Are you (or I) stuck in some habitual rut? When encountering temptation, particularly sexually-oriented ones (e.g. public indecent immodesty of sorts, pornography of whatever severities), do we - in overwhelming desire - cave in and succomb, then backtrack with repentance?
Over and over and over and over again?
In other words, commit a type of sin we really do not want to commit, but commit (not "perform"), bald-faced wrong, errant, deviant action based on some overwhelming need at the time, which - to us - will not be met unless we do whatever we are used to doing to alleviate or fulfill the desire at hand, in the only way or ways (but Biblically forbidden and evil ones) we currently deduce as will suffice, "for the time being"?
I'll cut to the chase.
I am not a girl nor woman, but I imagine that, if I was one, that before I left the house in the morning, in the process of getting dressed to go out, I very likely might think:
"I just got done brushing my beautiful and glorious longer-than-mouth-level hair, and I know that it is kind of "sexy" to let that long hair hang loose without tying it into an up-do or single back-of-head ponytail when I leave the house and get into my car, so as to look and be quasi-obnoxiously semi-pornographic, kind of sexually harassive but certainly acceptable to the police under current government law, and disturbed guys can dangerously and blindly "just" look away and thus, stumbling because of my callous selfishness, injure themselves not seeing where they are walking . . . to most guys who I really do not want to entice with my mopheadedness, which guys do not want to be automatically enticed by it, but I do want to look attractive to at least one of them to get him to ask me out for lunch, then hopefully steady dating, then courtship, then marriage, then sex, resulting in children. Besides, if I untypically wear my hair up or tied into a back-of-head ponytail with a black-binder ponytailer, some of my associates or friends might think it's kind of weird or strange - certainly different and unusual - and inconveniently frown and/or question me about it."
The same type of "reasoning" or "rationale" applies that they (as gals) would presume concerning wearing nude-legs-baring shorts, and/or a naked-arms-baring sleevesless shirt, or open-toe thong sandals or flipflops without socks . . . especially on warm days.
Looking unusually modest with long-sleeved armwear, long non-slitted skirt or slacks instead of shorts, and socks with shoes of whatever type, will seem strange or even bizarre to a lot of questioning and/or frowning friends and others who typically see them without such modest attire . . . wondering why they are not conforming to common spring or summer style and fashion, somewhat embarrassed being near them, and perplexed as to why they wear additional clothes which most certainly will cause them lethal heatstroke or at least excessive sweating, while not getting the tan most everyone else is getting while being partially denuded in outdoor sunlight.
But I am a guy - a Christian guy - and am in a paradoxical bind. Here's what I am subconsciously thinking:
"My wonderful, cute, kind, generous, chubby, and faithful wife of many many years and ongoing - bless her heart - is too busy, too ashamed, who proudly does not feel the need to take time to embarrassingly and aggressively entice and seduce me with a clothed-to-nude striptease, and certainly has expressed refusal at my suggestion to let me give her any pussy-licking cunnilingus and give me penis-sucking fellatio, let alone do any vaginal fucking.
That being said, I know that, after I go out of the house, I will invariably see teenaged and somewhat-older, random and generally-anonymous, young women -- jogging or biking along the road, gardening in their front yards, in gasoline service stations, in grocery stores, even in church -- misattired with loose long hair, sleeveslessness, naked-legs-baring shorts or shortened skirts, and soxless feet in open-toe sandals or nude-soles-slapping noisy flipflops. My intention is to not see them, but inevitably it will happen. Moreover, I will not retreat 24/7 as a hermit into some potty-less cave or starve and freeze permanently hiding under some huge rock.
Besides, I have my God-given endowed biological-clock sexual needs and desires to see one or more completely-naked women, then massage, pussy-lick, and fuck one or more of them, whenever the urge becomes overwhelming. But, alas, I am married to one who - bless her heart - essentially is substantially sexually frigid. A "cold fish."
Worst yet, I realistically expect no pretty young roadside woman to hitchhike in my direction with thumb extended, or aggressively but politely come up to me and ask me to fuck her as soon as possible, or even hold her hand, or hug her or kiss her, then take her to the nearest biffy outhouse in some park or near some lake, and undress her for a sex quickie. Would I trust such a woman doing that, figuring I was not the only guy she did that to or will do that to? And even if she forthrightly did, with selective suggestive words, ask me to do all that, it would cause financial and reputational consequences and busy-schedule inconvenience for both of us.
Not only that, she does not know if I am already married, and/or do not want sexual solicitation, and if I would greatly disappoint her with refusal for whatever cause. And vice versa."
