Wretched St. Paul and the Cure to Porn Addiction

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I have received a comment via email from John. John has a comment on my recent blog post ‘Porn Addiction; Here is your Cure‘. If you haven’t read that post yet then I recommend you do so as it will help shine some light on our discussion. Also, if you have a comment or a suggestion that you want featured in an upcoming post send them to me via the Contact page. John writes…

I saw your recent post on pornography and I was struck by the statement`You cannot be a Christian and be addicted to porn.’ I emphasise that this not anything that interests me: I am not, never have been and never will be addicted to this. But there is the whole business of being a Christian and sin. As I indicate at the beginning of my…

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5 thoughts on “Wretched St. Paul and the Cure to Porn Addiction

  1. I thought this key

    11] 8. We believe, teach, and confess that, although the contrition that precedes, and the good works that follow, do not belong to the article of justification before God, yet one is not to imagine a faith of such a kind as can exist and abide with, and alongside of, a wicked intention to sin and to act against the conscience. But after man has been justified by faith, then a true living faith worketh by love, Gal. 5:6, so that thus good works always follow justifying faith, and are surely found with it, if it be true and living; for it never is alone, but always has with it love and hope.
    Formula of Concord; Righteousness of Faith

    Jesus told us that if we love him we will obey Him. Agape love is a spiritual gift, and it is the gift that enables us to overcome our propensity to sin. The fact the Holy Spirit offers us this gift is I think what causes the Holy Spirit to grieve when we continue deliberately in sin. When we sin, we reject the gift of love.

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    1. Jock McSporran

      Citizen Tom – It seems to me that the `we will obey him’ is very much eschatological, something for the future. The `Sermon on the Mount’ should show us that obeying Jesus is something that really cannot be achieved in this life.
      I am going to commit a very grave sin on Sunday; I will be flying in an aeroplane – in flagrant violation of the commandment to keep the Sabbath holy. It was either that, or take a different airline to get a different (suitable) day (which would have cost a lot more – in violation of reasonable Christian principles of stewardship) or breaking a promise to my son that we would take a short holiday. In some situations, it seems impossible to find a sin-free path and one has to commit one sin to avoid an even greater sin.
      David was a man of God and he sinned – he engaged in fornication and murder. Judah (a man of God – one of the patriarchs) was a fornicator. The Patriarchs were a bunch of rotters, every single one of them ….. Solomon didn’t have to engage in pornography, because he had a plentiful supply of the real thing.
      The particular sin that Douglas is dealing with in this post and the last is pretty gross and something horrible. I should very much hope that Christians in this day and age don’t do that.
      But I don’t think that any of us obey Jesus in any way that is remotely reasonable according to the divine standard.

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      1. @Jock McSporran

        You have a point. Our Lord apparently doesn’t santify us instantly and completely.

        Philippians 1:6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
        6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

        When we are born again, the Holy Spirit begins His work. We love God, and we humble ourselves before Him, but we still sin.

        1 John 1:5-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
        God Is Light
        5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

        God forgives the sinner who knows he sins and sincerely repents. God forgives the sinner who hates his sins because He loves God. God does not forgive the sinner who will not admit he sins.

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  2. Jock McSporran

    Douglas – it isn’t completely clear to me that the subject you are referring to is a pastoral problem. 1 John 2v27 tells us exactly how much `pastoring’ a person needs from the pastor, `As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you and you do not need anyone to teach you.’

    When I go to church (which I don’t do right now), I expect to meet people for whom this is true. Both Paul and John tell us that the excuse `oh I didn’t know’ simply does not hold (John here in 1 John 2v27 and Paul in the second of Romans).

    If someone blatantly engages in such a vice (for example – if they give a big yawn during the sermon, whip out their smart phone and start looking at pornographic images), then I’d like to think that they would be politely, but firmly, told to get out and never darken the doors of a church again.

    If it is a secret sin with which an individual is struggling, then I still don’t quite see what sort of involvement a pastor can have. 1 John 2v27 is quite clear about who is teaching us.

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