God and Porn!

I’ve heard some people comment that the bible doesn’t refer to pornography, so they are OK to view it. You idiot!

The Greek word for ‘sexual immorality’ in 1 Corinthians 6:18 is pornea which means, “writings of the prostitutes” and is where we get the english word pornography from. When God says to flee from pornea, he’s saying to flee from everything associated with sexual sin, including viewing porn.

Porn origins date back to the technologies of the ancient Romans and Greeks throughout 1st century. By the 18th Century porn exploded in a big way when John Cleland produced the landmark work, “Memoirs of a woman of pleasure”. This book wasn’t available in the USA until the 1960’s. In the 50s no store carried soft porn. In the 60s Playboy was available behind the counter. In the 70s and 80s Penthouse magazine joined Playboy on the shelf, accessible to the eyes of children and from the 90s to the present day, porn is available at the push of a button. It’s only taken 40 years from porn to move from a store shelf to a nude pic on your iPhone. We are a sexualized society and we are de-sensitized to the damaging effects of porn.

  • Currently Pornography is a $56 billion dollar industry.
  • Over 4 million Australians access porn weekly.
  • Playboy website has 5 million hits daily.
  • 13 million human beings are trafficked every year for porn and prostitution.
  • There are 200,000 porn sites on the internet.
  • Average age of viewing porn is 11 years old.
  • The fastest growing child-porn producers are 10-14 year old boys.
  • Over 5 million videos are available depicting rape-porn.
  • Porn is a major issue in the church with 47% of Christians claiming it’s an issue.
  • If the church stopped consuming porn 1/3 of the porn industry would stop.
  • Porn was used as a tool to prime allied soldiers before sending them to Iraq.
  • A Canberra sex hospital has reported a 5000% increase in child-sex abuse due to easy access to porn.
  • Over 95% of sex offenders claim to have used porn before they committed sex crime
  • Reports of sex clubs starting in Primary Schools are emerging with sexting being the new rage amongst teens.

Ahh… we have a problem! Firstly, don’t underestimate the impact of porn consumption on your mind, body, spirit, finances and relationships. Second, If you are caught right now in the clutches of porn, the only way you’ll get free is through repentance, praying for the fear of the Lord and getting accountability into your life.

The core issue biblically is lust. There are a mountain of verses on lust. Here is a key passage (Matthew 5:27-29). We have to move beyond just white-knuckling to obey the letter of the law and embrace the spirit of the law through a heart transformation (Mark 7:21-23). Out of the heart flow the springs of life, that’s why we need to guard it.

Make a decision today, like Job 31:1 that you will make a covenant with God and your eyes to not look at a girl lustfully.

Grace!

One thought on “God and Porn!

  1. Hi Ps Corey,

    Thanks for this post. Just wanted to mention that porn and sexual addiction isn’t just a guy’s problem. There are many girls who also struggle. I was stuck in a destructive cycle for a long time, but Jesus saved me out of it. The most transforming thing for me, the thing that knocked it on it’s head was that verse in 1 cor 7 which says don’t become one flesh with a prostitute because you are one in spirit with God. It really came home to me that EVERYTHING I was looking for in sexual relationships was already available to me through the intimacy of living one spirit with the Lord. In fact, no sexual relationship can live up to the intimacy and oneness we have with God in the Spirit. Sex outside of marriage is a cheap counterfeit. 

    The other comment I would make as a married person is just to affirm what you said about the damage porn can do to your marriage and relationships. My husband also struggled with porn. Even though he has broken out of the cycle of sin the images still sit there in his brain, and his body has been programmed to respond to pornesque views on what sex should look like. This makes it difficult for him to respond to a real woman because porn isn’t a accurate depiction of what a real sexual relationship is like. 

    We also both struggle to make sure our intentions towards one another are loving rather than lustful. We think there’s a difference between lust and desire… Desire is good, but using each other isn’t, even though we are married. We are in continual prayer that God would heal us both, so we can relate to each other the way God originally intended-mutual love and self-giving not getting. 

    God is gracious and we’ve found working on this together is a source of strength for our marriage, rather than letting the enemy divide us. My prayer in sharing this is that others would learn from our mistakes. But also that where mistakes have already been made that God’s grace is able to restore and make beautiful again. However it is a difficult road best avoided.

    Please excuse me for not putting my name on this. I’m sure you understand some of the stuff I’ve shared is very personal.

    Blessings,

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