I remember hearing of a male porn star sharing that if “christian men” stopped looking at porn that the whole industry would collapse.
I believe it. The problem is of such an epidemic level, of men ensnared with not just porn but the entangled obsession of lust. We live in a day and age where the accessibility is just a click of a button away and there has been a VOID in way of leadership and VOICE towards young men that would lead them to believe that one could actually navigate and survive this morass. Most men have caved in to the belief that they will never be free and must just come to terms with their nature and their weakness. To say marriages have been undermined and men’s faith shaken is an understatement.
To broach upon this subject there is such HOPELESSNESS with men and a genuine terror, especially for those who know the Word and within their hearts the conviction runs deep. There is no doubt that men’s consciences (aside from those who have just seared theirs over the years) are severely being convicted. If I were to once again suggest that everything done in secret will be shouted from the housetops I know men’s hearts plummet within their chests. The truth is that conviction is present because THIS is what the Holy Spirit came to do and it is THAT WRONG (for sooo many reasons). Is God so cruel that He would point something out within us without providing that needed to remedy it? A problem is that when convicted, most men (and women) just remain “sorry” for their sin and try to heap upon that sin Good Things , sort of like an air freshener. But still the problem persists! They discover that their nature is weak and will never overcome that nature. They need a NATURE GREATER then their own.
I know what it means to slink around and be ensnared… a slave of sin. We know what a slave is one who obeys his Master’s dictates. Men would like to excuse that their “Battle” with Lust as merely a struggle here and there… but for most, it has been a slavery and road of deepening bondage that began at a young age. Appetite grows every time it is fed and the eye never satisfied. Of course we are dealing with something that has been so swept aside… so locked up behind closed doors through shame. The truth is that if you have a room in your heart that Satan has a key to… who owns that house? Such HEINOUS stuff is going on… and it IS SHAMEFUL what is going on. No need here to talk on specifics.
We must bring, not just this topic, but this issue into the light.
I think of in John 3 where he lays out the verdict. Light has come into this world but men loved the darkness more… less their deeds be exposed. The issue is NOT that men can’t be free, its that they are terrified to LET GO of that which they’ve always gone to for pleasure, for they have been fed from this pig pen all their days and they can’t imagine life without it. They blame God for not “taking it away” or changing them in some miraculous way… but this is no fault of God. God has made a way, but to follow and obey would mean to surrender ones self to a God and discover and experience HE IS ENOUGH… HE IS SUFFICIENT (which most never have had testimony of). it actually takes a ACT of FAITH to STEP INTO THE LIGHT… and be completely exposed. Many have stepped into the light in way of confession only to step back into the darkness. We see that confession does not bring freedom. Confession is great but if it is not met with REPENTANCE, in other words to SEVERE OUR FLESH and TURN and WALK THE OTHER WAY… to actually PICK UP YOUR CROSS, and DIE so that YOU MIGHT LIVE… -One must RUN to Jesus… not aimlessly – but to the Savior Himself. No other one can do what Jesus can.
Jesus CAME to SET MEN FREE. That was HIS PURPOSE. He did NOT die on a cross and RISE AGAIN so that you could remain in your sin. Some sadly stew in their sin with such pride and arrogance claiming the LOVE of God all the while as their “pass” and their “authentic-ness” as what God is pleased with. Sadly, if you live by the flesh … you will surely die.
AND THAT… is why this is SUCH A BIG HUGE HONKIN’ ISSUE that needs to be dealt with.
Here it is… You CAN be FREE. You can ACTUALLY have those shackles, those habits OBLITERATED. TODAY. Run to Jesus as though your life depended on it. YES CONFESS. But TURN… TURN to Jesus and let HIM take every thought captive. Let HIM be your source. Every temptation HE makes a way of escape. ABIDE in HIM… meaning PRAY at ALL TIMES with ALL KINDS Of PRAYERS. It is not a one time DEAL-E-O… NO! Daily take up your cross and FOLLOW HIM.
Truth is most people live a life cloaked in a religious sham and justify continuing to live and hold on to their sin. But that can all change with Jesus. (now when I talk of Jesus, I’m talking about the Jesus revealed in scripture… not this “God” that has been formed in people’s image… His ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts. While he Loves us… He hates sin and is opposed to the Proud. It would be best for us to learn of who He is. Seek Him and You will Find Him.
It is WORTH IT.