THE PORNOGRAPHY BATTLE
by MBC STAFF
In this post we will look at a major inhibitor of us reaching our potential in Christ, pornography. First some grim statistics:
General Pornography Statistics (according to SafeFamilies.org and Webroot.com):
- Every second, 28,258 users are watching pornography on the internet and $3,075.64 is being spent on internet pornography…that is every second.
- 40 million American people regularly visit porn sites.
- 35% of all internet downloads are related to pornography.
- 1/3 of porn viewers are women.
Youth Pornography Statistics
- 9 out of 10 children between the ages of 8 and 16 have viewed pornography on the Internet.
- 12-17 year-olds are one of the largest consumers of Internet.
- Youth with exposure to sexuality in the media were shown to be more likely to have sex at ages 14-16.
Marital & Family Pornography Statistics
- According to the National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families, 47% of families in the United States reported that pornography was a problem in their homes.
- Pornography use increases the marital infidelity rate by more than 300%.
- 40% of “sex addicts” lose their spouses, 58% suffer considerable financial loss, and some even lose their jobs.
Let’s take a breath.
In some minds, both inside and outside of the church, pornography, sexual addiction and sexual sin seems an almost unwinnable battle. The stronghold this brand of sin has on our culture and especially our young people appears nearly unbreakable, which leaves us in the awful position of always having to watch and experience the terrible consequences of these sins in the lives of our loved ones. So what can we do? Let’s start by defining lust with the help of Desiring God founder John Piper.
In an article entitled, “You Can Say No to Porn”, Piper defines lust. He writes, “Lust is a sexual desire that dishonors its object and disregards God. Disregards the promises and the warnings of having or losing the beauties of Christ.” Pornography dishonors the participants and dishonors the God who made them. It dishonors God as our Father and our lust for pornography communicates that Jesus is not supremely beautiful (desirable) in our eyes and that there is something else that is more satisfying than Him.
These are all terrible realities and ample cause for us to cry out to God and search the scriptures for what they would say to help us overcome pornography. Here’s a start:
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” No matter how many times you have watched pornography, if you are genuinely repentant, you can be forgiven and obtain mercy and grace from God to start again in a direction toward sexual purity.
Habakkuk 1:13a “You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness.” This is a characteristic of our God, and as His children, we should desire to be like our Father.
Matt 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” As Christians, our desire should be to see God, and Jesus ties this to purity of heart. Pornography is a cesspool that pollutes and contaminates the heart and feeds the carnal nature which we know is at odds with the Spirit [Gal 5:17].
Job 31:1, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.” (NIV) This is not a covenant that anyone can keep in their own power. But consider offering this verse up in prayer before the Lord and asking Him for the grace to employ it.
2 Cor 4:6, “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” This “knowledge” or “light” must be precious to us. Purposely viewing, as an enemy, any foreign element that would blur, dim, or blot out this light, and pornography would certainly fit this mold, is essential if we are to rise to heavenly greatness.
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