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Monday, September 3, 2012

Masturbation Nation

Najestique's Turn't Up Tuesday presents:
THE SECRET SIN: A Masturbation Nation

The dangerous impacts that masturbation has on the moral, mental spiritual and physical well being of an individual.

“There is a science of Christianity to be mastered—a science as much deeper, broader, higher, than any human science as the heavens are higher than the earth. The mind is to be disciplined, educated, trained; for men are to do service for God in ways that are not in harmony with inborn inclination. Often the training and education of a lifetime must be discarded, that one may become a learner in the school of Christ. The heart must be educated to become steadfast in God. Old and young are to form habits of thought that will enable them to resist temptation. They must learn to look upward. The principles of the Word of God—principles that are as high as heaven and that compass eternity—are to be understood in their bearing on the daily life. Every act, every word, every thought, is to be in accord with these principles.”—CT, p. 20

This has become a masturbation nation. Social Media and today’s contemporary society for the most part proport masturbation as normal and even healthy. The devil has even successfully used science to deceive most of us, even as God fearing people that it is alright to masturbate as a single, because it’s not with anyone else, it’s a release and as married people, that masturbation is appropriate when sex is not readily available. (The partner is away on a trip or is too tired or sick, etc. )

“Could all see the amount of suffering that they bring upon themselves by their own sinful indulgence, they would be alarmed; and some, at least, would shun the course of sin that brings such dreaded wages. So miserable an existence is entailed upon a large class that death would be preferable to life; and many do die prematurely, their lives sacrificed in the inglorious work of excessive indulgence of the animal passions. Yet because they are married, they think they commit no sin.  {TSB 111.1}”

Again, there is no guilt, because the sex is not with anyone else….or so they think. Sex with ANYONE other than your spouse in a monogamous union is lasciviousness. That includes yourself.

Ellen White refers to it as self abuse. Why so harsh a term? Because sex with yourself isn’t even sex in the Maker’s eyes. It’s abuse of something He intended for one purpose but is being used for another. Hence there is a misuse, an abuse of  the Body temple, wherein the Spirit dwells. ABUSE.

The devil has also caused a number of believers to believe masturbation is Okay, just as long as someone else does it. Many Adventist single men are proud to state that they don’t “beat their meat.”
But that’s only because their girlfriends are the ones doing it for them.
They reason, “Why would I do that to myself, when I got a girl that can do it for me?”
This is when the sin now includes a second party, and their sin now becomes her sin and is now upon the hands of both involved. Girlfriends beware.

Females aren’t all that innocent either. They too indulge in toys, and movies, and masturbatory practices that incite evil in the dwelling place of the Lord, the throne of the body, the mind.  Some believers even consider themselves virgins simply because they haven’t engaged in sexual intercourse, but they have defiled every other part of the body temple with someone else and for the purposes of this article, themselves.
The lower passions are to be strictly guarded. The perceptive faculties are abused, terribly abused, when the passions are allowed to run riot. When the passions are indulged, the blood, instead of circulating to all parts of the body, thereby relieving the heart and clearing the mind, is called in undue amount to the internal organs. Disease comes as the result. The mind cannot be healthy until the evil is seen and remedied.--Ms 24, 1900.  {TSB 116.3}

Any true believer  who wants to serve God with all their heart, soul and mind will realize the dangerous implications that masturbation has and would refrain from this behavior.

Here are a few links to sources that will assist in the understanding of why masturbation at any time is an unhealthy sin.
Same info above also found here: Scroll down to Physical and spiritual dangers of masturbation or "self-abuse"

In addition it is imperative to remember that the devil is always saying and enforcing the complete opposite to what God has ordained and established.

1. God created the Sabbath. The enemy created Sunday worship as an alternative to worshiping the true God. Sunday Christians then are worshipping on a false day, and hence a false worship occurs.

2. God created a man and a woman and told them to be fruitful and multiply. He made them with the corresponding reproductive and sexual organs that make sense with regards to their function. The devil says It’s okay for two people of the same sex to “love” one another. Just as long as they aren’t hurting anyone, and it’s consentual. Furthermore, the enemy make many professed Christians believe that unmarried couples can engage in privileges that Christ has reserved soley for the marriage union, just as long as they know that they love each other and they aren't cheating on each other.  FYI: They may not be cheating on each other, but thay are cheating on God.

3. God said the marriage bed is undefiled. YET the devil has caused MANY believers to stumble on this point by taking the text out of context. They proport that it means that “Once I’m married anything goes, because I’m married.” This gives license for the devil to have his way in the marriage. The husbands are used as instruments by Satan to corrupt what God intended as pure and holy. He is a negative influence on the wife who submits to his evil passions. (this is not to say that wives couldn’t have the same influence either.
The Expenditure of Vital Energy. "Many parents do not obtain the knowledge that they should in the married life. They are not guarded lest Satan take advantage of them and control their minds and their lives. They do not see that God requires them to control their married lives from all excesses. But very few feel it to be a religious duty to govern their passions. They have united themselves in marriage to the object of their choice, and therefore reason that marriage sanctifies the indulgence of the baser passions. Even men and women professing godliness give loose rein to their lustful passions, and have no thought that God holds them accountable for the expenditure of vital energy, which weakens their hold on life and enervates the entire system."  {TSB 110.3}

Excessive Sexual Indulgence. "The marriage covenant covers sins of the darkest hue. Men and women professing godliness debase their own bodies through the indulgence of the corrupt passions, and thus lower themselves beneath the brute creation. They abuse the powers that God has given them to be preserved in sanctification and honor. Health and life are sacrificed upon the altar of base passion. The higher, nobler powers are brought into subjection to the animal propensities. Those who thus sin are not acquainted with the result of their course." {TSB 110.4}

