Is Lust Really a Sin

In examining the question of pornography, some may point out that scripture doesn’t say it’s wrong to look at pictures of naked women. And they would be right, scripture does not say it’s wrong. What scripture does show us is that lust is sin. Let me give you a few verses to look at on this one:

Matthew 5:28 – But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

It goes on to tell us in Matthew 5:29-30 that if our eye causes us to sin, we should pluck it out and cast it away, and if our hand causes us to sin, we should cut it off. Let’s face facts, if we all did this, we would be a nation of blind, handless beggers. But we don’t, yet we go on lusting like it’s not a sin.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 – For this is God’s will: that you become holy,that you keep away from sexual immorality, that each of you know how to possess his own bodyin holiness and honor, not in lustful passion like the Gentiles who do not know God.

Here we find Paul telling us that we need to keep away from sexual immorality, and flee from it. He describes it a “lustful passion”. Are you a believer or not? If you believe that God is Lord and the Jesus is King, then have no fear to flee from the temptation placed in front of you.

1 John 2:-15-16 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions)

“The desire of the flesh” seems to be pretty clearly referring to lust to me, but let me give you the Webster’s dictionary definition: lust (v): to have intense desire or need; crave- specifically to have a sexual urge. Sounds like John was talking about the same thing to me, so what do we do about it?

I’ve given some resources in Manhood Challenges: Pornography and encourage you to use them. I also encourage you to spend time in the word. Research the condemnation of sexual immorality. Find the places we are told not to commit this sin and the punishments that are suffered for it. Spend some time in study of Sodom and Gomorrah, or the 23,000 who were slain in the wilderness for this. Find yourself and accountability partner and be repentant.

Until the Whole World Knows,

Paul

P.S. Once you are married, the whole sex issue becomes a lot easier, and harder. Check out Song of Solomon in your Bible to see a little of what I mean.

Comments
  1. Preacher William Barnes says:

    How can a man respond to his needs when Married and his wife does not have the same desire to have his needs met. Its as if the fire has lost all its spark to continue and in a world where sexuality is so widely spread and open to the eye gate as well as offered so openly. I know for me I am just learning of what the antenea of women are all about. Its an eye opener to say the least

    • Paul S says:

      This is a situation that is difficult. There is a lot more information I would need to give a good answer, but the solution is not to lust and commit adultery, weather physically or in your mind. One of the problems in our culture is that we treat love as a feeling, and we all know that feelings change. Love is so much more than a feeling. It is an action, it is a description, it is too big to describe. We as men cannot fully understand love (no person can), but we have to work toward an understanding.

      In regards to your situation, get into counseling. Its a two way street, and I’ll bet you that there are things she has seen change in you as well. If you two will sit down with a trained counselor and follow his/her guidance, I’ll bet your marriage finds new life. Let me know.

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