The latest statistics on pornography and the church were released by the Barna Group at the Set Free Summit in Greensboro, NC earlier this year. The existing statistics were daunting enough, stating that 68% of church going men viewed Porn on a regular basis.The latest stats, available in a report called The Porn Phenomenon, reveal that the porn epidemic is escalating.Earlier in the year, Josh McDowell who commissioned the research revealed that "Of young adults 18-24 years old, 76 percent actively - and these are Christians - actively seek out porn." ...read more: http://www.charismanews.com/sponsored-content/59612-porn-use-in-church-continues-to-escalate
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Oh dear Lord have mercy...I knew it was bad but not this bad. And now we know why there is no presence of God in church services across America. How can there be when almost 8 out of 10 men sitting in these congegrations are living a lifestyle of secret habitual sin.
Is there a solution? And is there any other explanation than ease of access?
One solution to dealing with this in the church is to return to preaching the Word...reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. Those of you who know my testimony know that this "snake" was wrapped around me for a very long time and had snuffed all life out of me. But God in His grace rescued me and used the preaching of brother Zac Poonen to awaken me from my sleep.This has to be dealt with head on and called out for what it is, SIN. But that does not happen because most preachers today consider that "preaching law" rather than grace. We have tossed the baby out with the bathwater and no longer warn and instruct church goers of the danger they are in. Consequently they are lulled to sleep and unaware that their very souls hang in the balance. The American church needs a mighty wake up and this can happen if preachers return to preaching the Word instead of coddling sinning church attenders.
Mark, well put.More small fellowship is needed, too. Not just for accountability, but too many people, too many men, are washed over and left for clean in the ocean of entertainment church when they are getting nothing. Not even the form of godliness and certainly not the power.Home fellowships provide the body life that brings home the reality of sin and the overwhelming goodness of God. The intimacy of home meetings vs the fauxlowship of Sunday brick and mortar church is analagous to real marital love and intimacy vs the cheap destructive synthetic feelings of porn. I am not saying Sunday church is porn. I am saying that we will not arrive at NT life in the venue anymore than we can reach marital intimacy with online porn. In home meetings, many sins may be overcome by love and edification and teaching that surpasses the "excellence" of the Sunday productions and speeches.Draw near to God, draw close to one another personally and draw away from the experiences that isolate you and offer substitutes for genuine love in the way of Christ. We are isolated in our dark halls and loud music and romantic pleas from stage that overload our senses. We are isolated in dark rooms with bright screens and unclothed women with seductive pleas that overload our senses.
Hi brother Tim,I absolutely agree. Being accountable to one another is the new testament norm. But that takes trust because many men will simply not open up, even in a group setting. I have seen men open up to me because I openly share my testimony wherever I go. There is nothing you could tell me that would shock me. In other words, I am not so foolish to think that this wretched and besetting sin has not touched even the most godly of men. Who knows? There is also so much shame associated with this sin. Especially if you are looked up to in the Church today. So a cycle begins where leaders hide their sin and no longer discuss the matter with others. And so the rest of the church also gets no help. I have not looked at porn since the Lord delivered me 5 1/2 years ago. All Glory be unto His name. I have been tempted many times and I am not so foolish to think that I could not fall again. I do not know how it works but God put such a "fear" in me and a hatred for this sin that I dread the feeling so much that I would rather cut my hand off than go back to the vomit cycle of slavery to sin again.I do not say any of this to boast but to let others know that this is what God wants for them too and He will do it in them if they are desperate enough and ask Him in faith. But if they gloss over their sin and shrug it off as no big deal, they will NEVER GET VICTORY....NEVER!!!I cannot think of anything worse for a believer to endure than such a life of slavery to sin. And I cannot think of anything worse than a hypocrite who somehow believes that they have Gods life when in fact they are DEAD within and ruled by the powers of darkness. Perhaps some of them lurk on these forums? Perhaps some of them are frequent posters here? If so why are you posting and trying to show the world how spiritual you are when in fact you are the complete opposite?Until you are sick and tired of the way you are God will simply leave you alone. It is time for you to stop playing games and deal the death blow to porn in your life.
One solution to dealing with this in the church is to return to preaching the Word...reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. Those of you who know my testimony know that this "snake" was wrapped around me for a very long time and had snuffed all life out of me. But God in His grace rescued me and used the preaching of brother Zac Poonen to awaken me from my sleep.