Defeat Lust & Pornography Woman reading the Bible with her cup of coffee.
Defeat Lust & Pornography 5 minute read

How to Overcome Porn Addiction According to the Bible

Last Updated: March 21, 2024

The Bible clearly tells us what we should and shouldn’t do. It tells us that watching pornography is a sin and something Christians should strive to avoid.  But what if you are addicted to pornography? Suppose no matter how many times you resist and flee from temptation, its grip is too strong on you. Eventually, either after a lengthy struggle or after only a few moments, you give in.   

If that’s you, what’s the answer? For many Christians, it feels like there’s no winning the battle. Struggles with pornography become an endless cycle of shame and eventual defeat.   

Even though the word doesn’t appear in the Bible, it has a lot to say about pornography and its destructive effects. Not only that, but Scripture gives Christians a straightforward battle plan for engaging with this temptation and ultimately overcoming it. If you’re a follower of Jesus, you don’t have to keep living in guilty discouragement. His Word tells us what to do.  

There are two parts to his plan The first involves getting porn out of your life, and the second is replacing it with the things of God. Let’s see what this looks like.  

Two Parts to Overcoming Porn Addiction 

Growing up in the Church, I often noticed Sunday sermons were full of warnings of things to avoid:  

  • You shall not kill, steal, or covet (Exodus 20:13, 15, 17). 
  • Do not look with lust (Matthew 5:27-28) 

But God’s Word tells us much more than just “stop.” It gives practical guidance on how to avoid falling into sin. That includes how to avoid pornography, despite its prevalence in today’s culture.  

Part 1: Battling Temptation 

Pray that God would keep temptation away. 

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught his disciples to ask God to “lead us not into temptation” (Matthew 5:16). That means avoiding sin begins with earnest prayers to God that he would keep us away from things that are tempting.  

Believers should never have a prideful attitude about sin. Even the strongest Christians can fall into temptation, so we should always pray that God would protect us.  

“If you think you can’t fall into sexual sin, then you’re godlier than David, stronger than Samson, and wiser than Solomon.” – Bill Perkins 

Deny yourself and follow Jesus.  

Matthew 16:24 says that following Jesus means not following your own desires. Avoiding temptation means saying “no” to the wrong things you want to do. This means changing your thinking because our culture tells us we should follow our desires.   

This doesn’t just mean saying “no” to watching porn, it means saying no even to situations that might lead to watching porn.  

Flee from sin. 

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 tells Christians to flee from sexual temptation. When you face the temptation to watch porn, what should you do? Run! If you’re home alone, you might need to step out for a walk. Shut off the TV or put away your phone. Don’t wait around for temptation to leave, you need to get out while the getting is good.   

We have the beautiful promise in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that temptation won’t be greater than what we can bear through the power of the Holy Spirit. There’s always a way to escape temptation—but we must be looking for it!  

Resist the enemy.  

When we feel backed into a corner, we’re told to “resist the devil and he will flee” (James 4:7). The follower of Jesus has tremendous power at their command! When you resist the enemy’s temptations, you actually put him on the run.  

When it comes to pornography, these four steps work together as the most powerful content filter imaginable. But what if it’s not enough?  What if you your willpower gives out, and you give in to temptation? This is why we can’t forget the second part of overcoming porn addiction.   

Part 2: Being Filled 

Recognize your desire for God.  

Many times, Christians will attempt these first four steps, resist for a time, but then fall flat on their faces. This happens when we only focus on the negative—“Thou shalt not”—and ignore the positive commands that God has for us as well. Our faith isn’t just about denying ourselves—it’s about being filled up with the goodness of God!  

Porn addiction comes from a deep sense of emptiness and longing for more. (See The Root Cause of Porn Addiction). But Jesus says that all our longings will be fulfilled in him. In Ephesians 3:19, Paul prays with confidence that believers will be “filled with the all the fullness of God.”  

Jesus said: “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” (John 7:37-38).

We need to understand that porn cannot fulfill the desires of our hearts. While it promises momentary pleasure and escape from our emptiness, we can only be filled by God himself.  

