A Covenant with My Eyes

“I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?
(Job 31:1, ESV)

I have made a solemn promise never to look with lust at a woman.
(Job 31:1, GNB)

In the 18th-century John Gill, in his Exposition on the Scriptures, wrote about this verse:  “(Job made a covenant)…. Not to look upon a woman, and wantonly gaze at her beauty, lest his heart should be drawn thereby to lust after her; for the eyes are inlets to many sins …. both in bad men and good men …. Job …. entered into a solemn engagement  …. made a resolution in the strength of divine grace, not to employ his eyes in looking on objects that might ensnare his heart, and lead him to …. sin; he made use of all ways and means, and took every precaution to guard against it …. to …. turn his eyes from beholding what might be alluring and enticing to him …. he made a covenant with his eyes, to prevent any impure thoughts, desires, and inclinations in him; for the eye affects the heart, and stirs up lust in it …. the thought of sin is sin (as Jesus taught in Matthew 5:27-30 and 15:19) and (Job) had the same notion of lust in the heart being fornication and adultery as he (Jesus) had …. good men are not without temptation to sin …. and therefore should carefully shun all appearances of evil …. and take every necessary precaution to guard against it.

Job’s commitment to moral purity is an example worthy of being followed (by both men and women). However, in the twenty-first century, the Internet offers us unprecedented access to material that can arouse lust.  I firmly believe in the roles of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God,  and prayer in resisting temptation, but I also agree with Gill that we should take every precaution to guard against sin.  An important precaution that I use in my own life to guard against Internet temptations is Covenant Eyes, an Internet accountability and filtering service.  I encourage you to check out this program.  If you are interested in signing up you can receive a free 30-day trial at  https://covenanteyes.com/signup/?promocode=DY7.  You can learn more at the Covenant Eyes homepage or my Internet Safety page.

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A Covenant Eyes article provides some statistics about pornography, including the statement that only 3% of boys and 17% of girls have never viewed pornography on the Internet.

Another article quotes the U.S. Department of Justice as saying, “Never before in the history of telecommunications media in the United States has so much indecent (and obscene) material been so easily accessible by so many minors in so many American homes with so few restrictions.”

What are you doing to protect yourself and your family from the 3-billion dollar per year Internet porn industry?

Covenant Eyes software provides Internet accountability and filtering services.  Covenant Eyes is one of the pioneers in Internet safety and is committed to helping people use the Internet responsibly.  Covenant Eyes recognizes that what you do online will impact your life offline.  The software is designed to provide protection to Internet users and provide tools that can be used to fight against the temptations that the Internet offers.

To learn more about Covenant Eyes, visit http://www.covenanteyes.com/?promocode=DY7.  If you are interested in signing up for the program, you can receive a 30-day free trial by signing up using this link: https://covenanteyes.com/signup/?promocode=DY7.  Give the program a test drive before you spend a cent.  Make sure that your Internet-enabled devices are not being used to help fuel the demand for online porn.  Porn destroys lives and families (56% of divorce cases involve one party having an obsessive interest in online porn).  Don’t allow pornography to destroy your life or your family.

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Internet Accountability

As an affiliate for Covenant Eyes, I am interested in promoting Internet accountability and filtering.  This is a letter I received from Ron DeHaas, the president of Covenant Eyes.  I submit this to you for your consideration and encourage you to think about the dangers of pornography, particularly how accessible sexually explicit material is on the Internet.

(This from Ron DeHaas)

As President of Covenant Eyes, I have witnessed first-hand the insidious nature of pornography, as well as the redeeming—and in some cases life-saving—results of a positive accountability relationship.

But I have an urgent and compelling need for your help. Are you a parent? Or a pastor or priest? Are you a single man or woman who uses the Internet? Are you part of a small group, such as a men’s or women’s study group? Are you alive and reading this? If the answer to any of those questions is yes, please help!

Pornography is destroying lives.

My growing sense of urgency comes from my own growing knowledge of the tsunami that is coming.

Every day I see new evidence of the relationship between pornography and sex trafficking (read this blog post for examples). Pornography is sex trafficking!

And every day, I hear nightmarish stories of lives that are devastated by pornography… broken relationships between husbands and wives, pastors or priests and their churches, men or women at work, and tragically, children and parents. (Just take a look at these comments to get a taste of what we hear.)

But at the same time, I hear the exciting stories of lives that are completely transformed by an accountable relationship. Marriages revitalized, ministries preserved, children saved—the transforming power of genuine relationship through accountability!

If you are interested in Internet accountability and filtering, please check out the Covenant Eyes website for more information.  You can also learn more by visiting my Internet Safety page.  If you are interested in Covenant Eyes, you can receive a 30-day free trial by signing up here.