Pornography is one of the biggest issues facing many Christians, male and female, today. Over the past few weeks the issue of pornography has come up over and over again in pastoral conversations that I have had. I also have had different friends in ministry asking me about dealing with this dreaded issue in the lives of their people.
How do you deal with pornography if you are addicted to it?
How do you help someone else in their addiction to pornography?
The following are some resources that you might use in your fight:
Here are some videos about dealing with porn addiction that you should watch:
In this one Don Carson talks about temptation but the example he uses is pornography
In this one John Piper, Tim Keller and Don Carson talks about how the gospel and accountability conquers the sin of Pornography.
Mark Driscoll has written a book called Porn again Christian. It is very blunt and very frank but very good.
Pornography looks so good and yet it never delivers what it advertises it will. It promises gratification but that gratification is quick and shallow and ultimately it leaves people empty. But more than that, when we look at porn, even free porn, we are playing our part in the victimization of the women and men who do porn. These men and women are created in the image of God and therefore should be loved and respected. And because porn distorts our self image as well as our view of sex and other people we are alspo destroying our lives. But most of all God hates porn and we should too.
The answer, as the guys say in the various videos, is not to give yourself a list of rules. If you are trapped in this sin you don’t need another list of do’s and don’ts, you need to realise that your greatest joy will not be found in sex but in Jesus.
When realize that, and this truth becomes central to your being, you will have overcome pornography.