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In almost precisely the same way, because Scripture speaks clearly about the power of sexuality and the sin of lust, we can conclude that masturbation is nearly always sinful.

Masturbation is against God, against His ways and His purposes for how men and women are to relate to one another in a marital union that reflects the relationship of Christ to the Church.

Masturbation is also sinful because it compromises us. We are meant to glorify Him in every aspect of our lives, and masturbation hinders us in this mission in two principal ways—by polluting our minds and by inclining us to isolation.

Sexual gratification, of course, is not merely a physical act, but one that engages the mind, often quite intensely.

, but since we continue to hear from so many of you on this subject, we decided to recruit some help. However, because the Bible does speak thoroughly and explicitly about sexuality and sinful lust, it doesn’t have to speak explicitly about something so closely related as masturbation.

We thought he’d be a good voice on this subject because of his book The Bible is not silent on the subject of masturbation. It’s true that Scripture never mentions masturbation specifically.

Let’s look at two ways we can know that the Bible speaks to masturbation without ever naming it.

First, consider that if masturbation is extremely common (as are most sins), and nearly always associated with sinful lust, we can safely assume the same was true in the ancient world.

So think of Jesus delivering the Sermon on the Mount.

He essentially said “to imagine having sex with a woman is a kind of adultery” (Matt. Don’t you think masturbation is a clear application and exactly the kind of action He was thinking about?

Second, consider that the Bible never refers directly to abortion.

Yet because Scripture speaks clearly about the value of human life and the sin of murder, we are right to conclude that abortion is sin.