IS MASTURBATION A SIN?

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Masturbation is the self-stimulation of the sex organs, most often to the point of orgasm.

According to healthofchildren.com, sixty to ninety percent of adolescent boys and 40 percent of girls masturbate.

From a physical point of view: “…people’s attitudes about masturbation differ widely, there is no evidence that masturbation is in any way physically, psychologically, or emotionally harmful. For many young people, masturbation is an opportunity for private sexual exploration before deciding to engage is sexual activity with another person. It is also considered the safest form of sex in the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases , including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).” – healthofchildren.com

Meanwhile, the rightness of masturbation spiritually has been a popular subject of debate. From a Christian perspective, the rightness or wrongness of masturbation may only be interpreted from the Bible.

The first issue to be explored is sexual intercourse. First, it is funny that God is the sexiest personality in heaven and earth – He created sexual intercourse, so He knows about it more than anyone.

He first thought of the pleasure of sex before humans knew about it. If he created humans without sex, we will still live and never know anything about it.

So, what’s God’s position on sexual intercourse in the context of masturbation? Sex is primarily mutual stimulation of male and female organs – through the insertion of a penis into a vagina – towards maximum pleasure and/or orgasm.

Biblically, sex is to be mutually enjoyed by a man and a woman for pleasure and procreation. “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Gen.1:28

So, if someone masturbates, what is wrong with that?

First, it becomes un-natural way of having sex. You may frown at homosexuals as indulging in un-natural sex, masturbation is also un-natural. You ought not to have sex with yourself. One of the reasons Eve was created for Adam was for sexual pleasure between her and Adam and for procreation. Or else, Adam would have been left alone – without any form of sexual pleasure.

Leviticus 18:6-29 describes the boundaries of Godly human sexual relationships – the inner, middle, and outer boundaries of godly sexuality.

Verses 6 through 18 define the “inner boundary,” prohibiting sexual relationships with close relatives – incest.

Verses 19 and 20 define the “middle boundary,” limiting sexual relations within marriage and prohibits them outside marriage – when the line is crossed here, it becomes adultery.

Verses 21 through 23 define the “outer boundary” of unnatural sexual relations – sex with animals (bestiality), sex between man and man or woman and woman – homosexuality

Lev. 18:22-23 “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable. Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.

One of the arguments for masturbation is that it is not written in the Bible that it is wrong. But it is also not written in the Bible that a boy may stare at her mom’s nakedness for sensual pleasure, yet it is wrong if he does that.

Additionally, BDSM is also not in the Bible but does it make it NOT A SIN?

BDSM is Bondage -sadomasochistic sexual practices involving the physical restraint of one partner, perhaps handcuffing a partner to the bed during sex.
Domination – supremacy or preeminence over another; exercise of mastery or preponderant influence – subject a partner to submission for sex.

Sadism – a sexual perversion in which gratification is obtained by the infliction of physical or mental pain on others; delight in cruelty – whipping your partner during sex.

Masochism – “a sexual perversion characterized by pleasure in being subjected to pain or humiliation especially by a love object; pleasure in being abused or dominated”

As you can see, the Bible is silent on the above – but IT IS WANTON DEMONIC PLEASURE AND SINFUL. On that note, the Bible not mentioning or forbidden something does not legitimise it.

It may be addressed in other parts of the Bible but not directly.

Relevant Scriptures that may be pointing to masturbation are:

1Cor 6:19-20. “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. Here, it is clear that your body does not belong to you and it must only do things that glorify God.

1Cor6: 18 says “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” Masturbation is sexual immorality and a sin against your own body. It’s a sexual sin from untameable sensual pleasure. Don’t be deceived that your body is yours. Your mouth is yours but you can sin with it.

Eph 2:3. “Among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” Passions of the flesh are opposed to the spirit. They are often unguarded passion from the body and mind. As Christians and with the help of the Holy Spirit if we yield to His leading, we will overcome. Holy Spirit will never approve of you to masturbate if you care to ask.

1Cor10:13 “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” Masturbation is a common temptation. Your own temptation along that path is not different. Graciously, many people have overcome it. God will be unjust to allow a temptation beyond your power to come your way. And there is always a way to endure and escape. It may be just saying No for a few more minutes. It could be just start worshipping God and praying. It could be speaking in tongues or using the spirit of self control.

1Peter2:11 “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.” You are not the first to go through sensual and sexual passion, more than two thousand years ago, this scripture was inspired to help others like you. ITS A WAR AGAINST YOUR SOUL. That’s why it becomes very compelling. Don’t give in.

