Topic 3 of 5 – Pornography
You probably knew this one was going to show up in the list? How could it not when the following statistics ring loudly through the church across America!
- 50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women are addicted to pornography.
- Out of 81 pastors surveyed (74 males 7 female), 98% had been exposed to porn; 43% intentionally accessed a sexually explicit website.
I could go on with stats like this. The fact is that this sin is raging, and it’s not stopping once it gets to the church doors. Pastors can preach all they want, and that doesn’t seem to have changed many hearts or minds. Scripture like Exodus 20:14, Matthew 5:28, Ephesians 5:5, Colossians 3:5-6 can be repeated, even memorized, and this lifestyle continues on. This isn’t a simple problem, and providing a solution isn’t easy. I admire XXXchurch.com for providing assistance (when most real churches don’t), web surfing monitoring software, and an extensive website.
For some reason, just knowing that God is against the sin isn’t enough. Isn’t that the case with most sins? We have to know that we can do something about it. We can actually be of help to others, either in prayer, discussions, or simply directing them to the people that can help. But I don’t say that without realizing that, if the stats are correct, 50% of the men and 20% of the women (who pledge to follow Christ) that read this blog or view this post on social networks are struggling with the sin today.
PRAYING for those that struggle with this area of sin in their lives, and that they would stop keeping it a private issue. Also for the church itself to realize they need to wake up and confront this battle that is taking place in the lives of those that attend there. PRAISING God for giving us the Bible and making it clear what kind of life He wants us to be living.