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Holiness & the Battle Against Porn

Holiness & the Battle Against Porn

Words by Tim Houston, CARE Churches Team.

Holiness is one of those concepts that we’ve sometimes, sadly, allowed to be pushed to the corner of the room. It is not fashionable to talk about holiness, it’s not always going to be easy to hear in that it requires something of us as Christians, it’s not often conveyed in a way which depicts its beauty and incredible purpose. Whichever way we approach holiness, there is no denying that Jesus has saved us in order that we may be a holy people. Not just in the next life, but right here.

A pursuit of holiness in our Christian life is amongst the most beautiful aspirations we can have. Through the indwelling might of God’s Holy Spirit, we have been broke free from the power of sin and are empowered to live as children of God, overflowing with peace, acting with the authority of God himself to live a life which is so abundant in divine purpose that we can barely comprehend it. Jesus has set us free, restored us, made us new, and we have an eternity of incredible joy set before us which begins right now. Thankyou God!

Holiness requires that we fight sin in our lives. We don’t fight for victory over sin or for God’s forgiveness, Jesus has already won that battle. We fight precisely because he has already won it. I am free in his loving embrace, and his spirit is in me. I want to fight because I hate the thought that I might be allowing something into my life which dampens my passion for him, which wrecks God’s purposes for my relationships, which deafens me to his voice, which renders me unable to fully take hold of the awesome purpose he has for me as a Christian today. He loves me and he doesn’t want something not from him getting its grubby hands on my heart and distracting me from his goodness and power.

Pornography is one of those things which would seek to do that. It is an industry fuelled by exploitation, humiliation and addiction. For women and men behind the screen, it wrecks lives and leads to lifelong struggles emotionally, relationally and physically. For those caught in its grasp watching it; it distorts reality, poisons relationship and, for us as Christians, has the potential to quench the awesome fire of the Holy Spirit when we allow it to enter our lives.

The fact is that pornography use is widespread in our Church communities and we need to address it. A pursuit of holiness in the Christian life leaves us no other choice. How exciting it would be, as an act of worship, to joyfully demolish the foothold that porn has carved for itself in our church. We have the power to do that, because we are free in Jesus, and freedom is what we were born for.

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