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Is watching porn a sin?

Is watching porn a sin?

The question “Is watching porn a sin?” cannot be answered without looking at the way sexuality is meant to be. In the Bible we read: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”- Genesis 2:24

This means a man and a woman enter into unity through having sex. They not only become physically united, but also emotionally and spiritually. This is according to Gods creation and purpose. In this way a man and a woman reflect the unity between Christ and the church. “This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” – Ephesians 5:32

For this reason God is very clear about divorce: “So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” – Matthew 19:6-9

Divorce is more than just a cancelling of physical unity. It is also a breach of spiritual and emotional unity. Similar problems arise when people have sex without the intention of being married. It is not according to Gods purpose of physical, spiritual and emotional unity within marriage.

Watching porn and masturbation

Watching porn and masturbation can also be a way of becoming one flesh. Although the two persons do not actually have sex together in the flesh, there is a sense of emotional and spiritual dependency. So this can also be a way to become tied to someone even when you are not together physically. Biblically speaking, having sex with someone means that you in fact are married to that person because you became one flesh together, also emotionally and spiritually. This principle is very important to understand. That is why Paul writes: “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

Sex within a marriage

So based on the Bible, we do believe that sexuality is something for a man and a woman within a marriage. Even moreso, because sexuality is directly related with having children. Sexuality, therefore, is not only a matter of lust, but also a matter of love and having children together. To stay sexually clean it is very important to stay close to God. Only through the power of Jesus you can keep yourself clean. He died on the cross to cleanse you.

Watching porn does not fit in this Biblical concept of having sex (which means: marriage). Watching porn is about lust, about using someone’s body to get excited. It has nothing to do with Gods purpose. And therefore it also doesn’t reflect the relationship between Christ and the church.

Jesus said: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” – Matthew 5:27-28

Besides this Biblical principle it is also proven, that watching porn is highly addictive. Slowly you will have to push your limits to get the same level of excitement. So you will need to watch more porn or more extreme porn.

Seek some help

If you struggle with lust, temptation, porn or addiction: confide in someone you know and trust, someone in church maybe. Ask for help and do not struggle on your own. Ask for guidance and prayer. Please contact us when you have no one to turn to.

How does this Bible passage speak to you? Please share your thoughts below!

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