Hosea 4:11-13 says
“Harlotry, wine, and new wine enslave the heart.
My people ask counsel from their wooden idols,
And their staff informs them.
For the spirit of harlotry has caused them to stray,
And they have played the harlot against their God.
They offer sacrifices on the mountaintops,
And burn incense on the hills,
Under oaks, poplars, and terebinths,
Because their shade is good.
Therefore your daughters commit harlotry,
And your brides commit adultery.
On FB, a few Christian brothers mistakenly posted a concert photo of Lady Gaga and a man.
I know that some of you may have seen the photo but it is nothing more than soft core porn of a grotesque sexual position seen in millions of porn shots and hard or soft core porn around the world.
Without a thought, believers thought nothing of that photo and I know that many of them had to click a porn site to masturbate, or worse.
That’s why if you are a professed believer in the Lord, you must “abstain from every appearance of evil.”
You are not strong enough to look at this photo.
Strength is not found when you are face to face with any demonic end time seductress with lust in your heart. Strength is found in abstaining by the grace of God. Instead of walking into the minefield, you need to find a way around it or avoid it altogether. All you need to do is look in the natural at what mines could do. The countless individuals, soldiers and civilians know the power of a minefield after the fact.
There’s no doubt in my mind what I would have done. When the temptation is always there, you need to obey the Holy Spirit, let Him take you by the hand, and find a way out. Thanks be to God, the Lord is a deliverer.
There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain.
There is power in the blood of Jesus that broke every chain.
There is no question in my mind that after seeing that photo, many men, and perhaps women, were aroused and pursued even more salacious pictures to gratify themselves or act out in sexually immoral ways.
This is what happens when we expose ourselves to the world’s mindset.
The smart believer, if exposed to this level of porn would employ 1 Corinthians 10:13 and 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.
Remember, this is darkness attacking the light within you. This is the devil making a move to immediately snatch the seed from your heart. This is the devil taking advantage of your unwillingness to move to the good ground. To keep you trapped in temptation, cares, riches, and pleasures of this life.
If your intent is lust, when your eyes behold this, darkness enters your body and your whole body is dark. If you resist this picture, and any other sexually explicit picture you are keeping the darkness from entering into the body.
You are walking in the light as He is in the light.
Pornography is a multi billion dollar industry and even in a bad economy, it is increasing every year.
Few understand that sexual immorality deadens the heart and mind to God. Porn adds to the deadness because it is the enticing pictures that lure suspecting men from one level of sin to the next. Perversion knows no boundaries. Again, porn is just an accelerant. Sooner or later, a person dealing with porn and masturbation will stop playing with fire and take fire to his bosom and be burned.
The whole point of sexual immorality is to keep you from God. You drown in it. In most cases, men refuse the rescue efforts of the Life-Savior.
There are many men that refuse to escape. I’ve been there. I know what it is like to look outside an open prison door and refuse to walk out because the pleasures of this life, deceptively, was better than freedom. I was fooled into thinking that porn and masturbation was good. That it was ok for me to engage in self sex, getting off at every chance I get, just to feel good.
It was a dopamine drug addiction that my mind couldn’t do or live without. My life revolved around when I would get to bed to do it all over again, and again, and again.
Pornography is false sex. A fantasy world that has a mind of its own. It’s destructive forces reaches into homes and in most cases, irreparable harm is done to the wife.
Pornography is a direct assault upon the institution of a marriage.
Marriage between one man and one woman is a mirror reflection of the relationship we are to have with the Lord. So ultimately, porn is a direct assault of a man’s relationship with God. As long as a man relates to himself sexually, he deceives himself into believing that he no longer need to be close or intimate in prayer to God. Or he will fool himself in prayer and think that he is close to God while he is closer to sin.
Pretend sex and pretend worship, simultaneously, can make a man pretend he is close to God, not realizing that he is closer to the devil.
Paul said this about marriage in Ephesians 5:25-33.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”
So anything opposite of this God ordained intent of marriage is obviously perversion.
Sexual immorality is an act of selfishness.
When a man loses his intimate relationship with God, the place where you may find the man is in the bed of sexual immorality.
This is the spirit of harlotry that is prevalent throughout the world and in the house of worship.
Harlotry, wine and new wine enslave the heart.
Harlotry will lead a person stray.
The Amplified Bible of verse 12, latter portion says
“…and they have played the harlot, withdrawing themselves from subjection to their God.”
That’s the whole point of a man that is not willing to come from the prison house. For freedom from sin demands that you be subject to God. The absolute dominion of God. Freedom from Secret Sexual Sins, demands nothing short of having God over your life.
The pleasures of this world and the demons that facilitate sin will deceive you into thinking that God doesn’t want you to have any pleasure.
When God created Adam and Eve, He placed them in the Garden of Eden (Pleasure). The word “Eden” means “Pleasure.”
The Bible tells us in Psalm 16:11, “You will show me the path of life, In Your presence is fulness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures evermore.”
When the Lord Jesus was resurrected from the dead, He was seated at the right hand of the throne of God. As long as we stay in His presence, the world’s satisfaction can never come close to the satisfying presence of the Lord. As long as we look to please ourselves, we will never be satisfied. Psalm 23:1 says, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”
As long as we go to Jesus and trust Him, we will never enter into want. As long as we do not trust Him and trust the devil more, we will always be in want. The devil will never allow you to be satisfied. Even after false sex with porn, you are robbed because you didn’t have that woman or man, or both in your bedroom. So what does the devil do? He offers you to take it to the next level.
This is where the risks will always be greater than the rewards of sin.
Paul said in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
When you work for satan and sin, you will get paid.
There is always the possibility of acquiring STDs including HIV/AIDS. There is always the risk of getting a person pregnant or because you are a woman, you risk getting pregnant. Sin’s wages always pay death. Even if you were able to escape, by God’s loving grace, the consequences of sin, your heart was convicted by the Holy Spirit that you’ve violated the Word of God.
Consequences happens as a matter of time. Eventually, your “fortunes” will run out. The bolder you get, the more risks you take. The spirit of harlotry will take you from one wine to new wines. You increase in debauchery because you assume that you are invincible. That you are immune from consequences. The last test came back negative or clean. There is no sense in changing your wicked ways.
The spirit of harlotry takes you from one room to the next. Like spinning a revolver with a bullet in one chamber. You put the weapon to your head and pull the trigger.
You spin it. Pull the trigger.
Nothing happened, again. I must be on a string of good fortune.
You spin it. Pull the trigger.
Nothing happened. This is the bomb. I must be good.
You spin it. Pull the trigger.
Nothing happened. I know that I need to stop, but why. This feels sooooo good!!!
You spin it. Pull the trigger.
You thought the condom worked. You thought that he or she, or both were clean. They lied or you took a chance.
It became one chance too many because the pleasure overruled wisdom and your worst fear becomes your deadly fate.
The spirit of harlotry looks down at his victim and says…
“Alas, my prey. Let me see. You are the billionth soul on my list that didn’t listen to God. Sooner or later you would die in my hands.”