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All types of pornography are forbidden by the seventh commandment, Obscene magazines, books, posters, videos, etc., are sinful and must be avoided for the reasons listed in the chart below:

  • Pornography - Literature, photography or art produced to generate sexual arousal; obscene material
    Reason Explanation
    1. It is anti-God It offends God, contradicts His Word, and breaks His law
    2. It is anti-moral It corrupts the thoughts of, excites illicit emotions in, and leads to immoral actions by, its users
    3. It is anti-human It degrades the personhood of its subjects to a body, to an object to be used; it is dehumanizing
    4. It is anti-love It portrays lust for love; self-gratification at the expense of another, not self sacrifice for the good of another
    5. It is anti-marriage It reduces the special joy, dignity, and intimacy of sexuality within the loving, lasting marriage relationship to a purely physical, shallow, temporary, animalistic level
    6. It is anti-society It pollutes a community and country and promotes a lowering of values and an increase of immoral activity
    7. It is anti-personal It opposes one's conscience and promotes personal sin in thoughts, emotions, and possible actions. It has led to numerous cases of involvement with masturbation, homosexuality, searching for new sex partners, and even violence

    Pornographic materials are means which have promoted masturbation and all forms of illicit sexual activities between partners or grloups. Masturbation is to be avoided because it promotes and teaches "sex is for self-gratification." Masturbation is also known to be very habit-forming, to be addictive. Self-gratification opposes the loving, self-giving, "other-gratifying" spirit which Scripture proclaims between husband and wife. Biblical, joyful, loving sexuality is marital, both husband and wife desiring to please the other. Therefore, an early practice of masturbation can produce a "self-pleasing" view of sexual activity that will hinder and harm later husband-wife relations or an addicting habit which will create later marital problems.

    How does the spirit of pornography directly oppose the spirit of the following verses?

    Dearly beloved, I beseech you as stranger and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.

    - I Peter 2:11

    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatosever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think of these things.

    - Philippians 4:8


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