Men and women are struggling with porn and masturbation every day. Depending upon the frequency, some are drowning in the pool of the flesh and mind. Like a switch, whenever the mind thinks about sex, the body goes into making “…provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” as you “…present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin.”
You are completely committed to satisfying the desires of your flesh and mind. The resumption of the quest to satisfy yourself overwhelms you, or more truthfully, you give yourself over to its lusts to control you.
You have seemingly repented (remorseful) in an flippant attempt to overcome that moment of transgression and the cycle or process to release sexual tension renews itself.
For you and millions of men and women, it’s just a matter of moments after orgasm that the desires of the flesh and mind recycles. Then it’s back to business as usual. The remorse is short lived. The “repentance” didn’t stick and hopelessness, over time, sets in.
The disciplining of the flesh and the mind is key to overcoming the sins of the flesh.
You have yet to learn how to establish limits, boundaries, and prohibited zones, and stick to it every time, every day, every moment.
The devil is not going to rest. The devil is not going to stop.
His sole purpose is to engulf your flesh and mind with evil passions, that when acted upon, you are tricked into believing that you will never break free. Or you love the sin of porn and masturbation that delusion and deception suppresses the truth in unrighteousness.
In either case, should you refuse to break free, the result is to take you to the pit of hell if your repentance isn’t for real (see Galatians 6:7-8 and Revelation 21:8).
Some of you already know that the Lord God destroyed the power of darkness when sin was placed on Jesus when He died on the cross. Sin has no dominion over Jesus because after sin was placed on Jesus, Jesus died. Just as Paul said in Romans 6, “sin has no more dominion over Him.”
Again, Paul reiterated that because we are in Christ, sin does not have dominion over us, therefore, we are not to allow ourselves to remain under the power of sin when sin’s power has been destroyed.
So how do you break free?
Jesus did the work (see John 8:36 and 2 Corinthians 5:21), but now you have to obey the Word of God on a regular basis to make the freedom from porn and masturbation stick.
When you are driving a vehicle, the stop signs and stop lights must be obeyed every time. We do not have a problem complying with stop signs and red lights.
It’s the same with the Word of God. To stay righteous, we must stop sinning.
How is this accomplished?
1. Daily prayer and study of the Word, and immediate application of the Word of God.
One of the main reasons why men and women fail to maintain their freedom is that they either refuse to establish a time to be before God (not just on Sundays). Or they do not have a set time of prayer, fasting, and the reading towards application of the Word of God. Another reason is that they refuse or deliberately disobey the Holy Spirit when He provides a way of escape according to 1 Corinthians 10:13.
Proverbs 4:23 says “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
There must be a deliberate action of prayer and the application of the Word of God if you are going to keep yourself from falling into sin.
It’s called obedience.
OBEDIENCE TO PRAY
Psalm 27:8 says “When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
OBEDIENCE TO APPLY THE WORD
Psalm 119:9-11 says “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”
James 1: 22 says “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.“
2. The willingness to walk away from the pleasure of porn and masturbation.
The course called “Way To Purity” by Mike Cleveland of Setting Captives Free is the bench mark for helping men and women break free. While there are other courses that are available on the Internet to help a person break free from the cycle of porn and masturbation, this course works on the heart and helps establishes the discipline a man or a woman needs.
The love for the Lord must completely destroy the love for porn and masturbation.
If godly sorrow that works repentance is not working in you, your love for porn and masturbation is greater.
Two Scriptures come to mind.
Exodus 20:3-5 “You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image —any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,”
And Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
When you treasure porn and masturbation more than the Lord, you have erected a god, and you are bowing down to serve them, thus, making God a Jealous God. You are treasuring porn and masturbation and that’s where your heart is.
A few years ago, I took this course and completed it. It’s 60 days of lessons to re-establish sexual sobriety and deepening my relationship with the Lord. I will know how serious a person is when they take this course. An accountability partner is assigned to you. At the end of each lesson, a question is posed whether or not you’ve seen porn and masturbated.
The most difficult thing for a man or a woman to do is to stop masturbating.
The porn wasn’t that much of a problem because after the Lord showed my, by way of Pastor Roger Jamison, pastor of Sword of the Spirit Tabernacle in Brooklyn NY, which sites to go on to understand what is driving the porn industry. After gleaning from the information, I was able to comprehend what was behind porn. Obviously, the devil is behind pornography, but the inner workings of what is connected needed to be understood.
