The Heart of the Matter

heartI recently read one writer who described an attraction to pornography as “the predilection for peering at nudity online.”  This academic author may have described part of the problem, but he did not discern the dangers, detriments or damning consequences.

“Porn harms!” It promotes an addictive practice that exploits women, desensitizes users and destroys holy, sexual intimacy.  Jesus warned men that to lust after a woman is to commit adultery in their hearts (Matthew 5:28).  Today, women are trapped by this toxic practice, as much as men.

The Bible says man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7), that is our thinking, emotions and volitional actions. He is mindful of our temptations, thoughts, and entrapments.

If your browser history would be an embarrassment to show God, then you know this is a spiritual battle. Renounce it now! Repent of it and return to the Lord, with all your hearts (1 Samuel 7:3). That’s the real heart of the matter.

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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