How to Fight Porn, Pt. 1

Pornography is everywhere.  What use to be difficult to obtain, and challenging to hide, has become highly accessible, free and pervasive, all in a matter of years. In our hyper-sexualized culture, pornagraphy’s impact has been detremental both to our society as well as the church, and as leaders in the church, our role is to fight for the holiness of our souls, as well as those God has placed in our communities, with grace, truth, love, accountability and lives that are lived fully in the light of transparency and honesty.
In 2014, Huffington Post cited that porn sites get more visitors than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined. Another statistic showed that 30% of all internet usage is pornography, 40 million Americans view porn every day (that’s roughly 1/6th of our popoulation), one-third of pornography users are women, and pornography is credited for 35% of all downloads, 2.5 billion daily e-mails, exposure to minors by age 11 and increases the chances of marital infidelity by 300%.
In a 2012 Ted Talk, Gary Wilson discusses that since the birth of high-speed internet, pornography has essentially hi-jacked users brains in ways like never before. Tim Challies in Sexual Detox writes:Pornography makes a mockery of God’s intention for sex…it tears love from sex, leaving sex as the immediate gratification of base desires. It lives beyond rules and ethics and morality. It exists far beyond love. In this way, it is a perversion of sexuality, not a true form of it…”
As you can imagine, within the walls of faithful communities, the statistics have not changed, and Satan is using pornography as a quiet killer of godly masculinity and femininity, holiness, marriages and communities. I read recently that Satan’s goal is not to get the believer to view pornography, Satan’s goal is to get the believer to the moment after pornogrpahy. That moment where he’s disarmed, deflated and full of guilt and shame that he carries for weeks.  That moment where he’s in the pit of remorse, doubting his identity and can hardly lift his head to see his Father, much less engage in his mission.  This cycle of temptation, sin and shame keeps a believer in a cyclical pattern that wrecks his view of himself, God’s people and God’s mission.
Let me be clear, our role as leaders is to restore awe in the hearts of our people, to lead, pray, teach and pursue in such a way that reignites our people’s hearts for having greater awe in God than anything else in life. Pornography is not simply a lust problem, it’s an awe problem.  It’s likely you know someone who’s battling pornography…chances are, many of you may be as well. Fear not. If Christ can save our souls from Hell, forgive our sins and reconcile us back to our Creater…He can break the chains of pornography.  How we respond to this crisis as leaders is crucial to how we view God, his grace, and the insidious nature of Satan’s attacks in our communities and culture.
  • Part 1: How do we think about the issue theologically.
  • Part 2 -3 How do we fight the battle practically

Here are a few great resources in helping leaders think about porn:

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