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!