1) “You shall have no other gods before me” Exodus 20:3
We have raised up pornography as our god, bowing to its command
“Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images” (Romans 1:22-23).
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other” (Matthew 6:24).
2) “You shall not make for yourself an idol” Exodus 20:4
We have raised up images as our idol, worshiping them
“They…worshiped and served created things” (Romans 1:25).
God created them male and female in the beginning and in pornography we are worshiping His creation, whether male or female, exchanging the truth for a lie. We run to pornography, bowing to the images, and offering sacrifice by, “gratifying the flesh” on an unholy altar. Friends, how are we ever to be satisfied living a lie? How are we ever to be satisfied by the worship of His creation rather than the worship of Him who is able to keep us from stumbling?
“Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness” (Romans 6:19).
3) “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God” Exodus 20:7
The frustration of pornography has caused us to misuse his name.
“Your adversaries misuse your name” (Psalm 139:20).
“But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips” (Colossians 3:8).
“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger” (Psalm 8:2).
4) “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God” Exodus 20:8
Pornography never rests
“Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more” (Ephesians 4:19).
Looking, lusting, fantasy, daydreaming, gratifying the flesh, Looking, lusting, fantasy, daydreaming, gratifying the flesh, Looking, lusting, fantasy, daydreaming, gratifying the flesh, Looking, lusting, fantasy, daydreaming, gratifying the flesh.
“Death and destruction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of man” (Proverbs 27:20).
5) “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you” Exodus 20:12
Pornography is hardly honoring to our parents
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5).
Would our parents approve of us sitting in front of a computer screen looking at someone’s daughter–spending hours upon hours looking for “that” image? Or in any other act that must be carried out in secret? In darkness?
“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children” (Proverbs 17:6).
6) “You shall not murder” Exodus 20:13
Pornography kills marriages
“And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery” Matthew 19:9 (italics added)
Adultery of the heart and mind kills the marital union! I know! I had a pornographic and impure mind that killed my marriage! And I know others whose relationship did not last due to immorality. If the destruction of the marriage is the outcome, isn’t this the murder of the marriage? Only two things can separate the “one flesh” marital union with the same devastation, death and sexual immorality.
7) “You shall not commit adultery” Exodus 20:14
Pornography is adultery of the heart and mind
“You have heard that is was said, ‘Do not commit adultery, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28).
Jesus was clear in this regard about looking and lusting, “anyone who looks” at a woman “lustfully” has already committed adultery with her in his heart. This is not just for men, but a principle to both male and female.
8) “You shall not steal” Exodus 20:15
Pornography is taking what doesn’t belong to you
“He who has been stealing must steal not longer” (Ephesians 4:28)
The people we are gawking at, whether male or female, are not ours to “long for” or “lust” after. We are stealing the unity which belongs to someone else and seeking our own unholy unity with them. Taking what doesn’t belong to you is stealing. Certainly that person, whoever they may be, will one day be united with their own husband or wife.
9) “You shall not give a false testimony against your neighbor” Exodus 20:16
Pornography has to be covered up to hide from exposure
“Do not lie to each other” (Colossians 3:9).
Lying is the way we keep our secret life from being exposed, the very thing that’s needed. Honesty with self, and honesty with others.
10) “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor” Ezodus 20:17
Pornography is all about wanting what isn’t yours
“The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Romans 13:9).
If we love our neighbor as ourselves we wont covet what he has, his wife, or perhaps her husband. Coveting is wanting something or someone that does not belong to you. Coveting, like stealing, is to have a strong desire for that which isn’t yours.
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery” Exodus 20:2
I can not think of another sin that breaks all Ten Commandments like that of sexual immorality!
Author: Erick Hurt
From a slave to sin–to freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1). From an abusive husband verbally and physically–to loving my wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). Now an Elder at Family Bible Church, I speak, teach, and preach with the same passion I once had for sin. I work as a volunteer for Setting Captives Free ministry as a mentor and mentor coordinator helping people become freed from the grip of sin. Visit www.settingcaptivesfree.com.