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September 18, 2020 1:00 am
Since we all have sexual desires, it’s tempting to satisfy those desires outside of God’s will. In this message, we take a sobering look at the damage done by pornography in our culture, a flood of uncleanness most prevalent on the internet.Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Since we all have sexual desires. It's tempting to satisfy those desires outside of God's will and probing look at the damage done by pornography in our culture. Most prevalent these days on the Internet. Stay with the Moody Church in Chicago this running to win when loops are loose clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line elixir. This snare of the enemy is real hard to combat since anyone can indulge in an incomplete privacy, using their computer absolutely or using their cell phone.
You know, as I think about this. It is with a heavy heart because I think of my own grandchildren were growing up in a world in which pornography is everywhere instantly accessible, but we need to stand against this as parents and as grandparents. Therefore this message again is preached with a very heavy heart and deep conviction. We need to stand against this impurity.
Jesus said blessed are the pure in spirit, for they shall see God. I've written a book entitled seven snares of the enemy which includes the material you're going to be listening to in just a moment seven snares of the enemy breaking free from the devil's grip for a gift of any amount. It can be yours.
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In an era in which we have surrendered so much ground to the enemy. We must take a stand. So now we go to the pulpit of Moody church where we expose the dangers and of course also hope for those who are ensnared by pornography friends. As you know we are drowning in a river of sensuality to story that in principle is happened a million times the young man discovers his father's pornography gets hooked on it as a child we should not be surprised if that because about 70% of all pornography falls into the hands of children. Primary buyers today are teenagers and he becomes hooked and that even in college the images and the sense of attachment. Is there but this particular man became a Christian and even though he became a Christian he still struggled though he loved it and hated it. Simultaneously, later on, when he was married. He did not tell his wife about his secret addiction and when it was discovered they had a very difficult time. She had a very difficult time and it took a long time before they could work through all of the problems that this revelation brought to light, to quote his words exactly. He said I lived like a double agent for the CI a leading two different live's story could be multiplied many times as you know this is a series of messages titled seven. The secret snares we talked about alcoholism and greed, and gambling. And today it is pornography. Another time was when not pornography was limited to magazine oftentimes magazines behind the counter.
Today it is everywhere. For example, you can rent movies.
I was brought up at a time when Christians didn't even watch movies and that was at the time when they were very tame and often very family oriented.
Today, we cannot only see those movies but contemporary ones with all of their risqué behavior with all of their violence and sensuality and all that can now be brought into our home.
I think for example of the Internet and virtual pornography shop in your home. I need to tell you that a few years ago we logged on to the Internet and the night after the connection was made. I had a horrific demonic nightmare fact even though I wrote it down. The next day, I would not have had to because it is so incredibly vivid. Three evil spirits were pinning me against the wall and they were saying we are going to destroy you in your own home while I'll tell you I woke up the next morning and I knew exactly that God in his grace had allowed this nightmare because what those spirits. I think were trying to say in what God was letting them tell me through this experience was now that you're hooked up to the Internet with a click of the mouse. You could be in that whole world of pornography and I tell you that because of that dream that I never attempted to cross that line at disabled.
Now is there really on the Internet anyway.
I'm reminded that evil spirits would like me to do that to destroy me and they are destroying some of you, aren't they young woman who did not have lesbian tendencies began to get into lesbian pornography on the Internet and soon ended up having the experiences of lesbianism. Remember the basic principles were learning it here as we talk about addictions and snares is that whatever it is that we give ourselves to whatever it is that we commit ourselves to.
We end up being the servant and the sin and the addiction becomes the master so you have the Internet, telephone, sex is a will.
How in the world you ever get into that are very easy pick up the telephone and down the right number spoke to a man who did it one time. Just out of curiosity, that terrible word curiosity because all of the euphoria that we talked about in previous messages that a company addiction was all there, and now the question is how do I break the chains that bind to me during the Middle Ages there was a man who prided himself in making chains that could not be broken. Then one day he ended in prison and looked at the chains on his arms and on his wrists and he discovered that they had is seal his sign.
Then there are therapists. I remember counseling a woman who was told by the therapist. You know you're hung up on this business of sexuality. What you really need to do is to get it all out of your system. Any center to a movie that was so terrible, so vile that she vomited on the floor of the theater and it was there that she actually received some evil spirits that we needed to deal with. Remember, this is Satan's territory. Somebody told me on Wednesday that he went to even a supposedly Christian counselor. I emphasize the word suppose it who told him you have to get acquainted with that dark side then until you become acquainted with that dark side of your life and enter into these worlds. You can't really have that revelation of self authentication. All mercy.
