What If I Stumble
What Does The Bible Say About Pewnography?
I have a tattoo on my left arm that looks like this:
The tattoo serves two purposes: I used to ride my Harley with a group of Christian bikers. We would also mingle with the non-Christian bikers on several occasions. These guys had tattoos galore. So I decided to put some on my arms so when they would ask about my tattoos I could do a little preaching. I’m sure it planted a few seeds.
The second reason for the tattoo is to remind me of what the Bible says to do when I am tempted with the sin of pewnography. Here is what the verse says:
1 Corinthians 10:13, 14
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
You may have noticed that I call it ONE verse, whereas it appears in the Bible as two verses. Please keep in mind that God did NOT put the numbers along-side the verses. Men have added them in order to make finding a reference easier. But, for many, many years I have heard and still do hear preachers saying that God will provide a way to escape temptation. And, in all of those years they only quote verse thirteen. And every time, after having been tempted and fallen I would ask the Lord, "Where was the way to escape that You have promised?"
I don’t know if you have had that same problem – with any addictive sin – but it was very frustrating to me. But, then, one morning I was reading my Bible and came across those set of verses again. And an amazing thing happened to me. It was as if the Lord said, "Hey, it’s not rocket science! Keep reading." That is when I put those two verses together and found the way to escape. Yes, the ONLY way to escape temptation is to MAKE A CHOICE TO TURN AND FLEE.
What else does the bible say to us about pewnography? Stop and think for a moment what goes through your mind as you are surfing through the graphic images. You are LUSTING. To lust is to envy.
Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day;
In your heart you are secretly wishing you were there. In reality – you ARE there – in your mind. You are secretly wishing you were there to participate in the sin you are viewing.
1 Corinthians 6:9
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,. . .
This is a very sad group of individuals to be lusting after.
What else does the Bible say to us about pewnography? Let’s consider what goes on in our minds just prior to falling into the sin of pewnography. And it is a fact that it starts within our mind. You are cruising the internet for a good reason. Sadly, many advertisers use banner ads to attract visitors to their site. And even more sadly, they often use some sort of graphic display of an eye-catching woman to gain your attention. I have even seen investment company ads like this. There is NO connection between investing our money and a half-naked woman. But what happens next is all up to the poor man addicted to pewnography. For, now the seed has been planted in his mind. If he is a Christian he doesn’t want for fall for the temptation but he has a dreadful time getting the memory of that graphic off his mind. What happens next depends upon whether or not he has a desire to live by the following scripture:
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.
Are you willing to sacrifice yourself to the glory of God? If you are truly so then you will kill the thoughts going through your mind about that graphic you just saw. Instantly begin thinking of this verse or some other verse that has meaning in times like this.
What else does the Bible say to us about pewnography? If you have sincerely turned you life over to Jesus and asked Him to be your Lord and Savior you are blessed to have God’s Holy Spirit dwelling within your body. He is with you 100% of the time – day – or – night. When are you most likely to fall for the temptation to view pewnography? He is sitting there with you – in you – looking at what you are looking at – with you. I’m sure He’s NOT happy with you. Take a close look at what the Bible says below:
1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Sometimes we do forget that He is there with us, but if you remember that fact, you will immediately be convicted and He will give you the strength to flee the temptation. And remember this: Remember how Jesus bled and died on the cross to pay for the sin you are just about to commit. And, if you fall for the temptation just keep running the thought through your mind of Jesus’ blood dripping down His body as he paid the price for these few minutes of your sensual pleasure. Will you really be able to continue?
There are many other verses found in God’s Word to help us refrain from falling into a few minutes of sin.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
But, what if all of this doesn’t help and you fall again, and again. If you are new at trying to clean up this mess you are in, don’t get discouraged because you may find yourself falling again in the near future. And if that happens, DON’T GIVE UP! Ask forgiveness and ask for HELP!
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Please be careful about the tendency to do what some folks may believe is OK.
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
It is NOT OK to sin and ask forgiveness over and over. It IS OK to sin and put all of your effort into the act of repentance as you ask for forgiveness.
It IS a battle and it is winnable.