Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Is It Wrong To Masturbate?

What Does The Bible Say About Masturbation?

Question : What does the Bible say about Masturbation? Some say it is not wrong, others say it is wrong. I am confused. Can you give a Biblical clarity to this very important issue that will make me think the way God wants me to think, so that I will be transformed by renewing my mind with the truth of the Word of God and not be conformed to the world's way of thinking. Thanks in advance.

Answer : Greetings to you in Jesus wonderful name! This is a topic of taboo that is avoided by many good Christians, and then they become confused by the world's way of thinking and acting when they themselves fall in to it usually. I appreciate your honest and sincere question and will try my best to give you an answer that will give spiritual understanding to you regarding this important topic by the grace of God.

The Bible doesn't say anything explicitly about masturbation or instructs specifically the believer to avoid it or accept it as something normal to a human being.

Some people point to the story of Onan in Genesis 38:8, 9-10 as the text that God forbids masturbation? Let us see in to it,
" 8 And Judah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife and marry her, and raise up an heir to your brother.” 9 But Onan knew that the heir would not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in to his brother’s wife, that he emitted on the ground, lest he should give an heir to his brother. 10 And the thing which he did displeased the LORD; therefore He killed him also." (Gen 38:8, 9-10). Here in the above Scripture we see that the LORD was displeased by the selfish behavior of Onan who refused to fulfill his duty to provide an heir for his brother who has died. It was the custom of those times and also a revelation from God that later became a law of Moses, that if brothers are living together and one of them dies without a son, his widow must not marry outside the family. Her husband’s brother shall take her and marry her and fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to her. The first son she bears shall carry on the name of the dead brother so that his name will not be blotted out from Israel (Deuteronomy 25:5-6). One can especially see the importance of this legislation when you recall the fact that Messiah would be born of a woman (Genesis 3:15), from the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:9-10), of the line of David (2 Samuel 7:8-16). It was therefore of utmost importance in God's sight for the nation of Israel to perpetuate the legacy of the tribes and families through which God planned the Messiah of the whole world to come and save it spiritually and physically. In other words, Onan did not want to produce a son or a heir through his Brother's wife who will bear not the name of his own but of his Brother who had already died, therefore God killed Him for his direct disobedience to the purpose and will of God. In other words, Onan deceitfully exploited his brother’s wife for his own pleasure yet did not perform his levirate duty which displeased the Lord to such a point that it warranted his death, which also shows us one important thing that this practice (the levirate duty) existed before it was incorporated into the law. Even under the law, the punishments attached to refusing to perform the levirate duty were not as grievous as the divine death sentence we see given to Onan (Deut. 25:5-10). This shows that God's mercy for the people who lived before the law was given by Moses, was more abundant and the judgment was more severe (Acts 17:30; Rom 5:14), thus making us realize that in this age of grace and mercy, because of Jesus sometimes the judgment of God for our rebellious, adamant and hardened heart because of sin which leads to repeated knowledgeable mistakes might be delayed but will definitely come sooner or later (Heb 10:29; 1 Peter 4:17). In other words, as infinite mercy and grace has been shown by God our Father in heaven towards us through Jesus Christ our Lord, more will be required and expected out of our life from God in this New Testament era of grace (Eph 1:3; Luke 12:47-48).

So we cannot wrongly say or assume that just because it is said that Onan "emitted on the ground" he sinned and God killed him, to say like that misses the whole point to make the message that was intended by God to become something else than what God wanted it to mean, and therefore actually goes out of context to the message that Bible conveys. Thus the above passage is not about masturbation, but rather about fulfilling a family duty.

Is masturbation a sin?

Ephesians 5:3
declares, “Among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity.” Masturbation cannot pass the test of this above Scripture because a lot of sexual immorality and thoughts of impurity is involved.

Does masturbation glorify God? No it cannot because a lot of guilt is involved once it is done. Guilt is the natural God given mechanism in our body that indicates that something sinful has been done or something is spiritually wrong with us 
(1 Corinthians 10:31).

If a person is not fully convinced that an activity that is done is pleasing to God, then it is a sin to them that are involved in it
(Romans 14:23). No matter how many religious and secular people have tried to convince themselves that masturbation is not sin and also is harmless, nobody ever have come to a firm conviction that it is pleasing to God, and therefore it is sin.

God has bought our body and life with the price of sacrificing his own Son to forgive our sins and cleanse us, so we must honor God by using our body to fulfill His will and purpose for our lives
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20). By masturbating no one can honor God, but rather will only dishonor Him and themselves who are created in God's own spiritual image of fellowship and love towards one another. Thus by being a narcissists, introvert and hedonist to give oneself in to sexual immorality of the heart always without doubt will lead to masturbation, which is sin Biblically.

