Avoiding Sexual Sin

Sexual sin is a major temptation for men leaving prison.

This should come as no surprise; it is a major temptation for men who have never been to prison too.
Do not be confused about this; sex outside of marriage is sin. Satan may have already begun telling you a lie. He says, “Hey, you’ve been in prison for seven years, go out and find yourself a woman.” We know it’s a lie because he says to the guy who has been in for six months, “Hey, you’ve been in prison for six months, you need to go out and find yourself a woman.” And he tells the guy who has been in jail for 30 days the same thing. Does the Bible say that it is alright to commit adultery if you haven’t had sex in seven years, or six months or thirty days? What is the magic cutoff date? You know the answer. There isn’t one. God tells us to abstain from sex outside of marriage.

We have heard many tales regarding the fall into sexual sin. Many men think that it is okay because it isn’t illegal to have sex with someone you are not married to and it is encouraged by movies, magazines, TV ads and our worldly culture so much that it is socially acceptable.

So what’s wrong with a little fling? First of all, God calls it sin. So, if you are fulfilling lust in your heart with Internet pornography, sex magazines or you are acting out on these lusts then you are in direct opposition with the God of the universe. This isn’t a place you want to be.

Secondly, the lie of Satan is that it is okay. At least you’re not doing drugs or drinking. The fact of the matter is that men who engage in illicit sex also tend to move into other areas of addiction over a short period of time. They find themselves engaged in whatever their partner is doing. They may steal to support her drug habit; they may start barhopping or snorting coke or doing whatever is part of their partner’s lifestyle. They become hardened to other areas of sin and the conviction of the Holy Spirit is not as sharp as it once was.

The end result is that the man who engages in sexual sin winds up in the lousy lifestyle that leads back to prison. John 10:10 tells us that the thief (Satan) comes but to kill, steal and destroy. He did not come to give you a good time! He wants to entice you to sin and to destroy you. In the same verse, Jesus says that He has come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.

Hold on to the promise of abundant life that Jesus is offering you. Remember that giving in to sexual temptation will not bring you that abundant life; it will open the door to having Satan rip you off.

He-man falls to sexual sin

Sexual sin has been an issue since the beginning of time. Going back a mere 3,200 years, Judges 14-16 records the story of Samson, one of the most gifted men to ever judge Israel. He was the big, strong guy with the wavy hair. Unfortunately, his private devotion to God did not match his giftedness by God and he fell to sexual sin. That’s right; the strongest man in the Bible was brought down by sexual sin. Take a few minutes to listen to the story that Samson’s life has to tell all men.

Samson’s Failure (audio of teaching from Beyond Addictions class)

We recommend that you discuss this issue with your pastor and that you make yourself accountable to someone in the church who can help you avoid this problem.

Pure Life Ministries has a wealth of information to rescue men and women from pornography and other sexual sin. Visit them atwww.purelifeministries.org to become grounded in the Word and protected from this issue.

Remember, God has a plan for your life. It may include the kind of fulfilling, long-lasting marriage that you have dreamed of. This dream will not be fulfilled by engaging in sex outside of marriage.