Anonymous asked: So, I was reading your answer on why it's bad to masturbate. You said, "Although the bible doesn’t really touch on this topic it seems to me that it’s pretty clear that the thoughts and actions taken when doing this aren’t “Holy Thoughts or Actions” e.g. watching pornography and thinking lustful thoughts. and that’s what makes it a sin." You said that it's the unholy thoughts and actions (porn) that makes it a sin. But what if you just did it without the lustful thoughts and porn?
Once again the bible doesn’t really touch on this subject. But there is so much context in the bible that leads us to believe why christians shouldn’t do this.
1 Cor. 6:18 ”Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.”
The word “immorality” in the greek language is called porneia .
Porneia means: illicit sexual intercourse, i.e., fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality, etc. The English word “pornography” is derived from this Greek word.
Eph. 5:3 ”But do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among saints.”
Col. 3:5 “Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.”
1 Thess. 4:2-5 “For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God.”
God wants us to be pure. That’s a fact.
I wouldn’t put ”masturbation” under the “pure” category.
We shouldn’t let anything have complete control over us or Master us.
Only God can set you free if you are a victim of masturbation.
God Bless :)