Have Common Sense: Avoid Pornography

no-porn-480As I prepared to teach this lesson on the dangers of pornography I was shocked to see the devastating effects of pornography and the statistics about pornography. I have known that porn was wrong for a long time (even before becoming a Christian I knew that porn was dirty). As I began to grow in my faith and knowledge of the Word of God I learned that the Bible speaks on the subject of pornography. I was pleased to find clear teaching against porn and why it is a bad thing. As I looked at the stats on porn I was just reminded of what the Bible says. Here are a few stats that I have accumulated through research on the subject of porn.

Porn Industry

•      Every second

•      $3,000 spent on porn

•      28,000 people view porn

•      World-wide

•      Sales: $57 billion

•      Child porn ($3b)

•      USA

•      Sales: $12 billion

•      Internet $2.5 billion

N.B.

•      ABC,CBS,NBC ($6.2b)

Internet Porn Stats

•      Websites

•      4.2 million (12% of total)

•      Web-pages

•      372 million

•      Daily porn searches

•      68 million (25% of total)

Teens and Porn

•      Age of 1st viewing

•      11 yrs old

•      8-16 yrs old seen porn

•      90%

•      Largest consumer

•      12-17 yrs old

•      Christians and Porn

•      47% say they have a problem with viewing porn

Dangers of Porn

•      4 million addicted

•      Dopamine release (dopamine high)

•      Heroin causes “dopamine high”

•    Porn leads to divorce/rape. (Visual high is not enough)

•      Sex crimes = Porn consumption

These are real dangers that porn cause and the results are devastating to society. Porn and sexual activity are closely related. In fact they feed off of one another. The more porn that you see the more likely you are to try out what you have watched. Sexual promiscuity and STD‘s go hand in hand and as we will see from the next stats, as a society, we are killing ourselves because of our own lusts. STD’s could be eradicated if people would practice abstinence until marriage and fidelity in marriage. But since neither of these views are promoted by progressives, we have the following disaster. Read these stats carefully.

S.T.D.’s (65 million Americans living)

•      Teens

•      ¼ of teens get an STD annually (1/2 of sexually active teens get STD’s)

•      AIDS

•      1 million people living with it (40,000  new cases annually)

•      Syphilis

•      70,000 new cases annually

•      Chlamydia

•      2.8 million per year

•      Gonorrhea

•    1 million (07) 2nd most common std

•      Costs

•      8 billion annually (not including HIV/AIDS)

What is the solution? I am glad that you asked. The solution is found in the Word of God. In the Apostle Paul’s first epistle to the Thessalonians he makes the following statement,

For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;  that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,  not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5)

The key is to obey God and abstain from sexual immorality. Porn is sexual immorality because it causes the mind to lust which ultimately leads to action. Even if the lustful thoughts never lead to actions they are still wrong because Jesus Christ Himself said,

“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’;  but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:27-28)

If we possess our vessels with sanctification and honor then we will not practice sexual immorality, neither physical nor mental. Sanctify means to set apart or be set apart, different. If the world is running toward sexual immorality then a follower of Jesus Christ would run away from it. Since porn is sexual immorality then it should have no place in the life of a Christian. If it does then you are making a bold statement with your actions. You proclaim that you do not know God and you are living like the pagans (Gentiles). If you call yourself a Christian then examine your relationship to sexual immorality and you will find out if you really know God or not. If you are struggling with porn then listen to Jesus’ solution,

“If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.   “If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.  (Matthew 5:29-30)

Jesus is using a shocking example to teach a simple truth. He does not desire that we tear out our eyes if we have a problem with porn because even without eyes you can have pornographic thoughts. Instead, Jesus is teaching us to take extreme measures in our battle to overcome any sin, including porn. If you look at porn on the net then maybe you should consider removing the computer from your home. Only use public Internet. Do not go to the magazine isle if you are tempted to look. Leave the pay-per-view channels alone (get rid of the tv if necessary).

If you have made a mistake or if you are living under a porn addiction then there is hope for you. The Apostle John shares this hope with us in his first epistle when he says,

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

To confess means to agree with God that sin is sin and turn away from it. If you will do that then God will forgive you and He will cleanse you of your problem. That does not mean that you do not have to do your part. Avoid porn once God has forgiven you. Do not set yourself up to be tempted. God will give you victory every day if you will look to Him. May God bless you.

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