© by Todd A. Sinelli

What if someone came up to you and said they had a problem and wanted some help?

What if you agreed to help that person?

And what if they told you that the problem they had was with pornography? They confessed that they were spending hours on line viewing pornagrpahy. They had purchased pornographic books and movies and they were even considering swinger parties and were fascinated with the idea of wife swapping. Maybe they were not considering the idea of swinger parties but they are out of control in their desire for pornographic material. They informed you that what started out as just looking at Playboy magazines has escalated into a pervasive habit that has seemingly taken them captive to thinking about nothing but women as sex objects.

Would you revoke your response to help them? Would you be disgusted by this confession? Maybe you would wish that whatever pain, angst, or problems they were having were deserved because of this sinful behavior.

Maybe the person is “just” into viewing porn online or “just” has a few x-rated videos. Is this acceptable behavior? More importantly can you offer this person help from the Scriptures? 2 Timothy 3:16 states that “all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” Is this true? Should we turn to Scripture first? What passages in the Bible would you reference? Would you even label the behavior of looking at pornographic material as sin? Or would you argue that this behavior is natural?

If you are not a born again Christian, this article will probably not make sense to you. The things I am about to discuss are spiritual in nature. […]