This report was written around August of 2014.
There is no question that professed Christian men is watch pornography.
I used to be in that category.
According to Internet Filter Review, new numbers suggests that there is an exponential increase in those that watch porn, worldwide. It is up from 2.1 billion persons per day to 2.8 billion persons per day.
The United States is the top nation that produce porn sites on the Internet at over 89%.
Sadly, the article that made this report front Barna Group had racy pictures, which is another reason why men are trapped in porn. They write an article about how Christian and non Christian men are trapped in porn and around these articles, there’s nothing but explicit pictures that lure you away from the article.
And they wonder why men and women are trapped in porn.
So what I intend to do is copy and paste just the article as opposed to the link to the site and give credit to the site so that your eyes won’t “travel.”
After the article, we will clear up the discrepancies.
There are two kinds of Christians in America — those who watch porn and those who lie about it.
A new study by the Barna Group shows that 64 percent of Christian men and 15 percent of Christian women admitted to viewing pornography at least once a month, compared to 65 percent of men and 30 percent of women who identified as non-Christian and said they watched porn at the same rate.
Of the Christian men who did look at pornography, the majority did so several times per week.
Some psychologists and sociologists said it’s not surprising that men of any faith act out on basic human urges.
But Joel Hesch, president and founder of Prove Men Ministries, which commissioned the study, said the results point to a frightening pattern of addiction.
“It needs to be openly addressed in the church, a safe place within the church,” Mr. Hesch said. “[Pornography] is addicting. It is a problem not just affecting individuals, but families. The church needs to be the front-runner in this. Heaping guilt and shame on a person only leads them to escape into the things we’re trying to rescue them from.”
The survey was taken earlier this year, and the results were compiled from the responses of 1,000 U.S. adults. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, at a 95 percent confidence level.
The survey did not break down Christian men who viewed pornography by their ages. But the poll did have age groupings for all male respondents, and 79 percent between the ages of 18 and 30 said they watch pornography at least monthly, while 29 percent of them said they view it daily.
The definition of pornography was left up to the respondents, Mr. Hesch said.
Jeremy Thomas, assistant professor of sociology at Idaho State University, said any survey involving sex is going to be limited in its data.
“It’s hard to get good information on sex, generally because people tend to be hesitant to respond,” he said. “One of the other things to realize is you could be getting a response bias. It could very well be religious and non-religious people view porn more or less [the same], but religious persons are a little more hesitant to say so.”
However, Christians might be more likely to self diagnose themselves as addicts. According to the survey, 15 percent of men who identified as Christian said they thought they might be addicted to porn, compared to 6 percent of non-Christian men who considered themselves addicted.
The trouble is that “pornography addiction” doesn’t exist in the professional mental health community, said Joshua Grubbs, who focuses on clinical psychology of religion and addictive behavior patterns at Case Western University.
“It’s not a diagnosis that’s recognized,” he said. “I know there are some people who believe it is a diagnosis, but it’s not recognized by the community at large.”
Though research is just beginning on why people might be anxious to admit their addiction, Mr. Grubbs said religion does play a big part of it.
“Religious people are more likely to say they feel addicted,” he said. “That seems to be stemming from religious people disapproving of pornography.”
The thinking, he continued, is “I’m religious. I think pornography is bad, but I’m a sexual person who thinks pornography is enjoyable. What would cause me to do something that is bad? Maybe I’m addicted.”
That doesn’t mean pornography can’t have a negative impact on someone’s life, said William Struthers, a psychology professor at Wheaton College.
“What happens is [pornography viewing] can become an addictive pattern if they’re not careful,” Mr. Struthers said. “You may find those individuals who are feeling low or down, now they can view pornography, they can sexually act out, and the high of the orgasm gives them that moment of ‘OK, that’s gone, everything’s better.’”
For Christians, faith can put them in a bind.
“Religion can serve to provide a richer understanding of sexuality. It can add spiritual and moral dimensions,” Mr. Struthers said. “The problem is this cuts the other way. You can have higher highs but lower lows when committing sexual transgressions.
“They can have a better understanding of sexuality, but that religion causes them to become much more compulsive in the ways in which they think about sexuality. That’s why I think they’ve gotten the message wrong,” he said. “The church’s message is ‘Sex is bad. Don’t do it until you’re married.’”
Some churches are having to re-brand their teaching on sexuality, whether by choice or because the culture is changing.
“Churches will lose this sexual red herring,” said Eric Anderson, a sociologist at the University of Winchester who focuses on masculinity and sexuality. “They lost on premarital sex, on masturbation, on gay sex, on anal sex among heterosexuals and they will lose this war against pornography.
