Is It Sinful to Masturbate?
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Is It Sinful to Masturbate?

Is It Sinful to Masturbate?

I wrote an article about three years ago on Ways You Can Avoid Fornication; you can find it HERE. The response from this one post has had me thinking, praying and MOURNING all at different times. Today I am writing on one of the issues that arose from the post afore mentioned; Masturbation. I have had several mails pouring in from readers, asking if masturbation is sin and asking for help on how to overcome it. I will attempt to answer the first part of the question here.

What Is Masturbation?
On Wikipedia it is described as “the sexual stimulation of one’s own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm.”

Is It Sin?
Well, I would have loved to think that the definition from Wikipedia would answer the question of whether or not it is sin to masturbate, but I think more explanation is needed. Perhaps this definition from would help throw some more light to whether or not it is okay for Christ-followers to masturbate;
Masturbation is the stimulation, by manual or other means exclusive of coitus, of another’s genitals, especially to orgasm.

Okay, I know that some of you may wonder at what the term ‘coitus’ means. It simply means ‘sexual intercourse’. In briefs points, masturbation entails;

  • Stimulating oneself sexually
  • No other man or woman is involved
  • It could be done by hand or with sex toys
  • Orgasm could or could not be reached

Before I answer this question from a Biblical view, let me list some medical dangers of masturbating;

  • Fractured Penis
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Bleeding urethra
  • Torn scrotum
  • Gangrene – A condition that occurs when body tissue dies.
  • Death

Please research some more on the above.

Let us go over to creation; when God created Adam and Eve, He created their bodies with unique differences. The sex organs of the man and the woman are created to fit into each other during sexual intercourse (which by the way is only right in the kingdom after man and woman become husband and wife). So if for any reason sex is engaged in without the involvement of the sexual organs as designed by God, it is abnormal, it is perversion, IT IS SIN.

Don’t you realize that this is not the way to live? Unjust people who don’t care about God will not be joining in his kingdom. Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it, don’t qualify as citizens in God’s kingdom. 1 Corinthians 6:9 MSG

It harms the body in ways you may not realize immediately, hurting or abusing the body (God’s Own Temple) in this way destroys it and offends God.
It is like buying a product and ignoring the manufacturers instructions on how to use and maintain it, that would lead to a break down of the product. Even if it works for a while, it wouldn’t last as long as it should have.

Unfortunately, satan like always is working very hard and frantically to sell this perversion. Click To Tweet

There are many articles written, and videos produced to promote masturbation and teach ways to engage in it. (I discovered this as I was getting ready to write this post)
There are several sexual toys and tools in the market for men and women to buy and to employ in their pursuit of this perverse method of sexual pleasure.

The Hands And The Tools.
I know that a lot of people, even followers of Christ do not see anything wrong with masturbation. There has been an ongoing debate in very many places and on very many occasions on whether it is wrong to bring oneself sexual satisfaction by the hands or the tools companies have so graciously provided their customers and those being deceived.
The hands or any other part of the body should not function as the penis, neither should any toy or tool. The same thing goes for the vagina.
God made no mistake in creation, everything He made is very good. It is the enemy, who has introduced this perversion to God’s creation and because some have refused to acknowledge God and His command, they engage in all kinds of perversion.

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or consider Him worth knowing [as their Creator], God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do things which are improper and repulsive. Romans 1:28 AMP

Everything God created has its proper use, this includes all parts of our body. Click To Tweet

We should not abuse God’s creation by misusing and abusing our bodies. When we go against The Makers Manual, we imply that we know better and can do better than He has done and has instructed.
We must not collaborate with the enemy in his work to pervert all the beautiful things God has created for us to enjoy within the confines of His love and approval.

Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.
1 Corinthians 6:18 NASB

I hope you agree with God’s Word that masturbation is sin.
I hope you will be willing to help others understand this.
To be continued


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Ugochi Oritsejolomisan is a mentor, encourager and influencer. She writes to inspire you to live a full life. Ugochi lives in Canada with her husband Benson and their children; Joshua, Joseph and Josiah.

