Degradation.

degradation noun [U] (DESTRUCTION)

The process in which the beauty or quality of something is destroyed or spoiled.

In geology it is the wearing down of Rock by disintegration.

From chapter 9

Evil seduces us to degradation to eclipse the greater God-given longings in our hearts. Pornography offers us an imitation version of the justice and rest found in Jesus alone. In pornography, a victim is chosen to suffer violation in order to offer the porn user revenge and escape. In the gospel, humanity chooses an innocent victim to suffer death. In Jesus’ atonement, we are paradoxically offered the justice and rest we most desire. Both pornography and Jesus appeal to the deepest longings in our hearts.

Only one offers freedom.

We can see, then, the effective idolatry taking place in pornography use. Rather than accepting the willing self-sacrifice of a God who offers to atone for our sins, we seek out an alternative sacrifice—a victim both unwilling and inadequate—and bring our lust and anger there instead.

Rather than submit ourselves to a loving God, we have submitted ourselves to (and implicated ourselves in) evil.

From chapter 9

Evil seduces us to degradation to eclipse the greater God-given longings in our hearts. Pornography offers us an imitation version of the justice and rest found in Jesus alone. In pornography, a victim is chosen to suffer violation in order to offer the porn user revenge and escape. In the gospel, humanity chooses an innocent victim to suffer death. In Jesus’ atonement, we are paradoxically offered the justice and rest we most desire. Both pornography and Jesus appeal to the deepest longings in our hearts.

Only one offers freedom.

We can see, then, the effective idolatry taking place in pornography use. Rather than accepting the willing self-sacrifice of a God who offers to atone for our sins, we seek out an alternative sacrifice—a victim both unwilling and inadequate—and bring our lust and anger there instead.

Rather than submit ourselves to a loving God, we have submitted ourselves to (and implicated ourselves in) evil.

Man talking about hitting the nail on the head, we have submitted ourselves and implicated ourselves in evil.

Most often when you hear the phrase “you have implicated yourself,” that usually comes with some massive consequences.

The consequences of your sin often are larger than the sin itself.

John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

This is an absolute promise , but you have to believe it.

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