Masturbation is not one act. It is two acts performed at the same time. We call these acts “stations.” The stations are the:
- Action Station
- Experience Station
This is simply the physical activity involved in masturbation. We have no commandment of God about it. However, the Bible teaches that spiritual leaders should sometimes give their judgment about whether something is right or wrong. Our judgment is that the action station of masturbation is so private that it should be left up to the individual’s judgment.
This is the experiential activity involved in masturbation; that is, the imagination and/or sight of pornographic content. Here, we have clear commandment of God:
One must not choose to engage in the experience station (imagination and/or sight of pornographic content).
We emphasize the word “choose” because there are unchosen processes that occur in human beings; for example, sexual dreams, which are never sins. See our sexuality think tank at Sexual Karate: The Mastery of Self-Control for more information.