5 More Promises of Porn - John Perritt

John Perritt - Youth Pastor
Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church (Ridgeland, MS)


Here is a follow-up to the article 5 Promises of Porn.  

Porn makes us many promises – promises of happiness, comfort, pleasure, joy – but these promises are fleeting.  Below are some of the promises you are guaranteed to receive from porn, however, they aren’t promises you typically desire.   

1. Porn Angers God.  
You need to understand that God sees everything you ever do.  [Quote Ryle].  God is so holy he cannot be around sin.  God is so holy he hates sin.  God does not take your viewing of porn lightly.  He is repulsed by it.  He burns against it.    

2. Porn Creates Lust.
[1] Lust is clearly a sin Scripture speaks to, and it is simply impossible to view porn without lusting.  In this case, you are lusting after something that is forbidden.  You are lusting after sex in it’s proper context; i.e., outside of marriage.  Lust may feel good in the moment, but lust will only leave you empty and will lead to destruction [Rom. 1:24-27].    

3. Porn Hurts Daughters.  
I currently have two daughters.  It scares me to think that they will, most likely, marry a guy who’s addicted to porn.  To think that a young man will view my daughters through porn-poisoned eyes, is a hard thought for me to accept.  My daughters are beautiful treasures and I want them to be appreciated.  Understand you are viewing and disgracing someone else’s daughter when you look at porn.    

4. Porn Mocks Jesus.  
It’s impossible for us to truly grasp the sacrifice Christ made for us.  He left his eternal throne, obeyed the law perfectly, was rejected by men, betrayed by those closest to him, beaten, nailed to a cross, died, and conquered death.  He did not go through all of that in order for you to waste your time viewing porn.  Jesus bought you with his blood, he owns you, now you must live your life for his glory – not your sin.  “How can we who died to sin still live in it?” [Rom. 6:2]    

5. Porn Feeds Your Sin.  
Did you know the more you feed your sin the stronger it gets?  Did you know you can actually starve your sinful flesh?  Just picture a professional football player in the NFL.  Now picture him after only eating salads for a month.  That guy would lose significant strength and muscle.  It is similar with our sin.  If you feed it, it grows.  If you starve it, it shrinks.  Porn will continue to grow your sin until it rules you.  Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to help you engage your battle against porn.    

Here’s some good news.  While all of the above promises are indeed true, but devastating, the promise of Jesus brings freedom.  If you are reading this and you are viewing porn on a regular basis, know that the blood of Jesus can cleanse you.  Know that the Holy Spirit is your strength, and that is the same Spirit who rose Jesus from the grave!  You are never too sick or too far gone for Jesus’ redeeming work.  Be reminded of the good news of the gospel and seek out help from your parents, pastors, or biblical counselors. 

 [1] Denny Burk’s, What is the Meaning of Sex? influenced this thought p. 225
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