A Solution to the Porn Epidemic

This was originally posted by Murray Vassar. It is an outstanding post that I wanted to share with you…

computerFor ten years I have been studying at Christian universities and seminaries, and I have found that pornography is rampant among my peers. The problem is so bad that Christian leaders have begun advising young women not to break up with their boyfriends over porn addiction. The logic is tragically compelling: if Christian women insist on only dating porn-free men, the odds are they will never get married.  

We are repeatedly told that the solution to porn addiction is accountability groups. Accountability groups may be helpful for some, but they have clearly been unable to halt the epidemic. Often, such groups merely end up normalizing porn use. 

Before we can find a true solution, we must identify the reason for the epidemic. Availability is not the primary problem. The primary problem is that deep down inside, perhaps even subconsciously, we do not think porn is really that bad. (I know many will object, but hear me out.)

You can break your addiction to pornography in one day. It only takes two steps: (1) go to your cell phone company and trade in your smart-phone for a regular phone, and (2) call your internet provider and cancel your service (or have your wife set a password only she knows). We do not do this for the simple reason that we do not hate pornography enough. If we really thought that viewing pornography was like drinking poison, we would do whatever it took to cut off access. 

At this point someone may object that his work or studies require home internet. Perhaps this is true for a small segment of the population. The vast majority, however, have access to computer labs at public or university libraries. Living without home internet would be inconvenient, but not impossible. Furthermore, for those few who absolutely require home internet, my point remains. If you truly thought that viewing pornography was like drinking poison, you would take whatever steps necessary to cut off access – even if those steps involved moving or changing jobs. 

Jesus said, “If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you.” We are so quick to identify this saying as hyperbole that we ignore the point of the hyperbole. Jesus does not want you to literally cut out your eye, but that doesn’t mean you get to keep your smart-phone. 

So the problem is that we don’t hate porn enough. But why don’t we hate porn? What has happened? I think the answer is clear. I know few Christian men who would be comfortable saying it’s not a sin to go to a strip club. However, I know few Christian men who would be comfortable saying it is a sin to watch Deadpool, even though the film features a scene in a strip club. Through a series of infinite compromises over a span of decades, we have convinced ourselves that there is a fundamental difference between viewing a naked woman in person and viewing a video recording of that same naked woman. On-screen depictions of nudity and sexuality have become so trivial that we simply cannot muster up genuine hatred when we take that infinitesimally small step from Game of Thrones to ‘real pornography.’  

So what is the solution? We need to ask God to fill us with his hatred for an industry which degrades and destroys the most vulnerable members of our society. Then, in the power of the Spirit, we need to pluck out our modem and cast it from us.

2 Responses to “A Solution to the Porn Epidemic”

  1. Rachel Martin Says:

    This was my addiction last year during the summer after that I could not control it. I never had this addiction before this is brand new because I committed myself to the Lord 3 years ago with absolutely No sex. So it’s his way to attack me please pray for me I have two kids and obviously I’m not married which was always my Desire. All the Good men are Taken. So I indulge in porn Because I’m constantly lonely. I need deliverance NOW!!!!

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    • Craig T. Owens Says:

      Rachel, I’m so sorry for the struggle you are having. Yes, satan wants to attack you, but God is greater!

      Please allow me to offer a couple of suggestions. (1) I hope you are not trying to fight this addiction on your own. You need to enlist the help of some godly women. (2) Are you using any sort of accountability or filtering software on your computer or smart phone? This can be a powerful tool. (3) One of the things I remind myself when I am tempted to look at something inappropriate, “I may want to indulge in this, but my doing so is keeping other people trapped by sex slaveholders.” NOT clicking is a step toward setting someone else (literally) free from their hellish imprisonment.

      I am praying for you right now, Rachel. I believe God wants to help you get victory. If you want to talk more, please click on the “About Me” link on my blog, and you can find the link to email me privately at the bottom of that page.

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