Will Marriage Cure My Lust?

Desiring God | 5/20/2019 | John Piper
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Will marriage cure my lust? That’s today’s question from an unmarried listener named Mark. “Dear Pastor John, I’m a 22-year-old burdened with strong sexual desires. Sometimes I submit to the flesh and look at pornography. I hate this and am fighting against this sin with the help of friends.

“In the meantime, I have some friends who seek to care for my soul by quoting the apostle Paul — ‘For it is better to marry than to burn with passion’ (1 Corinthians 7:9) — and they say I should marry soon. But I also have married friends who assure me that marriage will not cure my lust and tell me it would be a battle I would carry into marriage! I’m confused. If marriage cures lust, I should marry soon. If it doesn’t cure lust, then I need to work on personal purity now, without urgency to marry. Which is it?”


All or Nothing?

Mark, my sense is, in listening to your question, that you have a distorted all-or-nothing mindset when you say, “If marriage cures lust, I should marry soon. If it doesn’t cure lust, then I need to work on personal purity now without the urgency to marry.” Now when you say that, it sounds to me like you have, in your mind, the idea that marriage either cures lust or it doesn’t: total cure or total non-cure. That’s what I mean by the all-or-nothing mindset.

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But that’s not the picture we see in the Bible. So let’s get the text in front of us so that we can see what the real help is that the Scripture gives precisely at this point. You’re right to focus right here on this issue. “To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single, as I am....
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