & Cannot Do C. Sex: Offspring in Context of a Loving Family Conceived & raised in unselfish nourishing love, not born of uncommitted selfish lust 10

11 I. God’s Purpose for Sex: What It Can & Cannot Do D. Reflect Reverential Fear of God Heb. 13:4 Stewards of our sexual nature 11 4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

12 I. God’s Purpose for Sex: What It Can & Cannot Do D. Reflect Reverential Fear of God Prov. 5:18-19 God origin of sensual love Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.

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14 I. God’s Purpose for Sex: What It Can & Cannot Do E. Cannot Satisfy Apart from God Only God’s design produces true fulfillment!!! 14

15 I. God’s Purpose for Sex: What It Can & Cannot Do E. Cannot Satisfy Apart from God God designed sexual intimacy: Husband & wife serve each other as one flesh, one person  Neuroscience: brain trained by sexual arousal to find fulfillment in mate  Neuroscience: porn retrains the brain by sexual arousal to seek fulfillment with a dehumanized image 15

16  Neuroscience: brain trained by sexual arousal to find fulfillment in mate 16 This is not only a spiritual reality, but also a neurological one. When a husband and wife restrict themselves to each other, directing their sexual energies toward one another, they will find that they occupy each other’s thoughts…. they will be more closely bound to each other. (Wm. Struthers, “The Effects of Porn on the Male Brain,” Christian Research Journal, 34, 5 (2011). brain-3/ )

17  Neuroscience: porn retrains the brain by sexual arousal to seek fulfillment with a dehumanized image 17 The unfortunate reality is that when he acts out (often by masturbating), this leads to hormonal and neurological consequences, which are designed to bind him to the object he is focusing on. In God’s plan, this would be his wife, but for many men it is an image on a screen. Pornography thus enslaves the viewer to an image, hijacking the biological response intended to bond a man to his wife and therefore inevitably loosening that bond. (Wm. Struthers, “The Effects of Porn on the Male Brain,” Christian Research Journal, 34, 5 (2011). brain-3/ )

18 I. God’s Purpose for Sex: What It Can & Cannot Do E. Cannot Satisfy Apart from God Porn trains the brain to crave something which cannot satisfy: vicious cycle addicts  Satan enslaves with cold crude cruel counterfeits for sensual love: porn, voyeurism, fornication, adultery, polygamy, rape, incest, pedophilia, necrophilia, homosexuality, sex change, etc. 18

19 PORNOGRAPHY IS… A lie from Satan our adversary & accuser A fantasy, a mirage Advertising for fornication Salt water Poison Kool-Aid A monster who will not be denied A revolving door with no exit A house of horrors A spider’s web A sin—like all sin, leading to eternal torment 19

20 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History A. Satan Master of Deception: Evil Is Good Gen. 3:5 Markets sin as greatest blessing 20

21 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History B. Pornography: Ancient Ad for Fornication Derived from Greek pornographos, writing about prostitutes 21

22 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History C. Pornography & Fornication Throughout History Pompeii filled with erotic frescoes & symbols Religious porn & prostitution common in Babylon, Canaan, India, Greece, Rome, etc.  Goddesses Diana & Aphrodite sex symbols 22

23 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History C. Pornography & Fornication Throughout History 15 th century: rapid spread by printing press 19 th century: rapid spread by photography 1953 Hugh Hefner’s Playboy magazine 1957 protected as free speech by Supreme Court 20 th -21 st centuries: internet & electronic media 23

24 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History D. Women Bow to Idol of Sex Mary Quant (1965 mini-skirt designer): “Good pornography is erotic,” “I love vulgarity”— clothes draw attention to hips, breasts, crotch 24

25 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History D. Women Bow to Idol of Sex Clothing battle began in Eden (Gen. 3:7, 21) “aprons” covered waist & upper thigh VS “coats,” “tunics” covered shoulders to knees Roman silk clothes a flimsy gauze— pagans protest clothes “made of glass”… “render women naked,” etc. 25

26 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History D. Women Bow to Idol of Sex Sex chat rooms; sexting porn messages, videos 26

