1 Hilary's Testimony

Pornography is an evil addiction. It is widespread; and Jesus Christ called His brief time on this planet an evil and adulterous generation, Im positive that it is also true now.

Pornography is defined by Jesus Christ in Matthew 5:27-29:"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, "Thou shalt not commit adultery:" but I say unto you, "That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell."

These verses pierced like an arrow into my soul when I first read them in the spring of 1939. Was this the standard that Jesus required of His followers? If so, I could never attain to it. I was already powerfully addicted to the sin of lust and had been so for awhile. 

That spring, when I was fourteen years old, I read the Bible because my mother gave me the little booklet "The Reason Why." 

Hilary's Testimony 2

No doubt, she was aware of my lust and was concerned for my spiritual welfare. The booklet prompted me to give Christ a fair hearing. The words of Sir Francis Bacon, quoted by R.A. Laidlaw, seemed eminently logical: Neither to accept nor reject, but to weigh and consider.

And indeed, is this not an important goal of evangelism? To encourage people to come to the Word of God with an open mind and to weigh and to consider the gospel of Jesus Christ? 

And so I began reading the Bible for myself. Since the Bible claimed to be the Word of God, I decided to take it at face value and listen to what God wanted to say to me. Jesus Christ's very first message to me in Matthew 4:17 was to repent for my sins, "... Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.""

God's righteous standard, as revealed in Jesus Christ, must come to every serious inquirer as a light, showing us our sinfulness and Gods wondrous plan of salvation. In Corinthians 4:6, the Apostle Paul described his experience and implied that it was the common experience for a repenting sinner. 

"For God, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." So the Lord opened my eyes, as I read those solemn verses, to recognize that the root cause of my lustful thinking was unwarranted rebellion and lust.

What, then was left for me to do? I had broken God's law already, and I was guilty before God. In desperation I simply turned to Christ and called on His name for salvation. "Lord, if I've never trusted in You as my Saviour before, I do so now. Lord, I believe: Please help me with my questions about my new belief."