Masturbation

"But if they can't control themselves, they should go ahead and marry. It's better to marry than to burn with lust” 1 Cor. 7:9. (NLT) "And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother” Gen. 38:9 "masturbation, there is nothing but loss”_ D.H Lawrence

"Masturbation is the thinking man's television "_ Christopher Hampton. This is one of the controversial discussions in Christendom. Should Christians masturbate? Should Christians not masturbate? As Christian, is it safe for us to masturbate? Writing on this subject is not something we can just talk. It's a task that demands the discipline to discuss. In this chapter, I will discuss its effects based on my past experiences in life, physically and spiritually. "But he shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself" (Lev. 21:4). "But if they can't control themselves, they should go ahead and marry. It's better to marry than to BURN with lust" (1 Corinthians 7:9 NLT).

Masturbation is pronounced master-by-shunning, and masturbation is pronounced master- byth. Bait is pronounced byth. Bait means to lure, to entice. Therefore, masturbation is satanic bait to allure you by the use of your hand to dictate to your mind the evil intents of the heart, thus leading you to hell. Satan sends you to hell by the use of your hands. There's a demonic force that propels pushing man to sex himself through the lust of the flesh dictated by the spirit of his mind, the intents (of nudity) conceived or televised in his heart. In actuality, "Masturbation is the thinking man's television" (Christopher Hampton).       

Biblical Debates on Masturbation- The Concept of Onanism

Onanism is another name for masturbation in accordance with biblical debates by some Christian theologians and students. According to them, it's derived from Onan, the second son of Judah. Because of its divine institution for the propagation of man. God instructs him that the seed (sperm) is not to be vainly ejaculated, nor is it to be damaged or wasted. Onan died prematurely because of having sex with Tamar- his brother's widow. Instead, he spilled his seed (the semen) on the ground. "And Judah took a wife for Er, his firstborn, whose name was Tamar. And Er, Judah's firstborn was wicked in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD slew him. And Judah said unto Onan. Go in unto thy brother's wife and marry her, and raise up "seed" to thy brother. And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it (the seed) on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displease the LORD: wherefore he slew him also." (Gen 38:6-10). The Lord slew Er because he was wicked in the sight of God, and Onan, knowing his brother's behavior, when asked to marry Er's widow, was forced to marry the widow. Onan probably didn't want to have an heir for Er. He was forced into a levirate marriage. His act detests God, and God slew him. Here God detests semen spillage as an abomination. Thus masturbation is semen spillage, and it's an abomination to the Lord.

What Onan did was not masturbation but a form of birth control known as "coitus interruptus." The actual sin he committed was his resistance and defiance to the Old Testament law of providing offspring, a progeny for his deceased brother, by impregnating his widow. There is a parallelism between the Onan act and the wasting of semen that occurs when men masturbate. The traditional church's opposition to the view of human reproduction opined, "The male sperm was regarded as "humans in miniature." Spilling semen is tantamount to abortion- a waste of precious elements and a railroad for most spiritual and physical disorders. Some scientists have proposed that sperm cells are not miniature humans; that man's sperm must unite with a woman's egg before a baby can be formed. Man's sperm, when it's not ejected from the body, simply die after a few weeks and are continuously replaced. Invariably, masturbation is seed spillage, and the spilled seed was alive and died in a few hours or in a week. Therefore, it's a part of you that you spill out. A part of your being. The essence of you, your DNA, your gene is wasted. Thus masturbation is nothing but a waste of life, a part of one's essence of being. "In masturbation, there is nothing but loss" (L. H. Lawrence).

"Masturbation is seed spillage. The essential part of you; your DNA and gene that is wasted. Nothing but a waste of lives". Masturbation by Roman Catholic theologies is understood as "the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure" and that "masturbation is an intrinsically and gravely disordered action." Here the sexual pleasure is sought outside the sexual relationship, which is "the moral order and the totality of mutual self- giving and human procreation in the achievement of true love."

The account of Genesis 38 records Judah and the dilemma that befalls him and Tamar, his son's widow, must be read with care and with spiritual insight. It portrays the intensity of the spiritual battle that raged around the bloodline that led to Christ's lineage. Judah was the son of Jacob, through whom Christ was to come. "Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion whelp…" (Gen 49:8-10). If the adversary could kill off all Judah's male children, then there was a chance he could keep Christ from coming. Thus the enemy worked hard to kill Er, Judah's oldest son and followed by Onan. 

By the divine plan of redemption, God has ordained that Tamar, Er's widow's womb, will conceive of messianic lineage by means of Judah's bloodline. Satan, with his illusion, probably, knew that Christ would come through Judah and successfully killed Judah's sons except for Shelah, who was probably too young for Tamar to get married to. Yet God, by his wisdom beyond man's capacity, by His divine arithmetic arrangement, made Judah sleep with Tamar. For His ways and thoughts are not man's, because as the heaven are farther than earth, so it's of the Lord (Isa 55:8-9). She carried two seeds in her womb- Pharez and Zarah. Pharez became the progenitor in Christ's genealogy. "So all the generations of Christ from Abraham through David are 14 generations, and from David down through the south of "carry away into Babylon are 14 generations, and from carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are 14 generations. There were altogether 42 generations" (Gen 38, Matt 1: 1- 17).  

