Masturbation is a subject, which many Christians seem wary to discuss, myself included. This is probably because it is very ‘close to home' for a great many, perhaps the majority of Christians. The Bible seems strangely silent on the subject, as far as direct references are concerned; yet it must have been one of the most common sexual practices then, as it is today. For many Christians it is a major problem that results in many spiritual battles. I certainly meet many Christians laden with guilt as a result of a masturbation problem. One person I know wrote in large letters on the bedroom wall, "Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit". Even with that great Biblical truth before him, he often found it impossible to resist the temptation to masturbate before going to sleep.
By Martin Hallett