27 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History E. Multitudes Bow to Idol of Sex Materialism, indulgence, & evolutionary philosophy erode religious, moral, & legal restraints Religious leaders complicit: “Peace, peace, when there is no peace” (Jer. 8:11)  Positive preaching & pop psychology, NOT warn against hell & specific sins 27 Joel Osteen

28 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History E. Multitudes Bow to Idol of Sex Political leaders liberalize laws: alcohol, drugs, divorce, abortion, homosexuality, & porn Modern liberals employ the rhetoric of ‘rights’… to deligitimate the idea of restrains on individuals by communities….Why there is a right for adults to enjoy pornography remains unexplained and unexplainable. (Robert Bork, Slouching Toward Gomorrah, p. 151) 28

29 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History E. Multitudes Bow to Idol of Sex Rationalize: danger of censorship imposing morals  All law based on morals & values: only issue is which ones?  Censor child porn? Mutilation-&-murder porn? Threats to harm officials? Bomb threats? God, Christ, & the Bible in the public square? 29

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31 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History E. Multitudes Bow to Idol of Sex Pornography & sex deified—people, rules, & standards bow 31 “Sex is now being made into the measure of existence” while “modesty, fidelity, abstinence, chastity, delicacy, and shame…are today ridiculed.” (Robert Bork, Slouching Toward Gomorrah, p. 149) “Sex is now being made into the measure of existence” while “modesty, fidelity, abstinence, chastity, delicacy, and shame…are today ridiculed.” (Robert Bork, Slouching Toward Gomorrah, p. 149)

32 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History F. Harmless or Harmful??? Porn not undermine “relationships, immortal souls, or our republic” (AARP Magazine, Mar.-Apr. 2004, p. 28) 32

33 F. Harmless or Harmful??? Effect on marriage:  Violate vow to love mate only  Dehumanize woman in images & wife: disposable sex toy  Undermine wife’s sense of companionship & self-worth: how can she equal the images?  Undermine wife’s sense of security & trust: Who or what does he want? He lies & hides. 33

34 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History F. Harmless or Harmful??? Effect on male  Reprogram mind to lose interest in wife  Perverted desire leads to rape, child molesting, incest, murder  Ted Bundy: “you look for more potent, more explicit, more graphic kinds of material” until reaching “that jumping off point” 34

35 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History F. Harmless or Harmful??? Effect on children  “Pornography can reach in & snatch a kid out of any house today” (Ted Bundy)  Parents: guard & guide use of electronic media  Monitor, require open spaces & open doors: “Trust but verify” 35

36 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History F. Harmless or Harmful??? Effect on children  Be selective, use filtering devices  Enforce family rules with discipline  Build character: daily Bible reading & prayer  Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21 Father’s perversion leads to child molesting: provoke anger, rebellion, lifelong wounds, & infidelity! I know!!! 36

37 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History F. Harmless or Harmful??? Effect on wife & mother  Deep revulsion, pain, & shame living with porn: loss of peace, trust, & security  Verbal, emotional, & physical abuse: she is “the problem” (spying, puritanical, unforgiving, etc., etc., etc.)  Struggle to convince husband to repent 37

38 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History F. Harmless or Harmful??? Effect on wife & mother  Lack total knowledge & control of events: Child exposed to porn? Molested? Intimidated?  Wrenching dilemma: How protect child & self? What options? What leverage? Greater danger if expose it to family, friends, elders, counselor, or gov’t? Leave temporarily? 38

39 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History F. Harmless or Harmful??? No one immune: elders, deacons, preachers, etc. Depravity unlimited!  Pedophile websites: “bestiality, torture, bloodletting, & sadistic injury” (Judge Bork)  Kidnap children: castrate & murder 6 year old; rape, mutilate, & murder 7 year old girl 39

40 II. Porn & Sex: False Gods Throughout History F. Harmless or Harmful??? Satan as sex god sets porn’s anti-agenda: 40

41 III. Eph. 5:1-21 Walk in Love in Sex-Saturated Society A. Christ Our Perfect Example of God’s Love Vv. 1-2 Follow God’s love in Christ 41

42 III. Eph. 5:1-21 Walk in Love in Sex-Saturated Society B. God’s Wrath Against All Forms of Immorality Vv. 3-6 Zero tolerance for immorality 42

43 Vv. 3-6 Zero tolerance for immorality 43

44 III. Eph. 5:1-21 Walk in Love in Sex-Saturated Society B. God’s Wrath Against All Forms of Immorality Greco-Roman world: “fornication…regarded as a matter of moral indifference,…indulged in without shame or scruple” (Salmond, Ephesians: 352) “Not…once named” = “not even a hint” (vs. 3 NIV) 44

45 III. Eph. 5:1-21 Walk in Love in Sex-Saturated Society B. God’s Wrath Against All Forms of Immorality Covetousness in sexual context (Eph. 4:19; 5:3,5; Col. 3:5): more, more, more = idolatry! Desire inflamed, restraint loosened: dance, touch, dress, songs, speech, pornography, etc. Porn spiral dismantles character: can’t stop, lie, grosser, act out, child porn, STD, divorce, suicide 45

46 III. Eph. 5:1-21 Walk in Love in Sex-Saturated Society C. Reject & Rebuke Immorality, Shine as Lights! Vv The light of Christ shining in darkness 46

47 Vv The light of Christ shining in darkness 47

48 III. Eph. 5:1-21 Walk in Love in Sex-Saturated Society C. Reject & Rebuke Immorality, Shine as Lights! In this dark evil world, the light brightly shines: goodness, righteousness, & truth! Light exposes evil as evil, & calls for repentance False values & morals imposed by false mantras: cannot legislate values & morals, no one harmed, right to privacy, & pluralism 48

49 49 PORN’S FALSE CLAIMS PORN’S REALITY No one harmed Character destroyed; divorce; steal; rape; prostitution; pedophiles; incest; STD; kidnap; murder; suicide Right to privacyNot private: big industry; effects listed above PluralismImpose porn’s values & morals: destructive effects on society

50 III. Eph. 5:1-21 Walk in Love in Sex-Saturated Society D. The Life Guided by the Holy Spirit Vv Life praising God & serving others 50

51 Vv Life praising God & serving others 51

52 III. Eph. 5:1-21 Walk in Love in Sex-Saturated Society D. The Life Guided by the Holy Spirit Be wise: take careful steps with God’s instruction Caution: intoxicants lower inhibitions, leading to the very sins discussed in vv Praising & thanking God builds character 52

53 III. Eph. 5:1-21 Walk in Love in Sex-Saturated Society E. Walking in Love: Christ & the Church, Man & Wife Vv Unselfish love in mutual service Vs. 21 Transition to study of marriage Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

54 III. Eph. 5:1-21 Walk in Love in Sex-Saturated Society E. Walking in Love: Christ & the Church, Man & Wife Marriage based on love, trust, security, & sense of self-worth or well-being  Porn shifts attention to obscene images  Porn thrives on lies  Porn manipulation: make victim the criminal  Porn makes wife feel ugly & useless 54

55 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! A. The Gospel: God’s Solution to All Sin Rom. 1:16 Power to save all men from all sin 55

56 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! B. Growing Fellowship with God Refreshes the Soul & Builds Character Reconciled to God by the blood of Christ  Acts 22:16 Alien sinner 56

57 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! B. Growing Fellowship with God Refreshes the Soul & Builds Character Reconciled to God by the blood of Christ  1 Jn. 1:9 Erring saint 57

58 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! B. Growing Fellowship with God Refreshes the Soul & Builds Character Grow closer to God in prayer & Bible study  Ps. 19:14 Ask God’s daily help 58

59 B. Growing Fellowship with God Refreshes the Soul & Builds Character Grow closer to God in prayer & Bible study  Ps. 27:13-14 Trust God’s providence 59

60 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! B. Growing Fellowship with God Refreshes the Soul & Builds Character Grow closer to God in prayer & Bible study  Ps. 57:1 God gives hope 60

61 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! B. Growing Fellowship with God Refreshes the Soul & Builds Character Grow closer to God in prayer & Bible study  Ps. 101:3 God’s Word defeats sin 61

