When just a young man with sons who were in puberty my wife Ellen and I were attending Red Lion E Free church in Bear Delaware. This church was one of the most impactful churches spiritually speaking in the life of our family. But one Sunday evening the service was devoted to a James Dobson film. Unfortunately I do not remember the name of the film, but it was devoted to the subject God’s way of escape from sin.
In the film Dr Dobson brought up the taboo subject in Christian circles “masturbation”. In fact so taboo that I hesitated to wright this article, even approaching the subject could make one suspect, but then again I was prompted to understand that God had answered my question on this subject from scripture. A question that had plagued me and over which I had prayed for years after seeing Dr Dobson’s film, and why would I not share this answer from God. The sin of lust is one that every young man and I suppose young woman as well struggle with. This I assumed was Dr Dobson’s reason for producing this film.
In the film although Dr Dobson told us that he believed it to be an escape route from lust and that Scripture teaches — for every temptation God has provide a way of escape — still in my mind he had not proven that masturbation was not itself a sin to escape.
Dr Dobson explained that the sex drive is a natural human drive created by God, and it is possibly at its strongest in teenagers. He then made his case for Masturbation as the way of escape.
My concern was that I could find nothing in scripture that would remove this act from the category of sexual sin. And let me be frank at this point anything that God has created can be misused and thus become a sin. I speak more about this later in the article, but first I must show you what God has shown me from scripture in order to clear my understanding on this act of escape from in some extreme cases a burning desire and lust which is definitely sin.
As you know I have written books on Bible Prophecy. I study doctrine surrounding this as much as I study anything else scripturally, one day as I was studying the chuppah (there is an article on this subject on my web site) God revealed to me out of the blue my answer to the masturbation question.
So now to the scripture. Get your Bible and turn to Deuteronomy 22:13-21. And read it carefully before you go on. Here is what I suddenly saw from this passage — first, there is clear evidence of virginity in the woman, that evidence was something that could be and was retained, because without it a young woman at any time after her marriage could be falsely accused and put to death. That evidence was retained from the special covering on the bed in the brides chamber where the marriage was consummated.
So back to our subject. Masturbation is not here mentioned as an act that would disqualify one from being a virgin, and masturbation would not break the female hyman, which when broken would provide this evidence. I concluded that if masturbation does not eliminate virginity in the female then it would apply equally to the male, and as Dr Dobson said it would be the way to escape lust and burning which is definitely listed as sin in Scripture.
Now as promised a look at when masturbation might be itself a sin. Jesus tells us that if a man looks on a woman with lust in his heart it is as though he has already committed adultery with her. Lust is the temptation that one is trying to flee. The way of escape is provided by God but it would be sinful if it is used to fantasize, or if the act itself is allowed to become a form of idol in ones life.
So, is this the proof that I was looking for? In my mind yes, but as always you must be the judge. Because if we think a thing to be sin it is sin to us. Romans 14:22-23 The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.
This scriptural concept actually applies to everything we do that God has not already clearly condemned on the pages of scripture.
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