Living in Israel, I like to keep up on American sports. While listening to a podcast of a well-known sports talk show host I was surprised that they were advertising a Fifty Shades of Grey teddy bear for Valentine's Day—complete with teddy bear handcuffs.
Bondage is cool. Perverted sex is in. Nothing to be ashamed of. That is the message that is being pushed. Sadomasochism meets the mainstream. A few months ago on an airplane the woman next to me was reading pornography. Of course she would never have opened up a Playboy (or Playgirl) next to me on a plane—but Fifty Shades is the forbidden fruit that is cool to eat—in public.
Friends, in prayer this morning I sensed that a spirit of perversion, temptation and compromise is about to be poured out on this world. The subtle message that Satan is peddling is, "What's the big deal? Just check it out. Maybe it will help your marriage."
I want to strongly encourage you: DON'T GIVE IN! It is a gateway to demonic bondage. Don't open the door! As Paul warns "Don't give the devil a foothold" (Eph. 4:27). Going to this movie could be the beginning of years of sexual bondage (and I mean bondage in bad way!). Again, don't open the door.
Pornography is as powerful and addictive as heroin. I have ministered to men who could not get through a day without looking at it. Those who are trapped would do anything to go back to the first time they opened the door and make a different choice.
It is amazing that we are all about social justice and ending human trafficking and sexual slavery—but it's cool to pretend you're being raped or tied up? We give money, post on Facebook and tweet our outrage—and then we are to go home and make believe?
A Sad Prediction
And mark my words, soon, in same way that some pastors are hearing "God tell them" to embrace homosexuality and the transgender trend, some prominent pastor is going to share how Fifty Shades of Grey revitalized his crumbling marriage. He will encourage people to experiment—of course within the confines of "biblical principle." We live in an age where one who questions biblical principles is praised. The Bible is outdated, they say.
Everyday on the way home from our offices in south Tel Aviv, I see a large sign advertising the movie. Highlighted is the word sakranut, which means curiosity. Many will be lured to this honey trap out of pour curiosity and some will leave with a fledging addiction. No, not everyone—but why take a chance?
Bottom line, is that this movie/book is dangerous not matter how trendy it is and will release a spirit of sexual perversion in the world. We must all be on our guard.
Ron Cantor is the director of Messiah's Mandate International in Israel, a Messianic ministry dedicated to taking the message of Jesus from Israel to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). Cantor also travels internationally teaching on the Jewish roots of the New Testament. He serves on the pastoral team of Tiferet Yeshua, a Hebrew-speaking congregation in Tel Aviv. His newest book is Identity Theft. Follow him at @RonSCantor on Twitter.
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