The main Scripture that points out to masturbation being a sin is in 
Matthew 5:27-30 which says, " 27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old,‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell." There a whole lot of truth in these above Scripture and we should see things in context.

Here in the above verses, Jesus not only speaks of the fruit of lust which is masturbation, but deals with the root of lust which is desiring for something or someone that does not legally belong to that person who desires that, which is actually forbidden by God. The boundary for sex that God has prescribed is within one's family which means desiring after one's wife for life or the other way around if you are of a female gender. Jesus compares the Old Testament which only restrained people from physical sin, and then He rewrote the old and raised the spiritual standard to the highest level of the New Testament description of sin which is actually a spiritual one. That means when a person looks at a woman to lust after her in his heart, he has already committed adultery with her in his heart which is a spiritual sin according to Jesus. Sin is a sin whether it is spiritual or a physical one
(Jam 2:10). In other words, Jesus is saying that all our physically visible sin starts as a spiritual sin out of the desire of our own evil heart which rebels and then breaks the law of God knowingly if we do not acknowledge before God the spiritual sin of the heart (Mark 7:20, 21-22, 23; Jam 1:13, 14, 15-16).

Then Jesus tells those people who have sinned spiritually, to pluck out their eyes, which has caused them to lust, then cut their right hand which led them to masturbate by fantasizing about the woman whom they lusted after in their heart. In other words, Jesus is saying that we need to realize our spiritual sins and root out against it, rather than just deal with the physical ones which are just the fruit of the evil tree of our sinful nature within us, and not the root which is sinful nature itself living within us
(Rom 7:17-20). It is like when we have a serious disease like leprosy within, trying to put a ointment to heal the wounds that happen on the outside is of no use. Surely such superficial medical treatment will lead to death sooner or later for its foolishness. The real treatment that God is asking the sinners to take is to believe in the Son of God Jesus Christ who brings healing to the inner disease of the root of the sin nature as well as to its outer manifestation like sexual stimulation of masturbation through lustful thoughts or pornographic images (1 John 5:4, 5). Here we see one important thing, Jesus connects the eye to the hand that works to fulfill the lust undeniably. Therefore the coordination that our eye has to the right hand proves a spiritual truth which is, masturbation is the fruit but the root of that sin which is a spiritual one of the lust of desiring a woman who does not legally belong to him in his heart that leads that person in to this physical manifestation of it should be uprooted and burnt by the fire of the Holy Spirit. Can you see the fault line here? It is deeper than just the outer manifestation of masturbation, it is the sin nature within us that deceives us in to all evil manifestations.

So we understand from what our Lord Jesus has taught us, masturbation or any sexual stimulation to appease our own desire is sin if it is done outside the boundary of marriage relationship
(1 Cor 7:2, 5). Our thoughts are our own even if we think about one's spouse until it is shared physically with her, so our thought life should have self control which is one of the fruit of the Spirit which we must develop and increase in day after day, more and more (Gal 5:22-23). That is why for a unmarried believer Paul the apostle rightly advises, "...If believers cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion." (1 Cor 7:9). Even if someone thinks of the naked image of their own spouse when they masturbate themselves, still it is a forbidden territory that they are forging and forcing themselves in to because God has clearly said, "4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments." (Exo 20:4-6). In other words, carving a image in our mind of our spouse that is in the likeness of her but not the real one on earth, then submit and serve that image or craving by self stimulating ourselves is actually serving other gods (Exod 20:3), here the god which operates us is the demon of masturbation. Any demon that assigns itself by spiritually photographing that event and bringing in the same thought will control us and make us serve it instead of our God whom we must submit and serve always. So slowly that same demon will replace the thought of the spouse with some other strange women to lead a person in to spiritual fornication and adultery, then if it is not confessed to God as soon as possible and be covered under the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7, 9), these demonic gods of lust will try to make us continue the act of it in the physical realm too and defile our marriage and family, against the will of God.

So what must we do to guard ourselves from these evil of pornography which are actually naked physical images, mental images, videos, etc of men or women, that is used to sexually stimulate ourselves? We must avoid these images and shun it altogether by the grace of God, asking God consistently in our day to day lives to give us the strength to overcome it. Even if we fall, immediately we must confess that sin and we should forsake that evil image within our mind
(Prov 28:13). Once we do that, stronghold or bondage cannot come in to existence in these sexual areas by the grace of God (2 Cor 10:3-4, 5-6). Each one of us should be committed to a physical relationship with one's own spouse which God has given within our marriage boundary.