In the Mosaic Era, it was a custom that if a man died without children, it was the obligation of a brother to have intercourse with the widow and give the child the name of the dead man. So that no man's name would become extinguished (Deut 25: 5-6; Matt 22:24; Mark 12:18-25; Ruth 4:10). The role of Levirate Marriage. Onan did not want Tamar, Er's widow, to have children, which was probably due to the fact that he was greedy and wanted more inheritance for himself and his family, so he pulled out of Tamar before he ejaculated. This was a totally selfish act, and because of the evil in his heart, the enemy was able to find a way to kill him also. It was the enemy at work in both brothers. In Er- wickedness and in Onan- greed, and self-centeredness. Just to obstruct the plan of salvation and redemption of man's pathway.

Bible scholars teach that masturbation is wicked in the sight of God. Thus "Onanism" became an English word meaning "masturbation" or "male masturbation." In the German language, the word "Onani" means "masturbation," and "Onanieren" means "to masturbate." Originating from Judah's second son Onan. Just like the spirit of Jezebel originates from the woman called Jezebel. This is so because the spirit comes in outward manifestation in that woman, Jezebel. But the spirit was in existence before her. (Read chapter 11 – The Spirit of Jezebel). Onan deed wasn't masturbation but likened to it.

In actuality, the record was not on masturbation. Onan was not masturbating, and his sin was the sin of greed and selfishness in his heart. Deut 23: 9-11, 14 is an account of "nocturnal emission," which makes a person unclean. Does emission make one unclean in accordance with Mosaic Law? The discharge in general (Lev 15:1-3), the ejaculation of semen even in sexual intercourse (Lev 15:16-18), and the women's monthly period of menstruation (Lev 15: 19-30). The emission never made people evil. What has considered evil is if the unclean person enters the holy dwelling place of God (Lev 15:31). The word Holy means set apart, consecrated, sanctification. In addition, maintaining the holiness of God and the worship of God was paramount in Old Testament. It is generally presumed that men do masturbation. It is equally done by women. In Ezekiel 16, Jerusalem was God's unfaithful wife, and she abandoned her husband and offered herself to any passer-by. She is portrayed as taking the jewels given to her by her husband, melting them down, and making a "male image" that's "dildo" and "playing the harlot" with it (Vs. 16-18). Masturbation is accompanied by ungodly thinking, and the pressure to masturbate can be reduced if people are strictly warned about what they allow themselves to be exposed to. The struggle of spiritual powers (2 Corinth. 10:3-5).

Self - Abuse

Masturbation is self-abuse. A self-sex. It is also known as solo sex, the giving of oneself sexual pleasure by rubbing sexual organs. "Therefore God gave them up in the lust of their [own] hearts to sexual impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin]. For this reason, God gave them over {, and} abandoned them to vile affections {and} degrading passions. For their women exchanged their natural function for an unnatural {and} abnormal one. And the men also turned from natural relations with women and were set ablaze(burning out, consumed) with lust for one another—men committing shameful acts with men and suffering in their own bodies {and} personalities the penalty of their wrong-doing {and} going astray, which was [their fitting retribution]" (Rom 1:24,26, 27 ABV). Sayeed Ahmed D.I, a sexologist, an Indian Islamist opined masturbation as "the process of bringing about a voluntary excitement of the sexual content, followed by the discharge of semen through some methods other than normal intercourse." It also means ejaculation of semen by hand. It also called "self-abuse" or "hand practice," since it is done by one's self by his own hand or deployed by someone else.

Spiritual Bait

Dr. Juanita Bynum, in her book "No More Sheet," defined masturbation as "a spiritual bait Satan uses to master you- becomes a master of you and send you to hell with the spirit of your mind- a form of death by the use of your own hand." When you indulge in masturbation, the spirit (of masturbation) takes charge of your mind, where impure thoughts and imaginations originate. This is where the enemy works, in the thought realm of your mind. "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashed hands defileth not a man" (Matt 15: 19, 20; Gen 6:5; Jer 17:9; Mk 7:21).

In the seat of your mind, the seat of evil and impure thoughts and imaginations, the Spirit of the Lord does not reside in it. The Lord resides in the heart deluge by purity. A heart is defiant of evil thoughts, adulteries, fornication, masturbation, and sexual perversions: the defilement and the corruption of man. When you are in the realm of your thought life, in your sub- conscientious mind, to arouse a physical sensation of lust, you are dealing with unclean spirits- demons of sexual sin. You are allowing the spirit of masturbation to arouse the spirit of your mind to be wide open for the infiltration of unclean spirits of sexual sin into your life. You are opening the gates of hell over your life. The gates of sexual sin. The scripture encourages us to guide our hearts with all diligence- it is the issue of life (Pro 4:23). You have to guide your heart against these gates through the power of God. 

"These are they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost" (Jude 1: 19-20). "… upon this rock, I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matt 16:18b). The gates of hell have their entrance when you do not allow the Spirit of God to dominate your senses [flesh]. If you can allow the Spirit of God to have His way in your life, He will build you up. He will build you up upon the Rock of Ages [Christ Jesus]. It is the word of God that dwells in you that will build you up. "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continues to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in faith…" (Col. 2: 6-7 NIV). When we come to Christ, we have access by one spirit, the Spirit of Christ, unto the Father. We are now the household of God because we are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Jesus Christ is our chief cornerstone. "… In whom all the building fitly framed together growth unto a holy temple in the Lord… a habitation of God through the Spirit" (Eph. 2: 18-22). 

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