Where should we as Christians get our values?

In our local community, Belgrade, Montana, there’s a bit of a struggle going on concerning pornography.  Of course, the struggle is much larger than this small city, but this is where I live, and this is where I can possibly make an impact.  I want to point out something to my fellow-believers of the Old & New Testaments, more especially to the true followers of Jesus Christ as their Lord.  If you’re part of that group, there should be no question in your mind about whether pornography is right or wrong.

The Lord tells us in His Law that we are not to look on another person’s nakedness.  That nakedness is only for the person themselves, and the person of the opposite sex to whom they are married.  Very severe punishments were to be meted out for looking on another’s nakedness.

Jesus stated in the New Testament, in the Sermon on the Mount:

“You have heard that it was said, `YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.  If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.”

Is there anyone who would say that they can look at pornography and not lust, not have sexual desire for the sexual object of the pornography?  If so, I can assure you that you won’t be believed if you do maintain that.  Better to be honest, confess our sin, and go through life blind, and maimed, than to be cast whole into hell for our adulterous eyeing of pornography.

Therefore, you and I, my fellow-believer, should be against pornography, because we believe the Bible, and we are obedient disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.  If you’re fighting for someone’s right to view pornography, I hope that you don’t identify yourself as a Christian, or a believer in the God of the Bible.  Because your stand is against both, in my understanding of the Bible, and the commands of Jesus.  And it’s from the Word of God that the true follower of Jesus Christ gets their values.

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