So, like the gals who irrationally but somewhat-understandably, perhaps reluctantly, but nevertheless get into their cars exhibiting loose long hair, or sleeveslessness, or nude-legs-baring shorts, or soxless feet in sandals or flipflops to go shopping or to the park or beach or church where such destination has already been known to be inhabited by the generally-random-and-anonymous mixed-gender public, I - with my urgent non-fulfilled God-given sexual cravings - [wrongly and faithlessly] presume that I have no reasonable choice but to resort to searching for non-authorized diversions: internet pornography (whether coedcherry or femjoy or pinkfineart or czechcasting or wearehairy nude-women photos, chaturbate or pornhub or xhamster videos, etc.)
Strange as it might seem, my intention is not to self-sodomizingly masturbate by so doing, and I certainly do not maliciously hate God as to rebelliously wanting to disobey His commandments for purity (nor want to cheat on my much-deserving Prime-Rib wife) -- although I sense, in the back of my mind, that I (and I do not like to think about this) probably will, because of involvement with the aforementioned non-authorized diversions, inevitably end up self-sodomizing (as I have repeatedly done previously), with all the inconvenient shower washup and perhaps clothes change and laundry accompanying that.
So, people presume that I and my wife are privately having a great sex life together, as I in fact deprive aforementioned mopheaded and random semi-immodest women who do not get my affection nor my wasted semen, thus mistake me for being either homogay or a females-hating chauvinistic misogynist (even though heterosexually married?) . . . as I ignore, despise and shun them because of their non-solicited/non-asked-for, sexually-harassing, low-powered-porno mopheaded, sleevesless, slacksless, and soxless porno immodesty."
Perhaps by their semi-improper misdress and mopheadedness, they are wordlessly proclaiming to every Tom and Dick and Harry victim who of proximity-necessity accidentally happens to see them: "Hey dude, fuck me! Right away, whever we can." So, because they do not really want that from every Tom and Dick and Harry, but contradict that by their pseudo-innocent wordless quasi-misattire, they frequently get the raised third finger from a Tom or Dick or Harry.
What do I mean by "semi-pornographic" and "semi-immodest" and "low-powered-porn" and "semi-improper" and "quasi-misattire" terms? The following Biblical account record will help:
First Samuel 15:1 And Samuel said to Saul, "The LORD sent me to anoint you king over His people Israel; now therefore positively respond to the words of the LORD.
2 Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'I will punish what Amalek did to Israel in opposing them on the way, when they came up out of Egypt.
3 Now go and smite Amalek, and completely destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and donkey/burro/mule/a##, whatever.'"
7 And Saul defeated the Amalekites, from Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt.
8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and totally destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. (the best part is the edge)
9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them; all that was despised and worthless they annihilated.
10 The word of the LORD came to Samuel:
11 "I regret (not "repent") that I have made Saul king, because he has turned back from following me, and has not performed my commandments." And Samuel was angry; and he cried to the LORD all night.
12 And Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning; and it was told Samuel, "Saul came to Carmel, and hey, he set up a monument for himself and turned, and passed on, and went down to Gilgal."
13 And Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, "Blessed be you to the LORD; I have performed the commandment of the LORD."
14 And Samuel replied, "What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?"
15 Saul said, "They (Saul conveniently leaves himself out of blame this time) have brought them from the Amalekites, because the people (passing the buck!) spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice to the LORD your God (an excuse to sin!); and the remainder we have utterly destroyed."
16 Then Samuel said to Saul, "Stop! I will tell you what the LORD said to me this night." And he said to him, "Say on."
17 And Samuel said, "Though you are little in your own eyes, are you not the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel.
18 And the LORD sent you on a mission, and said, 'Go, COMPLETELY destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.'
19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you retain remaining items, and do what was evil in the sight of the LORD?"
20 And Saul retorted back to Samuel, "I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, I have gone on the mission on which the LORD sent me, I have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and I have "completely" destroyed the Amalekites. (along with plea bargaining, parole, leniency, presidential pardon, community work service?)
21 But the people (Saul fearing and blaming the people) took of the goodies, sheep and oxen, the best of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal." (again, an excuse to sin!) (also, Saul disassociates himself from Samuel's God by his use of the word "your")
22 And Samuel said, "Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Hey, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to positively respond than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He has also rejected you from being king."
24 And Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned (Oooooo! Big Deal. So WHAT? What is your admission of guilt supposed to accomplish?), because I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people [aha!] and obeyed their voice.
