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Porn Culture vs. The Gospel: Two Irreconcilable Messages

Last Updated: May 20, 2014

Luke Gilkerson

Luke Gilkerson has a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies and an MA in Religion. He is the author of Coming Clean: Overcoming Lust Through Biblical Accountability and The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality. Luke and his wife Trisha blog at IntoxicatedOnLife.com

The gospel says: “This is my body, which is given for you” (Luke 22:19).

Porn culture says: “This is your body taken by me.”

The gospel says: Treat “older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity” (1 Timothy 5:2).

Porn culture says: “Treat older women as cougars and younger women as barely legal.”

Porn Culture vs. The Gospel

The gospel says: “This is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3).

Porn culture says: “This is real life, that we would not be denied our every sexual desire, no matter how misogynistic or demeaning.”

The gospel says: “Seek the glory that comes from the only God” (John 5:44).

Porn culture says: “Seek the imaginary sexual admiration that comes from fantasy people.”

The gospel says: “For those who love God all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28).

Porn culture says: “For those who love the thrill of digital sex, all risks of real intimacy are avoided.”

The gospel says: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Porn culture says: “Cast all your anxieties into fantasy, because there you can believe for a brief moment that you are desired.”

The gospel says: “Make the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16)

Porn culture says: “Enjoy every sexual buzz you can get, because this life is all you have.”

The gospel says: “Your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).

Porn culture says: “Your life is found in your hidden adventures online.”

The gospel says: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17).

Porn culture says: “Relax, for there is nothing wrong with your fantasies.”

The gospel says:If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37).

Porn culture says: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to porn and drink.”


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  • Comments on: Porn Culture vs. The Gospel: Two Irreconcilable Messages
    1. Emma Joy on

      Very wise. I like the simple yet profound truths presented here.

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      • Rob G on

        Well said, Luke! Very compelling to see the Truth of Scripture lined up against the lies of porn.

    2. Shepherd on

      Worthy ls the lamb ,slain for all our transgression. lts God brings new people like you .2014 the year of crossover.

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      • Shepherd on

        Worthy ls the Lamb.l will praise him in truth and Spirit.

    3. chris gemmell on

      Nice. It is a fantastic way to contrast whet i am with what i should aspire to be.

      Cursed are those that hunger and thirst for pornography, for they shall be empty.

      Reply
    4. Ethan on

      Thanks for the beautiful and inspiring post. God bless you

      Reply
    5. Paul Hooson, Owner, The Viewpoint Gentleman's Club, Portland, OR on

      Truth of Scripture? The Bible is a book of ancient Jewish mythology describing night monsters, she demons and other mythical monsters that seem to be greatly inspired by the Egyptians and their pagan gods, monsters and demons. Maybe beautiful as a work of literature, fantasy and fiction for a document as old as it is, although Greek mythology and other literature has many similar themes, suggesting not that many fables here are even that original, but a re-telling of the popular stories of the time.

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      • Luke Gilkerson on

        To equate Biblical literature, especially the New Testament, with these kind of fables is like confusing poetry for prose or confusing country music for death metal.

        I think what the medievalist and literary critic C.S. Lewis had to say on this topic is spot on:

        “I have been reading poems, romances, vision literature, legends, and myths all my life. I know what they are like. I know none of them are like this. Of this text, there are only two possible views. Either this is reportage…or else, someone unknown writer…without known predecessors or successors, suddenly anticipated the whole technique of modern novelistic, realistic narrative…The reader who doesn’t see this has simply not learned how to read.”

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