Question: “I’ve committed my life to Jesus and am a Christian. My issues lie with pornography and having impure thoughts everytime I see a good looking guy. What I’m most concerned about as a Christian is that it still turns me on. What do I do about lustful desires? Any advice would be great.”
Reply: Your question addresses a very common concern among repentant gays. First of all, I think you will find some significant help in this area if you read the “Featured Article” on my web site entitled, “You, Too, Can Be Made Whole!” Also, I address this problem in various places in this “Question of the Week” section.
Here are some brief pointers, however:
The Bible tells you that you can bring every thought into captivity. Temptation is not sin, for Jesus was tempted in all points like as you, yet without sin. But dwelling upon the temptation is lust, which is sin. So, whenever you detect a lustful thought or idea, “turn the page”, “flip the switch”, “change the channel”, “look away.” God will help you to do this, if you re-consecrate your life to Him each and every morning, and perhaps, throughout the day as well.
David the Psalmist said, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against Thee.” Commit some of those exceeding great and precious promises to memory, and draw upon them whenever tempted. Jesus beat back Satan’s temptations by saying, “It is written…”
I like the way Joseph handled his almost overwhelming temptation with Potiphar’s wife. He was young, and I know the hormones were raging. And he was confronted repeatedly by her. But putting the will of God first, and that of his friend and master Potiphar second, he ran from the scene saying, “How can I do this great wickedness and sin against [my] God!”
His feelings, emotions, desires, and urges were subjugated to those of God. And he fled in victory.
Just a few pointers, and I hope they are helpful. Please go through the information on my web site thoroughly, for I know there are more answers there for you.
All Power to you, my friend!