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Pornography is idolatry: that’s not something you hear often. I already spoke about repentance on my blog. Further, I want to talk about one of the most important things we need to do to experience total freedom.
Pornography is idolatry
When your heart does not find complete satisfaction in Jesus it will try to find satisfaction in other places or things. Someone well said that a heart which does not find its pleasure and satisfaction in God alone is an idol factory. That was the problem with my heart and with the heart of many other people who are indulging in pornography or any different sinful behavior or addiction. Our heart must be taught that the only One who can quench our thirst is Jesus (John 4:14).
The desire for a thing becomes the overwhelming drive in a person’s soul— he or she can never get enough. The person becomes ensnared in the bondage of lust and turns the object of that lust’s compulsion into an idol.
Pastor Hayford continues
…masturbation involves fantasy, which is related to idolatry; fantasy, pornography and masturbation are closely tied. Again, we are talking about an image behind which a demon spirit resides— whether that image be on paper, on screen or in a person’s head.
Only repentance will bring us to Christ who can then set us free. He is the Only One who can set us free! Do not make God your final solution because He is the only solution to your bondage.
What is idolatry?
According to Easton’s Bible Dictionary, idolatry is
image-worship or divine honor paid to any created object. Paul describes the origin of idolatry in Rom. 1:21-25: men forsook God, and sank into ignorance and moral corruption (1:28). The forms of idolatry are, (1.) Fetishism, or the worship of trees, rivers, hills, stones, etc. (2.) Nature worship, the worship of the sun, moon, and stars, as the supposed powers of nature. (3.) Hero worship, the worship of deceased ancestors, or of heroes
However, where can we read in the Bible that sexual sin is idolatry? In Ephesians 5:3-5 (ESV) we read
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Very straightforward. Read also from verse 6 to 14 for even more clarification.
Pornography is idolatry and Baal worship
There is a god mentioned all over the Old Testament and even in the New Testament (Matt. 12:24). His name is Baal. This idol appears over sixty times in the Bible— that makes it pretty significant and we should pay attention to what God wants us to learn.
Baal was a Phoenician—Canaanite god and Asherah was his wife. The worship of these gods always involved something sexual. Probably anything one can think of as sexual sin was permitted and required in the worship of these gods. One can read more about this topic in The Healing Presence by Leanne Payne.
One might think this practice of worshiping Baal and Asherah is not relevant as nobody does that in our days. Maybe not so much in the form the Bible and history present worship to them but the spirit of Baal and Asherah is alive and well today. Of course, it has different names. Today people would not say they worship Baal. Because what in the ancient times was called worship to Baal and Asherah now is called pornography, sexual fantasies or masturbation, etc. Any other type of sexual sin can be categorized with this label—that’s why I state pornography is idolatry.
Worship God alone
You see, God is calling us to worship Him alone and no other (Exodus 20:3-6). The battle is always for our worship because we were created to worship. There is only One who is worthy to be worshipped! In John 4:23-24 (ESV) we read
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
When we worship anyone else before God or besides God (Exodus 20:3), there are consequences. When we adore the created things of this world and nature and not the Creator, Satan will get a foothold in our lives. Moreover, as someone said idols would require more and more sacrifices. Sacrifices of time, thoughts, health, relationships, finances, etc. Furthermore, as I said in my previous post, lust has a progressive nature and can bring someone to do some of the most wicked things one can imagine. It can transform a man into an animal.
The good news is that Jesus Christ can save and redeem us (Hebrews 13:8, ESV)
He is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Where there is genuine repentance, there is forgiveness and restoration. God loves to restore people. I am one of His stories and you can be one too.
A lesson from Gideon
The Lord revealed Himself to Gideon (Judges chapter six), as He chooses him to deliver His people from the hands of Midian. Then the first thing God required from Gideon was that he would destroy the Baal and Asherah worship from his family (vs. 25-26). One can see false worship was learned on the generational line of his father.
In verse 27 we read that Gideon obeyed the Lord, but he did that in the night as he was afraid. However, God did not give Gideon victory over Midian before he destroyed the idols from his family line and his life. So, after Gideon demolished the idols, we can see a very different man— a true warrior. From a fearful man, we see a courageous man. Baal and Asherah worship will always hinder our calling. We need to be radical with idolatry as Gideon or Elijah was (read 1 Kings 18).
Pornography is idolatry and how to renounce your idols
It is a great spiritual truth that we become like the spirit to which we submit. When we are submitted to the Holy Spirit, holiness is manifest in our lives. When we are submitted to the spirit of lust…lust takes control of our lives (see 1 Pet. 1:13-16).
Now we will look at how can we come out of the spirit of lust and idolatry. Jesus said in John 8:36 (ESV)
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
There is freedom in the Name of Jesus and His sacrifice. I remember the moment when I practiced this truth— renouncing Baal and Asherah from my life. It was indeed a great moment of victory in the spiritual realm.
Would you like to do the same? In your own words and with a loud voice make a simple declaration, in the Name of Jesus that pornography is idolatry. Words have power! Confess and name your sin as idolatry before the Lord. Maybe you sense you need to confess your secret love for your idols and the sacrifices of time, money, etc. you have brought. Declare that you repent of any false worship to Baal and Asherah and of any association you have had with them.
Do something about it
Repent of any sin you have committed on your phone, computer, tablet or TV, or any other source. Repent for any thoughts and images you allowed from these idols in your mind and heart. Renounce your allegiance with them and ask and receive forgiveness for your involvement with these idols. Ask for God’s grace to face all the consequences of idolatry in your life. Moreover, spend time in the Presence of God and see what else you need to confess or repent for. Do not skip this step.
In 1 Samuel 7:3 (ESV)
And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.”
God does not blesses idols (Jer. 3:24). Whenever I cannot see God’s blessing in an area of my life I pray and ask the Lord if there is an idol I need to remove, by the grace of Jesus and the help of the Holy Spirit. I know idols do stop God’s blessing. And our God is a jealous God (Exodus 34:4). Moreover, He says in Isaiah 42:8 (ESV)
I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.
In 1 John 5:21 (ESV) we read
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
God will not remove my idols in my place if I secretly love them. I know the lesson about idolatry is not taught today as much as it should. I hope that in this post the Lord used my words to make you aware of the danger of idolatry and the need to repent and renounce your idols. Pornography is idolatry—I hope you know that now.
If you want to read more about idolatry I recommend Brother John’s essay!
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