Dealing With Pornography

Recently the EFCA, the denomination that I am apart of, had a Missional Summit and one of the topics they addressed was pornography. Below you will find a couple resources that should serve to help anyone who who is struggling when it comes to the pornography epidemic.

“A growing number of young men are convinced that their [physical, inperson]
sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were
virtually marinated in porn when they were adolescents. Their generation
has consumed explicit content in quantities and varieties never before
possible, on devices designed to deliver content swiftly and privately, all at
an age when their brains were more plastic–more prone to permanent
change–than in later life. These young men feel like unwitting guinea pigs
in a largely unmonitored decade-long experiment in sexual conditioning.
Porn has always faced criticism among the faithful and the feminist. But
now, for the first time, some of the most strident alarms are coming from
the same demographic as its most enthusiastic customers.”

Belinda Luscombe, “Porn and the Threat to Virility,” TIME

Purity and Pornography

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Addicted

I understand why people smoke. The hit, the drag, the pleasure. I get it.

I do the same thing a million different ways. A lustful image, coveting a bigger role in ministry, exercise, money, accolades, sports, performance, food, relationships and the list goes on. Maybe one more hit will satisfy.

Addictions come from the very core of who we are. We have empty and broken spaces in our soul. So we desperately try to fill up the dead places of our life to alleviate the pain, or perhaps to deal with the numbness. Seductive, tyrannical addictions are always present to fill in the gaps.

I constantly need to be reminded that Jesus is the only One who can fill up every area of my broken life and heart. Only Jesus can fill me with a pure, lasting pleasure that does not kill me in the end.

…the fullness of him (Jesus Christ) who fills all in all. -Ephesians 1:23 ESV