  • Clergy
    Posted at 08:48h, 13 April

    Please help me stop destroying the temple of God because am always fornicating

  • Dase
    Posted at 16:18h, 08 February

    God bless you all

  • Nsikak Bassey
    Posted at 16:14h, 05 May

    This is timely. God bless you

  • Gerry
    Posted at 02:54h, 21 October

    Masturbation may be necessary for older men to prevent stagnation of the seminal fluids and their putrefaction if he is without an honorable outlet – regular emission within a vagina.
    The younger man, from boyhood has a natural release of pressure from seminal fluid accumulation: the spontaneous emission. If he is without the proper use of a vagina within which to empty his seminal vesicles and prostate, his ejaculatory system will exercise itself periodically to eliminate stagnating seminal fluids. When this occurs during the night we call it “nocturnal emission” or “wet dream.”
    Unfortunately due largely to pagan influence Christian boys are prevented from marrying at puberty as was done in a former age. The sex-urge demands release. If it is properly discharged in holy matrimony into the vagina of a Christian wife, well and good. Paul, in 1 Cor. 7 recommends that to avoid fornication (porneia), masturbation and other premarital sexual activity every (Christian – he is writing to the church, not to pagans) man should have a Christian wife, and every Christian girl and woman should have a husband. This goes a long way to avoid sexual sins and spurious issue (bastards).
    The girls likewise should be married and consummated when they attain puberty. These are ideals that cannot always be realized, as a suitable mate cannot always be found. The closer the church, both local and at-large, can come to this ideal, the fewer young men and girls will be falling into the clutches of the solitary vice.

  • promise
    Posted at 05:16h, 03 September

    Hi……mr ugochi.
    i feel so delighted coming across your article, indeed it was a great one with reference to your biblical back up on mustarbation. to be sincere with you, i have been a christian since 2006. but there is something i always notice about my life. whenever it seems like my spiritual life is advancing, i find myself in a relationship that always introduces me into fornication and mustarbation. i have tried to stop this attitude but to know avail, i have been to many alter call still no way. i believe that it is only God can do what no man can do.
    thank you for your encouragement, may almighty God continue to reward you in manifold to your contributions in jesus name amen.i’m blessed.

    • Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
      Posted at 19:33h, 03 September

      My dear Promise. You can overcome this if you trust God and depend on Him and follow keep these things in mind. God is on your side and His grace is abundantly available for you!
      Have a super blessed day!

  • Paul Byerly
    Posted at 13:58h, 17 July

    I find your list of medical dangers of masturbating misleading and dishonest. Are there rare cases to back each of these? Yes. But virtually all of them are FAR MORE common in sex with another person. If those are reasons to not masturbate, they are also reasons to not have sex with another person. I find it disappointing that someone who represents our Lord Jesus Christ would do this.
    I would also argue with your scriptural claims, but after such a wrong start to the post, it hardly seems worth going any further.

    • Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
      Posted at 16:06h, 21 July

      I am sorry you feel this way Paul. I did a bit of research on the medical notes here, and remember different Medical Personnels have had different encounters with their patients… and I did say to do some research too in the article.
      As for the biblical reasons, I believe God created the male sexual organ for use in the woman’s sexual organ and vice-versa. I am a firm believer that when we use our sexual organs in any other manner to satisfy our sexual needs we abuse the body. I am not misleading anyone, the bible may not have mentioned masturbation but the word of God is clear on how to treat our bodies…
      I am glad though that even if we do not agree on this… we agree the most important thing, that Jesus is Lord, He died and resurrected for our salvation and that The Bible is true.
      God bless you sir!

      • Gerry
        Posted at 03:11h, 21 October

        The word “masturbation” < Latin "masturbatio" is not found in the Bible. Neither are other Latin – English names for various wicked sexual perversions: fellatio, cunnilingus, analingus, etc. The only act of the sexual organs described graphically is the sin of the depraved Onan: he destroyed his seed (Greek "sperma" = "seed"; Latin "semina," "semen" = "seed") on the ground rather than deposit it in the vagina of his deceased brother's widow as the law required.
        Other sexual sins are covered by "uncleanness" (Gk. "akatharsia") specifically masturbation but generally the use of the generative organs in inherently nonprocreative acts, and "wantonness," "lewdness," "shamelessness," "filthiness" (Gk. "aselgeia"), sexual degeneracy flaunted openly.

        • Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
          Posted at 14:30h, 02 November

          Dear Gerry,
          God will not accept any excuse for sin. We must find reasons to obey God rather than disobey him. No matter how rational the reasons appear.