It would be November 2008 when I last observed porn and masturbated to pornography. On that day, the Lord said to me, “Is this what you do to Me after all the good I’ve done for you?”
That Word from God is what did it. The power of God in that Word helped me to break free of porn.
However, it was masturbation that would be the most difficult thing to break free from. I wasn’t ready to give it up because of the self imposed pleasure associated with masturbation.
The seemingly endless pleasure of being able to masturbate became the one bondage that always gave the false pleasure that you were having sex with that image; coupled with self pleasure. It was a bondage that needed to be broken.
With Setting Captives Free, the challenge to be honest with my answers and to report that I never watched porn or masturbated instilled within me the discipline to be holy before God.
When you have reached a point in your life that you want to be free, one of the first things that happens is that there is emotional excitement that you have finally broken free. It lasts a short time because the old habits of looking lustfully at women or men creeps back into your life. The glance turns into a stare, The stare turns into having sex in your mind with that person. The sex in the mind turns into acting out your lusts in masturbation.
To stop this habit, you have to be willing to cut off the access points to your heart of things that will trigger lust in your heart.
Two Scriptures come to mind.
Psalm 101:3 says “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes…”
Matthew 6:22-23 says “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”
What you see and the intent of what you see determines whether your heart is full of light or full of darkness.
When you do not mind looking at certain shows that deliberately display depravity, it is a clear indication that you are giving yourself to wickedness. The devil takes a page out of God’s Word…..“The sower sows the word…”
Television (has a vision) shows are like seeds being sown in the heart. All it takes is for a little water, and then the seed grows.
Have you ever wondered why homosexuals accuse us of “Picking and Choosing Scripture?”
It’s because the sins of the homosexual are out in the open.
Jesus said for us to look for the signs of His imminent return in Luke 17:26-30 “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot:
They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”
Two major events combined as one event in the last days described as the days of the Son of Man.
Noah and the flood because of the perverse hearts of men. Lot and the raining of fire and brimstone because of the sin of homosexuality.
These are the days of the Son of Man, otherwise known as the year of our Lord. More on the days of the Son of Man in a moment.
They would love it if the spotlight were pointed elsewhere. But since their sin came out of the closet, they would rather for the spotlight of exposure to go away. So they begin to accuse the righteous of making a big deal about their vile, disgusting sin.
All we are doing is helping you to see that what you are doing is sin and there is freedom from that sin when you repent and believe the gospel to be born again. That light that was an enemy now becomes your friend to help you to see. We do not get pleasure in exposing the sin of the homosexual. We get pleasure out of the fact that when a homosexual turns from their sin and get saved, they are no longer on a path to hell but their names are written in the Lamb’s book of life by the shed blood of Jesus.
If you were in a burning building, would you want someone to save you before you perish?
The same principle applies right here.
Now the first rule of the Bible is clear.
The Bible works as a code book. Only those that seek the Lord, is born again, and seeks the truth will be allowed by the Holy Spirit to unlock truth.
Scripture Interprets Scripture.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:15-16 says “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
According to Biblical Hermeneutics, “The part must be studied in light of the whole Scripture.”
An unwritten rule is clear. Never let sinners tell you what the Bible says. Sinners are incompetent and unqualified to handle the Scriptures because they do not know the Author of the Scriptures.
So the practicing homosexual argue about true believers taking certain Scriptures (picking and choosing) and making a “big deal about it.”
Case in point. The sin of homosexuality.
Leviticus 18:22 says, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.”
For many of those that do not understand how Scripture works, Leviticus 18:22 is a moral law.
The OT law was divided into 3 sections.
1. Ceremonial Law.
2. Dietary Law.
3. Moral Law.
Ceremonial Law and Dietary Law was done away with at the crucifixion of Christ.
Matthew 5:17-19 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”
Jesus is the Only One that lived sinless according to the Law and when He died on the cross, He died as a Sacrifice for all of sinful man having fulfilled the Law, including never sinning any of it’s Moral Laws.
Jesus couldn’t take away the sin of the world if He sinned.
The resurrection of Jesus proved He fulfilled the Law.
Just look at your calendar. The year in particular. Something significant happened 2015 years ago.
The resurrection of Jesus. Since the resurrection of Jesus, these are known as the Year of Our Lord, which is the days of the Son of Man.
The OT was written in as much detail about what God required for the children of Israel because of these verses of Scripture.
“Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you. For the land is defiled; therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it, and the land vomits out its inhabitants.
You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations, either any of your own nation or any stranger who dwells among you (for all these abominations the men of the land have done, who were before you, and thus the land is defiled), lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you.
For whoever commits any of these abominations, the persons who commit them shall be cut off from among their people.
‘Therefore you shall keep My ordinance, so that you do not commit any of these abominable customs which were committed before you, and that you do not defile yourselves by them: I am the Lord your God.’”
Before the nation of Israel came into the land, there were other nations inhabiting the land.
The former tenants of that land did these and other abominations and the Lord did not want His people to have their evil, vile, wicked, and disgusting bad habits.
Is it wrong to murder?
Where did the law about murder come from?
So why do we have a problem with homosexuality?
Because homosexuals want to pick and choose what sins are not sins. Homosexuals want to declare righteousness as a sin and declare sin as righteousness (see Isaiah 5:20).
So practicing homosexuals are the ones that is really doing the “Picking and Choosing.”
What it has come to is that there is a deliberate attempt to control the language. If you control the language, you control the subject. If you put it out more often than the truth, the lie becomes the truth.
And when the truth comes, people will not know the difference. When the truth comes, there is a deliberate rejection of the truth as a lie and people remain blind.
For instance, because the sinner doesn’t know the Bible, the same Jesus that they claim to be loving, is only looked at as a Person who loves but when a Scripture comes to show that He will cast men and women into hell, they refute that by saying that “It’s not possible for a loving God to cast people into hell.”
Well here is what Jesus said.
Matthew 10:28 “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
In Ezekiel 18, the prophet said by the Holy Spirit…..“The soul that sins it shall die.”
Just like in the natural, when a person commits a crime, and is found guilty, they are sent to prison.
The principle works the same BUT in God, it’s eternal. It’s for keeps. There is no do over, second chances, purgatory, clemency, pardon, or parole.
“For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
So is Jesus lying? He is the same Jesus you claim that loves? Pick and Choose a way out of what He said.
Another good “Pick and Choose” moment is when they say that Jesus didn’t say anything about homosexuality.
John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God, the same was in the beginning with God..”
John 1:14 says “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
The Greek word for “Word” is Logos. So Jesus is the Word of God made flesh or Personified. Or Jesus is the Word in Person. So when the Word in Leviticus 18:22-30 was given, because Jesus and the Father are One, who do you think gave the Law that homosexuality was an abomination?
Then there is the Book of Romans chapter 1 where the Word about the sin of homosexuality was given.
In Galatians chapter 1 and 2 Corinthians 12, Paul said he received the Scriptures by revelation of Jesus Christ.
Again, remember that the Word was inspired or breathed upon by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus gave Paul the Word about homosexuality.
But I don’t expect you to believe this because the Scriptures are spiritually discerned or understood. You need to be born again to understand that Jesus said a lot about the sin of homosexuality. And Jesus didn’t change His mind because the Father didn’t change His mind.
Jesus further underscores that marriage is between one male and one female in Matthew 19:4-5, reiterating Genesis 2:24.
Jesus never changed His mind because the Father never changed His mind.
Malachi 3:6 says “I am the Lord, I change not.”
Psalm 119:89 says “Forever, O Lord Your Word is settled in heaven.”
Jesus said in Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
God reiterated His stand against the vile sin of homosexuality by raining fire and brimstone on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis chapters 18 and 19.
The two most vilest sins of man is homosexuality and zoophilia, also known as bestiality or sex with animals.
God calls it an abomination or as the Hebrew definition states………DISGUSTING!!!!!
So to recap…..these are the days of Noah and Lot in the days of the Son of Man.
Homosexuality is at the forefront of this generation.
The Scriptures are clear about the fact that homosexuality is a sin that is vile, disgusting, and detestable.
That the only deliverance from this sin is the sinless blood of Jesus.
And that if anyone turns away from this deliverance, they can expect to be paid for their work of sin according to Romans 6:23.
Finally, it’s the homosexuals that “pick and choose” to declare righteousness is vile and sin is good.
The Holy Spirit is speaking to many ministers and many have already taught from Romans 12:1-2.
For the true believers in Christ, we have the answer in the Word of God.
With all this trans…stuff going on we see that it’s an identity crisis that only the new birth in Christ can achieve.