That's like telling a mouse, you know, in order for you to really understand this business of snares and traps. What you need to do is you need to take some of the cheese from the trap and then when it snaps you'll have a have a whole new this style of self understanding.
At that moment, and then what we say about television itself which is becoming more pornographic. A television writer who writes some of those sitcoms said you have to get people to laugh at adultery, homosexuality and incest because it breaks down their resistance to it. Everybody agrees that the Jerry Springer show is trash. Actually, it's worse than trash trash is something you can deal with at least we do where we live week by week, in a very systematic way. This is worse is not just that we have someone perverse on radio, such as Howard Stern and that's only the tip of an iceberg. There there so much sensuality out there is so much what shall we say perversions so much destruction and it's being funneled right into our homes and somebody must be watching it. According to the ratings, or it wouldn't be on their millions are why is it that we should be so concerned about these things that you know that there is a connection between pornography and other vices and crime. There's no question about it because what you see you want to act out and I could give you stories about that but I'll spare you because along with pornography. Oftentimes there was a cluster of all kinds of other sin, and it may include prostitution or order peep shows or whatever I needed.
It is comes with a whole range of options and once you give yourself to that.
It's not up to you to really decide where it's going to go. It's out of your hands because remember you are the servant and it becomes the master back in 1953 when Hefner began to make pornography mainstream at that time you did not have somebody's wife and somebody's daughter being raped every six minutes in the United States we have that today is not a victimless crime, and then another reason it's important is that for those who are occasional users. Pornography is is more common and it is more that we are more susceptible to it than any other addiction. I think, for example, were not born with the desire to forward for alcohol that may be acquired. You may have a disposition to it, but you're not.
You're not necessarily born with that desire nor a desire for gambling, but sexuality is so much a part of who we are in today I'm going to be talking primarily about men and their struggles with pornography, but let's not be naïve of women also have those struggles. According to Dobson about 50% of Christian men and I emphasize the word Christian struggle in some sense that some level with pornography. Some of us have not had any acquaintance with addictions like drugs and alcohol and gambling. They hold no temptation to us, but we know the temptations of the flesh. Don't wait. All of us have seen things that we regret having seen, we know the power of these images and we struggle and may I remind you that you don't have to be a pornography user to have a pornographic mind. Because even within our own souls, those desires sometimes give way to those expression Peter in the New Testament said these were the words he says, abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul and it is a war. I've entitled this message pornography. The soul defiled and won a battle, it is and you know that in a war there's always one the side that seeks to win one decide to seeks to dominate and the intention is to fight to the death fight to the death. Remember that you'll never understand addictions unless you realize that they promise. All the same things that God promises we learned that and take all that information that we gave on the addictive personality last time you can put it right here with all of its trances and its euphoria and its bondage and its sickness and its sin. Pornography promises like a God, but it pays like the devil. I want you to take your Bibles and turn with me to the fifth chapter 2, the fifth chapter of the book of Matthew Matthew chapter 5 Jesus is speaking on what we call the sermon on the Mount and he is getting a deeper interpretation of the law because you know the Pharisees of his time.
They recognize that it was wrong to commit adultery. That was one of the commandments, but they limited it to acting out, and Jesus here gives their remarkable statement and by the time were finished. I believe that he's going to help us. Jesus is he's going to help us find our way out. Jesus invites us to make three commitments and I wonder if you would be willing to make those commitments with me today three commitments. The first commitment is purity in marriage. He says you have heard that it was said, do not commit adultery. And the reason that God gave that commandment in the Old Testament is first of all because of the stability of the family. The stability of the family of God. To put it in the heart of every little boy and every little girl to have a mommy and daddy love each other and that's the way it is and and so God says for the stability of the family, but also for your own emotional stability because you see, if you commit adultery in the Bible says in in the book of Proverbs destroys the soul. I like to use the word defiles the gray but there's another reason also. That's the most important and that is that God hates immorality. The marriage bed is honorable in all, and it's undefiled about warmongers and adulterers God will judge.
I need to say to those of us who are married that the emphasis here is on the stability of the family. Thou shalt not commit adultery but I have a word. Also, for you singles who have rationalized it and who had conned yourself into believing that you can have a sexual relationship outside of marriage that is meaningful. That is even necessary, and that somehow life if not God. At least life owes you. But I say to you today from my heart to yours that no matter how you have rationalized it, no matter how you've tried to explain that no matter how you put the best face on it, no matter how you have lived to manage your guilt because that's what you have to do you learn to manage it. The Scripture is very clear that the sexual relationship is within marriage, and thou shalt not commit immorality. That's the first commitment but now Jesus asks us to go on to make a second commitment that is even much more difficult.
