Saturday, March 12, 2011

Good thoughts about the 'M' word

I might as well say it: 'masturbation.' Tomorrow the apostle Paul will help us assess and address our sexual temptations through our study of I Thessalonians 4:1-8. Right in line with Paul, Jeffrey Black has this to say about masturbation:

"The goal of pornography and masturbation is to create a substitute for intimacy. Masturbation is sex with yourself. If I'm having sex with myself, I don't have to invest myself in another person. People who are 'addicted' to pornography aren't so much addicted to lurid material as they're addicted to self-centeredness. They're committed to serving themselves, to doing whatever they can to find a convenient way not to die to self, which is the nature of companionship in relationship."

- Quoted in Josh Harris, Sex Isn't The Problem, Lust Is, pp. 105-106.

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