25 Now therefore, please pardon my sin (unconditional love and unconditional forgiveness!), and return with me, that I may worship the LORD." (Oooooo! Big Deal. So WHAT?)
26 And Samuel said to Saul, "I will not return with you, because you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel."
[ Another prime example of God's unconditional love and unconditional forgiveness. Oh yes! (?)]
Oh, that is not to say that women "don't get it" as to what guys want and need deep down. Guess who comprises the anonymous porn that guys resort to and lust at and with? It is frequently consensual-and-willing women, hungry for fame and money, who know that men (most of whom they, irresponsibly, do not want to actually get physically tied up with) desire to see them naked, and so voluntarily (often NOT forced into porn nor physically abused) pose (sometimes for substantial money) naked in all sorts of ways and situations as high-powered porn models (sluts?) in print and on screen. And it is inexpensive (usually completely without cost) plus reputationally safe and convenient for porn-viewing guys, to lust at immediately-available and never-frigid-nor-inhibited-nor-contentiously-uncooperative naked female-human images when they want to, and (as irresponsibly as the posers) do the equivalent of prompt and non-messy divorce by simply deleting those images when done with them, as they temporarily repent back into a peaceful contented mindset.
Of course, and lamentably, the guys don't actually fuck the usually-anonymous women who pose for the pics and vids, and (equally lamentable) the gals who anonymously (except to the photographers) pose do not get fucked by unknown other guys appreciately lusting at internet-residing images of their naked bodies. Like abortion homicide, and homosexuality, the end result is no pregnancy, no childbirth, no family, no perpetuation of humankind, leading to extinction, and eternal Hell for immorality and impurity as a horrible bonus.
It's a lose-lose situation. Satan's got us all (except for the deceased) by the balls, so to speak, by having most everyone deceived and under irrational compulsion and responses. But at least you, the reader, now clearly discern what the "mentality" or "rationale" (actually: immentality) is behind such a sordid and pathetic dilemma.
Clearly, whether it is female-immodesty sin on the part of teens-and-older women, and then many of whom posing for all-naked porn . . . or guys who reluctantly are essentially forced to see partially-immodest random females in the general public view driving them into the sin of seeking and finding worse porn, then committing and not performing self-sodomy, then being spouseless, then having no family, thus also - like the errant women - not contributing to the perpetuation of humankind.
Interesting it is for genuine Christians, however, that all the time Christian? gals are sinning by their public immodesty of whatever sorts, and Christian? guys are seeking and getting and lusting at porn picture of gals other than the publicly-immodest ones they essentially were forced to see instead of blinding themselves and stumbling into injury, never once has neither gender group disowned allegiance to the gospel of Jesus Christ involving His death on a cross resulting in atonement against all sins. Never once.
The on-then-off back-and-forth yo-yo type reluctantly sinning, then repenting back into decency and sanity, then reluctantly sinning again, then again repenting back into decency and sanity, then reluctantly sinning again, then again repenting back into insanity, is true of all of us saints (or so we presume) of:
Deuteronomy 9:4 "Do not say in your heart, after the LORD your God has thrust them out before you, 'It is because of my righteousness that the LORD has brought me in to possess this land'; whereas it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out before you.
Second Samuel 22:21 "The LORD rewarded me according to MY righteousness; according to the cleanness of MY hands He recompensed me.
Second Samuel 22:25 Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to MY righteousness, according to MY cleanness in His sight.
Job 27:6 I hold fast MY righteousness, and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.
Psalm 7:8 The LORD judges the peoples; judge me, O LORD, according to MY righteousness and according to the integrity that is in ME.
Psalm 18:20 The LORD rewarded me according to MY righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He recompensed me.
Psalm 18:24 Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to MY righteousness, according to the cleanness of MY hands in His sight.
Romans 3:10 as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one..." (so why try to be righteous?)
Even resurrected-and-ascended Jesus Himself? And of course, Earth-life-saving Noah? Death-escaping Enoch? Whisked-up-to-Heaven Elijah (?)
Galatians 3:26 in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. (or gender-specific "daughters" of God, so we already "got it made" no matter what?)
Ephesians 2:8 By grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God (so it does not matter if we occasionally and reluctantly sin under temptational duress: we are saved anyway, especially if we continuously repent over and over and over after sinning over and over and over?)
Hebrews 10:14 By a single offering He has perfected, for all time, those who are sanctified. (as sanctified Christians, we are already perfect, even when we sin continuously AND repent continuously?)
