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John Piper: How to Overcome Sexual Sin

John Piper discusses how, in attempting to how to overcome sexual sin, many of us miss the point. In this six-minute video, Piper described the current struggle in stark terms. In his response, Piper described the current struggle, “Our people are laid waste with sexual temptation. Why? Because our souls have shriveled up …”

Piper offers hope to those struggling to learn how to overcome sexual sin, emphasizing his core belief: “Theology with passion for Jesus can conquer biology.” 

Watch the entire clip here.

His message opens with a passage from King’s David’s great Psalm of repentance: “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.” (Psalm 51:12) In the video he says, “If you can keep your hand off that mouse, guys, the world will open up to you . . . ”

Although he’s in favor of safeguards as protections provided by accountability software and guardians, he urges us to look deeper and to consider the source of our troubles. Learning how to overcome sexual sin is about more than staying away from porn: “that’s not the main point. If that’s where you fight the battle continually you’re not getting to the root of the problem.”

How to Overcome Sexual Sin

For years ChurchLeaders has provided many resources regarding overcoming sexual sin. With John Piper’s video as a starting point, here are a few follow-up possibilities: