“It’s abundantly clear that pornography is one of the biggest unaddressed problems in the church,” says Joel Hesch of Proven Men Ministries, a group that recently sponsored a Barna Group study of 388 men who said they were Christian.

Chained to computerThe findings in the survey were disturbing. As far as how the survey was done, I wonder if surveying 388 men is really a broad enough scope. Churches are up against a lot in these last days. It’s bad enough having to be concerned about attacks from outside the church body, but when a congregation has to deal with people in their midst and in leadership that may be secretly under the influence of pornography, how should it be addressed?

The survey reveals Christian men 18-49 are struggling with this in a big way, whether they be single or married. Here’s a sampling of the stats:

77% of the men 18-30, 55% of the married men, and 64% of men 31-49 view porn at least monthly.

32% of those 18-30 and 18% of those 31-49 admit they are addicted to porn.

35% of the married men who viewed porn said they had a sexual affair.

77% of men 31-49 said they viewed porn at work in the last 3 months.

Could it be that the influence of pornography is why evangelical and traditional Protestant congregations have problems with sexual molestation going on? Does its influence contribute to spousal abuse & emotional disengagement in marriage & fatherhood in the church? Is it a factor in those who struggle with mental illnesses like severe depression in the church? Whatever it’s negative effects may be, I believe God has given his church more than enough resources to confront this problem in love, wisdom, and grace without fear, if a congregation so chooses to put God’s resources to use as stated in the following verses:

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 1 Thess. 5

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12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Cor. 10

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Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6

Source: Shocker: Study Shows Most Christian Men Are Into Porn, CharismaNews.com, October 7, 2014.

Harry A. Gaylord

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