David Kyle Foster, a self-described former homosexual, wants you to know that when you touch yourself, it’s like you’re touching someone else. Same thing. Also, it’s gay. And you’re committing adultery. And you should feel very, very bad about it.
“Any number of other sexual practices that the mind can imagine” is kind of the whole point of masturbation, isn’t it…? And you shouldn’t feel guilt about it. You’re not doing anything wrong.
… A person who practices masturbation without imagining sex with someone is rare indeed, if he or she exists at all. On that basis, the practice is tantamount to engaging in adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior or any number of other sexual practices that the mind can imagine — even idolatry, as revealed in Ephesians 5:5, Colossians 3:5 and Ezekiel 23:49. In a certain sense, it could be said that masturbation is a form of mental pornography, which we all know to be sinful.
We also know sin by the witness of the Holy Spirit within, provided we haven’t quenched that witness through ongoing rebellion… And who doesn’t live with guilt over the practice of masturbation — even those who have convinced themselves that it isn’t sinful?
At least Foster didn’t take the Mark Driscoll approach and say masturbation is wrong because a guy who touches any penis is bordering on gay, “particularly if he’s watching himself in a mirror and being turned on by his own male body.” (Maybe if these guys weren’t so repressed, they would have a healthier response toward problems involving sex abuse and gender roles within their own churches…)
In the meantime, if you’re thinking about masturbation, just remember: You can beat it.