Is masturbation a sin?

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February 07, 2017

Dear Pastor,

I was brought up to believe that masturbation is a sin. I thought I had once read it in the Bible. Can you tell me if that is true? And please send me supporting scripture?

R.R.

Dear R.R.,

I am sorry to disappoint you. I have been a family counsellor for many years and I have not seen any direct reference to masturbation in the Bible. I know for sure that there are many counsellors and psychologists, who, in an effort to prove masturbation as sin, apply certain portions of the Bible to the topic. However, I repeat, if you were to search the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, you would not find any verse addressing the topic.

Some who insist masturbation is a sin cannot substantiate their arguments from the Bible.

Pastor

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