In 2008, when Baltimore Pastor Jamal Bryant teamed with Erotica fiction author, Zane, for a ministry series titled “How to Love a Black Man-Biblically,” it shed light on the fact that many Christians indulge in sex novels on the low. Now, with the success of E.L. James’ steamy 50 Shades of Greybook series, some women of faith are asking, should they read it?

The extremely racy New York Times bestselling trilogy is being dubbed “mommy porn” and has been banned by some local libraries for the nature of its explicit sexual content. Still, millions of women are indulging in the book, something EEW Magazine doesn’t recommend.

Colossians 3:5 NIV tells Believers to “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.”

Pornographic material, whether in movies, books, magazines, or online, awakens impure thoughts and desires, just the opposite of what God’s word advises. Porn also perverts God’s original intent for sex- which is to be enjoyed within the context of a marital union without images of the bodies and activities of others flashing through our minds.

Filling our brains with thoughts of sexual activity through vouyerism, which is defined as a perversion in which a person receives sexual gratification from seeing the genitalia of others or witnessing others’ sexual behavior, leads men and women down a road to lust.

For married women, indulging in x-rated books, videos, and images, sullies the purity and sanctity of the act, by virtually inviting others into our bedrooms through fantasies, thus creating mental struggles, and barriers to focusing exclusively on our husbands.

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