Those like Bruce Jenner, that claim to be women, trapped in a man’s body, sadly accepted the lie from the devil.
In the heart is a person, yearning to be freed from sin and death.
Then there is Rachel Dolezal.
A black woman trapped inside a white body.
Another cry from the heart to be free.
With Rachel Dolezal now coming out as trans-racial, we see that there is a serious cry to be someone that they know they can’t be.
Everyone is looking to change something outwardly but they can’t change anything on the outside.
It’s the cry of the mind and flesh that it doesn’t like what it sees and demands a change. Little do they realize that they are crying to God to be changed but they refuse to come to God to be changed inwardly first.
Well, sin is responsible for that.
As long as the heart is dark, it will only look to the dark to find an answer that can only come from God.
For the believers in Christ, when we are in Christ, our bodies will not be transformed until the resurrection.
While we are in our bodies, we must be changed from within and then we are to obey the Word to change our minds.
Look at what Romans 12:1-2 says…
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
But for an unbeliever to be TRANSFORMED, they must be TRANSLATED from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.
Colossians 1:13-14 (KJV)
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”
Everyone is being trans-world or trans-flesh when they need to be transformed in their spirit and then obey the Word to be transformed in the mind.
Being that this is talking to saints of God, let not the world dictate how we are to be.
By the renewing of your minds.
By taking heed to the Word of God and obeying the Word.
Proof of a transformed mind is when you take out of your mind the things of the world, and obey the Word of God.
Here is the Greek definition of TRANSFORMED.
g3339. μεταμορφόω metamorphoō; from 3326 and 3445; to transform (literally or figuratively, “metamorphose”):— change, transfigure, transform.
For those of you that are not a believer in the Lord, it’s only when you come out of the dark that you will see how much better it is to be in Jesus. The transformation that you are seeking will not take place under the knife.
You can nip and tuck flesh but sooner or later, that shell will deteriorate and eventually die.
The spirit within, should it not repent, will be alive forever. But if that spirit is not in Christ, it will be subject to eternal hell. The transformation requires that you give up your will to be in charge of you.
The thing that you are seeking the most is a change that can only come from God. The Lord God sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to die for your sins. When you accept His provisions for salvation, the Lord puts a new spirit within you.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have passed away, behold, all things become new.”
You will continue to cry until your last breath until you give the Lord your life, or pass away into hell to be tormented forever.
The peace, joy, and happiness is only found in Christ when you give up control of your life to Him.
Even in Christ, life will not be perfect in this life. But with Christ, the Lord will help you every step of the way until it is time for you to step into perfection forever.
The perfection that we seek will never be found in being a transgender, transracial, trans-world or trans-flesh, i.e. conformed to the way the world thinks.
Changing the outside by medical means is not the change needed within.
The change needed within comes from repenting of sin, making Jesus your Lord, and be conformed to His image by obedience to the Word of God by grace. Unmerited or unearned favor.
“for by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves. It (grace) is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.”
“…not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,”
It’s sought in the Lord. He alone can transform us as we respond to Him and His Word.
Recently, Joan Rivers, the 80+ year old comedienne, declared that president Obama is gay and that Michele Obama is a “tranny.”
This is not news.
Tranny is slur for transvestite or transgender.
But this is about a man that changed his gender to a woman. He was already ordained in the ministry and struggled with his gender before he changed his gender.
Obviously, he had a sex change and now, it’s no big deal.
It’s no big deal to them but with the Lord that never changes, cannot lie, and His Word is forever settled in heaven, it’s a big deal.
Folks, your birth certificate settles forever what your gender is. What you came out of the womb with is who you are physically, mentally, and spiritually.
The identity crisis is not a big issue…….with God and His Word.
Genesis 1:26-27 settles forever our identity.
We were made in the image of God, after His likeness. When He created us “male and female,” there is no question in God’s mind who we were to be when our parents had us.
The lies of the devil infiltrated into the minds of men that do not know God. Or the devil has infiltrated his perverted lies into the minds of people that walked away from Him and His Word.
Isaiah 29:16 says, “Surely you have things turned around!
Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay;
For shall the thing made say of him who made it,
“He did not make me”?
Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it,
“He has no understanding”
The way people think these days makes it seem like God is the one that is in complete error.
God is never in error.
Psalm 100:3a says “Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;”
If you have made yourself before you were born then you have the ability and license to be what you want to be. But you do not have that power. Only God has the power.
How dare we change what God created?
