Podcast Episode 37. Should Christians Masturbate?
We have a bit of a…. “touchy” subject today! Pun intended.
There’s no bible verse that’s explicitly anti-masturbation. However, let’s see what the word may imply by this.
Ask yourself these questions in regards to this or when tempted to do it again:
1 – Am I doing this out of lust?
“God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor— not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways. Never harm or cheat a fellow believer in this matter by violating his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before. God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives. Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 NLT)
I knew a Christian who said they would do this out of anger and not lust.
• Whether the root is anger or lust, it still needs to be healed by the power of God.
• So your motive is a big factor.
Some people claim they just do it out of boredom, but what are your thoughts during the act or what is it leading to?
2 – Am I doing this because of watching pornography or inappropriate movies?
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” (Matthew 5:27-30)
3 – Am I doing this to fill a void that is meant for my spouse?
“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” (Hebrews 13:4 ESV)
Sex is a gift for marriage, but masturbation becomes a way to entertain ourselves in a way that wasn’t designed by God.
4 – Am I feeling guilty during or after doing this act?
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17)
• This is telling us that it’s a sin when we know the right thing and then don’t do it.
• So if you’re convicted by this but you continue, it’s worse for you than someone who’s actually ignorant of this action.
5 – Is doing this benefiting you spiritually?
““All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.” (1 Corinthians 10:23 ESV)
• You may not go to Hell, but did this help you spiritually?
• You may not get God to stop loving you, but did this show that you love Him?
Sex is a gift to the married.
• A way to unite together.
• An intimate bond that shouldn’t be broken by adultery or with self gratification.
Here’s the YouTube clip that I found engaging and helpful in regards to masturbation:
“Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:15-20)
My personal view is that masturbation is a sin. That is no shocker, obviously lol.
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