The use of pornographic (“porn”) material among Christians continues to rise, reaching near epidemic proportions in the church. Porn, sadly, has been normalized in our churches. Why the rise in pornographic use among Christians? The Global Christian Center believes the reason is:
“Many blame the Internet, which affords users anonymity, affordability, and accessibility. Individuals reluctant to purchase pornography at a local convenience store where others might see them can now indulge their fantasies in the privacy of their own home, sitting in front of the computer. Some delude themselves into thinking that it’s “no big deal.””
Pornography is said to be a Trojan horse sin, because it opens the door to other sexual sins.
• 97% of Christian men acknowledge they have looked at porn.
• 64% of Christian men view porn at least once a month; 55% of those are married.
• 37% of Christian men look at porn several times a week.
• 77% of Christian men between the ages of 18 to 30 view porn at least once a month; 32% of those think they are addicted; 12% are not sure.
• 50% of churchgoing men admit to a serious struggle with porn.
• 65% of Christian men view porn at work.
• 25% of Christian men admit to erasing Internet history to conceal their browsing.
• 34% of churchgoing women have sought out Internet porn.
• 70% of women keep their cyber activities secret.
• Women, more than men, are likely to act out their behaviors in real life, such as having multiple partners, casual sex, or affairs.
• 54% of pastors admitted to viewing Internet porn in the past year, and 30% viewing within the past month.
Forty-seven percent of families say porn is a problem in their home. It is not only a choice for adults, but is being consumed in large numbers by our own children:
• 12 to 17-year-olds are the largest consumers of Internet pornography. Approximately 87% of teens have Internet access.
• The average age of exposure has been cited as 11 years-old.
• 79% of youths’ accidental and unsolicited exposure to porn occurs in the home.
Shocking, isn’t it? Fact: It damages relationships, especially our relationship with God. It is a fact that the viewing of pornography is the seed that germinates the commercial sex industry. Porn is advertising for sex trafficking. No wonder God tells us, “Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body” (1 Cor. 6:18: NLT).
The church’s silence is only perpetuating the issue. It can no longer ignore “the elephant in the room.” It’s time to sound the alarm!
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Our topic today is: Game of Thrones and Porn
HBO’s Game of Thrones began airing its sixth season a few weeks ago, to fans’ delight. Though the show is replete with gratuitous sex, nudity, violence, sexual violence, language, and other vulgarities, it only continues to increase in popularity, both in viewer numbers and in social media buzz. Yet, after 54 episodes, a disheartening trend has begun to emerge.
According to statistics recently released by Pornhub, right after the premiere of Season 6, explicit searches including the title “Game of Thrones” increased by 370%. In addition, 4% of U.S. porn viewers stopped watching “adult” content to watch the episode. But most eye-opening was this comment from the site: “We discovered that Game of Thrones has remained a popular search on Pornhub due in part to…fans hoping to find a glimpse of the nudity and sex that the series is known for.” In other words, GoT has become a gateway drug: The show exposes viewers to softcore pornography, and they turn to the Internet hoping to get more.
So let’s be real: The show’s immense popularity paired with the fact that it can be accessed easily and secretly on any device via HBO Now means it would be naive of us to think students aren’t watching it. Even more so, for those who are watching it, the chances they have also accessed or been tempted to access even harder content are much higher.
Online pornography is ubiquitous and serious—we need to talk to our children about it, starting at young ages. But shows like GoT are also a big deal. We need to have ongoing conversations with students about why they’re not just “harmless” and how they hijack our visions of adventure, relationships, sexuality, etc., giving us substitutes that seem exciting and worthwhile, but only enslave us in the end.
Questions to ask: How do we decide what TV shows and movies are “ok” to watch? What has a pass and what doesn’t? Why? How do holiness and purity relate to this issue? Is there something in our lives that might start off as innocent but lead to greater sin?