SBC Leader: Satan is Making the Porn

Russell Moore, the man who replaced Richard Land as head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, gave a sermon recently in which he claimed, quite weirdly, that porn is just like temple prostitution in the Bible — and Satan is behind the whole thing.

Preaching from 1 Corinthians 6:15–7:5, Moore likened the present-day cultural saturation of pornography with the first-century pagan practice of temple prostitution.

“The temple prostitution of Corinth has been digitalized and weaponized,” the president of Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty said of pornography’s modern-day onslaught, “and brings with it the kind of illusion and anonymity that the temple prostitutes could never promise.”

People often view their bodies like machines detached from spiritual consequences, Moore observed, warning those called to ministry to recognize the satanic powers in the world seeking to destroy families, ministries and Gospel witness.

“The strategies of Satan have become so crafty that they are able to promise a cover of darkness, including to ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in a way that is able to communicate with alarming regularity ‘you shall not surely die,’” Moore said.

“As you are headed out into the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, if you are not arming yourself right now to recognize what is happening with this demonic strain of sexual immorality, you are not going to be able to stand.

How convenient it is to be able to blame every thing you don’t like — or perhaps especially the things you do like — on a supernatural Batman villain who is, it seems, everywhere. It’s so much easier than having to actually be rational and analyze a problem logically to come up with a solution.

26 comments on this post.
  1. Larry:

    Satan lives in the San Fernando Valley?

  2. AndrewD:

    I suppose the right thing to say at this point is – Thank you Satan…

  3. unbound:

    Well Satan needs to put more effort into his porn. Too much porn that is low quality. If he’s going to do a job, do that job well all the time!

  4. Marcus Ranum:

    I AM SATAN!?!?!?!!?!?

    Seriously; I’ve occasionally helped out friends who do clips-for-sale, since I’ve got all the lighting and the studio and cameras and whatnot, and know how to use them. I had no idea I was the devil, though! PH33R ME!

  5. raven:

    The usual incoherent fundie xianity.

    1. Satan and the demons are everwhere, doing everything, running the world.

    2. So where is their god/jesus/holy spook? He is either sick, asleep, dead, bored with us, or 50 million light years away on Kpax IV, supervising the sex lives of his new chosen beings, the giant squids swimming in methane seas.

    God created satan and the demons and lets them run around doing whatever they do, according to xian mythology.

    1. If he can stop them and doesn’t, he is evil.

    2. If he can’t stop them, then he is powerless. So why call him…god?

  6. busterggi:

    Gee, if I were an omnipotent god I wouldn’t let a jerk like this Satan guy do all this evil stuff. Oh, right, I, the omnipotent god, created that evil guy and, being omniscient, knew this would happen so it must be part of my plan. Or something.

  7. Wes:

    What do you wanna bet that this guy has a huge stash of the filthiest porn imaginable on his hard drive? I’d be utterly shocked if he didn’t.

  8. Marcus Ranum:

    2. So where is their god/jesus/holy spook?

    Buried in my backyard. He came again, and I thought he was a burglar and put a couple rounds through him. When I realized I’d accidentally greased the messiah, I disposed of the corpse. This time, it didn’t go back to heaven so I have to assume he’s not re-spawning. To all the christians: I’m sorry; it was an accident. I guess you’re free, now.

  9. Randomfactor:

    Satan lives in the San Fernando Valley?

    Antelope Valley. He commutes.

  10. whheydt:

    Hmmm… This must mean that the principals of Prenda Law must be Satanists. Bet there are a bunch of judges that would agree.

  11. exdrone:

    Wes @7,
    Yes, I suspect that Rev. Moore did a lot in-depth research for this sermon and is going to keep on top of this situation. It’s the least he can do for us.

  12. Modusoperandi:

    Wes “What do you wanna bet that this guy has a huge stash of the filthiest porn imaginable on his hard drive? I’d be utterly shocked if he didn’t.”
    It’s for research. How do you think he became such an expert?

  13. Modusoperandi:

    1. Ignore comment #12. Exdrone beat me to it, commenting while I was drafting mine. This leads to…
    2. It took me over five minutes to write that? Sheesh.

