Is Masturbation considered a sin?

Masturbation is the act of sexually stimulating oneself. Masturbation is usually the result of lustful thoughts, sexual stimulation, and/or pornographic images.

The Bible doesn’t really mention the word masturbation but there are biblical principles that can be applied to it. Ephesians 5:3 declares, “Among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity.” The “lust of the flesh” (1 John 2:16) is sin. Masturbation is simply the result of this sin. For this reason masturbation  cannot pass the test of being pure.

Many people struggle with guilty feelings concerning masturbation, when in truth, the things that led to this act need to be repented off. In Matthew 5:27-30, Jesus speaks against having lustful thoughts and then says, “If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.” The Lord does not call for mutilating the body, but for controlling the thoughts and actions.

Your body belongs to God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). He gave it to you, and you really should take care of it as though you are taking care of it for Him by keeping it holy and pure (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4).

The Bible teaches, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). If you cannot give God glory for something, you should not do it. If a person is not fully convinced that an activity is pleasing to God, then it is a sin:“Everything that does not come from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).

So what do you do if you have sinned? The Bible says Confess to God and purpose to stay pure (1 John 1:9). Once you purpose in your heart to do that which is right, God will supply the strength to overcome (John 14:13).

Then, find a replacement to fulfill that need. A healthy outlet like exercise and sports can prove to build and purify the soul. Keep your daily connection to the Lord through study of His Word and prayer.  And the Lord will be faithful to renew and transform your mind (Romans 12:2).

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In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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