“If you want evidence, all you have to do is look at the research, at what percent use pornography, and how young they start using it.”
Perhaps the way for everyone to win is to embrace both the human and spiritual urges of Christians, said Mr. Grubbs.
“That’s what we do, what humans do. If you feel bad about sex in general, it’s going to create problems for you elsewhere,” he said. “Let’s talk about what’s going on in your head, so we can avoid those problems elsewhere.”
CLEARING UP THE DISCREPANCIES
At the beginning of the article, they stated that there are “two kinds of Christians in America, those who watch porn and those who lie about it.”
Lesson number one, never believe the world because according to John 8:44, like their father, the devil, sinners are liars.
Real Christian men and women will never look at porn or masturbate.
A hypocritical carnal (flesh ruled) Christian will watch porn and masturbate, and lie about it.
Those are the two kinds of Christians.
Secondly, the statement about “Sex is bad. Don’t do it until you’re married” well, the Scriptures never said that “sex is bad.”
This statement is just another trick of the devil that he used on Eve.
satan said in Genesis 3:2 “Has God indeed said…” (my addition) …that sex is bad?
What many preachers correctly have done is declared that sexual immorality is wrong.
Why is sexual immorality wrong?
Because God declared what kind of sex is wrong, immoral, and is sin.
Whenever there is a question about what God said, just go back to what God said. Don’t sit there and assume that the Lord didn’t say anything. Don’t be so quick to rush to judgment when the righteous Judge declared what sexual sins are wrong. To say that preachers or churches said that sex is bad is a half truth.
Sex outside of what God ordained is wrong.
What did the Lord say in the Scriptures?
Let’s review the kind of sex that was declared wrong by the Lord.
Leviticus 18 is the moral laws on sexual immorality.
Verse 6 (NLT) says “You must never have sexual relations with a close relative, for I am the Lord.”
Sex with your mother……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
Sex with your father……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
Sex with your sister or brother, or half sister or brother……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
Sex with your aunt……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
Sex with you uncle……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
Sex with your step sister or brother……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
Sex with your grandchildren……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
Sex with your niece or nephew……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
Sex with your daughter in law……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
Sex with your son in law……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
Sex with your sister in law……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
Sex with your brother in law……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
Sex with your cousins (close relative)……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
Threesome sex with a woman and her daughter……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
Sex with your neighbor’s wife or husband……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
Sex with a woman while she is having her period……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
Homosexuality and zoophilia or bestiality……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
Passing kids through the fire to worship Molech (out of womb abortion)……..it’s a sin. It’s wrong.
This is what God said. So are we going to accept what the world said, or what the Lord God said?
Finally, porn is still a major problem in the house of worship. As I have said, no one does porn and not masturbate or act out sexually in fornication, adultery, homosexuality or bestiality.
In the article, it is true that the true leaders who have kept themselves from porn, and those that were delivered from porn and masturbation must lead and teach the people about the dangers of sexual addiction.
It is true that those that profess to know the Lord are holding back information about how often they watch porn and masturbate.
Now out of 1000 men that profess to know the Lord that do watch porn, 54% confessed to this sin.
I could be wrong but it is way more than that. It is true that men will not divulge this information because of the shame attached. It is much more that what we are willing to admit.
It is true that Christians label themselves as sex addicts. First the definition of addiction varies but it’s relatively the same.
It is the inability to manage, control, or stop a habit.
While manage and control gives the appearance that it’s all right to resume the habit so long as this habit doesn’t control you kind of flavor, I believe that the Scripture gives the power to stop any habit that is in violation of the Word of God.
Therefore, the Bible not only encourages us to stop, the Scriptures, once completely obeyed, gives the power to stop that habit and not be a slave to it when we give God what He demands. Unquestioned obedience.
If the pastors are involved in watching porn, then it is nearly impossible for us to trust that pastors would attack this area. However, I believe that pastors are emerging from the sin of porn and masturbation. I believe that there are pastors that have kept themselves from the sin of porn and masturbation that is leading the way out to being pure before God.
As this occurs, we must stay vigilant and sober, lest we fall into temptation ourselves.
The accessibility to porn is what makes porn attractive. Especially with “eye candy” commercials posted on almost every article on the Internet.
One thing quickly leads to another. Men and women get strung along into bondage.
What are we to do in light of this report?
Keep sounding the alarm and as the Holy Spirit leads, begin to address this issue before the people. Hopefully, someone will watch our example and take heed to keep themselves unspotted from the world.