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Getting Free from the Pornography Trap

Written by Brad Merchant

Pornography is a problem. Chuck Swindoll says, “Pornography is the greatest cancer in the church today.” I believe it. A study recently conducted by the Barna Group in the United States showed that 63 percent of men ages 18 to 30 view pornography several times a week. Think about that. More than half of the young men you see every day look at pornography multiple times a week.

Pornography is all around. Many in the church are enslaved by it, and there seems to be no way out.

So, is pornography inevitable for the Christian man or woman?

There Is Hope

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him“ (Ephesians 1:3–4, emphasis added).

 As Christians, God not only chose us to be His before the foundation of the world, but He chose us to “be holy and blameless before him.” Wow! What a wonderful truth. God has called you and me to holiness.

So here is the question: Does God command ends without providing means? Not at all! “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who has called us to his own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3).

You know what this means? There is hope.

Christ took your sin on the Cross and rose from the dead to show He has power over sin and death. By placing your faith in Christ, there is hope. Through the Gospel (Good News) and the Holy Spirit in you, you never have to look at pornography again.

Understanding the Trap

After understanding the powerful resources God has given you through the Gospel to say no to pornography, you must now move toward an understanding of why you desire to look at pornography.

When you desire to look at pornography, it is because you take pleasure in it more than you take pleasure in God and His glory. This is always the case.

It was C.S. Lewis who said, “Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem thatOur Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak.” But yet, “We are far too easily pleased [with other things].”

Our minds need to be renewed by God’s Word (Romans 12:2). We need to meditate on and memorize Scripture so we can fight the temptation to look at pornography with God’s truth (Psalm 119:11; 1).

Practical Tips to Avoid the Pornography Trap

Every time you look at pornography, it is because you have the access, the time and the desire for it. Removing the access and time you have for pornography right now will help you as you work on erasing your desire for it. The great hope we have as Christians is that through the power of the Gospel, we can get to a place in our life where we have access to pornography, but no desire for it. Here are three steps to take:

1. Take radical measures to cut off all access to pornography.
Covenant Eyes is an accountability program with an optional web content filter. It tracks every website you visit and sends a detailed browsing log to the person you choose as your accountability partner.

2. Find a spiritually mature person of the same sex to walk with you through this.
Find someone and open your heart to that person. Tell him your struggles. Pray with her. Meet with the person often. Remember, “The one who isolates himself seeks his own desire and breaks out against all sound judgment” (Proverbs 18:1). 

3. Serve others.
If you are not already, become a member at a local church. Serve people there. Get involved and use the gifts God has given you to serve His Church. Do it often. This will fill up your schedule and deplete the alone time you would have to be tempted by pornography.

Once again, understand the power you have in the Gospel. God is for you in this battle. And remember, if He is for you, who could ever be against you? (Romans 8:31).

Prestonwood Support

Prestonwood has a variety of Bible Fellowships for the spiritual development of every person. No matter your age and stage of life, there’s a Bible Fellowship for you. Visit prestonwood.org/connect for more information. The Prestonwood Library, located on the second floor of the Plano Campus, provides additional resources and services to help Christians grow in faith and ministry. Visit prestonwood.org/covenanteyes for additional resources.

Used with permission: covenanteyes.com