Protect This House: Porn Kills

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On Sunday night, September 22 @ 6pm we’ll be putting on a seminar at LifePoint on issues relating to pornography and the Christian. Everyone is welcome to attend, and I would highly recommend it. In ten years of pastoral ministry, including many in youth ministry, I have come to the realization that ignorance and denial abound in the church world regarding pornography, sexual addiction, and sexual deviance.

At 32 years old I feel like I’m in between two very different generations of Christians regarding this issue. Many older than me (35+) grew up in a world where porn meant “dirty magazines,” strip joints, or seedy erotic films. The assumption I’ve seen among many older Christians is the same one I grew up with in the 80’s and early 90’s: these lines are very clear and any hint of sexual immorality should be far from the Christian. In reality, if you grew up in a Christian context in the 50’s, the 80’s, or even the 90’s, the accessibility of porn was far different than it is today. Although I had an email address in junior high school, I didn’t have a laptop or a cell phone until graduate school. I didn’t have a smart phone until I was 26 and married with a kid. I definitely had godly parents growing up, and a great deal of the grace of God, but as I look back, even as someone born in the 1980’s, it was a different world altogether in terms of the accessibility of porn. I’m not discounting the real fact that some who are now Christians (my age or older) did grow up in contexts where porn was very accessible. Yet, on an overall societal level, porn has never been as pervasive as it is today.

I think stark moral lines and less accessibility have resulted in Christians from older generations being ignorant about what I’m going to share next. The state of Christians younger than me in regard to the porn issue is far different. I say this from the last 10 years of pastoral experience on this issue that has yielded literally hundreds of specific examples. As our culture has devolved into more flippancy and outright deviance on the issues of sexuality, it is as if a gasoline truck has been dropped on the spark of impurity. The resulting explosion is causing catastrophic damage. Accessibility to porn is now ubiquitous. It is everywhere. Additionally, with continual advancements in technology it becomes only more accessible. The porn industry is doing its best to meet the demand. The billions of dollars grossed by this industry exceed the profits of the NFL, NBA, and MLB (the three major American sports leagues) combined. In the U.S. alone the industry has been estimated to bring in annual revenues in the 15 billion dollar range. By comparison, the major TV networks, ABC-CBS-NBC, have combined revenues of just over 6 billion. The stats are staggering.

We could read stats all day, but after 10 years in youth and college ministry I don’t need stats, personal stories suffice. The reality is the problem is getting worse as technology advances. Ten years ago in youth ministry we would wait until high school ministry to begin confronting these realities. Today, the average Christian kid is first exposed around 5th or 6th grade, the average in a non-Christian context around 2nd or 3rd grade. That’s a subjective estimate on my part, but I could footnote hundreds of anectodal accounts to support it. As Christians we can either get educated, taking action to protect our homes and children; or we can bury our heads in the sand. There is no middle ground on it. To pretend it’s not there is not akin to leaving your doors unlocked at night. It’s more like inviting predators into your home. At the end of the day it’s a heart issue, but the accessibility of it doesn’t help. As I said, I didn’t have a laptop until I was out of college. The fourth grader at my daughter’s elementary school who doesn’t have an iPhone is now the exception to the rule. When you and I take an internet capable device and put it into the hands of our children without securities in place, it’s like handing them a loaded gun. Only this gun is loaded with porn—which does violent damage to both body and soul.

I realize these are strong words, but my goal is not to cause fear. I think I’m trying to cause outrage, not fear. As Christians we have nothing to fear, but we have a responsibility to protect, educate, and be ambassadors of Christ’s redeeming love and grace. There is help. At LifePoint, in events such as this Protect This House seminar, we’re doing just that. Please mark your calendar and do everything you can to join us. Please spread the word and bring others.

There will be four speakers at this seminar. Joining me in giving presentations will be our youth pastor Drew Saccenti, Jim Connett (one of our Elders who has decades of experience in the tech/securities/computer programming world), and Terry Bell (a member of LPC who is a professional counselor with years of experience working in this area). We’ll cover everything from the biblical and theological realities of the issue, to practical ways which we are handling these things in our various ministries, to details and resources on how you can literally technologically protect your home and devices, to the hope available in the redeeming power of the Holy Spirit.

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About Pastor Andrew

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Carissa, Daddy to four daughters, Lead Pastor at LifePoint Church in Vancouver, WA.
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One Response to Protect This House: Porn Kills

  1. pastorwunmi says:

    The need for this movement is now and the lord will grant you utterance and keep his words in the spirit of men and command a change ijn

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