Ammunition for the Fight Against Porn

Pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry, the largest online. Some statistics suggest that nearly 70% of all men ages 18–24 view porn at least once a week, which is not to mention the struggle among Gen Xers, and increasingly among women. This is not a light matter. Porn is an outrageous sin against God and his image-bearers, including your own body. But we are not without guidance. Through God’s word, specifically 1 Corinthians 5–7, he shows us how to deal with porn and other sexual sins. The church of Corinth was tainted by diverse sexual perversions. A man went to bed with his father's wife, an act that is severely condemned in the Old Testament (Leviticus 18:18; Deuteronomy 22:30; 27:20). Shockingly, the church of Corinth boasted about such practices. They also failed to excommunicate the one who was doing this heinous act. Paul, alarmed by such bragging, says, "Ought you not rather to mourn?" (1 Corinthians 5:2).

Paul addresses this problem by giving the church theological truths that, if embraced, will dethrone all forms of sexual immorality from our hearts. Seven times in 1 Corinthians 5–7 Paul uses the phrase "Do you not know" (1 Corinthians 5:6; 6:2–3, 9, 15–16, 19). Paul clearly assumes that we should already have the knowledge he is about to give us. He also believes that this knowledge will shape and govern our sexuality because of the power these truths contain. Good theology triumphs over biology.

The Needed Ammunition

Paul's two-fold imperative for the Church is to flee sexual immorality and glorify God with your body (1 Corinthians 6:18–20). Paul gives us seven theological ammunitions that empower us to obey these commands and kill porn.

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