Do we delight simply in having faith in the gospel of Christ? Or in addition delighting in the moral Law of the Lord?
Psalm 119:21 You do rebuke insolent, accursed ones, who wander from your commandments
119:47 I find my delight in your commandments, which I love.
119:48 I revere your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.
119:73 Your hands have made and fashioned me (an aborted fetus?); give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
119:86 All your commandments are sure; they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
119:131 With open mouth I (erotically?) pant, because I long for commandments (and sexual fulfillment?).
119:143 Trouble and anguish have come upon me, but your commandments (and erotic gratification?) are my delight.
119:151 But you are near, LORD, and all your commandments are true (not false, as naysayers contend).
119:166 I hope for salvation (and for heterosexual sex?), LORD, and I do your commandments.
119:172 My tongue (will ask for a sex quickie with whoever, or pose for porn for whoever?) will sing of your Word, because all your commandments are right (but do abortionists, witches, sexist feminists, evolutionists, immodest, porngraphers, masseuse and escort whores with their pimps, nazis and communists, greedy capitalists, thieving shoplifters, anti-Trump revilers, pro-"palestinians," and especially homogays and atheists agree?)
119:176 I have (sexually?) gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, because I do not forget your commandments (even when I immodestly or masturbationally sin?)
Daniel 9:5 we (we?) have (sexually?) sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and ordinances.
Do we delight simply in having faith in the gospel of Christ? Or in addition delighting in the moral Law of the Lord?
Did St Paul? Should then we also?
Romans 7:22 I delight in the Law of God, in my inmost self . . .
Not merely the gospel of Christ, Paul? The Law cannot atone for your sins, so why do you delight in It?
Did Paul want to know what the Law precepts were, by stating what he did? And/or imply that he wanted to obey those rules by stating that he "delighted" in them?
Paul's delight in the Law of God is a manifestation of:
Luke 17:10 So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'"
[ By the way, there is NO verse in the entire Bible which states: "All our righteousness is as filthy rags." ]
Paul was "unworthy" because his delight was in the Law of God?
What do you think of "Christians" (?) who say: "Even though we do not want to sin ever again, we are going to anyway?"
So expect to sin again? Get used to it? Live with it?
God expects us to continue in occasional filthiness of immodesty and porn, right?
Ezekiel 24:13 Because I would have cleansed you and you were not cleansed from your (lewd) filthiness, you shall not be cleansed any more until I have satisfied my fury upon you.
Obviously, unconditional love in effect here. Similar to:
Hebrews 10:26 If we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a (S)acrifice for sins, (including and especially Christ's atoning sacrifice of Himself for sin - it no applies in that case)
Hebrews 10:27 but a fearful prospect of (J)udgment, and a fury of (F)ire which will consume the adversaries.
Second Thessalonians 1:9 They shall suffer the punishment of Eternal Destruction and exclusion away from the presence of the Lord and away from the glory of His might
Obviously, "sin" is in the plural there in Hebrews 10:26. No?
NO! See below.
Hebrews 3:17 And with whom was He provoked forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?
Leviticus 24:16 He who blasphemes the name of the LORD shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him; the traveler (illegal alien?) as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.
Matthew 12:31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men (and women!), but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
Mark 3:29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin
Luke 12:10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven (great: universal salvation?); but he (or she?) who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
More unconditional love. More unconditional forgiveness, right?
Joshua 24:19 But Joshua said to the people, "You cannot serve the LORD, because He is a holy God; He is a jealous God; He will NOT forgive your transgressions or your sins.
Remember, we do not have to repeatedly electrocute ourselves touching a high-voltage transformer in a power substantion. Once is enough, and no more chances after that. We do not have to repeatedly blow our brains out with a magnum .44 pistol. Once is enough, and no more chances after that. We do not have to repeatedly, suddenly, unexpectedly, slap our spouses in the face for no cause. Once is probably one time too many (he or she will never trust us completely again).
So what is the bottom line, the end destiny, for Christians who (albeit under non-solicited temptational duress) sin and repent, sin and repent, sin and repent, sin and repent, ad nauseum?
The "do not lead us into temptation, but rescue us away from evil" petition in the Lord's Prayer is absolutely crucial and vital for both weak inferior gender prone to subtly flaunt mopheaded hairstyle and other body-parts immodesty, and the superior gender prone to divert non-ignorable/non-forgettable/non-sublimatible pent-up excitation from such female-hairstyle-and-other immodesty into impure self-sodomizing porn reconnaissance, acquisition, and deployment.
