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  1. Dr. Brown, your reply on the subject of masturbation was pretty weak. You say it isn’t a sin specifically mentioned like homosexuality and adultery are. And while lust is mentioned, and you should have self-control, just remember that our sins can be forgiven and then move forward. So get software to take away the temptation but the implication is: don’t make too big of deal about it.

    And we wonder why the church is in the state it is? Good grief!

    How about Jesus saying that lust is committing adultery in your heart? Doesn’t that elevate lust to be a pretty bad thing? Or how about 2 Cor 7:1 where Paul implores us to, “cleanse ourselves from every impurity of the flesh and spirit”. Or Eph 5 where he tells us that Jesus will have a bride “not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing… holy and unblemished”. Or how about Job 31:11-12 “For lust is a shameful sin, a crime that should be punished. It is a fire that burns all the way to hell.”

    No wonder Job says in verse 1, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman”. He didn’t want to burn in hell.

    Or how about verse 7, “If my step has turned from the way, my heart has followed my eyes, or impurity has stained my hands”. Hmm, if I’ve turned to go to my neighbor’s house and commit adultery with his wife, or if I’ve only just lusted after her with my eyes, or if I even just masturbated thinking about her. He doesn’t want any impurity in his life whatsoever!

    At least it sure sounds like masturbation is being mentioned to me in that verse. But then I didn’t write an entire commentary on the book of Job. Maybe you can tell us how Job wasn’t too worried about this.

    Sorry, but if people are going to hell over lust and masturbation, then perhaps we should warn them.

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