Pleasing the Body While Pleasing God- A Christian Evaluation of Pornography and Lust by Mark Driscoll

October 29, 2008

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” -1 Corinthians 6.18

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” -Matthew 5.27-28

Over the past several weeks Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA has been releasing chapters in a free online book entitled Porn-Again Christian: A Frank Discussion on Pornography and Masturbation, and in light of previous posts concerning this issue (most notably here) I figured that I would provide a link for you guys to his site.

This is a really interesting project. Of course it contains some of the typical (controversial) Driscoll-esque rawness to it, but the substance of this work is a very pointed and convicting look at how we (mostly men) use and abuse pornography and lust in our attempts to fill some sort of dangerous, sinful desires in our flesh. I think of all the people out there Mark Driscoll does a superb job of making you feel not the least bit okay with your sexual sin (candy-coating sin is not a strong suit for him).

Here are a couple of quotes from the piece:

In creation, we see the wise pattern that for every man his standard of beauty is not to be objectified, but rather it should simply be his wife. This means that if a man has a tall, skinny red-headed wife then that is sexy for him, and if his neighbor has a short, curvy brunette wife then that is sexy for him. Pornographic lust exists to elicit coveting and dissatisfaction that no woman can satisfy because she cannot be tall and short, endowed and waifish, black and white, young and old, like the harem laid out in pornography. (from Chapter 4, A Practical Theology of Pornographic Lust).

And,

Indeed, our God is Lord over all of our lives and helpful for the practical matters of what to do with our mouth, hands, and genitals. As God’s men, we do not pursue this redemption and holiness solely for ourselves but also for God’s mission to save and redeem the sea of lost men around us who are their own god and sin with their mouth, hands, and genitals. (from Chapter 6, Manly Men)

Again, I do want to warn that this work is a little rough around the edges and so if you don’t like being shocked by very direct imagery of the outworking of sexual sin you may want to avoid this. However, if you can handle the writing style I think that you will find this text to be a great resource for yourself either as a personal help or as a guide for helping others dealing with sexual immorality.

Porn-Again Christian by Mark Driscoll