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With the onslaught of the internet and then mobile phones, we now have access to pornography 24 hours a day right in our pocket. The three "A's" of addiction are accessibility, affordability, and anonymity and porn provides all three. Consequently, porn addiction has exploded over the last decade and has left in its wake a plethora of broken relationships, shattered integrity, loss of employment, and in some cases imprisonment. It's time to address this horrific epidemic and fight back to honor God, women, and our loved ones.
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The pull of sexual addiction and lust for men is nothing new. In Scripture thousands of years ago we see King David viewing Bathsheba bathing naked and then requesting her to come to his bedroom to have sex with her. "One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her" (2 Samuel 11: 2-4, NIV). God designed men to be drawn to women's bodies and this is intended to lead to marriage and procreation. However, the problem is when the pull towards women's bodies occurs outside of the marriage union and turns into lust. God tells us in Proverbs "Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes" (Proverbs 6:25, NIV). Even Jesus addressed this issue when He told His followers, "But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matthew 5:28, NIV). Clearly, men have struggled with lust since creation which is why there are so many Scriptures about it; however, what's different today is the rampant access to lustful content through pornography. Because of this access, the porn industry has exploded and exceeds 100 billion profit per year, which is more than Amazon, Apple, Google, Ebay, and Netflix earn combined!
Pornography Addiction Symptoms
If you're wondering if you are addicted to porn, check out the following symptoms and see how many apply. The more that apply, the more likely you may struggle with an active pornography addiction or are experiencing the impact of a previous one.
1-You view sex as an act with body parts rather than a loving experience within marriage.
2-You believe most women desire sex often and are highly responsive during it.
3-You've become more and more dissatisfied with sex within your marriage.
4-You desire more devious sexual images and experiences for the same high.
5-Your motivation to work at real sex with your spouse has diminished.
6-You have a decreased commitment to monogamy and rearing your children.
7-You fantasize sexually about other women often.
8-If you have access to pornography it's usually just a matter of time before you view it.
9-You've viewed porn at work.
10-Thoughts about when you can view porn next preoccupy your thoughts.
11-You've acted out sexually with another person besides your spouse.
Pornography is the leading problem undermining Christian men's power and influence. Rather than feeling instrumental with their faith and integrity, they feel in bondage and riddled with guilt over their pornography addiction, which is right where Satan wants them to be. It's time for the Church to wake up to this epidemic that's ravishing families and develop a unified front in combating this poison. It's time for Christian men to go to war for purity and start winning back their life for His purposes by moving towards addiction recovery with boldness!
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