Pornography

I read yesterday that .xxx has been approved for use alongside web addresses such as .com and .org. This was a 10 year battle that ended in a loss for the Christian groups and government agencies involved. I also believe it is a loss of all internet users. It is an acceptance and a granting of a rightful place for pornography on the internet. Porn is estimated to be a 2.6-3.9 billion dollar a year business by Adams Media Research. Will this change make pornography more or less accessible on the net? I hope that web browser developers will give users the ability to block this domain suffix, but even if they do, the more tech savvy can easily get around that.

I think it is important for us to realize what the problem with porn is. Matthew 5:27-29 tells us “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away! It is better to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into hell” In these verses. Jesus is telling us that to even look at a woman other than our wife lustfully is to commit adultery. When we look at the women on porn sites, we lust after them. This act is disobedience to God, but it is also disrespectful to our loved ones.

What can we do to fix this problem? There are a ton of programs out there to help us keep porn off our computers, but the industry makes it easier to find every day. Mark Driscol recommends Covenant Eyes. This helps but there is always another source. Cell phones have become little computers now, and they are fully wireless, XXX Church saw this risk and has produced X3Watch to tackle this. Both of these programs send emails to accountability partners that you choose at setup. Accountability partners are the best way to address this temptation. Set up with your brothers to call them when you face this temptation. They will understand, and usually support you in this.

While researching for this post, I found that XXX Church also has a recovery program to help you defeat porn. X3Pure It reminds me of P90X and Insanity. It has a name that is just hardcore. Think about it. If you share with your accountability partners that you are using the program, are you going to be ashamed of the name? Or are you just gonna toss it out there like a grenade?  And not only does the name remind me of the workout programs I mentioned, it is a kind of workout in itself. Think about this. If you work out every day, you can relate. It is a constant battle to get up and conquer the workout for the day. This program is a 30 day program for your soul. If you are battling this temptation, head over and try it out. It can do nothing but help, and it sure can’t hurt. Make sure to admit your defficulties to God and your accountability partner though.

Imagine the freedom after breaking the chains of porn.

Until the whole world knows,

Paul

 

Update: I thought I would add a note here. Satan showed me how much this topic hurts his fight. It took me over 2 hours to post this. I lost internet connection, the site wouldn’t process the request, then my computer wouldn’t accept input. Never have I had this kind of difficulty before, and not since. It’s just more of a reminder to me how bad this problem is.

Comments
  1. Terrill says:

    I would like to be sent more stuff from this website like updates and stuff please include me im new at walking the straight and narrow and need all the help i can get thanks.

    • Paul S says:

      Terrill,
      You can subscribe to any updates from “Follow us” section in the left navigation bar. I’m praying for your journey. Remember, Jesus has already beaten your sin, you can be free through his sacrifice.

      Until the whole world knows,
      Paul

  2. Brad says:

    I remember when I first tried looking for a program to help me get out of this addiction. I came across X3Pure, but was turned off by the price. There is a free resource, http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com/courses/way-of-purity/ which is a biblical based 60 day program for sexual addiction (porn, masturbation, or otherwise) and it is free. No charge what so ever. I’m going through the course and highly recommend it if the $99 price tag is too steep for you.

  3. Hey Paul,

    As a recovering addict of pornography, I can totally relate to the ever present problem that exists on the internet. I am so thankful that there are people like you out there willing to address this issue. I recently started my blog site and was looking around for others to add to my blog roll. I am encouraged to continue my site by your site here. I know that there is a lack of mentorship and discipleship for men in most churches and if you don’t fit in with the common crowd at church, you can feel left behind. Thank you for your willingness to serve the brothers of God’s kingdom!

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