This phrase is taken from the Bible. Ezekiel 13:20. It concerns God’s judgement on the daughters of Israel that were into divination. Divination is seeking the knowledge of the future through the supernatural. Like going to a gypsy who has a crystal ball to tell you your future. They made money by it, and in turn captivated their audiences. Men & women.
I find that pornography is something that is quite captivating as well just as these lady diviners were. For all; men, women, young and old. And though there is no clear spiritual exchange taking place in pornography, there can be such a pull to view pornography that it verifiably can seem like a magic spell of sorts on many.
Like I said, though there is nothing clearly stating, “Hi I am moved by spiritual beings to create porn,” there are Biblical passages that let us know otherwise.
“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:[b] sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5
Notice what sexual devious behavior is called; idolatry! Idolatry is worshiping something that is not God. It is a putting value on something greater than God. But the word idolatry also carries the definition of fetishism which is an abnormal drive towards the valuing of a kind of sexual focus or desire. A worshiping of it. It seems this is a spiritual idea after all isn’t it? In the temptation of the Christ, the goal of Satan was to have Jesus see his own personal health, wealth, and power to be of more value than obeying the Father. Satan would win if Jesus would cave in to his own selfish desires. But he would have none of it!
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
When we come against the temptations, or after caving into a temptation, we later move against it by a repentant heart, or removing the obstacle in our way, then we are actually wrestling against spiritual entities! That’s radical to pontificate on. We fight not against people, but against an unseen, organized army behind the scene. And there powerful.
There is a spiritual reality that the Bible stresses is real and active behind the things in our world. Making sex a commodity or the unregulated capitalist context it thrives in are both made up of a spiritual component. They both are powerful; the selling of sex and the economic context it thrives in have a goal in mind. What are we to do? Do we all have to unplug totally from the internet/cable or go hardcore of the grid to have a shot of victory?
|Frustrated and Overwhelmed!|
There is a comfort I get from the passage in Ezekiel. It goes something like this… God will judge those who prey on me. Not just in the area of the entertainment of the world, but on the powers that be which create such a society.
The passage goes on to say that the ladies made the hearts of those who were taken in by them sad. The people were burdened down by such promises from those who received financial gain through there exploitation’s. Certainly many can attest to this sadness when being taken in by the availability of material that is made to cause lust in us. It is created to cause a stumble, a downfall. Such downfalls seem like out of control behavior. Even giving our money over to them! It can seem all to hard to resist! But God promises to judge.
“‘This is because they have led my people astray saying, “All is well,” when things are not well. Ezekiel 13:10
“Will you entrap my people’s lives, yet preserve your own lives?” Ezekiel 13:18
There is always a promise that is made by those who receive money in most exchanges. It can be that your investment will work out well, or that you will be satisfied with the product purchased. In some cases there is a deception as the promised outcome is not what was promised. This is so true with today’s lustful programming or entertainment. How many world-wide spend hours a night watching adult material or reading adult material only to be bummed! Bummed that you have wandering eyes, a seeming inability to say no, or not being honest about your actions. There are many reasons to be bummed isn’t there! It seems the power of this worlds ways are overwhelming and certainly exhausting. And it is. And it makes sense why! We never in any time of history had so much eye candy to look at! Our ancestors did not have to deal with this. What we face today is underrepresented and not normal to us humans!
Just as we were not made to sit and look at a screen for hours, or eat foods that are made in a lab. Looking at people having sex for hours on end has no benefit, and is a waste. It actually makes many depressed. I know it does and wish I never struggled with this. May God use my own battles to help others.
God is compassionate to understand what we are up against. Don’t blame God for the system that we are in. It is our doing for sure. Blaming God won’t get us anywhere. I simply am comforted that he will judge. There is a day coming, that God Almighty will set things right.
In the meantime, do not give up contending.
God will judge. And in turn, the souls shall go free!