Pornography and Christians

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Pornography is everywhere and impacting almost everyone.  According to a Covenant Eyes study at http://www.covenanteyes.com/2009/11/24/why-are-so-many-christians-addicted-to-porn/ 

Fifty percent of Christian men and twenty percent of Christian women report being “addicted” to pornography. What are we to make of these staggering numbers? When it comes to Christians and pornography, many Christian groups quote this statistic from the 2006 ChristiaNet survey, but what do these numbers mean?  Take a look at this website for more information.

Also on this website   http://thechristianworldview.com/tcwblog/past-shows is good, I found this site today.  January 20 22014.  http://thechristianworldview.com/tcwblog/

Pornography is everywhere and impacting almost everyone. According to a Covenant Eyes study, “One out of eight searches on the Internet is for erotic content, more than 50% of boys and nearly a third of girls see their first pornographic images before they turn 13, and 50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women say they are addicted to pornography.” – See more at: http://thechristianworldview.com/tcwblog/past-shows#sthash.03vR1jv3.dpuf

The key question is: How do we overcome the pornography temptation? As addictive as any drug, is it possible to have victory?

The answer is a resounding yes! Heath Lambert, pastor, professor, and author of the book, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace , joins The Christian Worldview to tell us how God’s grace is the key to overcoming our greatest temptations.

 

So if a Christian’s value system leads him or her to believe that any sexual gratification outside of marital intimacy is wrong, then any amount of compulsion to look at porn could be deemed “out of control.” http://www.covenanteyes.com/2009/11/24/why-are-so-many-christians-addicted-to-porn/

Christians and Addiction Language

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders doesn’t use the word “addiction” for anything—not drugs, alcohol, nor any behavior. The language of addiction is largely shaped by culture—not medicine. Christian counselor Ed Welch explains:

“In popular use, addiction has become a very elastic and ambiguous category that contains everything from the frivolous (added to the six o’clock news) to the grave (addicted to alcohol). It also includes the unequally yoked categories of disease and sin. Given its ambiguities, there is a growing sentiment that we need a different word” (Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave, p.11).

On top of these cultural ambiguities, addiction language in Christian community is also shaped by sin language. A year ago I heard Ed Welch give a talk at a conference in Philadelphia entitled, “Addiction, Temptation, & Voluntary Slavery.” He spoke about how so often the “Big Book” used by AA members seems so much more alive to them than the words of the Bible. Why? One reason is the Big Book uses “addiction” language. The Bible does not.

The recovering alcoholic needs to understand the language of the Bible. The Bible doesn’t talk of “addiction,” but rather “slavery to sin.” The Bible doesn’t speak of the root of habitual sin as merely a “disease,” but as “idolatry.” Once these categories are understood, many portions of Scripture can and do come to life for the struggling addict.

Biblical language levels the playing field between the so-called addict and the non-addict. The Bible speaks of a slavery to sin that has affected the whole human race. For the addict, this slavery has impacted his or her life in a particular, more demonstrative way; in fact, the conference in Philadelphia was called “The Addict in Us All,” to highlight this very point: we are all addicted to self, addicted to sin, and as Christians we are all being redeemed from that life of sin-slavery.

 

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