There will be many that will read this and accuse me of sexual bigotry, discrimination, and declare me to be intolerant. There is no Biblical justification of transgenderism and there is no Biblical justification of the sin of homosexuality. Transvestivism and transgenderism is a very small minority offshoot of the sin of homosexuality. So to justify sin would require the Lord God to apologize to satan for kicking him out of heaven, and the Lord God must apologize to the Lord Jesus for sending Him to die for the sins of the whole world.
These two things will never happen. For without the shedding of the blood of Jesus, there can be no release of sins. Furthermore, the release from the penalty and punishment of sin is never to be taken as permission to continue in sin. The purpose of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus is to free us from ALL sin.
We must remember that the Lord God is holy and the just demands of the God of heaven must be satisfied. In addition to satisfying the just demands of the Holy God, sin must come to an end. It is never the will of God for sin to continue after He judges the world in His wrath and at the judgment seat of Christ called the Great White Throne Judgment.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why would a man change his gender, or why would a woman change her gender (see my Transman blog). We do not have to have people lay down on a couch with a psychologist to get into the deepest resources of human behavior and thinking. And please do not get me wrong. I do not minimize the work of Christian psychologists. However, the Bible is absolutely clear about what the Lord created. To confuse yourself about your gender is just another ploy of the enemy called satan, to use you in his perverted scheme to hold you in the bondage of sin to take you to hell.
The more confused you are, the more you might yield to your urges and impulses to act out sexually in accordance with your sexual preference.
Sin is a choice. Acting out sexually is a choice. Committing sexual sin is a choice.
Obedience is a choice. Disobedience is a choice.
Your birth gender is not your choice. Your skin color is not your choice. Your parents is not your choice.
Having said these things, it is important now for people that attend a house of worship to refuse to walk in the same measure of confusion that others are walking in.
In 1 Corinthians 14:33, Paul said by the Holy Spirit, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.”
The word “confusion” means “instability, disorder, commotion, or state of disorder.”
While what Paul shared is in regards to how a service should be done, “decently and in order,” the principle of disorder can apply to the way a person carries out the way they live their lives and the affairs of life.
In James 1:8, James said by the Holy Spirit, “…a double- minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
James uses this verse to underscore the fact that you cannot ask God for something and then be in unbelief at the same time. You won’t receive anything from God if you claim to be a person in faith and then turn and be a person who cannot believe that God can answer prayer.
The same principle applies to the affairs of life.
When a man is walking in confusion or instability, it’s simple to understand that he is a man with two kinds of thinking in his mind. Even when he settled on becoming a………..woman…….he will forever be a man as far as God is concerned. That’s because God was never confused to begin with.
His body says male. His mind says I want to be a female but I am a male.
What could I do to either prevent this or yield to this?
To end the confusion, this “man” changes his gender. Ultimately, it is a struggle between sin and righteousness. So, he suppresses righteousness to fulfill unrighteousness. The gender change is just a struggle to fulfill the lust in his heart.
This is no surprise because he is just the first one to come forward. There are many that have yet to come out, and they will.
They were just waiting for someone else to make the first move.
We’ve already had a wave of bisexual pastors come out, now we are going to watch a wave of transgender pastors come forward.
This level of perversion is a crowning achievement of the LGBT agenda. Progressive Christianity. Progressing into more perversion and the sad thing about this is that people that do not know God and His Word will sit there, Sunday after Sunday, smile and praise the devil for what has happened. God will not be praised because this is not of His doing.
God is the same. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. His Word remains the same, and God’s true people must choose to remain the same.
It is worth noting that there are trannies that reverted to their original gender. Just like there are ex gays, or ex homosexuals. This is the thing that LGBT fears the most. That deliverance from the sin of homosexuality is possible. They’ve repented and reversed their decision. While they are alive, they can come back to God’s original plan and walk in the Word of God. As long as they are alive, it’s never too late. But when they pass away, it’s too late. Their eternal fate is sealed.
Will they go to hell because they’ve changed their gender?
To be condemned to hell is based on a person’s belief or unbelief in Jesus and whether they’ve obeyed what Jesus said John 3:3, Matthew 7:21-23. Also the works that sinners commit are recorded. According to Revelation 20, the books will be opened,and the evidence of their sinful works will be exposed to confirm their unwillingness to turn from sin forever to serve the Lord.
Here is a link to the article from End Time Headlines.