Do we get resistance to overcome temptation from Jesus?
Hebrews 4:15 We have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Hooray for Jesus . . . embedded within an extremely-modestly-attired Middle-Eastern Iranian-type society and environment where the shawled women and girls wore Joseph-like long-sleeved full-length robes -- not American and European mopheaded women roaming around in legs-baring short shirts, shorts of whatever lengths, sleevesless naked arms, and socksless feet in sandals -- even string bikinis . . .
. . . an ancient society where most adulteresses were stoned, with or without Roman-government approval. And especially then-and-there potential for acquiring additional-spouse wives and concubines in case the female of the "one-man-for-one-woman marriage" (instead of "one-woman-for-one-man" marriage?) decided to go sexist and frigid in various ways for anti-patriarchal chauvinistic causes (not "reasons") other than menstrual periods.
Concerning overwhelming temptation here in modern America:
Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With humans this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Got news for you, Lord. We are not God, and do not infer nor compare such, as to temporal situations, circumstances, and potential concerning and not regarding us frail humans. Please.
First Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man [Gr. anthr(o)pos, meaning both genders]. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
OK. Stay in the house permanently and do not peek through the windows to the outside. Wear blinders to both walk and drive by electronic radar. Tie or cut off hands and cock, plus pluck out eyes to stop fixing mopheaded hairstyle and/or seek porn to lust at. Turn off the terroristic-pictures-suddenly-imposed, women-jabbering, female-mopheaded/bare-armed, live TV news and weather and programs. Smash the porn-accessing-capable laptop and Android. Cut the cable and discontinue subscription to porn-channels-advertising cable.
Other than that, Christ, if you know of a "way of escape" other than with imposed lurid and lewd female-human public mopheadedness and worse to attract male attention, and "a way of escape" other than porn and adult sex-partner sites on the internet, we would like to know. At least guys presume that already-obviously-willingly-naked nude models on those sites will go and possibly stay nude for them, besides maybe actually providing the cunnilingus and fellatio both genders need and crave.
I know, I know all about all this giving Christianity a bad name suggesting all this apparently immodesty-allowing and supposedly porn-allowed compromising.
Romans 2:24 As it is written: "The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you."
Ephesians 5:3 But fornication and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is fitting among saints.
Even AOC, though, while not spewing out childish insanity like her advocating obliteration of all aircraft on planet Earth and oil to fuel them, does have a point (albeit blurted out with gross lack of specific modifiers) that Christians DO want a Christian theocracy, and DO want to control women, their bodies, and their sexual expressions. Plus decimate homogays and homosodomites. Without given them nor abortionists any "rights." But what she left out (as expected from a bonafide inferior gender) was that Christians want it for righteousness, for Christ, His kingdom, and His glory, and of course, subsequently immensely benefitting the controlled ones.
And keep up consistently with the head-covered turbin, Ms. Omar - even though we do not know if you are bald underneath the headrug. Show carnal hedonistic American floozies how the top of their heads should always publicly appear. But please lose the anti-Zionist/pro-"palestinian" antisemitic remarks. The best of sharia law applies to you also. Make the Sultan of Brunei pleased; he is far wealthier than you.
Find a spouse who takes every word of the Song of Solomon and similar sex-oriented Scripture seriously and deeply ponders such, extensively and adequately, fair-mindedly and open-mindedly.
Do such Christians intrinsically WANT to sin (especially with a hateful malicious attitude toward God when they do it)? Do they LIKE to sin? Do they regard sin AS sin? Do they admit that THEY have sinned, or simply did an "oopsie?" Do they exclusively blame OTHERS only instead of including themselves for faithlessly or impatiently caving in? Are they SORRY and REGRETFUL for having sinned, or instead proud of it? Do they REPENT after sinning, or fully and deliberately plan and intend to sin again?
The Almighty Judge will decide on that Day. And make it so that those who never really wanted to sin but did because of non-solicited temptational duress will never be tempted again (unlike the dangerous and devastating situation in the Garden of Eden, which the Contingency-Providing God is responsible for imposing without our previous permission), even though they yet will be able to (like the Father and Son and Spirit themselves, plus the angels and other heavenly creatures) choose to sin . . . but will not do so -- as Satan and his formerly-angelic demons will never choose to repent for salvation, even though they yet can choose to so repent.
Will death and be raised to glory make any Heavenly resident choice-less?
Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to further the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth which accords with godliness,
Titus 1:2 in hope of eternal life which God, who never lies (it does not read: "cannot" lie), promised ages ago . . .