fighting for free hearts

Your Brain On, Or Of, Porn — Part 2

Sam Black discussed at length the neurological and Biblical connections with regard to the habit-forming use of porn in his post on Breaking Free, the blog of Covenant Eyes; as i wrote about before in Your Brain On, Or Off, Porn — Part 1.

Black goes on to talk about the re-training of our minds; forming new neural pathways.

Paul encourages us “to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Why must we take our thoughts captive? Because as a man thinks in his heart, so he is (Proverbs 23:7).

This is a crucial part of the fight for purity and freedom.

As Black points out: Paul and Solomon understood what modern neurologists tell us today. From the concept of “use it or lose it,” fantasizing about porn and sex equates to “using it” or practicing the very thing that a person hopes to avoid.

There are two essential aspects to what Black, and the Bible, are talking about.

First, the power of porn and the addictive cycle we get ourselves into requires that men who have formed these neural pathways with years of use surround themselves with a brotherhood of men who will support them in this fight.  And it will be a serious fight.

Paul describes it in serious terms.

In the same passage Black quotes — 2 Corinthians 10:5 — about taking every thought captive, Paul precedes that teaching with these words:

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine powerto demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

It’s warfare. The Enemy of our souls is the author of all pornography and he prowls about like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.  (1 Peter 5:8).

The truth of scripture tells us that we must fight, and when we do, good things come as a result:

 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

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