James 1:14-15 “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” Temptation comes from (unGodly) desires. Desires come from the sinful nature of man, the sinful and perverted world and from satan. You don’t belong to those places. Don’t let desire become sin but rather aspire for the refiner’s fire to purge your body and soul.

1Thess4:3-5: “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God” Controlling your body in holiness and honour is the will of God. You CAN’T succumb and submit to every lustful passion like people who don’t know God or have access to the help of the Holy Spirit. Even some non-Christians exercise strong will again what they don’t want to do. Your will power must be invested in rejecting sin and immorality, not in pursuing vain and sinful matters.

Col3:5 “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” Dying is not babies. When your body lives, it’s a matter of time, it would submit to some earthly desires. You have to die and let Christ live through you. Dying to the flesh may require praying, fasting and studying the word of God aggressively and for a long time, not a casual exercise

Romans13:14 “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” You can’t overcome the flesh on your own. That’s why it appears hard. You need the help of Jesus Christ. When you put on Jesus Christ as a garment from head to toe through receive his gracious help, praying regularly and studying his word, the sinful nature will be silenced. Many people want to overcome temptation without investing spiritual resources. That’s impossible!

1Cor9:27 “But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” That’s the word: DISCIPLINE. It’s a language of Kingdom Soldiers who would do anything to please their master. Apostle Paul indicated here that there were temptations from his body, but he kept them under control. Apparently, he had sexual urges of many forms, but through the help of God, he was able to control his body.

2Tim1:7: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” Self-control is not a decision or wish. First, it’s a fruit of the Holy Spirit. If you don’t have the Holy Spirit, you can’t have the Spirit of Self-Control. You can pray to God to give it to you. I am doing so currently and I am witnessing improvements.

2Cor7:1 “Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God”. Masturbation is defilement and it is dirty. We can’t afford to luxuriate in such filthiness.

1Thess5:23-24: “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” Sanctify means set part, holy and make unique or different. You can’t do what everybody does especially when it is against the will of God for you.

Romans 6:13 “Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness”. Your body parts – eyes, hands, mind and private parts – are not tools for sin or sensual pleasure outside the will of God. Reject masturbation.

Romans12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service”. To overcome masturbation, you need to be sacrificially disciple. It requires strong will with all steadfastness in prayer, fasting and the word of God, as the Holy Spirit helps you.


You can’t follow what you feel always. ‘You feel like eating, you eat. You feel like drinking, you drink. You feel like exaggerating, you do it. You feel like fornicating, you jump onto the bed with someone. YOU ARE NOT A BEAST WITH NO SELF-CONTROL. Someone felt like killing and he killed. Someone felt like dying and committed suicide. Feelings can be brutally lethal. Control your feelings especially with the help of the Holy Spirit.

PERSONAL TESTIMONY
Appetite for Sexual Immorality in My Life Die, I prayed this prayer for about nine months before I could stop fornication. At first, it was as if the prayer wasn’t working. After about five months, hunger and thirst for sexual immorality began to die. Then at a point, it DIED. I mean it. It literarily died.

You know what happens when someone is sick and he loses appetite? Even if you bring the food he loves most, he won’t be able to eat it. He would have a repulsion toward the food. He won’t perceive the tempting aroma and the food will smell (intangibly) off. If you force such a person to eat, he may vomit. That’s what happened to me.

If you bring me Miss World then and make her stand naked before me, I won’t be tempted. Sex smelled off-is to me. The appetite was gone. It’s a good-strange feeling. Hard to explain but its real.

My girlfriend of then said: “Femi something is wrong with you”. That’s after her third weekend visit and no sex took place. I smiled and replied: “No, BEFORE SOMETHING WAS WRONG WITH ME. NOW, SOMETHING IS RIGHT WITH ME.”

After a while, I stopped the prayer thinking I’ve got the formula. After about a year, I fell into fornication again.

Then I realised there are some prayers we may need to pray forever or for a very long time, depending on the level of weakness or affliction.

Masturbation as a Demonic Oppression:

It is worthy of note to say that Masturbation may graduate for a work of the flesh (sinful nature) to a demonic oppression. Demons feed on fleshly activities and do everything for their food to be available always.

A demon of masturbation will first locate a victim who is masturbating through the weakness of the flesh and then pounce on him through the fleshly gateway and begin to oppress him.

When it is a demonic oppression, the act goes beyond strong desire. It becomes controlling and compelling and later leads to torment. Any act of sin that compels you intensely for its gratification may have become demonic oppression.

