Harris on handling the internet

I was reviewing a helpful chapter in Joshua Harris’ book, Sex is not the problem (lust is), this past week and I found his point so useful. He give seven ways to fight for puruty online:

1. Identify what’s leading up to lustful indulgence on the internet.

2. Resolve that no technological conveince is worth sinning against God.

3. Examine your mind set when browsing and the amount of time spent online.

4. Have an accountablity partner ask about the internet usage.

5. Redefine “over the line.” ( it’s not the edge of the cliff.)

6. Use web filters as the last, not first line of defense.

7. Fight the hardest when you’re feeling the strongest.

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  1. This is indeed a very good and much needed post! The battle for purity online is a real one especially for the regenerated child of God. The men who deny it are either hypocrites or have a biological problem and need to see a doctor.
    It is a strange thing how the child of God can take the very thing that God has blessed him with and use it to sin against Him!
    When there are so many true Christians in third world countries without a Computer, if the Lord has blessed YOU with one it is that you might use it to glorify Him. Not sin against Him! The Lord’s charge to Ezekiel concerning His people of old should convict many of us who deem it a light thing to occasionally flirt and trifle with forbidden imagery on the Internet!

    “Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery; for they say, the LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth. etc”? [Ezk 8:12]

    “There is, then, such a thing as heart adultery—alas, that this is so rarely made conscience of today. Impure thoughts and wanton imaginations which never issue in the culminating act are breaches of the Divine Law, All lusting after the forbidden object is condemned. Where the lascivious desire is rolled under the tongue as a sweet morsel, it is the commission of the act so far as the heart is concerned, for there is then lacking nothing but a convenient opportunity for the crime itself. He who weighs the spirits judges the going out of the heart after that which is evil as sin, so they who cherish irregular desires are transgressors of the law of impurity.
    As looking to lust is here forbidden, so by proportion are all other like occasions unto adultery. The reading of books which make light of immodesty and indecency, and that cater to those who relish the suggestive and questionable, are therefore prohibited”.

    The above is a quote from A.W. Pink. I wonder what Godly men like him and others of a Puritan persuasion would say concerning the evils of Internet today. Methinks they would say, ‘Beware, for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time”.[Rev 12:12]

    The master said that one of the reasons that the love of many would wax cold is because ‘iniquity shall abound’! [Mat 24;12]
    Am I amongst those whose love for my Lord is waxing cold? Or am I among the few who are overcoming the Enemy by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and those who love not their lives unto the death”?! [Rev 12:11]

    Where sin abounds grace doth much more abound. As thy day so shall thy strength be. When the enemy shall come in like a flood the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him! For My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness!

    “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” [2 Corinthians 7:1]

    I shall close with what I began. The temptation to sin while on the Internet is a very real one. And as John Brown who wrote the commentary of Hebrews said, “The deliberate perusal of such books (or websites in our day) is a plain proof that the mind and conscience are already in a deeply polluted state”.

    But you CAN have victory over it, if you truly desire it, pray for it and are willing to fight against it!
    The seven points made by Joshua Harris on handling the Internet must be taken seriously by all those who desire and seek to work out their salvation with fear and trembling! [Philippians 2:12]

    P.S. I would also recommend Kris Lundgaard’s “The Enemy Within” for further reading concerning the Mortification of Sin in the believer.

  2. Agreed. Lundgaard’s book is so helpful. I also have wondered what the likes of pink and thomas brooks would think of the web.

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