62 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! B. Growing Fellowship with God Refreshes the Soul & Builds Character Grow closer to God in prayer & Bible study  Ps. 119:9-11 God’s Word cleanses, protects 62

63  Ps. 119:9-11 God’s Word cleanses, protects 63

64 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! B. Growing Fellowship with God Refreshes the Soul & Builds Character Grow closer to God in prayer & Bible study  2 Tim. 2:22 Flee evil, follow truth & right 64

65 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! B. Growing Fellowship with God Refreshes the Soul & Builds Character Grow closer to God in prayer & Bible study  1 Pet. 1:15-16 God inspires us to be holy 65

66 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! B. Growing Fellowship with God Refreshes the Soul & Builds Character Grow closer to God in prayer & Bible study  1 Pet. 2:2 God feeds the soul 66

67 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! B. Growing Fellowship with God Refreshes the Soul & Builds Character Grow closer to God in prayer & Bible study  1 Pet. 2:11 Engage the battle 67

68 B. Growing Fellowship with God Refreshes the Soul & Builds Character Grow closer to God in prayer & Bible study  1 Pet. 5:6-7 Give your fears to God 68

69 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! B. Growing Fellowship with God Refreshes the Soul & Builds Character Grow closer to God in prayer & Bible study  Joseph, Job, & Jesus teach self-control: o Gen. 39:12 Guard your feet o Job 31:1 Guard your eyes o Matt. 5:27-30 Guard your thoughts 69

70 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! C. Seek & Follow Good Counsel Learn to apply principles to life’s challenges  Prov. 16:21 Learn from wise people 70

71 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! C. Seek & Follow Good Counsel Learn to apply principles to life’s challenges  Prov. 24:5-6 Seek widely 71

72 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! C. Seek & Follow Good Counsel Learn to apply principles to life’s challenges  Prov. 27:6, 17 Seek constructive criticism 72 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

73 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! C. Seek & Follow Good Counsel Learn to apply principles to life’s challenges  Utilize mature Christians, experienced counselors & writers, & websites 73

74 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! D. Arrange Accountability Accountable first to God  Prov. 15:3 God knows all 74 3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

75 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! D. Arrange Accountability Accountable first to God  Prov. 28:13 Freely confess not hide sin He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

76 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! D. Arrange Accountability Accountable first to God  Ps. 19:12-14 Ask God’s help daily 76

77  Ps. 19:12-14 Ask God’s help daily Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. 13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

78 IV. Overcome the Sin & Devastation of Pornography! D. Arrange Accountability Be accountable to mate, elders, & other saints  Use electronic media in the open, use safeguards to block porn sites 78

79 V. Lest Satan Get Advantage: Forgive the Sinner! A. Love & Forgiveness Help Break the Bonds of Sin 2 Cor. 2:8-11 Brazen disgusting sin forgiven 79

80 2 Cor. 2:8-11 Brazen disgusting sin forgiven 80

81 V. Lest Satan Get Advantage: Forgive the Sinner! A. Love & Forgiveness Help Break the Bonds of Sin 1 Cor. 13:7-8 Sincere expressions of hope give hope 81 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth:…

82 V. Lest Satan Get Advantage: Forgive the Sinner! A. Love & Forgiveness Help Break the Bonds of Sin Matt. 18:22 Apply to addictive sins: be there! Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

83 V. Lest Satan Get Advantage: Forgive the Sinner! A. Love & Forgiveness Help Break the Bonds of Sin Lk. 18:10-14 Humble ourselves to help the humbled sinner: do not boast And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

84 Conclusion: 1. Eph. 5:3-5 Idol: obsessed with sexual desire Pornography: depict erotic or lewd sexual scenes in writing or pictures 84

85 1. Eph. 5:3-5 Idol: obsessed with sexual desire 85

86 Conclusion: 2. Study porn threat to morals, homes, & nations God’s purpose for sex: what it can & cannot do Walking in love in a sex-saturated society Overcome the sin & devastation of pornography! 86

87 Conclusion: 3. Find rest, hope, & peace with God Ps. 19:14 Our constant prayer Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.


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