Is Masturbation or Self Pleasure a Sin in The Bible?

Is masturbation a sin in the Bible
Written by Christopher Turk

Often, lust or improper selfish desire leads to sin. The main premise for answering this question is based on this fact.

Sexual lusting in the mind, whether from erotic imagery, viewing pornography, or lusting after a person who is not one’s spouse, is the primary reason or trigger for masturbation.

In Matthew 5:28  it is said that “whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery.” Therefore, a Christian must develop mental discipline.

The apostle James stated that each person is tempted when he has been led astray and seduced by his own lust. Consequently, sin is born after lust has given birth. (James 1:14-15)

What Does The Bible Say About Masturbation?

The Bible makes no mention of masturbation or makes any judgments about whether it is sinful or not. The Bible expressly forbids lust, bestiality, incest, adultery, and some say homosexual sex, but it makes no mention of masturbation or self-stimulation.

Masturbation during sex between married partners would not be considered sinful. However, masturbating outside of intimate relationships is usually wrong and frequently accompanied by inappropriate lustful thoughts, such as when watching porn.

It is God’s will that our bodies be sanctified and that we should avoid sexual immorality. Each should learn to control and honor his own body in holiness and not in passionate lust just like the pagans who do not know God (1 Thessalonians 4:3-6).

Who to sleep with or not sleep with is explicitly stated in the books that outline sexual immorality (Leviticus 20: 10-21). God also forbids his followers from having sexual relations with animals (Leviticus 20:16).

What is the one thing that ties these sexual acts together? the connection between the sin of lust and masturbation.

Despite the fact that the Bible may not specifically address masturbation, lustful thoughts, the action that most encourages it and keeps it going, are sinful.

People who choose to masturbate experience lust, which is an unbridled desire. When someone has impure desires for someone other than their spouse, that is the most common reason for masturbation. (1 John 2:16) To put it simply, masturbation is the result of the sin of lust.

Is Masturbation a Sin or Not?

According to Ephesians 5:3, “Among you, there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity.” Thinking about how we have to conjure up or seek out sexual stimulation in order to masturbate, it is easy to see that we might fail that purity test.

While the Bible does not specifically mention masturbation as a sin, there is no doubt that the actions that lead to it are drenched in sin. Lustful thoughts are usually sexually stimulating behavior, pornographic viewing or reading, or any combination of the aforementioned, which come before masturbation.

Famous Pastors About Masturbation and Self-Pleasure

“Masturbation is unnatural and unethical, and anything that is either of those things is an abomination”, according to Dr. Ola Makinde.

“Every believer needs to be capable of exercising control over his body because it might result in something else”, according to Tunde Bakare

“The Bible declares that seeking pleasure outside of marriage is sinful, so doing so is equivalent to abusing a gift from God.” — Leke Akionala

Bottom Line

Masturbation is a difficult subject to discuss. It still remains incredibly taboo and is a source of guilt and shame. Speak with someone if this is a problem for you. Converse to a pastor, a counselor, or a close friend who is grounded in the Bible. Engage in conversation with your spouse if you’re married.

Nothing specific about masturbation is mentioned in the Bible. This gives us flexibility within the constraints of marriage, perhaps allowing it to play a role in our lives.

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