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Porn in the Church

The 2013 Adelaide Men’s Convention was focussed on the book of the bible called ‘Song of Songs. For those blokes who could not make it along I REALLY recommend you read the book in the Bible and then listen to the talks when they are uploaded to the website.

One of the books they recommended for us blokes (and girls) to read was written by a bloke called Tim Chester. It is on a topic that few of us would really talk about in our general discussion. The title of the book is “Captured by a better vision – Living porn free”.

One of the scary statistics this book raises is the huge number of people who watch porn in some shape or form (and according to a recent talk I listened to, it isn’t just blokes who watch it). Tim describes porn as a social cancer, a sexual distortion, a relationship wrecker, idolatry and a snare that is eating the heart of the church. He has written helpfully about it and offers not just information and warning but also help to anyone who is seeking to flee the addiction of porn.

I am in the process of reading this book and am shocked by how much of an epidemic it is. Porn comes regularly into our house via TV (news, advertising and ‘family’ shows), via the letter box (mostly junk mail you will be pleased to know). I was recently at a local tyre place waiting for two news tyres on the Cruiser. The free to air TV has some mid day show on and in it there were regular sex scenes (I was only there 30 minutes), and almost all the magazines on the table in front of me were filled with soft porn (I read the Bible on my phone).

Sadly porn is there where ever you look. Porn is driven in our modern culture because it is so much more accessible, anonymous and affordable. A recent survey of 1000 people conducted online in the US found that 50% of Christian men and 20% of Christian women are addicted to porn. A survey of 6000 pastors in the US found that 30% had viewed porn online in the last 30 days.

Rather than disputing the statistic we should be thinking that some of us are probably in that statistic. Tim writes that for those who read his book they will probably feel condemned but he also writes that for those who are in Christ Jesus there is now no condemnation. There is hope for all of us who let God down. It is found in Jesus and as we have seen, God is ready and willing to forgive if we would only ask. He also provided us with a way out so that we are not stuck.

Why not read the book and start being challenged. By the way, feel free to yarn to me about this topic if you want though probably not best to do so at the front door of the church.