Pornography is a dangerous addiction destroying our families and our churches.

Let this fact sink in: 64 percent of men and 15 percent of women who identify as Christian view pornography consistently. That’s staggering considering the percentage of non-Christian men and women who watch porn is 65% and 30% respectively.

If that’s not enough evidence to convince you that pornography has become a full-on epidemic in America and in the Church, then perhaps these numbers will persuade:

  • The estimated size of the porn industry in the United States in 2012 stood at $8 billion, the same size as the bottled water industry.
  • Research shows that the average age a child is exposed to porn is 8-years-old, and 90 percent of children ages 8-16 have viewed porn.
  • 25 percent of search engine requests are for porn.
  • 38 percent of adults say porn is morally acceptable.
  • Reportedly, 50 percent of pastors regularly view pornography.

Pornography is Harmful

Though society spreads a very different message, pornography is not just a harmless pleasure for hormonal teenagers. It’s a dangerous addiction destroying our families and our churches. Pornography ruins relationships, families and lives.

God makes clear in His Word that Christians should abstain from sexual sin such as pornography (here’s proof if you need it). Beyond damaging our spiritual walk, porn has many other devastating consequences.

Addiction to pornography is real. Research shows that the addictive nature of pornography is similar to the effect drugs and alcohol have on the brain. Just as a person can become addicted to drugs after habitual use, so too a person can create a habit of viewing sexually explicit material and become addicted. Porn addicts become slaves to their desires. An article published in NPR explains the downward spiral an addict follows:

“According to Dr. Victor Cline, a nationally renowned clinical psychologist who specializes in sexual addiction, pornography addiction is a process that undergoes four phases. First, addiction, resulting from early and repeated exposure accompanied by masturbation. Second, escalation, during which the addict requires more frequent porn exposure to achieve the same “highs” and may learn to prefer porn to sexual intercourse. Third, desensitization, during which the addict views as normal what was once considered repulsive or immoral. And finally, the acting-out phase, during which the addict runs an increased risk of making the leap from screen to real life.”

Those who view pornography hurt not just themselves, but those they know and even those they don’t know. Though society tries its best to convince us that pornography consumption is harmless and even positive and natural, countless studies and divorces tell a very different story. The evidence explains that pornography leads to loss intimacy in marriage, higher divorces rates, increased sexual deviancy and greater objectification of women.

Viewing porn also supports the pornography and human trafficking industries – both of which are rife with abuse and crime. Pornography has been labeled the gateway drug to human trafficking, as the ties between the two industries becomes blurred. “Men who go to prostitutes are twice as likely to have watched a porn film in the last year compared to the general population,” according to the non-profit Fight the New Drug (FTND). Many of the men and women performing for the porn industry are forced to do so. The viewing of porn only signals to these industries that their practices are acceptable and should be spread.

Christians should never be counted among those viewing pornography. God and the Church stand in total opposition to everything pornography and its industry stands for.

Pornography Prevention

As Christians and parents, it is our responsibility to help our children and our fellow churchgoers overcome pornographic addiction. Though difficult and often awkward, radically facing addiction head-on is necessary to save our families and churches.

The porn epidemic can no longer be ignored, especially not when 64 percent of Christian men are under its spell. Radical steps must be taken to overcome this destructive, addictive and dangerous blight on society before it’s too late for your family. Will you help fight this secret epidemic?

Here are resources for the battle against pornography.

  • Kids Wifi is a great tool to promote healthy internet habits. With this device, a parent can customize filters, pause kids’ internet connections and track online activities.
  • VidAngel removes the guessing out of movies. Filter out pornographic material from TV shows and movies.
  • Covenant Eyes provides the filtering and accountability needed to overcome pornography. Reduce the temptation of pornography with this simple tool.
  • The Fortify Program helps people struggling with pornography reach long-lasting freedom. Everyone’s recovery is unique, and the Fortify Program helps create personalized battle strategies.
  • Finally Free” is a book dedicated to helping porn-addicts find lasting, real freedom from pornography. Freedom isn’t found by trying harder to change. Only Jesus Christ has the power to free people from the enslaving power of pornography.
Briley Hughes

Briley Hughes

Communications Director

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