A Porn Proverb

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks back, I’ve recently had a new opportunity open up to be able to use regrettable events in my past to help others. I now blog monthly for a website called heartsupport.com that helps people recover from all kinds of addictions.

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My most recent heartsupport blog is below. You can read it on the heartsupport website HERE as well as see the (growing) archive of my blogs on their site HERE.

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“A Porn Proverb”

There are lots of things the Bible talks about that you might not expect: the sex life of a young married couple (Song of Solomon), a bunch of guys who want to rape another guy (Genesis 19), murder to cover up adultery and an illegitimate pregnancy (2 Samuel 11), Noah getting drunk and naked (Genesis 9), and (to throw in a non-sex one) a couple mama bears who maul 42 kids for making fun of a bald prophet (no joke – 2 Kings 2:23-25).

The Bible doesn’t hide anything. It’s very blunt and it doesn’t try to make its heroes look good.

Another thing you might not think you’d find in the Bible is pornography. Now, before you pull out your Bible and flip to the concordance, let me assure you, you won’t find the word “porn” in there. However, you’ll find some principles that go hand in hand with it.

For years, Proverbs 7 has stood out to me when it comes to struggling with lust, pornography, or sinful, sexual thoughts. It’s about a young man who puts his life on the line to blindly follow a seductive woman to her house for a night of passion. Sounds exactly like what happens when you go to that website or pick up that magazine (you know which ones I’m referring to – the ones you don’t want anyone to know you look at). Looking at porn may not seem that serious, but it is. Porn can have life-shattering, career-altering, family-destroying consequences.

Let’s read a few verses from Proverb 7, the Porn Proverb, in The Message

6 As I stood at the window of my house
looking out through the shutters,

7 Watching the mindless crowd stroll by,
I spotted a young man without any sense

8 Arriving at the corner of the street where she lived,
then turning up the path to her house.

9 It was dusk, the evening coming on,
the darkness thickening into night.

10 Just then, a woman met him—
she’d been lying in wait for him, dressed to seduce him.

11 Brazen and brash she was,
restless and roaming, never at home,

12 Walking the streets, loitering in the mall,
hanging out at every corner in town.

13 She threw her arms around him and kissed him,
boldly took his arm and said,

14 “I’ve got all the makings for a feast—
today I made my offerings, my vows are all paid,

15 So now I’ve come to find you,
hoping to catch sight of your face—and here you are!

16 I’ve spread fresh, clean sheets on my bed,
colorful imported linens.

17 My bed is aromatic with spices
and exotic fragrances.

18 Come, let’s make love all night,
spend the night in ecstatic lovemaking!

19 My husband’s not home; he’s away on business,
and he won’t be back for a month.”

21 Soon she has him eating out of her hand,
bewitched by her honeyed speech.

Sounds enticing, doesn’t it. Those verses describe exactly what the pictures on the front of a Playboy or that Girls Gone Wild commercial are supposed to do – entice. They want you to think about HERE and NOW – nothing else and no one else. They’re enticing you to be completely selfish and do only what feels good right now. Forget your wife (or future wife), forget those student who look up to you as their youth pastor or that congregation that you teach the Bible to. Forget about your kids or even the diseases that are possible after an encounter like what you’re considering.

FORGET ABOUT ALL THAT! Look. Feel. Have fun.

It’s enticing. And far too many men and women follow that path of lust. Porn makes some big promises, but it never delivers.

Our Porn Proverb isn’t over. It’s the next 2 verses that kill me to read…

22 Before you know it, he’s trotting behind her,
like a calf led to the butcher shop,
Like a stag lured into ambush

23 and then shot with an arrow,
Like a bird flying into a net
not knowing that its flying life is over.

It’s all over. He gave it all away for this encounter. And yet, there he goes, marching away like everything is ok.

Don’t get me wrong – this doesn’t happen every time you look at porn. You may have been doing it for years. But I can speak from experience when I say you are killing what God has for you. You’re laying it all on the line for a moment (or even a few hours) of sinful, selfish pleasure. IT’S NOT WORTH IT. Recognize that this lifestyle leads to death and destruction. It will ruin. Don’t believe me? Read the rest of the Proverb…

24 So, friends, listen to me,
take these words of mine most seriously.

25 Don’t fool around with a woman like that;
don’t even stroll through her neighborhood.

26 Countless victims come under her spell;
she’s the death of many a poor man.

27 She runs a halfway house to hell,
fits you out with a shroud and a coffin.

I know what you’re wondering – “how do I stop?” It’s not easy, but it starts with separation. Listen to the Porn Proverb and “don’t even stroll through her neighborhood.” You don’t want to end up hanging out and lounging around her “halfway house to hell.” It’s not worth it. God’s plans for you are a million times better than that. Live for something bigger. Live for something that will last. Live for something that will truly satisfy.

Jesus is His name. He’s the ONLY answer for what you’re dealing with.

He died so that you didn’t have to follow that woman down that road or into that motel room or to that website or down that magazine isle. He died so you can live.

I’m a pastor; and I use my past with porn to help others put porn in their past.

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