Christianity Today and Pornography

Christianity Today has recently published a couple of articles regarding pornography and sexual addiction.

 In Porn’s Stranglehold, Timothy Morgan writes:

Seventy percent of American men ages 18–34 view Internet pornography once a month. This shocking fact is one of many that CT consulting editor John W. Kennedy found during his research for this month’s cover story, “Help for the Sexually Desperate” (page 28).

Don’t assume that porn isn’t a problem in the church. One evangelical leader was skeptical of survey findings that said 50 percent of Christian men have looked at porn recently. So he surveyed his own congregation. He found that 60 percent had done so within the past year, and 25 percent within the past 30 days. Other surveys reveal that one in three visitors to adult websites are women.

John W. Kennedy also has a longer article (which I have not yet read in length) titled, Help for the Sexually Desparate

Given Morgans stats above, at least 70% of men reading this ought to read these two articles.  I’d venture to say that number is actually higher.  Morgans numbers suggest that 30% of the women reading this could benefit from these articles as well.

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~ by toddbumgarner on March 12, 2008 4:26 am.

2 Responses to “Christianity Today and Pornography”

  1. I agree with you – the stats are likely to be higher. Surveys are only as accurate as the ppl who tell the truth and how can the surveyor know that?

    With something that has so much shame attached to it, it’s like that the % is much, much higher. And yet, when men and women begin to lift the veil of secrecy and get help, it will change. But it first starts with the Church having the courage to confront the issue and offer real, practical help and dignity to the men and women who struggle with this addiction.

    Not more shame or a cover up but serious assistance that treats them with love and compassion and a commitment to see them set free from a destructive habit.

  2. Those figures are surprising, but at the same time it’s not. Pornography is a serious problem, period. Not just for non-Christians. It’s certainly an addictive habit, that can explode if it is fed. I found the statistic regarding members of the church: ” … 25 percent within the past 30 days.”, very alarming. I didn’t think that it would be that bad. But on top of all this negative information, there are always ways to overcome these addictions, and destructive habits.

    Thanks for posting this,
    Jared

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