America’s Addiction [Porn Destroys]

This post is via Michael Criner—He is the college pastor at First Baptist Woodway just outside of Waco. He is a good friend and I encourage you to go and check out his stuff. I will add a few comments after the graphic.

This breakdown comes via the online psychology degree website. It’s actually a sad statistic and why we must fight sin that creeps within the home, our phones, our computers. Please pray for the people in our nation as men AND women struggle with this. May the church help our people go to WAR with this problem in all of us.

When I look at these staggering statistics, two things stick out to me. First, “the average age of pornography exposure is 11 years old.” At my church (FBC Rockwall) we do a series on purity every other year with our middle school students. Many parents have pushed against us because they feel their seventh grader is too young. Well, statistically speaking, we are too late. In our technology saturated, information age, the days of sheltering children are long gone. You can change your parental settings, put solid accountability software on your computers/phones/iPads (such as XXXchurch and Covenant Eyes), and even limit their usage. However, this isn’t enough. The reality is there will be moments when they are with another friend, perhaps one whose parents don’t keep such a close eye on, or out of your sight. So what should parents do? I can only offer my opinion because I don’t have kids. I think you should begin slowly exposing God’s design for sex earlier than 11 years old. I don’t think you have to get into mechanics and “how to’s” but I do think you teach them God view of sex and how to value the opposite sex. Porn destroys our view of people as image bearers of God.

Secondly, “pornography use increases the marriage infidelity rate by 300%.” Husbands and wives, if this doesn’t make you desire to make war against your flesh, I don’t know what will. Where porn is present in a marriage relationship, it becomes a impenetrable wall between the people and true intimacy. Porn destroys intimacy. This is an absolute anti-Christian state of mind because the Christian mindset is supposed to be one of ‘mutual submission,’ but when one or both of the people involved are involved in pornography use, there is only selfishness.

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