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Is masturbation a sin?



Pastors’ response: Well, has always I have emphasized before that our goal is to bring you information from God’s word. Answers to questions, answers from the word of God not human opinions. In answering from God’s word you have direct scriptures, you have patterns you may not find something exactly writing in the scriptures, you might be given a pattern to follow. So, you have precepts or by example and so it is important for us to know whatever we have been told either it is coming from God’s word or it is coming from someone’s head whatever it is. The first thing I would like to clarify is what is masturbation itself? What exactly is it? Masturbation is defined as... Read More Pastors’ response: Well, has always I have emphasized before that our goal is to bring you information from God’s word. Answers to questions, answers from the word of God not human opinions. In answering from God’s word you have direct scriptures, you have patterns you may not find something exactly writing in the scriptures, you might be given a pattern to follow. So, you have precepts or by example and so it is important for us to know whatever we have been told either it is coming from God’s word or it is coming from someone’s head whatever it is. The first thing I would like to clarify is what is masturbation itself? What exactly is it? Masturbation is defined asmulating one’s own genitals for sexual pleasure. See, so you are stimulating yourself for a sexual feeling. Now, the importance of this definition is for us to understand exactly where it is going. The feeling that you get is a sexual feeling, that means is a feeling of senses. It’s a pleasure you derive from yourself from touching your own body and then the kind of feelings we get, sexual feelings that we get can range from something as light as touching your ear, you are putting something into your ear and there is a feeling you get, then the ringing of the nose or sometimes even the rubbing of your body or massaging your body not because you got some pain or something. They are all kinds of sexual feeling that we get in our bodies. Now, sexual here meaning mere animal feeling meaning not spiritual just your body, those feeling that you get in your body. Now, from the age of puberty you begin to discover something’s about yourself and your genitals begin to make more sense to you than when you were younger plus that you become aware of your sexuality. Now that makes masturbation which is purposely to derive this sexual feeling which is more than just scratching your ear and enjoying it or having some parts of your body scratching you and you feel like you enjoy what you are doing. This is a little more than that because you are deriving the kind of sexual pleasure that goes into your emotions that’s what makes it a little more but the reality is, it is still your body, it is still your body. Now what goes on in your mind is a totally different thing because whatever pleasure we derive in our bodies depends so much on us as individuals. The fact is some people always demand more than others. For example, there are those who enjoy eating but even though they enjoy eating they eat their own food, their own meals, their own rations, then there are those who enjoy eating more they eat theirs and eat the ones belonging to other people, now what are you beginning to get there they are getting less restrained in their actions, in their desire to satisfy their feelings and their desire to satisfy their hunger they are going more and more. Now that’s the same things that happens with masturbation or any other thing, any other sexual desire. Now, remember a sexual feeling is not necessarily a sin, a sexual desire is not necessarily a sin, in fact is not a sin. In the same way that sin consciousness is not a sin, you can have sin consciousness the consciousness of sin whereas you have not sinned and that’s actually the problem with a lot of people. There is no way in the word of God that suggest that masturbation is a sin because it’s a pleasure that you derive for yourself, now hear something that is very important just because somebody enjoys something doesn’t mean he is going to continue doing it. Now there are many of you who are actually bound by a spirit of masturbation, you say is there such a spirit? Oh yes! Anything we continue to do and allow to control us would become an opportunity for satan to cease the mastery in that area over us weather it’s soft drinks you like to take you can become as bound as someone who is an alcoholic. You see it, anything that you let control you would eventually control you. There are people who may masturbate and not be controlled by masturbation because it is purely a sexual feeling and it’s your own body and it is not the abuse of the body because you are actually like I said is a sensuous pleasure that your are deriving, so you are not abusing yourself as some people say that you are abusing yourself, it is not self-abuse. The problem is when that masturbation becomes a controller of your actions because it can control you and ones it begins to control you, you almost can do without it, is like a guy who cannot do without smoking, is like the guy who cannot do without drinking. So, anything that you let control you will eventually control you and ones you are controlled by anything you have opened the door for satanic manipulation and ones satan begins to manipulate your life you’ve got trouble and there is where the real danger is and that danger is in anything. So, what you have to do with your life is to let nothing dominate you. Anything that you do without control that means that you let control you and you are not controlling it, you are not in charge will eventually control your life and dominate you. And so that’s where the problem of masturbation really is because it is something that, the more pleasure you derive from it the more you will want to do it. For example there are those who stick something to their ears they always enjoy it and because of that they are forever doing it. You will always see them with this habit, it’s become a habit, there are those even though they are adults love putting their fingers into their mouths and sucking, they have done that all their life no one stop them while they were growing up because it is more common with children and now has an adult they have the fingers in their mouth and they are sucking because they enjoy it. Some say when they are reading adults they say that they love sucking their fingers while they are reading. What a habit, they got it while they were young and no body stop them and some masturbation can also become a habit and when it becomes a habit, there is where you lose control of yourself, there is where you lose control of yourself and then it becomes a problem. So, whatever it is, no matter the sensual feelings that you get in anything don’t let it control