Getting free from demonic oppression is a bit more challenging that being free from the works of the flesh.

You may need self-deliverance: applying yourself to fasting and prayer (PRAYING THE RIGHT PRAYERS) for you to be free.

Demons are unwanted guest. You must be a HOSTILE HOST for them to leave the accommodation you have provided them through your body.

You may need to be delivered by a prayer minister or a man of God. And you sure need to study the word of God a lot. When the word of God richly dwells in you coupled with effective prayer and obedience, freedom from demonic oppression is in view.

Demons leave quickly when an aggressive fasting is employed. Fasting primarily kills the flesh. When the flesh is weak and the spirit is strong, demons become weak and jump out. When the flesh is strong and the spirit is weak, demons become strong and stay.

You may need to avoid exposure to perverted materials: Some songs, music, movies, newspapers and magazines content can inspire and re-enforce the flesh and demonic oppression.

There are some movies that are pure pornography. They will just mix the dirty scenes with other sinful scenes. But the sex scenes in these movies are hyper-graphic – the sound, the move, the action, the nuances, the visuals – all are so real and would successful rivet a dirty audio-visual in your memory.

Some of them are intentionally satanically inspired and the prevailing spirit in the content can encroach your mind and afflict you.

Also, demons oppress us in the realm of the mind, using the information we have internalised.

Remember, the temptation of Jesus. Satan knew through his mind that he needed food. So he asked him to turn stone to bread. He knew he had just received power, he tempted him to display the power by jumping down, assuring him through Psalms 91 that God would give His angels to guard him. He knew he is the King of glory; in whom ALL THINGS consists, so satan asked him to bow so he may rob him of the eternal glory ahead.

Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” You cannot afford to exposes yourself to polluting and perverting information.

Beware of Demonic Gangs: Demons have strong network. A demon of fornication is most likely the friend to the demon of adultery, homosexuality and bestiality. They all have one parent. Prince of Sexual Immorality. If you fall for one, you may fall for the other. He would just “WhatsAPP” his brethren to come into your life.

Hence, avoiding masturbation content means avoiding pornography and every form of sexually immoral content.

Block Demons Out: The idle mind is devil’s workshop, they say. Always feed your eyes and ears with virtuous materials. I listen to sermons almost throughout the day, even when I’m sleeping. You may confirm from my wife and children. I don’t give demons an inch because they’ll take 100 miles for themselves.

Whatever you have taken in, you will manifest it one day, if you don’t purge your self of it.

Dealing with Genetic Sexual Immoralities: There are some families who experience similar acts of sexual immorality from generation to generation. For instance, some families are prone to fornication and/or adultery. Some are prone to prostitution. Some to masturbation or pornography.

If you are from a family that suffers evil patterns of sexual immorality from generation to generation, you may need to fast and pray and free yourself.

Prayers To Overcome Masturbation:

1: Appetite for sexual immorality in my life die in Jesus’ name.

2: Activities of the flesh in my life, die in Jesus’ name.

3: I purify, purge and fortify my spirit, soul, body and blood with the blood of Jesus from every pollution, perversion, contamination and perversions.

4: Satanic instruments and tools in my body and blood die in Jesus’ name.

5: I receive the spirit of self-control afresh in Jesus’ name.

6: Unclean spirits perverting my mind, body and soul with unclean thoughts, words, images and imaginations, be bound and be banished in Jesus’ name.

7: Satanic deposits of sexual immoralities in my life by purge out in the name of Jesus.

8: Satanic and demonic spirits whispering sins and perversions into my ears and minds be silenced in Jesus’s name.

THESE PRAYERS BECOME EFFECTIVE WHEN PRAY REGULARLY AND CONSISTENTLY, ESPECIALLY WHEN FASTING IS ADDED. PRAY THEM UNTIL YOU ARE FREE…repeat them even after you are free to stay free.

LIES ABOUT Masturbation
1:It makes you last longer in bed.
2:It makes you look, feel and be cool
3:It’s healthy
4:It releases tension
5:It’s your body you are using
6:It safes you from women rejection
7:Sex made ready 24/7
8:No unfaithfulness
9: It prevents fornication
10: It prevents adultery
11: It’s better than fornication and adultery
12: It’s not written in the Bible

All the above are not true but lies that could make you get trapped in self-sex and a sin against your body, which is temple of the Holy Spirit.

article by Prophet Femi Oshin: wall of fire ministry.

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