What My Pastor Says About Pornography, Sex & Sin

Today, like every Sunday, I went to church. Today was a slightly more edgy message though – and by edgy, I mean that the young people in the congregation were on the edge of their seats. Today, Pastor Prince preached on sexual immorality and grace.

THE PINK ELEPHANT

I’m going to start with this – don’t think of a pink elephant wearing a pearl necklace.

Don’t think of a pink elephant wearing a pearl necklace.
DON’T think of a pink elephant wearing a pearl necklace.

DON’T THINK OF A PINK ELEPHANT WEARING A PEARL NECKLACE.

What are you thinking about?

A pink elephant wearing a pearl necklace.

Now, let’s substitute the pink elephant with pornography. It was shared that 50% of male and 20% of female Christians are addicted to porn. 47% of families polled said pornography is a problem. Whoever said Christians were goody-too-shoes, could not be more wrong.

The numbers are sad but not surprising, and the point Pastor Prince was trying to make is, that as Christians, we know certain things are wrong and we try our best not to sin. Or watch porn.

But the more we try not to sin, the more we think about sin, and the more it sticks in your head. Like how you still cannot forget about that pink elephant wearing a pearl necklace.

THE VICIOUS CYCLE OF SIN, GUILT, AND TEMPTATION

Let me reiterate – Christians are not perfect. My parents are Christian – but we annoy each other all the time! As much as we try to stay away from sin, it is going to happen. I know plenty of people who sin and feel guilty, and then we say something like “I will not cheat on my exam again/I will not backstab that manager in the office anymore/I will never date these kind of guys again!” and then we do. The heart is willing, but the flesh is weak. You fall into sin again and its a neverending cycle.

So as an imperfect sinning Christian/person, it looks like we just got back to square one… How are we supposed to handle this sin?

RUN TO GOD. The only person who can break this cycle is not you, but HIM. God doesn’t want sin to have dominion over us. And so he sent his son Jesus to die on the cross. Why? Whatever for? Why would Jesus die for someone like you?

He died on the cross to break this cycle for us, for our sins. In an example in the bible, he told the adultress (someone who committed adultery), “I don’t condemn u. Go and sin no more.”

Romans 6:14 says “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.”
-> Because HE died for us, sin now has no hold or power over us anymore because we are not under any law, but we are under GRACE. His grace. You are not condemned… but don’t do it again!

SEX… THE RULE OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND

Just in case you didn’t know, Hollywood didn’t invent sex, God did. He created sex with all its pleasure and fulfillment – meant as a gift to married couples. God isn’t the anti-climax (pun intended).

SUPPLY – When a woman has sex with a man, it places a demand on him. (I am sure you know this is true – even when a man/woman says sex is casual or there are ‘no strings attached’, it is seldom so simple and usually always complicated.)
DEMAND – And when this man cannot meet her demand (for love, attention, or other areas of need), he is deemed a jerk, a*hole, and other names I’m sure you might have used before.

The same is also said of our daily lives – in work or even at home, when we cannot meet a demand, we get condemnation. Some people get angry, some feel shitty, and others just become resentful or depressed.

But guess what? We are not under the law of demand, but we are under the supply of grace.

GRACE

Wouldn’t life be so much better to be under a neverending supply of grace?

Don’t take my word for it – look at the English language.

Favour and goodwill – something given to you without expecting anything in return.

Now look again.

Now, you are not condemned for your sin – because you are under grace. Why? Because he LOVES you. Yes you. The person who thinks about pink elephants and other naughty things.

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Every morning when you wake up, God is loving u with a constant supply, instead of demanding anything of you. You are always special to God. You are far from worthless. Jesus Christ paid a very expensive price for you by taking your punishment, and dying for your sins. So be thankful you are under grace, and sin no more.

And this is why I love him – because he first loved us.

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Disclaimer: This is my own understanding of Pastor Prince’s sermon, 29 May 2011 at New Creation Church. Pastor and church are not liable for any inaccuracies or misrepresentations here. Thank you.

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4 thoughts on “What My Pastor Says About Pornography, Sex & Sin

  1. I like the last sentence so much. It’s such a basic knowledge for Christians that often times it’s overlooked and turns into something no more than a cliche.

    Anyway, I loved the message. I do know a lot of other young people in our church who are still addicted to porn. I too have my own issues to ovecome.

    What are we without the grace of God? :)

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