    • Gerry
      Posted at 23:18h, 02 November

      If one is a virgin and marries a virgin who is really a virgin and has not been practicing “safesex” you are unlikely to be exposed to venereal diseases unless one or both of your or her parents was infected.
      It can take as much as ten generations of purity to get venereal disease out of a family line.

    Posted at 09:58h, 17 July

    I believe masturbation is not a sin in marriage when the other spouse is sick for a long period of time and cannot have sex.

    • Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
      Posted at 15:59h, 21 July

      My brother, I am a firm believer that God created the male sexual organ for use in the female sexual organ and any other use is abuse to the body which is God’s temple. God does not allow excuses for what He does not approve.
      We can give genuine excuses for fornication, adultery and pretty much any sin…
      Whatever we yield our bodies to we become slaves off.
      Do have a super blessed day!

      • henry
        Posted at 05:26h, 22 July

        I love this. You are direct on the point. We should honour God with our bodies. Sex is not good for the body except for making babies in marriage.

  • Fredrick
    Posted at 21:45h, 15 June

    I am suffering from the sin of fornication. Anytime I fall prey to such bad acts, I go back to God and ask for forgiveness.
    I would pray and promise never to do it, but before I even know, am back to square one.

    Now I feel that when I go back to God to ask for forgiveness, he won’t forgive me because of the many promised and failed attempts.
    Please what should I do?

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  • David Better
    Posted at 11:28h, 01 March

    Dear Ugochi

    Thank you for this post. You are very strong and clear.

    I must confess I have been telling myself there is nothing wrong with masturbation. After reading your post I have changed my mind.

    I use pornography a lot. I know that is sinful and I am trying to put it behind me. But masturbation itself I had thought of as just a biological release (although I had never felt quite comfortable with that).

    Not just consuming the images and indulging the fantasies but the physical act itself is sinful. After reading your post I have decided masturbation as well is sinful and degrading. I will try to put that behind me along with pornography and related bad habits.

    I will come back to this post and refer to it often. I will look up the scriptures you reference.

    Thank you very much and God bless you.


    • Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
      Posted at 22:09h, 01 March

      I am glad this post is helping you my brother. And I must commend the courage you must have to share it, many have read and went by silently but I know they are blessed too but couldn’t sum up courage to talk about it. God will use your comment here to encourage many and I am grateful that you shared.
      The first step to conquering is to agree it is wrong, so I dare to call you a conqueror now! Hallelujah!
      God will continually fill you with His grace to refuse and abstain.
      Have a super blessed day!

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  • Sue Moore Donaldson
    Posted at 18:57h, 10 February

    Good for you to tackle such a private yet prevalent topic. I appreciated it!

    • Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
      Posted at 21:14h, 11 February

      Bless God Sue! Thanks a for coming by! Have a super blessed weekend!

  • Haningti
    Posted at 10:52h, 08 February

    Thank you for this mama J,now I really believe it is a sin.

    • Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
      Posted at 00:08h, 09 February

      Yes My lovely Mrs. H The Bible says so… we go with God’s word. So great to have you comment here. Have a super blessed rest of the week! ❤
      My love to all!

    • Gerry
      Posted at 03:46h, 21 October

      Eating food is not a sin but gluttony is.
      Drinking wine is not a sin but drunkenness is, and driving a motorcar while still under the influence is both a sin (a crime against God) and a crime against our fellow men and the civil law.
      Being naked is not a sin but flaunting our nakedness is.
      Having proper sexual relations with one’s wife or husband is not only not a sin but is strongly enjoined. Yet having relafions during her menstrual discharge or purification is a very serious sin, as is relations with a woman during the recovery time following birth.
      There are many things that done in moderation or within proper guidelines given in scripture are not sinful but done without good cause (as a surgeon cutting a person open to repair damage or to remove disease is good, while a similar cut inflicted in hate is a terrible sin) are.
      We tell our young people that they cannot marry during the time ofnlife when they are boiling with the sex-urge then if they succumb to unmarried intercourse or masturbation they are frightful sinners. Of course we are surrounded by pagans who forbid the young to marry but wink at their obvious unmarried copulation as long as they practice “safesex” (Onanism).