You would say no like some of my Pastor friends, since they didn’t see anywhere in the Bible where it says otherwise.

But let me ask you this, did Joseph see anywhere in the Bible that says it’s a sin for him to sleep with his master’s wife?

While I say Masturbation is sex, I hear it’s different from sex, but my study says “Masturbation is a safer form of sex that carries no risk of sexually transmissible infection or unplanned pregnancy”.

What Is Masturbation?

Masturbation, or self-pleasuring, is touching and rubbing parts of your body for sexual pleasure, such as the penis, clitoris, vulva and breasts.

Masturbation’ simply means stimulating the genitals, or other areas of your body for pleasure.

The justification of Christian Masturbaters is that the Bible doesn’t actually specifically address the topic of masturbation – self-stimulation for sexual arousal and pleasure. Many Christians are left wondering: is it a sin to masturbate? My answer as a Pastor is yes, if you’re not dating to avoid having sex, while you masturbate, you are still having sex but with yourself.

Let’s look at what the Bible says in relation to masturbation:

We’ll begin with an important biblical principle taught by our Lord – that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Matthew 5:27-28).

A person who practices masturbation without imagining sex with someone is rare if he or she exists at all. On that basis, the practice is tantamount to engaging in adultery, fornication, homosexual behaviour or any number of other sexual practices that the mind can imagine; even idolatry, as revealed in Ephesians 5:5, Colossians 3:5 and Ezekiel 23:49.

In a certain sense, it could be said that masturbation is a form of mental pornography, which we all know to be sinful.

We also know sin by the witness of the Holy Spirit within, provided we haven’t quenched that witness through ongoing rebellion (1 Thessalonians 5:19. And who doesn’t live with guilt over the practice of masturbation – even those who have convinced themselves that it isn’t sinful?

Additionally, the Bible teaches that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit – a sacred temple (1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:16) and that it is a member of Christ Himself (1 Corinthians 6:15-20). If we are warned against uniting “Christ in us” to a prostitute, why would we want to unite Him to the immoral thoughts and images in our minds? (1 Corinthians 6:15-17)

The Bible also teaches that sexual immorality is a sin against our own bodies (1 Corinthians 6:18c). Additionally, in 1 Peter 2:11, it says that sinful desires war against our souls (1 Peter 2:11). In that sense, by engaging in masturbation with its accompanying immoral fantasies, we are actually warring against ourselves. And war is hell, as anyone in bondage to this behaviour can attest.

We’re living in a generation of looseness and sexual freedom, don’t get drowned in the pleasures of the flesh; because you cannot please your flesh and God at the same time.

By Chikodinaka Rita Mosses

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