My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: […] To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
–Proverbs 6:20, 24
In the face of temptation God always provides us a means of grace to resist the temptation (1 Cor. 10:13). The maturing Christian must learn to make use of those means and deriving them from Scripture. We do not help ourselves by using un-Scriptural means to combat sin, as that is sure to lead only to more temptation and sin.
Now in regards to the specific sin of lust; many men make poor use of the means which God’s Word affords us. We live in a culture that perpetually bombards us with seductive images and if not careful, informs our minds with carnal thoughts; thoughts which have no place in the abode of the Holy Spirit.
We must not think that we are innocent bystanders in this bombardment; men, we are the ones who have ignored the Bible’s instruction, and we have not guarded our daughters’ and sisters’ honor. Instead, with Herod-like lechery, we have forced them to dance for us. We have produced this seductive culture by our laziness, greed, and lack of understanding.
However, we are not left without recourse and remedy. One of the means God has given to sons to fight lust is their parents’ instruction, and perhaps most particularly, his mother’s law. In a man’s battle against lust, Scripture teaches that the most effective response to the seductress (whether in person or online) is to reply, “My Mama warned me about girls like you.” If she asks, “And what sort of girl is that?” He should basically respond, “The kind of girl whose house is the vestibule of hell (Pro. 7:27).”