Excerpts from Protocols of Adversarial Resistance
We are to be the children of light, but sometimes we get snared into dark paths.
45 …. let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly: then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God… (D & C| Section 121:45 - 46)
Let’s learn from this client’s report:
I was very tired the next day after spending the night watching pornography in my hotel room. I was very distracted from my work. I knew I was in the state of mind most people want to call or identify as sexual addiction. I was out of control with a craving for more of something that I identified and understood to be very detrimental and a violation of my conscience, commitments, and covenants. I knew better than to do these things, and there was always the warning voice of the Holy Spirit, letting me know that these things ought not to be. The warning voice of the Holy Spirit would always come, and I had to intentionally ignore it. I was always given a few seconds of a clear mind where the Holy Spirit warned me, ‘Don’t do this, it is not good for you!”
Personal power is in the commitment to be clean and stay clean. Once you decide to stay clean even for a day it is no longer a fight for that day, because the decision is already made for the day. It can be a fight if you are accepting of the rationalized fiery darts of thoughts, then it is a decision battle for that day. There is no battle when you just make up your mind to be clean and stay clean. This commitment to finally be clean and stay clean is a major part of what it takes to get out of it continuously. The commitment is to make a solid lifetime decision not just a daily one, to be clean and stay clean. It requires taking back our power of agency and choice and choose again, correctly. We have to do it, not just pretend, as though you are going to do decide to pacify your mind on any given day. We all prove ourselves repentant and worthy again by making consistent right choices, and actions, anew.
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning….
21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
NT James 1
Again, one of the questions I always ask the prospective missionaries that I am working with in my therapy practice to assist in preparing them for their missions is, "Just before you went to look at pornography and you were still in that decision moment for that day, did you not get the warning voice of the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, warning you, 'No, no, no, this is not going to be good for you?'" I always wanted to know if their collective experience is the same. The warning is consistent even in the worst of times. Invariably, they all acknowledge that they do receive this constant warning from the Holy Spirit and that they make a choice to ignore the warnings, and followed after the rationalized fiery darts of tempting thoughts of the devil. They make a decision and chose to follow the promptings of the devil, instead of the Holy Spirit, which brings them to a place where they are contending against the Holy Ghost. That is what I believe is being described in this next verse, when you ignore the warning of the Holy Ghost and take on the influence of rationalizing evil spirits.
38 That ye contend no more against the Holy Ghost, but that ye receive it, and take upon you the name of Christ; that ye humble yourselves even to the dust, and worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you.
39 Yea, and I also exhort you, my brethren, that ye be watchful unto prayer continually, that ye may not be led away by the temptations of the devil, that he may not overpower you, that ye may not become his subjects at the last day; for behold, he rewardeth you no good thing. (Book of Mormon | Alma 34:37 - 41)
Pornographic experiences and denial of the Lord’s warnings will bring one to a point where you lose light, truth, and spirit, and subject yourself to the devil. As you subject yourself to these satanic influences you experience states of self-loathing and depression as you violate your conscience. You may become disgusted with yourself and what you are doing, but the strong arousal feelings of curiosity and lust, being used to numb out the other negative and painful feelings such as loneliness and boredom, still may seem overpowering. Giving heed to the rationalized mind chatter that constantly bombards one creates negative feelings that can grow into states of anger, hopelessness, and helplessness, feelings of despair and fear of one’s future. You may have thought bombardments of how unworthy you are, or how unclean you have become. Pornography turns everyone involved into a liar, using excuses for being distracted and tired all the time. Your self-esteem and self-worth will take a huge plunge as you won’t be the leader you have been, because in fact, you won’t be.
You may not realize it at the time, because you are distracted with other discouragements, that the Lord's warnings and consequences are coming upon you. Other things may start to go wrong, costing you financial losses, and it may feel that you have been turned over to the Devourer, because you have in deed gotten yourself into a position where blessings are being withheld. Withheld blessings in the scriptures is called being cursed. In addition, the consequences of D & C 42 will come upon you.
23 And he that looketh upon a woman to lust after her shall deny the faith, and shall not have the Spirit; and if he repents not he shall be cast out. (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 42:22 - 23)
We are seeing a lot of people currently denying the faith and leaving the church. They are losing the Spirit and in effect casting themselves out. I think we would be surprised how many of them lost the Spirit first with pornographic involvements. You are denying the faith by not heeding the warnings coming to you as described above, ‘and shall not have the Spirit’. This loss of the Spirit and denying of the faith is a primary goal achievement of the devil in promoting pornography with us.
Self-respect comes out of making right decisions and choices. It is a product of self-discipline, keeping the commandments, and living a righteous life. One of the main ideas of developing high self-esteem is that we care enough about ourselves to protect ourselves from such things. Everything about pornography opens us up to adversarial influences and attachments, or evil spirit possessions. These entity attachments whisper in our ears a constant bombardment of mind chatter. These mind chatter statements are always self-defeating, self-deprecating, self-incriminating, and self debilitating. Our self-worth will be destroyed with involvements in pornography, as we are described and labeled in the Scriptures as the unclean, the filthy, a warmonger, and cursed. A major goal of the adversary is to get us to lose our identity of who we were in the preexistence and why we are here with a body and the entities are not. They want to destroy our righteous identities in any way they can and pornography in the cycle of addiction as explained under the heading of Addiction can get this done for the devil, if we allow it.