What Does The Bible Say About Masturbation
The Bible does not discuss masturbation at all but there are scriptures that can confirm it leads to sin, addiction or it is an act of lust since masturbation requires fantacy.
“…but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matt5:28)
1 Cor. 6:18, “Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.”
- The Greek word for “immorality” is porneia which means illicit sexual intercourse, i.e., fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality, etc. The English word “pornography” is derived from this Greek word.
Eph. 5:3, “But do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among saints.”
- Again, the word for “immorality” is porneia.
All sin begins in the heart
Even though the bible does not come out and directly say it is a sin, but it is a fantasy of someone you wish to be with or been with. Then there are your hands involved in making it happen.
All sexual immorality begins with a thought. A lustful thought not taken captive, will eventually lead to other perversions, because sin reproduces itself in increasingly greater measures. If we do not deal with our evil thoughts, they will take root in our hearts.
Not only is masturbation a sin but can be a lust addiction to meet some need. Masturbation is a false pathway of peace to deal with stress and not just a sexual experience. Many times children grow up in chaotic homes and to deal with the stress will turn to masturbation.
Along with masturbation is fantasy and pornography which adds to the same and increases the sin.
Lust is fought on two fronts:
- the carnal sin nature and demonic spirits within our carnal nature.
- lust of the eyes and flesh
- pride of life
Not just stress opens the door to masturbation:
- rape, incest
- childhood sexual play and exploration
- exposure to pornography magazines, tv rated r movies, internet sex sites, etc.
- premature sexual experience in the teen years
Less obvious but can arise a person:
- romance novels,
- soap operas
- music and songs related to something sexual
Song of Solomon 8:4 says “not to stir up want or awaken love before its time.
It is important to discover the triggers to when the activation of lust to take you to masturbation. If you know the triggers, then you can avoid them and protect yourself.
Second, recognize and take responsibility for your life. That means resist the temptations and avoid the triggers.
Third, confess to Christ it is a sin and repent and ask for his forgiveness.
Fourth, find an accountability partner or someone you can trust and help you during the heightened feelings and you feel it is a loosing battle.