Let’s address the big elephant in the room, masturbation! It’s reported that about 50% of men and women in the United States masturbate weekly! That means if you were to walk into a movie theatre with 120 people, you can be sure that 60 of them masturbated that week. However, this isn’t just a problem for non-christians but Christians as well! Over 61% of “Christian” men admit to masturbating at some point. As alarming as these statistics are we know they’re still not 100% accurate. Reason being, a lot of people aren’t willing to admit that they struggle with masturbation; therefore we can be sure these percentages are much higher.
With this high amount of Christians struggling with masturbation, you would think this topic would be addressed more frequently, right? Well sadly, it’s often not talked about enough. In the last 7 years that I’ve, “actually” paid attention in church, this topic has only come up twice, yet the majority of the congregation is masturbating each night before they go to sleep. Why is that people are afraid to have this conversation? I don’t know, maybe because they’re shy? Or perhaps they’re not sure if it’s wrong, after all there’s not any particular scripture in the bible that says, “masturbation is a sin“. However, despite there not being a passage that says, “masturbation is a sin,” there are scriptures that show us how sinful masturbation really is.
It only takes one word in the bible to let us know how sinful masturbation is and that’s…..(drums please)…..LUST (sexual). Yes, big ugly LUST is what makes masturbation sinful. Simply put, lust (sexual) is a desire, fantasy, or crave to be with someone sexually that you’re not authorized to be with. This type of lust was condemned by Jesus in Matthew 5:28 when He said, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Typically while masturbating, you’re looking at someone with lust, reminiscing on sexual memories of the past, watching porn, and imagining that you’re doing something sexual with someone. All of these acts are lustful, which would be deemed as sinful. Now some have said, “I can masturbate without lusting,” which I find doubtful because something or someone had to turn you on in order for you to seek sexual gratification through masturbation. All in all, masturbation shows no favoritism and is real a struggle for those single, dating, and married.
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