3 Bible Verses About Pornography

Pornography. It seems to be everywhere today. It’s nearly impossible to watch a movie or turn on Netflix without seeing some degree of nudity. With porn becoming more and more acceptable in the world, you may be asking yourself, is it ok for Christians to look at porn? To clear it up, here are three Bible verses on pornography.

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Christians And Porn

Is it ever ok for Christians to be using porn? Does it make a difference if you are married or not? How does pornography affect our relationship with God?

Let’s look at some scripture to find the answers to these questions and more!

Should Married Christians Look At Porn?

Most people, Christian or not, would agree that it’s not right to have an affair, but what about pornography?

You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Matthew 5:27-28 NASB

This passage from Matthew contains some of the strongest Bible verses about pornography. There is little that needs to be interpreted because verse 28 cuts right to the point. It says that simply looking “at a woman with lust for her,” is committing the sin of adultery.

If you look at inappropriate photos and videos it leads to lust. Lusting over pornography is seen as a way of being unfaithful to your spouse in the eyes of God. Therefore, married Christians should not be looking at pornography.

Should Single Christians Look at Porn?

Pornography is damaging to marriages. Studies have shown that there are many negative effects on relationships when one partner is looking at porn, but what about single people? Is it ok for Christian singles to be using pornography?

“But among you, there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.”

Ephesians 5:3 NIV

This is another Bible verse about pornography, that talks about why it’s wrong, even for Christian singles. The verse says that sexual immorality, and impurity, both of which porn is, are wrong for “God’s holy people.”

Pornography is a sin that leads to destruction. In the long run, it will bring pain to yourself and your future spouse.

Are There Bible Verses About Pornography Affecting Our Relationship with God?

Pornography can be extremely damaging to marriages, but does it affect our relationship with God?

“…abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.”

1 Peter 2:11b NASB

The Bible says that lusts of the flesh “wage war against the soul.” In other words, getting caught up in lust causes an internal war inside of us. A war between what is holy, and what is sinful.

Porn, like all sin, pulls us apart from God.

3 Things That Can Help You Stop Looking at Porn

Are you caught up in using porn? While it’s wrong for Christians to be looking at pornography, there is hope! God is a Father who forgives and restores. If you want to break free from this sin, here are 3 things you can do to help you stop using porn.

1. Seek Counseling

Meeting with a Christian therapist or Pastor is a great way to work through some of the issues that are causing you to turn to pornography and things that may have happened in your relationship as a result of using pornography. Covenant Eyes is also a great option to get help online and break free from porn addiction.

2. Pray About It

Prayer is one of the strongest weapons we have to fight against temptation. Bringing your struggles to God, and asking Him to remove your desire to look at pornography is essential. You may even consider praying about it with your spouse, so they can support you in removing this sin from your life.

3. Take Advice From Other Christians

You are not alone in your struggle against porn. If you know of other Christians who have had this problem, you might want to talk to them to find out things that were helpful to them.

Another option is reading books by Christian authors on the subject.

Final Thoughts

When I was a kid, my mom used to say, “If it’s not something you would want me to find out about, then it’s probably not something you should be doing.” That can still apply to us as adults, especially when it comes to pornography.

If it's something you have to do in secret, that you wouldn't want your spouse, boss, or Pastor to find out about, most of the time it's not something you should be doing. Click To Tweet

Whether you are married or not, please consider these verses the next time you think of looking at pornography. As seen in these verses, it is not something that God takes lightly. He knows that it will damage your relationship with your partner and with Him.

One of the most important things you can do for your marriage is spend time praying about your relationship.

This guided journal will help you set aside time each week to pray for your marriage, by giving you prompts that will help you focus on specific areas in your relationship to pray about.

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I'm Meghan, a Christian Marriage Coach, Speaker, and Writer. I am passionate about helping others restore and revive their marriages.


Maryann · August 17, 2020 at 2:08 pm

Thank you for this thoughtful post. It’s such an important topic to tackle in the Christian community and you did so graciously.

Collene Borchardt · August 18, 2020 at 12:08 pm

Unfortunately, this is a big problem in today’s culture. Thank you for addressing this issue. We need to flee fleshly lusts and run to Jesus.

Donna Miller · August 19, 2020 at 9:37 am

This is really good. For many years prior to coming to Christ, my husband was very much into porn. It was horible how bad it made me feel, like I wasn’t enough. I really wanted out because of it. Thank you for this tender and thoughtful post to help those who are trapped to find freedom. I appreciate you … ❤

Teresa · August 21, 2020 at 6:56 am

Such a great and needed post for our day! Thank you for sharing on a difficult topic. Pornography is a terrible and destructive addiction! But can be overcome by the power of God!

Joni Steinauer · August 22, 2020 at 8:21 am

The very fact that anyone would have to tell a Christian why they shouldn’t be watching porn speaks volumes about where we are at as a society today. Thank you for addressing this very sensitive topic. Blessings, Joni

Kari Minter · August 22, 2020 at 9:34 am

Such a needed voice of wisdom for today’s society! Thank you for this clear and straight to the point post! And I love your mom’s advice =).

Elizabeth · August 22, 2020 at 11:30 am

Thank you for discussing this topic. It is something that needs to be said to the church and outside the church.

Summer · August 22, 2020 at 1:23 pm

What your mom said is spot on! Pornography is destroying so many people. I think of the people, including children, who are being exploited and even in bondage to evil men and women. I know a young woman who was forced to be a sex slave in modern America while studying at college. I also have friends whose marriage have been destroyed because of pornography. Thank you for addressing this issue!

Evangeline Samuel · August 23, 2020 at 1:25 am

Boy, is this an important topic to talk about. You approached so graciously and with much wisdom. Bless you.

Lo Tanner · August 23, 2020 at 2:24 am

TRUTH! We’re seeing this to be true more and more. The more accepting porn is the worse the problem becomes. It is a weapon of the enemy.

Thankfully God can restore and God can redeem!!

Betty Rojugbokan · August 23, 2020 at 4:50 am

These are salient points you’ve made here because the effects of porn are not positive at all and it thrives on lust. So the Bible verses are relevant. Thank you.

Timothy R. Berman · August 23, 2020 at 9:04 am

The pervasiveness of pornography is disheartening. There is a really good Christian ministry that provides ongoing support for men struggling with Pornography and also for women who deal with husbands that have succumbed to pornography. I believe it is New Life and they have workshops and books – Every Man’s Battle.

Barb Hegreberg · August 31, 2020 at 11:23 am

I am glad I found your blog. I will be sending others your way.


Hannah Wade · August 31, 2020 at 12:32 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this! It’s an unpopular opinion in today’s world, but I stand with you in this.

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