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Pornography - How the Church should respond

It’s not often I write commentary on Today, my article is going to be a little different. The reason for this departure from the typical third-person, is because of a very destructive subject - Pornography. Pornography reaches into the lives of many Christ-followers. The destructive nature of pornography cannot be understated.

The purpose of this article is not to stand in judgment or otherwise condemn those who are caught in the destructive cycle of porn. To do so would be hypocritical. The purpose of this article is to offer hope that the addiction to porn can be broken. For many Christ-followers who are caught in the grip of this evil, it may seem like the sin has no end. While the allure in the moment is blinding – the guilt in the end is devastating.

Hijacking the brain
Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote an excellent article called, “Hijacking the Brain — How Pornography Works”. I highly recommend this article for everyone, not just those who struggle with porn. Dr. Mohler quotes several sections from a book called, “Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain” – ladies please don’t stop reading here! While the book focuses on the way a man’s brain is “wired”, it also makes no excuses for anyone falling into the sin of pornography.

So what’s the bottom line?
Most Christ-followers will agree that many in the church struggle with pornography. As brothers and sisters in Jesus, we need to be collectively ready to help anyone who is in the depths of this destruction. From church leaders to the gardener and many more who don’t have jobs in the church, many have fallen to this sin. In many places today the mere mention of pornography brings out the most “righteous judgment”. Rather than judgment, I believe love is what covers a multitude of sins. Pornography being one of many.

The darkness of pornography is a desperate and lonely place. May the church offer hope in one of the most hopeless situations. How do I know it’s desperate and lonely? I shall never forget those days. Judge as you must.

Please pass this article on – someone you know is struggling even today.

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