Danger – Big Trouble Ahead

February 12, 2017

Young man, if you are tempted to go to a pornographic web site, or if you are already dabbling in pornography, I would like to put a big sign before your eyes that says “Danger, Big Trouble Ahead. If you refuse to take heed to the warning, you do so at your own risk.

Just because the word “pornography” isn’t in the Bible doesn’t mean it isn’t sin. It is included in what the Bible calls “lust.” The word lust appears a number of times in the Bible. II Peter 1:4 tells us we need to escape from it. “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” The sex act in marriage isn’t lust. It is an intimate experience that gives mutual satisfaction. Hebrews 13:4 says, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

It is sad that many young men are addicted to pornography even before they have thought about marriage. If you are addicted to pornography it’s best that you don’t marry because if you do you will break some young woman’s heart. If you have found an artificial way to satisfy your sexual desires you won’t be totally dependent on your wife to satisfy your desires.

Without realizing it, many girls and young women cheapen themselves by their immodest dress. I Timothy 2:9 tells us that women should dress modestly. “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.” There is good reason for that. The sight of a woman’s legs excites and arouses a man, but if he sees it every day in public, and also in the way his wife dresses, it loses its attraction.

An important element in marriage is left out, or neglected, if men find another means of satisfying their sexual desires. A wife feels inadequate if she knows that her husband is looking at pornography on his computer. That has its effect on the marriage relationship. If her husband keeps it a secret from her that he is watching pornography he is robbing something from her. He isn’t giving her all the attention he should because he is getting some of his satisfaction from pornography. If a man’s sexual desires can be aroused and satisfied by artificial means it only stands to reason that his wife won’t have the infinite value to him that she would have if she was his one and only.

If a man spends an hour before he goes to bed at night on a pornographic web site it’s obvious that his wife won’t have the attraction the she should have. The danger in pornography is that it puts a man’s marriage in jeopardy. If his marriage is in jeopardy, the same is true of his family. He may find himself in a number of broken or strained relationships. That spells heart break, shame and loneliness. That is where the danger and big trouble is.

Modern man finds himself with temptations and dangers that his ancestors just 200 years ago never imagined. Pornography is made possible by modern technology. First came the printing press. At first printing presses just printed in black and white. That made it possible to print what we call “dirty books.” Their temptation was minimal compared to modern printing that brings real life color to the printed page. Now we also have DVD’s and the Internet which are an even greater threat.

How can we escape what Peter calls “the corruption that is in the world by lust?” We can pray that God will send a revival that will change the moral values of people. We can make our voices heard in our disapproval of pornography. We can, with God’s help say no to the lusts of the flesh. Our text in II Peter 1:4 tells us that we can escape it by claiming the promises of God.

If it will add anything to the authority of this article, let me add in closing that this article was written by a man who has enjoyed over 50 years of happy marriage. He has never looked at pornography. Why put your marriage and your future at risk for something you don’t need? Every time you are tempted by pornography may the big sign appear again before your eyes that says Danger – Big trouble Ahead.

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