It’s not an easy topic to talk about or discuss in public, but it is one that is quietly infiltrating the pews of the church from every direction. Men, women, senior adults, and teenagers alike are in the trenches daily fighting the addictive nature of pornography. It has been called the bubonic plague of the twenty-first century, silently killing men, women, families, and marriages!
You may not hear pornography discussed openly in your church, but it is important to understand the magnitude of the situation before us today. The adult film industry is larger than all major sporting organizations (NFL, NBA, MLB, etc.) combined. Every second 28,258 people are viewing pornography. But those statistics are not confined to the secular world. When surveyed, 54 percent of pastors admitted to viewing pornography within the past year and 53 percent of men at a Promise Keepers event stated they had viewed pornography that same week. Many pastors believe close to 75 percent of their congregations are struggling with some form of pornographic addiction. These numbers are staggering and should alert us to the present reality of pornography in our pews!
First Peter 5:8 (ESV) tells us this: “Be sober minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” We know that we have an enemy who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. In the digital world today, our enemy is able to quickly and subtly devour us through our televisions, our phones, our computers, and our tablets. The author of 1 Peter warns us to be sober minded and be watchful. There is hope for those who have been deceived by the enemy. We are to stand firm in our faith, knowing that the same kinds of sufferings are being experienced by our brotherhood throughout the world (1 Peter 5:9 ESV). We can confess our sin to one another and not find condemnation in our struggle, but find grace and hope to break free of the oppressive chains. We are collectively, as individuals and as the Church, in this struggle together.
Pastor and author Jay Dennis has released several resources through New Hope Publishers that are fantastic resources for those in the trenches with pornography.
Our Hardcore Battle Plan A-Z is a pocket guide to overcoming pornographic addiction. Each letter pertains to a Scriptural principle for waging war against the flesh. This small and quick guide is a great first step and foundation in the fight.
Our Hardcore Battle Plan and Our Hardcore Battle Plan for Wives are great resources for both men and women in the church to read and discuss in small groups. The men’s book focuses specifically on the mind of a man and his struggles against pornography. The women’s book is written from a woman’s point of view, giving advice to women whose husbands are in the trenches.
We cannot allow the enemy to silently destroy our homes, churches, marriages, and leaders. These resources are meant to bring this difficult topic into the open and begin radically freeing men and women from the bondage of pornography. Check out Join1MillionMen.org for videos, resources, stories, and more!