  14. zero6ix:

    Of course Satan makes all the porn. That’s why it’s so hot

    YEAAAAHHHHHH!

  15. Michael Heath:

    According to some people I know, Satan can’t possibly be making porn in out CA. That’s because he’s personally blinding me here in Michigan.

  16. otrame:

    Michael, if you meant that literally, I’m sorry that is happening to you, whether Satan is doing it or not.

    Speaking as a little old straight grandmother, I suspect Satan lives in the American South, because the best pornographer I know has mentioned several times that she lives there. Of course her porn is written, and mostly involves gay sex, and is intended mostly for women (though some men are fans as well) so I’m not sure if Mr. Moore would consider it important enough for Satan to be personally involved because most straight men aren’t all that interested in gay porn and he probably thinks anyone who isn’t straight and male isn’t worth worrying about.

  17. Trebuchet:

    I don’t mind some Satin in my porn, as long as it comes off pretty soon.

  18. Bronze Dog:

    I remember when I was a kid, hearing a lot about Satan scare urban legends and people who saw Satan everywhere, especially in innocent things. I decided that if someone ever pulled that act on me, I’d ask if they considered the possibility that they see Satan everywhere because they keep inviting him.

    More recently, I’ve decided that if I encounter any of the current wave of witch hunters, I’ll just flatly tell them that they’re doing more to fuel interest in witchcraft than atheists like me ever could: They’re the ones going around telling people it works while I ridicule the practice. Meanwhile, there are parts of the world where children are abandoned and executed for witchcraft, and a lot of American missionaries egg them on.

  19. jnorris:

    I agree with unbound at #3, the porn today is crap. We had better porn back when I was too young to buy it. This Satan guy really needs to step up his game. Why even the Baptists are complaining.

  20. DaveL:

    According to some people I know, Satan can’t possibly be making porn in out CA. That’s because he’s personally blinding me here in Michigan

    Yes, but this way, he can blind you from all the way over in California, and give you hairy palms at the same time.

  21. Michael Heath:

    DaveL writes:

    Yes, but this way, [Satan] can blind you from all the way over in California, and give you hairy palms at the same time.

    Hmmm, so Satan is coming to me through a series of tubes.

  22. BrainwashingGoddess-----Mind Control for the Evil IllumiNaughty Agenda:

    http://sweetlovingvampryss.blogspot.com/2013/06/eternal-immurement-for-queens-royal.html

  23. birgerjohansson:

    Jnorris,
    I watched this documentary quite recently, there was this 90-year-old guy who did “erotic films in the late 1950s, 1960s, early 1970s. Suggestive stuff, not the hardcore crap that took off in the late seventies. And his films were usually about the women.
    He finally began to get recognition on film festivals a few years before he died.

    Anyway, since porn has gone downhill I suspect Satan or some other baddie is involved.Malebolgia? Reagan?
    — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

    Since that guy in the Old Testament went to prostitutes I thought prostitution was OK with the religious patriarchs. Do they make a distinction between God’s prostitutes and Satan’s prostitutes?

    Garth Ennis` readers might recommend the baptists to stay away from “The Pro”. If you short-change a prostitute with superpowers you are in big trouble.

  24. garnetstar:

    It’s a lot easier, when you’re troubled by one of your failings, to say that Satan, not you, is responsible for it. Then you don’t have to make any effort to conquer it.

    That is the reason for Satan’s enduring popularity.

  25. BrainwashingGoddess-----Mind Control for the Evil IllumiNaughty Agenda:

    It’s a lot easier, when you’re troubled by one of your failings, to say that Satan, not you, is responsible for it. Then you don’t have to make any effort to conquer it.

    That is the reason for Satan’s enduring popularity.

    Yes! The devil is mind controlling me to produce Erotica! The Devil made me do it!

    Here is proof that the Devil Herself is exorcising any personal responsibility from me: http://sweetlovingvampryss.blogspot.com/2013/06/eternal-immurement-for-queens-royal.html

    It’s soo oppressive! =~)

    EeeeEeeeEeeeeEvvviiiilll (creepy voice)

  26. aaronbaker:

    Temple prostitution is my favorite Biblical practice–so I’m always happy to see it get more, ahem, exposure.

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