Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Immediate action required now

I was just reminded this week of the dangers of pornography when a friend of mine shared his personal struggles with it. It is ripping his life apart. There’s no doubt about it… this stuff is poison. It will poison your relationship with your spouse, your friendships with members of the opposite sex, and your soul. Don’t mess with it.

There’s a really good article about Steve Holladay and his struggles with pornography addiction in the Christian Chronicle (April 2006). Steve talked to our church one night about struggles with pornography and his ministry to reach out to youth who struggle with pornography addiction. (Steve was finishing his Ph.D. here in town at Regent University.)

One point the article made that I will share here is that pornography today is a much more dangerous beast than it was just fifteen years ago, and for that reason, it deserves your attention now. The three A’s - accessibility, affordability, and anonymity – illustrate this change. Fifteen years ago you had to physically visit a store selling pornography, pay for it, and reveal your identity. Today you can access pornography for free in your home or office and remain totally anonymous. And even if you don’t have any intentions on viewing pornography, it is emailed to you daily and appears in search engine results. You just can’t get away from it.

If you are concerned about your spiritual health and know that pornography is a strong temptation for you, there is absolutely no reason why you should not be using a filtering service like the American Family Filter. Of course filtering software isn’t going to block everything, and I’d recommend you go one step further and use accountability software like Covenant Eyes.

We owe it to ourselves and to our spouses to keep our conscience and minds clear of sexual immorality. God doesn’t ask anything less of us, and He has promised to give us strength to overcome it.
"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak."
- Isaiah 40:29

"And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."
- I Corinthians 10:13