Revelation on Onanism
Revelation received on onanism (masturbation) [Oxford, England].
1. The word of the Lord concerning onanism for the Church of God: give ear, O Israel, and hearken unto wisdom, that marrow shall be unto thy bones and righteousness unto thy heart.
Onanism and Adultery
2. It is written that thou shalt not commit adultery, for every man that looketh at a woman lustfully hath already committed adultery with her in his heart, and hath denied the faith (Mt.5:27-28).
3. Thou shalt not desire in thy heart the body of a woman who is not thy wife, for such is death unto the soul, and thou shalt forfeit a portion of the Light.
4. When a man committeth onanism he bringeth into his mind the image of a woman, for he desireth her; if she be his wife, or if she is given unto him, then he hath not sinned [the sin of adultery].
5. But if she be another's, or if she is not given unto him, then he hath committed the sin of adultery and must needs repent.
6. Nevertheless it is better if he doth not commit onanism, for a disciple of Christ ought to be self-controlled.
Do Not Defraud Your Spouse
7. If a man burneth with desire then let him marry (1 Cor.7:9).
8. If a single man committeth onanism, behold, it taketh away the fullness of his desire to seek a wife, and therefore he may defraud himself and the woman the Lord hath given him.
9. For the plan of God requireth that a man find a wife, and woman a husband, that they may more fully enter into the Mystery of Messiah, which is the unity of the Godhead and of the saints1.
10. If onanism causeth a man to remain single, then it is a sin, saith the Lord.
11. And if a man indulgeth in too much onanism, behold, it may defraud his wife when he marrieth, for he will not perform his duty unto her (1 Cor.7:3-5);
12. Or perchance onanism may have power over him, to take away his free agency, in which case he is in bondage to the flesh and hath committed a sin (1 Cor.10:23).
13. For with one man it is a sin, and with another it is not. Consider thou, O man, thy ways, and the desires of thy heart.
On Lust and Idoltary
14. Behold, a child growing in a home that is filled with tension may discover that onanism releaseth his tensions because of the sins of the fathers.
15. There are many reasons why the children of men turn unto this activity.
16. For some, onanism is idolatry, saith the Lord, because a man turneth unto it to relieve tension as a man turneth to drinking, or smoking, or other vices, rather than turning to Christ in prayer for everlasting release.
17. Behold, if a man is filled with guilt because of onanism, let him turn unto Christ, for My Grace is sufficient, saith the Lord, and there is nothing that I, the Lord, cannot do in righteousness. Even so. Amen.
Commentary by the Revelator
29 October 1999
This revelation is mostly concerned with the question: is onanism a sin under all circumstances? The answer depends on a number of factors. If a person commits onanism whilst conjuring up the image of woman (or man) with whom he is not married do, then he becomes guilty of the sin of adultery (v.5). If he is married to the woman, then he has not committed adultery (v.4).
The revelation then addresses other possible areas where onanism may cause a soul to sin (vv.7-13) listing how it may prevent a man from meeting his obligations to his wife (v.8, 11), remaining single (v.10), or progressively take away his free agency, thus exercising an addictive power over him (v.12).
The revelation also goes on to list various reasons why people may begin and pursue this activity such as domestic tension, sexual frustration, etc., comparing its addictive properties to the drug-like effects of smoking and alcohol consumption (v.14-16).
It has been suggested that onanism for its own sake (that is, without conjuring up mental pictures of a person) is not a sinful activity based on v.13 but the revelation gives no licence for such a claim. The context of v.13 is the ones immediately preceeding it. V.6 emphatically declares that a disciple of Christ ought not to be indulging in onanism at all, for a fruit of complete salvation is control of the flesh. Rather, the revelation teaches that there are different forms of onanism depending on the motivation of the heart, and therefore different degrees of sinning. Onanism may therefore be a secondary rather than a primary sin, in the same way that the sin of anger may be the fruit of the greater sin of jealosy. Thus all committing onanism are not necessarily committing the same kind of sin.
Onanism leads to deep guilt in the minds of many (v.17) especially those who have been wrongly taught that it is a cardinal sin leading to spiritual death no matter for what reason it is being engaged in. Thus a homosexual committing onanism while lusting after a lover will be committing a higher degree of sin than a husband who is missing his wife, as will a man who committs literal adultery with a woman with one who is masturbating with a picture of his wife in his mind's eye.
The whole tenor of the revelation is that onanism is not right, is therefore a sin, and should therefore be avoided altogether by the Christian, but that it is a mistake to lump all those who practice it into a single category. One of the biggest problems facing ministers who must deal with this very common practice is teaching Christians sexual purity in marriage and sexual abstention outside it. On the one side the world says that onanism is all right under all circumstances, and on the other is a Catholic (Augustianian)-derived theology which places all sex within the realm of sin, either directly or implicity. In dealing with the question of onanism a minister must therefore apply two correctives by teaching: (1) That onanism is not all right for the reasons given in the revelation; and (2) That sexuality within the bonds of marriage is good, natural and healthy, for this is the reason God has created it (for sexual purity within marriage, see other sections in the Olive Branch).
Section 15 therefore provides no loopholes for those seeking for an excuse to masturbate but it shows mercy to those seeking to work with the problem and find healing. There are some who teach that demonic powers are involved with onanism and in many if not most instances this is probably correct.
A more important question is: what is the principle lying behind onanism that would give demons legal grounds for entry? Is onanism itself wrong or does it reflect a more serious perversion of light and truth? Onanism at its heart is sex with oneself and since humans are not hermaphrodite (possessing the ability to reproduce self) then on a purely biological level it is contradictory, in the same way that homosexuality is. Onanism and homosexuality are therefore akin to establishing an electric current with two + or two - terminals, which cannot be. Whereas God-ordained sexual activity within marriage is a natural harmonisation of male and female (or + and -), self sex or homosexual/lesbian sex is the very opposite, becoming more and more unnatural (charged) with time, and leading to greater perversions. Since it is unnatural and beyond the bounds of God's laws, it gives grounds for demonic activity.
What of onanism within marriage? May a wife masturbate her husband, and vice versa? There would appear to be no spiritual or scriptural grounds for objection to this activity provided this is only a form of foreplay and not a substitute for proper union. This is a matter that husbands and wives must work out between themselves and the Lord.
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