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10: I Won’t Satisfy You…For Long

When assaulted with temptation, porn seems like a satisfying answer.  Our bodies crave it and feeding that craving seems not only enjoyable, but logical.  But that’s a lie.  Porn is like salt water, which doesn’t hydrate the body, but leaves it parched.  Porn is the athlete’s foot of the mind, which only wants to be itched more after it’s scratched.  Porn satisfies for seconds, then leaves us with guilt and shame for hours.  Of course, porn never told you that.

9: I Want Your Money, Not You

One of the goals of porn producers is to make you feel sexy.  After all, if this uber-sexy actor is looking at “you” that way, you must be desirable.  But that’s a lie.  The producer doesn’t know you or care one bit about your body, soul, faith, or family.  All they know is that your “anonymous” click is worth money.  Greed, not sexual expression, fuels this industry.  Porn may not be considered prostitution, but sex in exchange for money sure sounds like the basic definition to us. Of course, porn never told you that.

8: I Will Get Dark Fast

No drug addict imagines herself with festering sores on her face, hands trembling uncontrollably, and the inability to hold a rational conversation for more than 17 seconds.  But that’s where the path of drug addiction leads.  Likewise, no one dabbling with still images of half-naked women imagines where this could lead.  But once the drug of porn fails to arouse like it used to, where will you go?  Hardcore porn?  Violent porn?  Homosexual porn?  Child porn?  Most would be appalled at the suggestion, but porn is like any other drug and what satisfies today will not satisfy tomorrow.  It will only make it easy to say “yes” to a darkness you never imagined you would enjoy.  Of course, porn never told you that.

7: I Will Extort You

Once porn has hijacked your brain, it won’t let you go.  Porn has an ability to fill you with shame, a shame so great that you won’t feel able to confess your addiction to anyone else (but see our video “Get Accountable to Others”!).  While you will almost surely need their help to beat this addiction, porn will convince you that you could never admit the things you’ve seen and done.  Thus, porn extorts you, continuing to take your clicks, downloads, and dollars and leaving you with fear, shame, and regret.  Of course, porn never told you that.

6: Your Spouse Won’t Understand Me

If you are married, you may love your spouse intensely.  Many porn addicts do and are convinced that their secret habit is not a reflection of their lack of love.  It’s not that they think their spouses are hideous.  It’s not that they don’t enjoy sex with them (although porn damages that, too).  But try convincing her of that.  Try convincing her she’s beautiful and sexy when she sees what you’ve been doing.  Try convincing him you respect him when he finds out the other guys you’ve been with.  Porn will tear your spouse apart emotionally.  But porn never told you that.

5: She Was Raped

While not all porn stars have been violated sexually, many have.  They learned to equate sex with love from the molestation, rape, and sexual abuse of their past.  They learned to find their worth in their ability to please another man.  God’s heart breaks over the sins committed against them and desires to rescue them from the messages imposed on them by their abusers.  Porn, however, encourages that very message they received while being raped.  Of course, porn never told you that.

4: I Might Snatch Away His Soul

In increasing numbers, Americans are labeling Christians as “hypocritical”.  While we may contend with their definition (since being a Christian implies confessing you are so messed up that you couldn’t save yourself), we also understand the importance of living a godly life.  Church scandals and sexual sins among the people in the pews shove curious unbelievers away from the Word of God.  “What’s the point,” many wonder, “if they do the same stuff I do?  At least I get to sleep in on Sundays.”  Porn might cost your church a chance to reach your community with the message of forgiveness.  Of course, porn never told you that.

3: I Will Stalk You

The human brain is an incredible creation of God.  Like a computer hard-drive, it can store images and memories for years, if not more.  God gave us the ability to remember and memorize his Word, to recall stories of his forgiveness, and to bring back grandma’s smile, even years after her passing.  But porn uses that good gift for evil purposes.  Once an explicit image is viewed, it doesn’t erase with the internet history.  The brain stores it.  And, like a hard-drive, that image will be a mental “pop-up” ad that will stalk you for months, if not years.  Just take a peek today and porn will give you peeks for thousands of days to come.  Of course, porn never told you that.

2: God Sees

Most porn is viewed in private.  Behind the monitor at work.  On a phone in the bathroom.  On the office laptop.  If our conscience is still functioning, we recognize the shame of it all and desire to hide it.  But God still sees.  Your mom or girlfriend or husband may never find out.  You may have learned how to hide the magazine, erase the internet history, or bury the video file in some obscure folder, but the holy God of heaven and earth sees.  Of course, porn never told you that.

1: Your Soul Could Get Used To Me

If you are repentant (that is, you feel sorrow for this evil and believe Jesus forgives it) for your sexual sin today, thank God.  It is true that God is infinitely merciful and he will forgive a lifetime of porn that, because that lifetime of sin was nailed to the cross of Jesus.  But will you be repentant tomorrow for the sins of today?  The Apostle Paul warned the Christians at Ephesus, a city filled with porn, about the domino effect of “hardening your hearts” to sexual sin.  Once you get used to porn and aren’t “real about the wreckage”, you won’t confess it as quickly or sorrowfully.  Soon, your thinking about porn will change and you might justify it by saying, “My wife isn’t interested,” or “I just need a quick release.”  Before you realize it, you will lose “all sensitivity” to this sin, as Paul warns.  If you live in this sin with no remorse or regret, you could lose your soul.  Of course, porn never told you that.