Here is what great men of God like David and Job has said to overcome masturbation and other sexually stimulated lust of every kind,

"I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless, vile or vulgar [like pornography]. I hate the work of those who fall away [from living and experiencing abundant life of heaven], but instead practice transgression; it shall not cling to me." (Psa 101:3, Paraphrased)

"I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman." (Job 31:1, NIV)

Satan wants the human race to become so seduced into reaching the place in these end of end times where the worldwide multitudes of people he expects to come to the conclusion that it is more satisfying to engage in SELF-sexual gratification than it is with another person who is their God given spouse. Never forget saints, a few seconds of sinful pleasure with masturbation gives Satan greater opportunity to invade our mind to ultimately rob us of "Life and life more abundantly" given by Jesus for us to enjoy in this earth the real pleasure of heaven
(John 10:10). God determines what is sin and what isn't, He is the one who created us all and have the rights to set the laws and guidelines for a holy and blessed quality of living life on earth which is actually eternal life we receive through Jesus. If God is in opposition to what we do, what sense does it make to be going on denying that guilt which comes after masturbation as something that is not there or as some say we should not worry or bother about those guilt? Guilt is a God given spiritual mechanism that God has set within us to indicate that something sinful has happened that we should confess and turn to God for the solution. At the same time if we have confessed the sin of masturbation to God which brings God's forgiveness and cleansing immediately, why then choose a self-imposed guilt trip which is unnecessary? Both the extremes are not right. Satan loves it when we go on self-imposed condemnation trips rather than rejoicing in the Holy Spirit conviction process which leads to confession of sin and forsaking of it internally in our heart.

In other words, do not allow yourself to feel guilty if you have by the old man's compulsion within you committed masturbation
(Rom 7:19-20), instead immediately run to God and confess your sin and forsake it, even better wisdom is to avoid it before it ever starts. In other words, avoid the lustful look towards a woman or a man or any image that arouses you to think sexually.

In the heavenly race we as Christians walk as pilgrim’s to make a progress, at a certain time we will come to the unclean place; a place where we have conflict/battle/war with uncleanliness to varying degrees, our ability to overcome this evil and leave this place is vital to our spiritual progress
(1 Pet 2:11; Jam 1:21).

Initially we are unskilled in the Word of God and as babes in Christ we have an inadequate sense of discerning good and evil, unskillful in the word of righteousness and thus a tendency to sin easily
(Heb. 5:13-14, 1 John 2:12), but thank God as we move further in our spiritual life we become as young men who develop our strength in the word and utilize it to win these above wars of uncleanliness as we have seen (1 John 2:13-14). Praise God that we do not stay as young men forever, but move on to become as a spiritual Father which is the stage of full maturity to handle the Word of God and stay by the power of God's word in the full measure of the stature of Christ by virtue of the knowledge of Him gained by our close experiential relationship with Him (2 Pet 1:4-8; 1 John 2:13-14).

When you meditate with your mind the word of God daily and constantly all the time
(Joshua 1:8-9), day after day you will increase in your spiritual liberty to avoid sinful and lustful look automatically (Psa 119:9, 11, 15-16).  Through developing the habit of meditating the Word of God constantly, you are on the way to be freed from any bondage's that are trying to keep you in control. All those who meditate on the Word of God will prosper in every areas of their life (Psa 1:2, 3). Prosperity of such kind that is Biblical, starts with the spiritual aspect first and then moves in to soulish, physical, social, financial and in every areas of human existence (3 John 1:2). Praise the Lord!

The bottom line I suggest to overcome the habit of pornography and masturbation that follows it, think rightly in God's way regarding these thing. Call a spade a spade. Call a sin a sin. No less, no more. First you accept that the habit of pornography and masturbation that follows it might seem less intense sin before your own eyes or others, but before the eyes of God it is equally sinful as any other sin that he hates and judges. Pornography is a spiritual sin of the spirit, that leads us in to physical sin of the flesh which is masturbation. So once we believe rightly and meditate upon the Word of God to think regarding sin, we will believe rightly to break out of the bondage of these above sins easily by the grace of God. Even if it takes times, do not give up, because to stay free from Satan's demonic bondage's, we need to keep believing rightly regarding sin and the Son who frees us from it
(1 John 5:13, 4-5; John 8:36, 34). God in Christ Jesus has forgiven all our sins once and for all time (John 8:32), if we continue to believe in this and confess our sins to believe that God is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us to keep us in His fellowship (Col 2:13-14), we are on the path way of life abundant forever and ever. Amen! Praise the Lord!

Your beliefs become your thoughts.
Your thoughts become your words.
Your words become your actions.
Your actions become your habits.
Your habits become your values.
Your values become your destiny.

You fulfilling the God given destiny for yourself cannot go higher than what you believe in your heart. Think right and live great! Consume the medicine of a lot of the word of God by reading or hearing it, allow it to work within by thinking or meditating upon it, and then finally when the power of the Word of God consumes you, you will be set free in the liberty of the Spirit which Jesus has purchased for you by giving His very own life.

Much Blessings....


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