Christianity Today Publish Stats on Porn

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I picked up the latest copy of Christianity Today recently and found some pretty alarming statistics on porn usage among Christian men and leaders. They did some anonymous research among 500 men and found the following:

  • 30% of church leaders access porn more than once a month
  • 42% of Christian men say they have a ‘porn addiction’
  • 75% of Christian men say they access porn on a monthly or less regular basis
  • 10% of Christian men say they have paid for sex
  • 90% of Christians say the church does not adequately support those who struggle with pornography use

The real question is how to respond to this. It strikes me lots of people are too embarrassed to talk about this issue. One quote read something like ‘I’d rather admit to being a crack addict.’ People feel as though if they were to open up they would be judged and forever barred from any level of church ministry in the future. Of course Satan loves keeping it in the dark because there it remains undealt with. But how can we address this issue and help one another in a way that enables people to feel safe and cared for? Any thoughts genuinely appreciated.

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3 thoughts on “Christianity Today Publish Stats on Porn

  1. Astounding statistics!! I wonder whether an anonymous on-line questionnaire would give some insight? So that as leaders you have some indication of the state of play within our own membership? Then maybe tackle some of the issues in the same way as the What hurts the Most series. On the other hand, in order to profoundly impact people’s hearts and lives, there needs to be a measure of ownership/confession in a safe environment, and maybe some supportive accountability to each other. Eye opening!

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  2. Martin,
    I think I see an honesty amongst my peers on this. We were the first generation to grow up with the internet and I think we are only now beginning to see the damage that our unthinking use has wrought. Not that I think the internet is to blame. Dare I suggest that not coveting your neighbour’s wife was in the ten commandments for a reason. But porn sanitises lust, makes it seem safe because you don’t do anything to the other person. But we are only now beginning to understand what it does to the viewer. I hope that I can raise my boys with more awareness of the dangers than I ever saw.

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