“Many professed Christians who passed before me seemed destitute of moral restraint. They were more animal than divine. In fact, they were about all animal. Men of this type degrade the wife whom they have promised to nourish and cherish. She is made an instrument to minister to the gratification of low, lustful propensities. And very many women submit to become slaves to lustful passion; they do not possess their bodies in sanctification and honor. The wife does not retain the dignity and self-respect which she possessed previous to marriage.” {TSB 111.3}

“This holy institution should have preserved and increased her womanly respect and holy dignity; but her chaste, dignified, godlike womanhood has been consumed upon the altar of base passion; it has been sacrificed to please her husband. She soon loses respect for the husband, who does not regard the laws to which the brute creation yield obedience. The married life becomes a galling yoke; for love dies out, and frequently distrust, jealousy, and hate take its place.”  {TSB 112.1}

Hence, couples are inviting evils into the bedroom as a result of this text being misconstrued like sodomy (anal sex) For some incoherent reason, these people believe that since they are engaging in anal sex with their heterosexual married spouse, that it is not considered sin.
Here is what Ellen White has been informed by the Lord concerning this matter:

“Church members need to fast and pray, striving earnestly to overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. Not one particle of Sodomitish impurity will escape the wrath of God at the execution of the judgment. Those who do not repent of and forsake all uncleanness will fall with the wicked. Those who become members of the royal family and form God's kingdom in the earth made new, will be saints, not sinners. Isaiah 30:1-3, 8-16.  {TSB 119.3}” 
Other sins that ensue due to the misinterpretation of the marriage bed being undefiled are pornography, group sex with other married couples and  S & M / BDSM / Bondage.

"By the word of God . . . the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." 2 Peter 3:5-7. Another storm is coming. The earth will again be swept by the desolating wrath of God, and sin and sinners will be destroyed.

The sins that called for vengeance upon the antediluvian world exist today. The fear of God is banished from the hearts of men, and His law is treated with indifference and contempt. The intense worldliness of that generation is equaled by that of the generation now living. Said Christ, "As in the days that were before the Flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the Flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:38, 39. God did not condemn the antediluvians for eating and drinking; He had given them the fruits of the earth in great abundance to supply their physical wants. Their sin consisted in taking these gifts without gratitude to the Giver, and debasing themselves by indulging appetite without restraint. It was lawful for them to marry. Marriage was in God's order; it was one of the first institutions which He established. He gave special directions concerning this ordinance, clothing it with sanctity and beauty; but these directions were forgotten, and marriage was perverted and made to minister to passion.
A similar condition of things exists now. That which is lawful in itself is carried to excess. Appetite is indulged without restraint. Professed followers of Christ are today eating and drinking with the drunken, while their names stand in honored church records. Intemperance benumbs the moral and spiritual powers and prepares the way for indulgence of the lower passions. Multitudes feel under no moral obligation to curb their sensual desires, and they become the slaves of lust. Men are living for the pleasures of sense; for this world and this life alone.”  Patriarchs and Prophets 101-102

The Sum of the Matter

"Wow, I didn’t know this. What can I do to stop?"

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour 1 Peter 5:8

"Seek the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon" (Isa. 55:6, 7).

“That’s whack. It’s my body and I can do with it as I please. I’m free to choose. At least I’m not doing it with anyone else. It doesn’t count as a sin.”
Reread this entire article, prayerfully. If after revising it, you have questions, speak with the pastor. If you still disagree, then you’re going to hell my friend.

“I want to stop, but don’t know how.”
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

Do not engage in anything that’s harmfully stimulating. Television, movies, upbeat music..
Go to bed early 9:00 pm.
Refrain from the use of sugar
Destroy the licentious magazines hidden in your home.
Avoid sexual conversation.
Stop looking at porn on the net...or anywhere else for that matter.
Drink plenty of water.

Masturbation is a lack of self control, and a form of demon possession. No, you may not be foaming at the mouth and trying to jump off a cliff, but this form of demon possession is the worst for, because it is so imperceptible and insidious. Just below the radar, that it seems okay because there is no outright dramatic display as we are used to reading of in the bible or hearing about on the news. Masturbation can not cease by prayer alone, because it is a form of demon possession.

Matthew 17:21
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Matthew 17:20-22 (in Context) Matthew 17 (Whole Chapter)

Mark 9:29
And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
Mark 9:28-30 (in Context) Mark 9 (Whole Chapter)

What is he possessing? Yes your body, but mainly your mind. He’s after your mind. The only part of you that can make rational decisions and choose to love and serve God. The mind that in turn reigns over the body.
This is why the list above is so important. It is a fast. A fast from the things that stimulate the impulse. As Freud would call it, the id. Christ calls it SELF. Refraining from the items listed above is an EXERCISE IN SELF CONROL, and is practice, exercise in controlling your self through Christ, so when Satan prompts you into evil, you would be able to resist steadfastly.

You can also engage yourself in other  PHYSICAL ACTVITIES.
Sports like hand ball (No pun intended) baseball, football or any other kind of ball not your own is a good way to blow off steam, get energized, expend energy and leave you so tired afterward, that you’ll be too tired to masturbate.

In all, remember to CLAIM God’s promise that: [ YOUR NAME HERE ] can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. You are not alone, His grace is sufficient to help You.

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Hebrews 9:14

Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:21

Bible verses and Quotes are sourced from published Ellen White works and

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