Open Wide the Closets of Darkness

John Mark Reynolds says that “coming out of the closet” is a good thing. Here’s why.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

2 Responses to Open Wide the Closets of Darkness

  1. Can you, as a Christian, reference any passage in the Bible that calls masturbation a sin? Just wondering.

    • B Treece says:


      Thanks for dropping by. I apologize for taking two weeks to get back to you, and I appreciate the thoughtful, piercing question. It’s a tough one for a couple reasons. First, respected Christian leaders disagree over the answer. Second, people have strong and vested interests in the answer (think, “Is it ok or not if I do this right now!). Third, the Bible doesn’t address it as directly as other sexual issues and sins like adultery, fornication, homosexuality, perversion, beastiality, oral sex, lust, and others.

      But just because the Bible doesn’t address masturbation directly (as you imply in your comment) doesn’t mean that God hasn’t spoken into that realm. God has spoken decisively about marriage being the only context in which sex is good, right, and appropriate (Genesis 2:24, Exodus 20:14, Matthew 19:3-9, Ephesians 5:25-33). So we know that any sexual activity outside of marriage is wrong, but all sexual activity between man and wife is beautiful, enjoyable, and without shame (Genesis 2:25).

      God has spoken about lust (Matthew 5:27-30), saying that when we lust after another person we have committed adultery in our hearts. Adultery-as-lust therefore gains God’s righteous anger, as outlined in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17).

      God has spoken about humility and serving others (Philippians 2:1-11), explaining that following the God-man Jesus Christ means counting others better than ourselves. It means serving others first. It’s hard to see how masturbation, the most self-serving type of sex, accomplishes that end.

      So, related to masturbation, God has spoken in these and many more ways. The Bible would say that it’s a kind of sex that is no true sex at all, because sex was created by God and made good only for a man and his wife.

      Of course, you must first repent of your sins and trust in Jesus Christ in your place for any of this to make sense. If you see not your own sins before God, you will not acknowledge His rights and rule over your life. Only Jesus has lived perfectly before God, neither you nor I have led a pure and holy sex life (or any part of our lives). So we must turn to Jesus, or perish for our own sins.

      Thanks for coming by and posing such an excellent question,


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