fighting for free hearts

Life, Death And Porn

Some lies are so well-crafted that even in their simplicity their power endures through, literally, millennia. And in their simplicity these lies slip past our defenses due to their unassuming and seemingly true qualities.

Chief among such lies is the one that Satan, in the form of a serpent, told to Eve in the Garden of Eden. The Evil One said, rather convincingly, and with a matter-of-fact quality about it: “You won’t die,” when he lied about the consequences of Eve’s disobedience to God’s command not to eat of the fruit from the Tree of Good and Evil.

True to his nature, the Enemy lied.

In many ways, that’s the lie we all still believe today about our sin in general, and the sexual sins of pornography and lust in particular. We believe that we can dabble; we can periodically partake and we won’t die.

Of course, it seems that Satan is correct. We don’t immediately fall over dead after we sin, whatever sin we commit.

What we can’t see is the death that takes places in our hearts; the death that actually is occurring in the deepest places of our souls, every time we sin.  The truth about our sexuality is that God has created us in such a way that sex affects us, and therefore sexual sin affects us, at the very core of our humanity.

Yet the death often remains undetected.  Sin is, as Mark Tindall says, death in non-lethal doses. It kills ever so subtlely. But make no mistake, it does kill.

This is something the addict knows well.  Addicts are actually “blessed” to have the accurate perspective that porn and lust are death. They know the devastation and the entrapment that come with giving in to those lustful impulses.

But the lie, from ages past, continues to ring in our ears and take root in our hearts: “You won’t die.”

Satan is a liar. When he lies he speaks his native tongue.  Porn and lust are death. Everytime.

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