What is It

  • Looking at a Person Lustfully
    • Matthew 5:28— But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.


  • Our Body is For God
    • I Corinthians 1:13— “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”–and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
  • Becoming One With a Spouse Only
    • I Corinthians 1:16— Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.”
  • Only Sin Against Own Body
    • I Corinthians 1:18— Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.
  • It’s God’s Will
    • I Thessalonians 4:3-4— For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,
  • God Will Condemn
    • Hebrews 13:4— Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.


Why it’s Bad

  • Facts
    • The purpose of an orgasm is to procreate and pleasure the couple.
    • We start to think asexually. We cannot masturbate in marriage, even when we have increased sexual tensions when our wives don’t feel like having sex.
  • Other Reasons
    • Addiction is inevitable; because, even though I can stop whenever, it’s harder.
      • 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.
      • I Peter 2:11—Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
    • Although not sure why, because masturbation within marriage is undoubtedly bad, masturbation outside of marriage is probably bad.

Why it’s Good

  • It’s easy to stop whenever.
  • No sex is happening.
  • It’s alright to satisfy yourself, like when you eat good food or take a warm bath.