Lust is The Second Look

Lust Road Sign

“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.”  – Matthew Ch 5

Pastor Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church, Tempe, AZ, analyzes lust, from his sermon “The Lust of the Eyes”:

Pastor Steven Anderson

Now what is the lust of the eyes?  Well, let me explain it to you this way. The lust of the eyes is the desire to look at something that you ought not be looking at. 

Let’s say I walk into the gas station. I walk in and right under the counter is all the filthy magazines, all lined up. And it is pornography is what it is. The cover of these magazines is pornography. It is soft porn.

And when you walk up to it you might say, “Well, you know what? I just want to look at it just to see what’s going on with it. You know, I just want to see how bad it is or I am just curious about it. Now I don’t have any desire for what I see or I am not thinking about adultery or anything like that, I just want to look at it.


You see, if something catches your eye—listen to me, sir, listen to me, men—when something catches your eye- you are driving down the road and that billboard catches your eye, that magazine catches your eye, that sleazy hutchie momma or that woman that is dressed inappropriately… she has got the short skirt on or she has got the tight fitting clothes on. Hey, when that catches your eye, sir, do you know what you ought to do? You ought to look away

Now this is common sense, but this is what needs to be preached because people don’t believe this. You have to look away.

And I am going to tell you something. When you look back the second time, you have just committed a sin. 

“Oh, I didn’t think anything. I didn’t think anything about it. I just looked at it.”

Looking at it is a sin in and of itself, period. When you look at something and then you look away, what begins in your heart could be an intense desire to look back a second time. Why?  Because you are going to commit adultery with the woman in the picture? No. You don’t even know who that woman is. Your desire is to look at it again because your eyes are out of control and because the lust of the eyes is dominating your heart.

You make the decision

That is where you need to decide, “I will not be brought under the power of any. I am not going to let lust control me. I am not going to let sin in my body control me. I am going to refuse.” As David said in Psalm 101:3, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes.”

He didn’t say, “Well, whenever I look at something wicked I make sure I keep my heart right.” He said, “I don’t even want to set it in front of my eyeballs.” I mean God makes this very basic. He said, “You can’t stop looking at women that are clothed in a way that God describes as nakedness.” He says, “Just take out your eye. You will be better off.”

And that is what the Bible teaches. David said of the works of sin, “it shall not cleave to me.”

What did he mean by, “it shall not cleave to me”? 

“I will be careful to lead a blameless life—
when will you come to me?
I will conduct the affairs of my house
with a blameless heart.
I will not look with approval
on anything that is vile.
I hate what faithless people do;
It shall not cleave to me.
The perverse of heart shall be far from me;
I will have nothing to do with what is evil.” -from Psalm 101

Cleave means to bind itself to you. You see the Bible says, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” See, it is saying, “Look, we are not going to be put asunder. What God has joined together let not man put asunder,” the Bible says. And so I am going to stay with my wife and my wife is going to stay with me. That is what marriage is, till death us do part.

And so here David is saying, “I don’t want the work of the wicked. I don’t want the works of Playboy magazine. I don’t want the works of Cosmopolitan magazine or Ladies’ Home Journal or whatever these filthy magazines are that wind up. Hey, I don’t want that to cleave to me. I don’t want to walk out of that gas station and have those images with me. I don’t want to walk out of that gas station and have sin with me in my mind. I want to just leave it there. I don’t even want to set it in front of my eyes because there is something that you need to learn. And that is when things go in, they don’t come out. 

I am telling you. You think, “Oh, yeah. I can look at all this and it is not going to affect me.” Things are going to go in. It is going to be a lot harder to get them out than it was to put them in  It is going to take a long time to get those pictures out of your head. That’s why this is so dangerous because God is teaching us in Psalm 101:3 that when you look at things that you are not supposed to look at, it cleaves with you, a little piece of it stays with you up in your mind.

Now here is the world we are living in. People think that it is ok to look as long as you don’t lust. The fact that you are looking is demonstrating your lust. Your lust is what made you look the second time and the third time and the fourth time. 

Think about this term. I just learned this term from my sister about six months ago. Eye candy.

a pile of hard candy

Eye Candy?

