Lust and mortal sin


Is pre-ejaculation mortally sinful? Especially when getting aroused, but I ultimately reject the temptation and choose to respect that person instead?

Am I still in the state of grace…considering arousal is (usually) involuntary…???


You’d probably have to give more detail to get a good answer and this is really a topic that should be handled with your confessor. It is best that you speak to a Priest in confession or by appointment.

Even if arousal is involuntary it depends what happens next. For example, it would be sinful if you dwelt on that arousal and got pleasure from it but if you immediately started praying for that arousal to go away that would not be sinful.

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