One of the frequently asked questions at a Harvest USA seminar is whether masturbation is a sin. Two things are crucial to have at the forefront when considering solo sex. First, in the Bible sexual activity is always reserved for marriage. It is designed to be inherently relational, a deep knowing of and intimacy with another. Second, the goal of sex is selfless service, the pleasuring of another.
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Many of you have asked, "Is masturbation a sin? Masturbation is the experience of sexual orgasm produced by self-stimulation for sexual arousal and pleasure. I cannot imagine sexual orgasm in the loins without a sexual image in the mind. I know there are nocturnal emissions, which I regard as innocent and helpful, but I doubt that they are ever orgasmic apart from a sexual dream that supplies the necessary image in the mind. Evidently, God has constituted the connection between sexual orgasm and sexual thought in such a way that the force and pleasure of orgasm are dependent on the thought or images in our minds. Therefore in order to masturbate, it is necessary to get vivid and exciting thoughts or images into the mind.
A Biblical Approach to Masturbation
Rob Toornstra. Of course, he was referring to being caught masturbating. That episode famously brought to light a subject that remains difficult to talk about.
The Dionysius Dialogues by Peter Saunders are both interesting and well written with numerous biblical verses to support the views expressed. I am concerned, however, that their very readability and confident reference to Scripture may make students and others believe that every view represents unquestionable truth. With reference to the July contribution, in particular, I personally agree whole-heartedly with the views expressed that God teaches there is to be no sex except in the context of a lifelong, monogamous relationship between a man and a woman! I believe, however, that on the issue of masturbation, especially as it affects young, unmarried Christian men, that to call it sin, in the same category and sentence as homosexual acts and premarital sex, is to go 'beyond' Scripture.