A new comment was left on the article About the sin of masturbation:
I have been masturbating since my childhood. I do not know where it started and I could not stop. There are very many negative effects and I would like not do that anymore, but it is already too late. My question is if anything else may be done (although I have tried), which are my chances of establishing a relationship with God? Does that mean they I am compromised from this point of view? I am very curious to know why God allowed this thing to happen to children, who simply do not realize what they are doing until it is too late? I do not understand anything. I admit that I am guilty, but, on the other hand, I wonder why this has happened to me? I never wanted this to happen to me, I did not choose this kind of life. As a child, I simply got used with an incomprehensible habit at that time that I can not get free of today. What can I do to get rid of masturbation? Is there any way to be released? I am aware of my sin and I would like to change, to be a normal person, because, in my opinion, masturbation is abnormal and whoever says something else has not yet known its effects. Please help me. Thank you.
The author has addressed several questions, and I think I have already given the answer to most of them in the article About the sin of masturbation. However, there remain some questions awaiting answers that I will give in this article.
Why has God allowed it to happen to you?
That is the question of the author of the message and, I assume, many others have asked themselves this question regarding the masturbation that they practice, or regarding other sins in which they have fallen since childhood. The truth is that God has no fault in it and the Bible teaches us this:
Let no one say when he is tempted (and masturbation is a great temptation for people who have started to practice it), “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. (James 1:13-15)(NASB)
And it is not a secret for anyone that the fall into sin of the first people drew the penalty on us all, because all of us inherited this sinful nature and we can be released from it only through faith in Jesus Christ by being born again and by the Holy Spirit that we receive from Him when we believe from our heart and repent. Not God, but the sinful lust of the flesh that you have inherited from your parents at birth, that lust has conceived the thought of sin, then gave birth to sin and then you began to practice it, now bearing the consequences, and if you do not stop you will draw on you an eternal destruction.
It is never too late to be released from the sin of masturbation
The people who lived in the city of Corinth were practicing an immorality that has become proverbial, because in the Roman Empire, when someone wanted to hurt a person, it was sufficient to name him ”Corinthian”, which ment that the person was accused of practicing all known and unknown sexual perversions. But, because of His great mercy to the people, God sent the Apostle Paul to preach the Gospel message to the immoral people from Corinth and many of them have entered a covenant with the Lord Jesus. It is true that some believed that they could continue to practice immorality while having inheritance in the Kingdom of Heaven. That is why the Apostle has written them:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (men who prostitute themselves with other men acting like women), nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)(NASB)
The person who sent the question believes that she became slave of a heavy immoral sexual practice, as masturbation is and she can not escape because she has become very dependent. All attempts to abandon it have failed. I just want to draw her attention to from what ugly and perverse sexual practices were released some of the city of Corinth when they believed wholeheartedly in Jesus Christ and thus they have been washed, sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God. Who of those immoral effeminate and homosexuals would have ever had hope of healing before? Surely no one could believe it. But in His great mercy, God has released them and gave them a new, clean, beautiful life and free from the slavery of sexual perversions because they wanted to be released and came to the One who can really release them, the Lord Jesus.
The solution is to establish the relationship with God
In her desperation, the author of the letter asks if there is a possibility for her to establish a relationship with God, meaning the sin of which she is enslaved. Yes, there is. If it was possible for the immoral people of Corinth, if it was possible for all sinners in this world who came to Jesus and received forgiveness, then it is possible for her. But people think that they must firstly free themselves from sins, become perfect, that is holy, and only then they can come to God to be accepted by Him. It is not so. No. God calls us to come to Him just as we are, just to cleanse us from sins, vices and perversions of which we have been enslaved and then, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and repentance from the heart, to give us a new life and to make us new creatures and give us His Holy Spirit. When the Spirit of God comes to dwell within us, together with Him the power of God will come and it will free us from the bondage of the sinful nature in which we have been before.
These are very important truths that the person who sent the message and all who are aware of their sinful desperate condition need to understand and apply them in life.
Translated by Felicia Rotaru