Ok, who has ever heard that term? Put up your hand. I had never even heard it. Eye candy. And she said, you know, TV is just eye candy for men. That is a great description of what I am talking about. You know, candy is something that, boy, kids, they have an intense desire for candy. You know, they want to put that sugary little piece of candy in their mouth and man is it good.

But do you know what? The sinful heart of man, the lust of the eyes wants to sit down and just as putting that sugary candy on his tongue, gratifies his taste buds. He wants to fill his eyes, his sinful appetite to look at sin and immorality and ungodliness. That is what the lust of the eyes is. Are you understanding it tonight, what the lust of the eyes is? Desiring to feast your eyes on what is wrong and what really belongs to someone else.

Perhaps you are married and you have your wife that God has given to you and yet you choose to feast your eyes on someone else’s wife and to enjoy her beauty with your eyes. And God says, “Lust not after her body”? No. He said, “Lust not after her beauty. Don’t even lust after her beauty.” Don’t even feast your eyes and stare at a woman that doesn’t belong to you have the lust of the eyes dominating your life.

Idols in the house!

So people think it is ok to look as long as you don’t lust. It reminds me of the people who think it is ok to have idols as long as you don’t worship them. You know, this is the kind things that we deal with. 

“Oh, it is ok to look as long as you are keeping a clean heart.”

“Oh, it is ok to have idols in your house as long as you don’t worship them.”

You say, “What are you talking about? Who has idols in their house?”

And they will say they are not worshipping it.  It doesn’t matter because the Second Commandment of God is, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.” Then, he later said, “Don’t worship it.”

Don’t bring the abomination into your house God said. He said, “Don’t bring idols into your house. Don’t bring the pictures and the idols of the heathen even into your house.”

Remember in the book of Deuteronomy God said, “When you go into the Promised Land, destroy all their pictures, destroy their idols”? Don’t bring the accursed thing into your house lest thou be accursed like it.

You see, you are not going to worship idols if you don’t have idols in your house. golden statue idol lustAnd you are not going to lust after women if you don’t look at pictures of indecent women or look at women out in public, if you just keep your eyes where they are supposed to be. God says, “Look right on. Don’t look to the right hand or to the left. Look straight on ahead.”

Hey, you are not going to have that problem because the Bible says, “Make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”

I will give you the whole verse, Romans 13:14. “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” He is saying, “Don’t even put yourself in a position where you have the opportunity to gratify the flesh.” That is what he is saying. Don’t even…why would you want to be just one step away from a wicked sin?

Because you know what comes right after the lust of the eyes- the lust of the flesh.  That is where it takes you next. Think about King David. King David let this take over in his life. King David was supposed to be out fighting battles and leading the nation to war. And he was just up on the roof just bored, lazy, just doing nothing, walking around on the roof. And he looks over and sees through a window off in the distance a woman bathing completely nude just in the shower. He just looks through the window and sees her.

Now what he ought to have done is said, “Whoa, man.” And went back in the house. 

Would he have committed any sin at that point, if he just accidentally saw something and just said, “Whoops, sorry,” and went down the stairs? Everything would have been fine. 

But what did he do? He looked away. And then the lust of the eyes kicked in. I don’t think his next thought was, “Boy, I want to commit adultery.” I think his next thought was, “Boy, that looked good. I think I’ll take a second look.”

Just a little more…lust

And so he said, “I think I will look a little more.” And then he began to look a little more.  And then as he began to look a little more, when lust hath conceived it bringeth forth sin. And what happened is when he looked at it the lust of the eyes kicked in and he wanted to look at it and then as he looked at it, then the lust of the flesh kicked in, he called for his servants and said, “Go bring that woman to me.” And he committed adultery with her. “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” And many, many people died because of that sin. Four of David’s own children died because of that one sin that he committed because he had let the lust of the eyes…

See, I don’t even want to go there. I don’t want to get to that point. I want to just nip in the bud right at the eyes. Be done with it. That is what Jesus said- to be done with it, with your eyes. 

from the sermon


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2 Responses to “Lust is The Second Look”

  1. Su amigo Ricardo November 28, 2012 at 8:55 am # Reply

    That there be good stuff. Da grammar ain’t so good but da theology is da best I heard in a long time. I like dis guy. Thanks for posting it Scott.

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