To start with, masturbation is self service by which one derives pleasure; it’s a sexual stimulation of the genitals, usually to the point of orgasm. So the question: Is it sinful for a child of God to masturbate? The sincere and simple answer is that, it is biblically sinful based on these three points:
(1) IT’S DISHONORING YOUR BODY.
Pastors and preachers who claim that masturbation is not a sin are the same people who say a godly woman can dress any how; their base is that God’s is not concern about what you do with your body, watch out! Such people believe God is only after your mind or your heart, and your body is none of His business, you can dress half naked as a woman, you can wear earrings as a man, perm your hair like woman; you can smoke, drink, it is your body, normal habit, and none of God’s business.
Such teaching of your body is not God’s business is satanic and unbiblical. God is interested in your body as well as your soul, God wants you to keep your heart holy as well as your body. Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Your heart is the throne of God, and your body is His temple; when you defile God’s temple – your body – with masturbation or any uncleanness, you expose yourself to God’s destruction.
1 Corinthians 3: 16, 17, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”
(2) IT’S SEXUAL IMMORALITY
Any action by which one derives sexual pleasure – orgasm – apart from, between husband and wife, such is sexual immorality. There are several sexual immoralities like fornication, adultery, masturbation, homosexuality, etc. Those who involve in masturbation before or after marriage are immoral people before God. 1 Corinthians 5:9, “I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.”
(3) IT’S A SECRET SIN
Any habit you like to do in secret which you don’t want people to have the knowledge that you are doing is a secret sin, and masturbation is part of it, it’s something usually done in secret, after you dedicate your life to Yahushua. You can’t have fellow children of God in the same room and you begin to masturbate. You can sleep or snore while people are around, but you can’t masturbate while good and godly people are around.
You can’t finish masturbation and you feel free in God’s presence, your conscience will tell you something is wrong, that you are defiled. If you now feel no quilt in masturbating, it means you have silenced or killed your conscience, since the Spirit of God will not continue to strive with a man, but you know it wasn’t like that at the initial.
THREE WAYS OUT!
Masturbation is satanic anchor by which he uses to grip souls under his bondage. The solution is not to say it is not a sin, the solution is not marriage or attractive spouse, that never solve problem of lust.
The solutions are
(i) You repent and rededicate your life to Yahushua by admitting it as a sin against God and ready to forsake it.
(ii) You watch out against it, you detach yourself from immoral materials, movies, music and thoughts. Resist the devil when he brings the pressure on you to masturbate; just hold the feeling and resist the devil, he can’t stay long, he will flee. It will come over you as if you can’t resist it, but that is not true, you just hold it, don’t torch and don’t think about. It is a sin and you don’t want to bring yourself under the bondage anymore. The more you resist and overcome the feeling, the more you are strong, keep watching, he can go and come after some months, don’t relax but resist.
(iii) Pray about it. You must take it to God in your daily prayer to conquer the sinful notion and nature; pray for grace and strength to resist, to discipline your body and keep it under the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 9:27
But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
NOTE: If you claim masturbation is not a sin as sexual immorality, why do you masturbate? What is the motive, purpose of masturbating? Is it not to derive sexual pleasure? Any sexual pleasure you get apart from what is biblically obtainable in marriage is a sin. Such sexual pleasure people get in masturbation is alike in pornography, and can you also say pornography is not a sin because it is not raping? And also, while masturbating, what goes on in your mind, what do you think about? Immoral thoughts that defiles heart, isn’t it?
Another point that needs to be made cleared here is that, this message is for people who are ready for new life in Yahushua for conversion and children of God who have been redeemed and regenerated for correction; the message is not for the unsaved or backsliders who are not ready for God’s mercy and forgiveness. I do see people reading this message and feel condemned and then argue to silent their conscience. This message is not to condemn but to correct children of God. If you have not totally surrendered your life to Yahushua Mashiach/ Christ, if you don’t understand what holiness and righteousness is all about, and if you have backslided, what you need to do is not only to stop masturbating, but to first surrender your life to Yahushua, repent from all your sin, including masturbation – but not only masturbation – and confess them. Then you start a new life in Yahushua Mashiach/ Christ.