THE SPIRIT OF LUST: THE ATTACK ON CHRISTIAN MEN AND THE FAMILY UNIT

Posted: April 16, 2014 in Uncategorized
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“Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.” (Romans 13:13)

Sexual perversion is on the rise in America. In a recent study by the University of Georgia, it had found that since 1983 to 2003, the percentage of magazines using sex and sexual imagery rose from 15% to over 27%. That’s just magazines, it gets worse for television or even the internet. Americans spend about one-third of their free time, more than the next 10 most popular leisure activities combined, watching television or online. Yet the #1 searched word when it comes to the internet is porn. In a Kaiser Family Foundation study, 76 percent of teens said that one reason young people have sex is because TV shows and movies make it seem normal for teens. There simply has never been a time in modern society where the level of sexual promiscuity and/or fascination about sex in any context is as great, or greater, than our current generation today. Our culture is drunk on sex.

But it’s not just regulated to the world, it has now infiltrated into the church, and the main culprit is Pornography. Statistics document that men who view erotic material on a regular basis see women as objects and are more likely to act violently toward them. Studies aside, a person needs only attend one care group meeting to see the devastation this “harmless” activity wreaks on the men, their wives, and their families. The consequences can impact generations.

It seems almost daily I’ll read about a pastor or evangelist whose entire ministry has fallen along by the wayside, trampled by the destructive power of unbridled lust. Afterwards, when they finally revealed just why they fell into this bondage, the answer was always, in some form, traced back to pornography. Yet it’s not just pastors or popular preachers succumbing to this desire for flesh, it’s occurring in the lives of many Christian men, not just those standing in the pulpit, but those sitting in the pews, who attends weekly Bible Studies, from the Deacon to the Sunday School teacher to the usher. This spirit of lust is attacking anyone and everyone who dares cross its path, and the carnage it’s leaving behind is sadly growing.

The truth is thousands of men in the church struggle with this addiction, and the number is growing. The number of women is also growing. Thanks to the Internet anyone can log onto any depravity in the privacy of his or her own home. These men and women need a lifeline. They need the hope only Christ can provide, and the answer won’t be found in any place other than the cross.

When the enemy attacks with his choice of weapon, in this case lustful desires, it needs to be understood by the believer that it’s not a result of your personal failure or weakness, we are all vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy, however, the reason why Satan attacks us is to destroy our faith, our faith in the cross (what Christ did there). In that, he (Satan) then uses those things which naturally bears an attractiveness to our flesh, this is the testing of our faith which will either yield our trust in our own methods and abilities, or in the faith of Christ and what he did for us on the cross. When we fail by succumbing to those temptations it opens the door to a greater bondage, which ultimately leads to the downfall of the believer.

The hope is found in the word. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” When we come to Christ, we die to him, that is to mean, our desires, our passions, our dreams and even our weaknesses in the flesh, they all must die at the foot of the cross. That’s what James is referring to, submitting to the Father, meaning to become completely submitted to the Father and his perfect will, not our own will – his will. When Satan comes to tempt us, he’s tempting us to those things which once held us in bondage, the old man.  But when we are in Christ, we are new in him (2 Cor. 5:17). This then gives us the ability to literally resist the enemy not through our human strength, but through the power of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 6:13 Paul says, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

When we stand on the word, when we yield to the Holy Spirit in our lives, when we find solace in the cross, then the sin nature which Satan tries to resurrect in us all then begins to force us to yield to its demands, this is the spirit of lust, a demonic spirit which is the cause of so many moral failures in the lives of so many good men in the faith, simply because they have not learned to fully place their trust in what Christ did for them on the cross and learned to submit. Again, it’s about submission, dying to the flesh which Paul reminded us in his letters that we all must do – dying daily to Christ. Notice what Paul says in Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Yes, we all will struggle with sin, none of us are perfect. Yes, Christian’s fail, morally as well as spiritually. But if you don’t quit, God won’t quit. 1 John 1:9 makes it clear, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The reason why I believe many are falling victim to the growing problem of the corruption of the hour in which we live in, is because they have distanced themselves from the cross, replacing it with Psychology methods as an answer to the gospel of the cross. Listen, anything outside the word of God is not an antidote to sin, only the blood of Christ is sufficient for dealing with sin and addiction and those who have found themselves bound by that sin. This is why it’s very important you know what you are feeding your spirit. If you feed your spirit man garbage, you’ll reap a spirit of garbage. Meaning, if you watch programs with nudity, or view magazines designed to satisfy your lust, like swimsuit magazines or bikini magazines, it will only further your flesh and the end result will be complete slavery to that thing which sole intention is to bind you by.

The world is growing darker, the power of sin and the rise of temptation is growing in these last days, and the only hope we have, the world has, is the cross. Once you grasp the cross and its meaning, then over time you will begin to face the trials and tribulations the enemy brings which God allows so that your faith will be matured and you will grow spiritually. That is the answer to the spirit of lust which is hindering so many within the body of Christ – the cross.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

Comments
  1. William says:

    It’s not just pornography look at how the women in America dress. Sexually enticing you women of America are the problem you dress up like whores and harlots and then wonder why men have unbridled sexual lust. Psychological triggers on a consistent repeated basis suppressed in our subconscious sooner or later explodes

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