Listen to his words, but I tell you this is now verse 28 of Matthew chapter 5 but I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell to look lustfully at a woman is to commit adultery. And of course I need to say that sometimes we may look at a woman and we may admire her beauty. There is such a thing as recognizing a beautiful woman and that isn't that isn't lustful that isn't adulterous but of all that is all of us as men know that the transition from admiration to lust can oftentimes be very quickly made as to what Jesus said is here if you sexually covet a woman in your heart. You've committed adultery with her. What does this say about pornography. The whole point of pornography is to stimulate it is to inflame all of the natural desires that we already struggle with it is to draw from us all that which is that which is the exaggerated and and with the latest methods of tech allergy and photography to do all that we possibly can to violate the words of Jesus. The whole point. Now don't interpret this verse to mean that if you've lusted in your heart you might as well adultery have a friend who did that. That's a major mistake that will take up in our message next time is not what Jesus is saying that the level at the level of sin and the level of the need of forgiveness. Jesus is saying that if you lust after a woman you've committed adultery with her already in your heart how is it that you have committed adultery with her.
She may not be a part of the experience.
It's because the whole idea here is that we we look at test someone and we are lusting after him or her and and that and that turns them into an object. I need to tell you that I talk to people who've been in this world of pornography and it is a it is a harsh rule evil demonically controlled world is a world where young women are's are sold into sexual slavery is a world in which young women are Kong then seduced into participating and and what it does is it simply makes them objects you don't care about their hopes, their dreams, their fears, their desires, nothing like that matters all that matters is your own. Inflame irrational desire. Jesus said, you commit adultery already in your heart when you lust. You understand now my friends, why pornography is a slap in the face of Jesus because Jesus is saying, you know, even if you look at a woman lustfully of committed adultery and pornography says were going to take Jesus on and our whole worldview is going to be one in which we lost in desire and covet and there's no end to it. Bible says in the book of Proverbs it says like Sheol that nether underworld like she'll the eyes of a man are never satisfied. Well, we all stand condemned. With this verse. Don't there's no room here for self-righteousness, no room to say well you know I am really someone righteous because I am not a user.
Jesus said that it is really a matter of the heart and he went so deep. So deep. So the question of course is how in the world can we even possibly live in this pornography drenched world with any sense of living up to the words of Jesus when it's everywhere minutes and billboards when it's in work when it's when it's the stuff of television. How can we, how can we possibly manage will characteristically Jesus doesn't just leave us there. He he tells us what to do and notice his words now we talked about two commitments commitment to purity in marriage commitment to purity in pots is now saying you'll never achieve this. Folks, unless you have purity in all of your associations purity and associations. Look at what he says now he says if your eye your right eye.
He says right eye because what he means is your best ally.
If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And then as I already read. If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it real because it's much better for you that one part of the body bears and for your whole body to be tossed now. I want you to notice that to what Jesus does is he takes the two parts of the body that are often used in lusting, and sexual desire. The first is the I pornography.
Of course, depends upon our ability to see the I and even though we as men tell women how quickly we can be affected by what we see.
I'm still not sure that they fully understand that but Jesus said talks about the I nieces if your eye is causing you to send now that's what my translation says I like the NASB at this point if your eye causes you to stumble, because the Greek word actually the noun form is scanned the lawn from which we get scandalized if it causes you to be scandalized at its root means to be caught in a trap.
Jesus is saying that if you find yourself falling into the pit and your eye is causing it, gouge it out and cast it from you if that's if that's your problem. Take care of your and then he uses the hand which is also used particularly I think of women who are affected by tender caresses, usually coupled with sweet words, often lying words but nonetheless Jesus, if that's your problem, cut off what my friend, this is Pastor Luther I sincerely hope that you listen to running to them next time because I'm going to explain the Jesus is not speaking literally, but what he is saying is literally true, it would be better to arrive in heaven with one eye than to be in the hell with two Jesus is saying in the strongest possible way. Do what ever you need to do to separate yourself from impurity. These messages are available, but I've also written a book entitled seven snares of the enemy. It includes the message that you've just been listening to seven snares of the enemy breaking free from the devil's grip for a gift of any amount.
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Go to RTW offer.com RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337. Ask for seven snares of the enemy breaking free from the devil's grip. You can write to us running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago Roy 60614 running to win is all about helping you find God's roadmap for your race of life with pornography available privately via computer. All too many Christians are now addicted in secret in the sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave some pointed teaching on morality, telling those in lust to pluck out their eyes could have been serious. Next time I'm going to win look into Matthew chapter 5 at some really tough love from the son of God and insights on breaking free from this epidemic skirt for Dr. Erwin looser. This is running to win is sponsored by the Moody Church