Matt Barber is one of the more vocal bigots out there, as head now of the National Organization for Marriage and recent founder of BarbWire.com which RightWingWatch characterized as, “a home for anti-gay hostility and Religious Right alarmism over the impending death of religious freedom in America.” But, in his WND column on May 30, 2014, he decided to take a more mellow stance and warn us all about the dangers of pornography: “6 Truths About Pornography.” The sub-title is: “Exclusive: Matt Barber reveals why sexually explicit material will destroy you.” Ah, okay, I thought he was just going to give tips, like the best websites to go to.
First in his list: “Pornography use is always wrong.” Wow, he pulls no punches there. Apparently, it is wrong because it’s immoral, therefore a sin: “Like adultery, fornication, homosexuality, incest, bestiality and other forms of sexual immorality, the use of pornography, too, is sin.” And he literally uses the “you’ll make baby Jesus cry” shtick that I thought The Simpsons made up: “When you use pornography, you engage “the deeds of the flesh” and grieve the Holy Spirit. “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30).”
So, by this point I realized that this was some serious stuff, and I should be prepared to learn why my college computer should burn in hell.
#2 is: “Married? Pornography use is adultery. Not married? Pornography use is fornication.” I thought I was okay when I answered “no” to the first question, but then he got me with the second. Apparently for those of us who aren’t married, Barber thinks: “Using porn? Knock it off, repent and ask God’s forgiveness. You’re destroying yourself and your marriage.” Well, that’s helpful, we get to finish first, and then go to church (“knock it off”). His evidence is God’s Word: ““Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4). Hear that, single guys? If you’re using porn, you’re committing fornication. You’re sinning against God, your future wife and God’s precious daughters featured in the images after which you lust.”
What about single women? I guess they’re okay to watch porn, it’s just single guys who can’t. Wait — does that mean if I’m dating, I can watch porn?
#3: “Pornography use leads to death.”
Wow, that’s a pretty strong statement. What does he have to back it up with? I had heard that it makes you go blind and grown hair on your knuckles, but considering that none of the guys I knew in college wet blind, I’d written that off. His evidence is (drumroll please), The Bible. Using James 1:14-15, he implies that pornography leads to lust, and then from the Bible he quotes that lust -> sin -> death. Gosh darnit.
He says that pornography use is “a cancerous epidemic in America, … destroying lives, souls, children, marriages and families. It’s also destroying our culture. Porn use leads to death – spiritual, emotional, marital, familial and societal death.” I’d still like to see some numbers backing that up.
Numero four-o is “Pornography use is demonic.” I suppose that pre-supposes that demons actually exist. The reason it’s demonic is that pornography is “from the world” and is the “deceptive and deadly brainchild of the ‘prince of the world [Satan].'” How does he make this connection? Well, 1 John 2:16 says “lust of the flesh … is not from the Father, but is from the world” and Satan is “prince of the world” therefore since porn is from the world, it’s from Satan. Got it?
I wonder if cars are also satanic. Or iPods.
Moving on, #5 is “You must flee pornography.” Well that doesn’t make sense, since that’s not a “truth about pornography.” That’s a reaction you may have to some really weird fetish stuff. I call bogus on this one since it’s a reaction, not something about the thing itself.
So onto the real #5, what he has as #6, “You can be free from pornography use.” By turning to God, of course! “Because a soul is a terrible thing to waste.”