Porn “Addiction”

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The “manosphere” lit up Twitter this weekend on the topic of porn addiction, so I figured it’d be a good time to do another write up on it.

I was going to write my own essay, but I found Jack Murphy articulated it so well in his Twitter thread that there’s not much more for me to add.

I’ll just preface his thoughts with this:

I’m astonished how many who claim to believe the Bible ignore the fundamental principle for judging “gray areas” of lifestyle choices:

To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled.

~ Titus 1:15

The first step of organized religion is to defile your conscience. This is why many churches require to take a vow that goes something like this:

“Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope, except through His sovereign mercy?”

Concluded, of course, with the “solution” to your sin problem:

“Do you submit yourself to the government and discipline of the Church, and promise to strive for its purity and peace?”

Once you identify as a sinner, and accept sin as your core nature, your conscience is defiled and everything you do will be a source of condemnation for you… whether that’s looking at p*rn, jerking off, not going to church, not working “hard enough,” not being at home enough for your wife and kids… you are condemned no matter what you do… and the church is all to happy to articulate all the reasons you have to feel guilty.

But the church ignores (conceals?) two important truths about the gospel:

  1. Christ took away our sin (watch this short video for the Scriptural proof)
  2. Nothing in the Scriptures indicates our sexual instinct was ever corrupted (the corrupted “lust of the flesh” refers to the human tendency to be incited to hatred and division, which itself is the work of the spirit of the “chief of the air.” c.f. Ephesians 2:1-3).

The mature believer will understand that the issue is not about looking at a pair of bouncing mammary glands on a screen.

The issue is whether you are allowing your conscience to be defiled by man-made morality and traditions.

So, with that introduction, here’s Jack Murphy on porn addiction:

Porn addicts who break their bodies and spirits are just like the alt right.

– largely confined to the Internet
– overblown in importance by social media
– rare in real life
– fuel for moral outrage and virtue signaling
– a useful foil for extreme left and extreme right
– N/A

If you guys think that quitting jerking off everyday ten times a day is a difficult rite of passage, then I’m certain our nation is doomed.

Bro.

Every teen jerks his dick raw.

Porn or no porn.

Don’t make yourself a victim for doing what every male has ever done.

This idea that masturbating a few times a day is going to sap your energy for life is also farcical.

When I was younger I could have sex seven times a day.

It’s natural.

When you’re 45 years old, then we can talk about jerking as a waste of sexual energy.

(From Jack’s twitter page.)

~ JT

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