The Dangers of Pornography and the Need for Accountability

pic from flickr by Optimus Paul

pic from flickr by Optimus Paul

There are a multitude of sins that are covered by preaching from the pulpit. Pornography is usually not one of them. Pornography is the taboo topic, the ugly duckling, the black sheep, the secret sin within the church. Why is this sin overlooked? Is it socially acceptable in the church? No. Is it possible that this is not talked about in church because most pastors also struggle with this dangerous lust? Pornography is the drug of the church. It will grab a person with its jaws and bite down until all the life of that person has been destroyed.
Pornography can be defeated within the church. Accountability standards must be brought back to our churches among both men and women. Pornography affects both men and women. It messes with your thoughts and your heart. Romans 8:6 says, “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.”1 The writer recently preached a message to college students with the title, “Dirty Little Secrets.” The writer, looking for illustrations for the message, searched on Google. The statistics that he found are horrifying. The one that stood out the most to him is how much money the pornography industry makes.
People at their very core are evil. If one truly took the time to search their soul they would find how wicked the flesh is and why it is important that every person finds forgiveness in Christ. People that attend church have become good at playing church. People are good at faking their way through a church service. People seem to no longer be bothered by conviction from the Holy Spirit. They will come to church and stay for the service as long as they can beat the crowd to lunch and still make it home in time for the football game to start. Has the church all but forgotten God? Why do people even attend church if they have no desire to apply what they have learned from the pastor’s message? The church is so concerned with missions and doing ministry in the community that we have forgotten about the body of Christ.
The subject of pornography must be addressed in our churches. This writer believes that you cannot expect lost people to come to Christ until the church is right with God. This includes the men of the church confessing sin, taking the reins of leadership and actually leading; whether it is in ministry or their own home, and stepping up to tell the world about Jesus. It is common knowledge that men do not like having the world know what goes on behind closed doors but unless the men of the church will become repentant, nothing will change.
Men must be told the truth of Scripture. Jesus said in Matthew 6:28-29, “but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”2 Lust, uncontrolled, will seek out that which it wants to devour. The reason the pornography industry is a billion dollar a year industry is because of the lustful appetites of men. Men will feed that which aims to kill them for a moment of instant gratification. Men will try to justify their lust but their excuses always let the responsibility for their evil habits fall on someone else’s shoulders. A man’s selfish desires combined with pornography has been known to cause the man to lose his job, lose his friends, lose his family and in some cases drive him to commit suicide.
Accountability must be reintroduced within our churches. Men in the church must know they are nothing apart from Christ. They cannot and should not live life alone. Our churches should pray for men’s souls to be revived. The men in the churches have to get to a point where they are broken and humble before they can expect God to use them. This writer is praying for men to step up and lead, put down what is selfish and trivial, confess all sins of omission and commission, die to their self and learn what it means to take up their cross and truly follow Christ. Pornography is like any other sin and it can be beat. Men and women both need to fix their eyes on Christ. When their eyes are fixed on Christ, it is hard to be distracted. If the men of the church would cry out to God, God would hear and heal our churches.

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