Live in Christian fellowship. 

We are called away from isolation to seek wise counsel, the body of Christ, and community. The Bible tells us to encourage each other every day so we don’t fall into temptation (Hebrews 3:13).  

We all need like-minded people in our corner, cheering us on and reminding us of the truth when we start to forget. More than that, fellowship with other believers is one of the main ways that God has provided for us to experience his fullness.  

Seek out accountability.  

For someone struggling with addiction, this means regular, ongoing accountability. James 5:16 says to confess your sins to one another and pray for one another to be healed. Healing from pornography addiction won’t happen without humbling yourself, confessing your sin, and asking for help to stay on track.  

Learn more about biblical accountability.  

0 comments.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related in Defeat Lust & Pornography

Editor's Picks

Close-up portrait of male student with head on knees sitting by wall in college

Defeat Lust & Pornography

My Sin Owned Me

I have long struggled with lust, first giving in to pornography as…

4 minute read

Read Post

Editor's Picks

A young boy praying in a Catholic church.

Defeat Lust & Pornography

I Was an Altar Boy Addicted to Porn

Since I was young, I’ve battled with a deeply personal struggle: pornography…

4 minute read

Read Post

Editor's Picks

A young man embracing his wife.

Defeat Lust & Pornography

I Overcame My Fear of Abandonment

My struggles have been with pornography, masturbation, fanaticizing, objectifying, and lying. It…

3 minute read

Read Post

Editor's Picks

Young man taking a break while hiking.

Defeat Lust & Pornography

My Imperfect Journey

My journey to overcome and avoid the temptation of pornography has been…

3 minute read

Read Post

Editor's Picks

Close-up on the hands of a group of people learning to trust one another.

Defeat Lust & Pornography

How to Trust People

After helping people overcome pornography for more than two decades, one thing…

7 minute read

Read Post

Editor's Picks

A young man training for an endurance race.

Defeat Lust & Pornography

Running the Race With Endurance

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart…

4 minute read

Read Post

Related in Defeat Lust & Pornography

Close-up portrait of male student with head on knees sitting by wall in college

Defeat Lust & Pornography

My Sin Owned Me

I have long struggled with lust, first giving in to pornography as…

I have long struggled with lust, first giving in to pornography as a 6th grader. As I approach my junior year of college, I see the destruction that my addiction has caused and the further…

4 minute read

0 comments

A young boy praying in a Catholic church.

Defeat Lust & Pornography

I Was an Altar Boy Addicted to Porn

Since I was young, I’ve battled with a deeply personal struggle: pornography…

Since I was young, I’ve battled with a deeply personal struggle: pornography and masturbation. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when this addiction took hold of me, but that first encounter remains etched in my memory.…

4 minute read

0 comments

A young man embracing his wife.

Defeat Lust & Pornography

I Overcame My Fear of Abandonment

My struggles have been with pornography, masturbation, fanaticizing, objectifying, and lying. It…

My struggles have been with pornography, masturbation, fanaticizing, objectifying, and lying. It started after dealing with intense feelings of loneliness following my graduation from college and first job in ministry. I was spending a lot…

3 minute read

0 comments

Young man taking a break while hiking.

Defeat Lust & Pornography

My Imperfect Journey

My journey to overcome and avoid the temptation of pornography has been…

My journey to overcome and avoid the temptation of pornography has been a long and difficult one. It started at the age of 8. Some of my friends came over to my house one day…

3 minute read

0 comments

Close-up on the hands of a group of people learning to trust one another.

Defeat Lust & Pornography

How to Trust People

After helping people overcome pornography for more than two decades, one thing…

After helping people overcome pornography for more than two decades, one thing has become clear: Defeating porn requires trustworthy relationships. Pornography develops a powerful grip on people that can’t be overcome in isolation. We need…

7 minute read

0 comments

A young man training for an endurance race.

Defeat Lust & Pornography

Running the Race With Endurance

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart…

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). This passage has been the one I’ve been able to…

4 minute read

0 comments