you. It is so important, don’t let it control you sometimes we eat because enjoy the taste even though what we are eating has no nourishment of any kind, we just enjoy the taste. We have given that over to our taste buds. I remember somebody a minister of God onetime, a man of God, he said God told him to stop taking coffee, now God didn’t tell everybody to stop it but God told him to stop it. God can tell you to stop masturbation, God can tell you to stop anything because it may be dangerous for you because God does like anything to control you but weather masturbation itself is a sin, is not a sin but don’t let it control you. There is a word in the scripture that is used in several verses, is the word lasciviousness and lasciviousness actually from the Greek word “ALSOGIA” means wantonness, luridness, absence of restraints, in-searchable desire for pleasure and lusciousness. Now, when you have those words in your mind from that very word lasciviousness it will help you understand better what I want to explain to you here. The first one is Ephesians 4:19 Amp “In their spiritual apathy they have become callous and past feeling and reckless and have abandoned themselves (a prey) to unbridled sensuality, eager and greedy to indulge in every form of impurity (that their depraved desires may suggest and demand). It emphasizes an unrestrained way of living, we are talking about lasciviousness. Another portion is 1 Peter 4:3, by the way the word lasciviousness you will not find in the Amplified version just gives you those expressions that are used in defining the word otherwise you find the word particularly in the King James Version. So, what I am to do is read the King James Version first then read the amplified, I will go to the last verse that I just read to you which is Ephesians 4:19 “Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness”. Se, then compare that to what I read to you in the amplified, now, I want to read another one 1 Peter 4:3 KJV “For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, When we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banqueting, and abominable idolatries: when we walked in lasciviousness”. Now how those the Amplified explain that 1 Peter 4:3 “For the time that is past already suffices for doing what the Gentiles like to do living (as you have done) in shameless, insolent wantonness”, then the last one Jude 1:4 Amp “For certain men have crept in stealthily”. Let me read the King James first, Jude 1:4 “For there certain are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ”. Now from the Amplified the same verse Jude 1:4 “For certain men have crept in stealthily (gaining entrance secretly by a side door). Their doom was predicted long ago, ungodly (impious, profane) persons who pervert the grace (the spiritual blessing and favor) of our God into lawlessness and wantonness and immorality, and disown and deny our sole Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed one). Now all of this, goes unto explain something to us about unrestrained desire because you remember we defined Masturbation has stimulating your own genitals for sexual pleasure. Now, the desire here is for your own sexual feeling the problem is when this goes to become unrestrained that’s why I said it is working a tight rope when it becomes unrestrained it’s your own body, so at that point you haven’t sinned it’s when this thing now takes control of your heart. For example, if you went into a shop and picked an item mistakenly and went home with it and didn’t pay for it and you got home and found out that you picked that item mistakenly from the shop, have you stolen? Not really, God is not going to hold you guilty of stealing you may not be changed for stealing. If you found out you had it and then took it back, if you return it to say I mistakenly took this thing and I want to return it. Now, in some cases returning it may even be difficult may be because of damage or lose but because your heart didn’t have the motive of stealing it, you report it. Even though you took that thing you took that item from the shop and went home with it without paying for it, you haven’t stolen because your heart didn’t intend stealing. You didn’t covert that material to steal it. Now, what if you took it and you did the same thing but the state of your heart was the intent to keep it for yourself, the intent to take it and have it for yourself. Now the intent in your heart has changed everything that is why Jesus said what I want to read to you now, Marks 7:18 “And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all the meats? Mark 7:20 “And he said, that which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. Vs 21 “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, and so on. He says from within the heart, you see it has to do with the heart, the question is even though the act itself has no problem, what is the state of the heart. It is the state of your heart that will determine whether or not you got this problem and that’s why you must purify your heart, purify your mind and so don’t let the act of masturbation get a hold of you and destroy you because in itself, it’s no sin but it is working a tight rope. Now I want to pray for you, I believe the spirit of God has answered your question and you can help others learn the word. One of the beautiful things about knowing Gods word is that it releases us, it doesn’t give us the liberty to do wrong. It always give us the liberty to please him. Whenever we learn the truth, the truth sets us into a new level of liberty, it brings us into a new level of liberty. We find that God’s word makes more sense to us and satan loses the power to control us. As long as you think that something is wrong that is not wrong and yet you find yourself doing it, satan will hold you bondage, if satan can convince you, if he can convince you that you must wear a scarf on your head before you pray, you’ve got trouble. For example, if you don’t have that scarf on when you pray may be you went somewhere now you want to pray, may be you dressed and went nicely anywhere else and now is time to pray you can’t get a scarf you feel like God’s not going to hear you or if you catch yourself praying without a scarf, Oh my God! Forgive me, that’s going to be your problem and satan will make you feel like God is not answering your prayer and you become spiritually ineffective. So, when we show you from God’s word all of this things, you find that satans power to control you is lost. So, your knowledge that masturbation is not a sin is not going to make you continue to masturbate because you don’t want masturbation to become a lord of your life, you don’t want it to control your life. You don’t want satan to gain any opportunity into your life, so he doesn’t make you do it more it just takes the power of the devil off from controlling you from making you feel dirty and guilty. Less


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