Porn and the Church

Beloved,
This email is an attempt to shine some light in the darkness.  This particular darkness is called pornography.  I realize that it is a sensitive subject.  It is one of the “root issues”  associated with trafficking for sexual exploitation.  This is just a small representation of what is available.  If interested, I encourage you to do some of your own research.  This email  is also another attempt to see if there is interest in an upcoming training of a curriculum put on by Aware for parents and teachers and  youth pastors/workers.  If you are interested please email me.
John 1:5
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.Luke 11:33-35
No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, it is put on a lampstand to give light to all who enter the room.  Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness. Make sure that the light you think you have is not really darkness.Did you know??

  • There are 4.2 million pornographic websites, 420 million pornographic web pages, and 68 million daily search engine requests.
  • More than 11 million teens regular view porn online
  • The largest group viewing online pornography is ages 12 to 17
  • Average age of first internet exposure to pornography is 11 years old
  • 8- to 16-year-olds having viewed pornography online: 90% (most while doing homework).
  • Children’s character names linked to thousands of pornography links: 26 (Including Pokemon and Action Man)

For sources see here
Also:
USA Today, CNET, internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com

Christians and Pornography

  • According to pastors, the 8 top sexual issues damaging to their congregation are: 57% pornography addiction, 34% sexually active never-married adults, 30% adultery of married adults, 28% sexually active teenagers, 16% sexual dissatisfaction, 14% unwed pregnancy, 13% sexually active previously married adults, and 9% sexual abuse.
    (More Sex, Please, Christianity Today International, Winter 2005)
  • 53% of Promise Keeper men viewed pornography in last week (http://familysafemedia.com/pornography_statistics.html#anchor5)
  • 47% of Christians say Internet pornography is a problem in the home (http://familysafemedia.com/pornography_statistics.html#anchor5)
  • 50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women are addicted to pornography. (Market Wire. August 7, 2006. ChristiaNet.com. December 7, 2006http://www.marketwire.com/mw/r…e_html_b1?release_id=151336)
  • 51% of pastors say cyberporn is a possible temptation. 37% say it is a current struggle (Christianity Today, Leadership Survey, December 2001).
  • 4 in 10 pastors have visited a porn site (Christianity Today, Leadership Survey, December 2001).
Taken from pureHope’s website

Here are only a few (of many) ministries and resources:

pureHope

XXX Church

Pink Cross Foundation

Covenant Eyes

Blazing Grace

Living Waters

Local ministry to women in the sex industry:
Route One Ministry

Thank you for your attention on such a difficult but important subject!  The next step now is to take actions of prevention and intervention. My prayer is that conversations are started and strategies are invented.  I pray that as we are being lead by the Holy Spirit to face these realities, unity is birthed, healing happens.

1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

In His Service,
Jennie

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