Garland Of Grace – 10.08.17

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Pipes, PJ’s, Playmates and Porn; the Wasted Life of Playboy Hugh Hefner

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.” – Matthew 16:26-27

In the fall of 2017, Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, passed away at the age of ninety-one.  He was known for his Playboy magazine, his Playboy mansion, his playmate girls, along with his lavish playboy life-style. Yet even in light of his fast-paced lifestyle, it is fair to say that his life was a wasted life. With his passing, here are a few truths that come to mind.

Women are not objects; they are image bearers of God. For centuries women have been sexually exploited. Yet this truth was cranked up a few notches in December of 1953 when Hefner released the first issue of Playboy magazine. Ever since that first publication, thousands of women have been presented as objects of sexual pleasure instead of the beautiful people that they are. Women are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and their bodies magnify the majesty of our glorious Creator. When God extracted the rib from Adam to create Eve, He designed a beautiful human body designed for His glory, not a body to be advertised for perverted sexual gratification.

Pornography is a vicious societal cancer. Pornography has created sexual addictions, busted up marriages, destroyed families and has even led to patterns of sin from one generation to the next. To be sure, pornographic publications such as Hefner’s Playboy magazine only escalated the so-called “sexual revolution” of the second half of the twentieth century. Sadly, this destructive pattern has continued well into the twenty-first century. Like a cancer, pornography has eaten away at many people’s lives, robbing them of what is good and pure about sex. Sex (in the boundaries of a biblical marriage) is a beautiful gift from God. Yet pornography has distorted what God intended in the sexual relationship between husband and wife. Pornography is also very desensitizing. As one progresses down the pornography parkway, they will continue to exit off a little further into uncharted territory. And with each exit, they push the envelope a bit further, in an effort to satisfy their unbridled sexual cravings. Sadly, each time they do so, they slip even deeper into the perilous pit of sin.

Not every legacy is a good legacy. Oftentimes when famous people die, they are hailed as heroes for their “impact on society” or how they “changed the world.” But rarely is this the case. Usually their “legacy” is somewhat inflated or exaggerated. But in Hugh Hefner’s case, he really did impact society, and he certainly changed the world. However, he should not be hailed as a hero.  Truth be known, every person leaves behind a legacy. But we must remember that not every legacy is a good legacy. Both Mother Teresa and Adolf Hitler impacted society and changed the world, but their legacies are in stark contrast. This is why we should all consider the type of legacy we are leaving.

In the passage above, Jesus addressed the cost of following Him. Some will follow, and some will not. Those who do not follow Him will face eternal consequences. This passage should lay heavy upon the ears of those who have not repented of their sins and received Jesus Christ as personal Savior. Pertaining to Hugh Hefner, I am no judge. However, as Christians, we are permitted to be fruit inspectors (Matthew 7:16). And we know that where there is no fruit, there is no root (John 15:5-6). Based upon his own public rejection of the gospel along with the lack of spiritual fruit in his life, it would be fair to assume that Hugh is now in Hell (that is unless He trusted Christ prior to his death).

What type of life are you building? What kind of legacy are you leaving? Ask God to give you the tools and resources to live a life marked by holiness and leave a godly legacy.

 – Pastor Eric

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