AS A CHRISTIAN IS MASTURBATION WRONG?
Let us begin by defining Masturbation. It is the act of stimulating your genitals by yourself either by touching, stroking, or massaging the penis or clitoris to the point of achieving orgasm. The Bible did not specifically forbid masturbation because the genital you stimulate to arouse yourself is part of your body. There is no Bible verse that said you cannot stimulate your any part of your body.
Where masturbation could be challenging is while stimulating yourself, you conjure a picture or image of someone that is not your wife or husband and start imagining you having intercourse or foreplay with the person. It is dangerous in this circumstance because it will amount to adultery. “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” Matthew 5: 28.
For medical reasons masturbation can be use to exact the male sperm for analysis, treat weak erection of the penis and release built-up sexual tension. If masturbation is wrong, does that also make the medical reasons wrong? Certainly no!
“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any” 1 Corinthians 6: 12. That masturbation is permissible does not mean you should become addicted to it. If you discover that it is becoming a problem to you, stop it immediately. Where you have challenge controlling yourself, speak to your pastor for prayer and counsel. “For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit” Romans 8: 5.
Some folks may feel guilty for indulging in masturbation because of cultural, spiritual or religious beliefs. For some it is because other people say it is wrong. They not on their own do a biblical and medical study to find out the mind of God concerning the issue. Know that your feeling is not the Word God. That you ‘feel’ dirty or guilty does not make it wrong in itself. “Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything” 1 John 3: 20.
Everyone masturbates at one time or the other. When you wash your genital when you are bathing and you feel sexual pleasure is that not a form of masturbating? Does that now make it a sin? The answer is no. Do not allow anyone to guilt you or snare you with condemnation because that is not from God. “Who is there to condemn us? For Christ Jesus, who died, and more than that was raised to life, is at the right hand of God–and He is interceding for us” Romans 8: 34.
Understand that revelation is progressive. God is not the author of confusion. By yourself, study the Scriptures to know what God’s Word says concern masturbation. Some Christians use their experiences to judge and snare others. When you study the Word for yourself, the truth will be unveil to you.