Masturbation, Fornication, Mortification, and Justification

Monday, January 29, 2007

Masturbation, Fornication, Mortification, and Justification

This past New Year's Day hosted Passion 07. This year John Piper was invited to speak on the application of Colossians 1-3 and his topic was, "How to Deal with the Guilt of Sexual Failure for the Glory of Christ and His Global Cause." Follow the link to the sermon manuscript or to listen to the sermon. This is the most cross-centered, gospel-saturated sermon I have yet to hear on this subject which has plagued almost every Christian male in particular (including myself) I know of. I have yet to meet a man who has not struggled here, although I'm sure there is the occasional fellow here and there.

There are two sides to this issue, and Christian men know the one side well. It is the mortification side. We can count on probably both hands the number of sermons we've heard on the fact that we must put to death the sin of lust. Included in this count are sermons on the consequences of perpetual lust which results in hell.

This sin in particular is so difficult to defeat that it has run many a good Christian brother (and sister) off course from the passionate sense of calling they have for God's kingdom. The guilt which is incurred from this sin can heap up on a man so high that he becomes buried beneath a load of condemnation which virtually drowns any passion for ministry with a sense of unworthiness. His sin is great, the devil knows it, and the devil reminds him often through accusations which are, quite honestly, completely true.

Along with the many sermons on mortification of this sin comes a much-needed sermon on how to handle this sin when it has been chosen over above the pleasures of God. When it comes to the subject of masturbation in particular, there are two sides to this coin: mortification AND justification. What we do when we've sinned in this area is just as important as what we do to kill it. Piper's sermon here is a must-hear when it comes to being completely gospel-centered in this area (and in any other area of besetting sin).

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