The devil is a mimic. When God goes high, the evil one always goes low.
For instance, SoCal Harvest was held last month in Anaheim, California. Hosted for the 28th year by Pastor Greg Laurie, more than 90,000 worshippers attended the three-day, spirit-filled event at Angels Stadium, during which more than 10,000 souls gave their lives to Christ.
One month later, the wicked will gather in Los Angeles for “Adultcon,” which bills itself as a “weekend of sin and fun,” during which the unGodly can give themselves over to sexual depravity “without shame.” Marking its 16th year this upcoming weekend, Adultcon is expected to draw 10,000 demonically-influenced porn devotees to the LA Convention Center..
Of course, the sponsors of the officially titled Adult Entertainment Convention almost certainly would quarrel with the characterization of the sexual deviants slouching toward L.A. for a weekend of debauchery as pawns of the devil. But the Scripture advises, “You will know them by their fruits.”
Indeed, only at a gathering of the hellbound would the sponsors find it necessary to advise attendees that Adultcon “has a zero tolerance for rudeness, inappropriate touching or violence to other fans, exhibitors or the porn stars.”
Only at a convention of the wicked would sponsors post the disclaimer that they they are “not responsible or liable” for “personal injury, wrongful death or property damage suffered by an attendee.”
Only at a meet-up of the morally depraved would sponsors remind that there will be no “bodily fluid exchanges allowed including but not limited to the following: Any type of kissing, sexual intercourse, oral sex, insertions of either animate or inanimate objects.”
And only at an event for those who unwittingly worship at the altar of the devil would sponsors admonish that there will be no “bloodplay including but not limited to the following: Cutting, needle play, extreme whipping that results in broken skin.”
What truly reveals the hearts of darkness of Adultcon’s sponsors is their insistence that “women benefit from porn.” And they cite a dubious study from the obscure Archives of Sexual Behavior, which claims that 80 percent of women have watched porn.
And they quote the study’s lead author, a “sexoligist” at Copehagen University Hospital that, “Porn may teach women new sexual knowledge, get them to experiment more and potentially increase their sexual arousal and ability to fantasize.”
That’s the kind of deception that the wily serpent used to beguile Eve into eating the forbidden fruit that led to the fall of humanity. The evil one assured Eve that if she ate the fruit, she would be as God.
In the same way, today’s purveyors of pornography suggest that women actually are empowered by defiling their bodies on film. They suggest that so-called “porn stars” are somehow worthy of admiration.
Well maybe they are in the eyes of the reprobates who’ve purchased tickets to Adultcon. And maybe they are in the eyes of millions of men who watch pornography without shame; who think it a harmless vice.
But not in the eyes of Almighty God.
He is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. That includes women who have sold their bodies to the porn industry. It also includes men who are regularly consumers of the sexually explicit.
God recognizes that our adversary, the devil, has ensnared all too many of us in pornography. Our Heavenly Father recognizes that many of us struggle to control our lust of the eyes and lust of the flesh. He promises that, if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
But a different fate awaits those unrepentant of their appetite for pornography. For they shake their fist at God, and defy the Almighty. And for such defiance there is hell to pay.