How pleading ‘sexual addiction’ protects evangelical men

Sin is the ultimate addiction—no one this side of heaven can kick the habit. But “addiction” is often an excuse—a way to say “I have no control over my actions.” This “committed Christian” was not a Christian as he murdered—the Holy Spirit did not lead him to take life our Lord created, but the evil one.
But the problems he struggled with poorly and in an un-Christian way are the very same struggle many have: pornography and lust. The statistics are staggering, both in and out of the church. Visual images attack men in a way in which women are not as susceptible. This is God’s design to move men to marriage and procreation. But it is misused in personal gratification. An image is not a wife and provides no joy. An unbeliever cannot resist sin, but a believer who has the Spirit must be told he can resist—and indeed he must, if he is to be saved in the end.
Why the rush to blame churches and evangelicalism as a broad category? Perhaps because they think the category of “sin” itself is the problem. If sexual immorality were allowed, marriage made optional, and lust encouraged, there would be no problems, in their minds. “Make peace with sin,” is their Gospel. Of course, that is sin which leads to temporal and eternal death, but that does not stop those who hate Christ from making Christians to be the source of evil—who call out their evil works. We increase sin with the law’s curse, to magnify Christ who died and rose for the world’s sins. “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Mt. 5:28). —ed.