I want to talk about something that hits very close to home for me… pornography.
A recent study done said that there are roughly 40 million Christians in the United States. That seems pretty cool, right?
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On the same survey, 54 percent of PASTORS admitted to looking at pornography in the past 7 days. If that many pastors are looking at it, what are the odds that the person sitting next to you on sunday is doing the same thing???
Looking back, I think I was first introduced to pornography in middle school. I was probably fortunate because I would imagine kids are being exposed to it at earlier ages nowadays. Either way, I was hooked from that moment on. All my friends looked at it, so I did too. I kept talking myself into thinking it was ok to look at and that I was doing nothing wrong. However, this kept going through middle school, high school, and college.
Recently, I finally gave it all up to God and I can honestly say I’m a recovering pornaholic. (I think I just made that word up)
In my profession I always hear people say, “your body is a temple”, you shouldn’t get tattoos… To my surprise it isn’t talking about tattoos, it’s talking about sexual immorality
18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 cor. 18-20)
After God opened my eyes to my lifestyle, I was broken… completely broken. One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 31:1 “Those who survive the storm will find grace in the desert, I will build you up again, you will be rebuilt!!” Keeping that verse in mind, I stumbled on Psalm 127:1 which says unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. So I came to the realization that my life needed to be rebuilt. Not by my hand, but by the hand of God. I have learned that I must take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5)
There is hope out there for anyone struggling with addiction. Forget your 12 step programs, Fall on your knees before God and ask for change. Allow him to break you down in order to build you up stronger.
So I beg you, If you are reading this and it sounds familiar to you… please talk to somebody. I can promise you that you are not the only one dealing with it. There are many resources out there such as xxxchurch.com. There are also several books about pornography addiction such as Eyes of Integrity and Pure Eyes by Craig Gross. Addictions are not an easy thing to deal with, especially something like pornography. To be honest… it’s quite embarrassing. Even writing this has brought me to tears. To think that I could do such a thing to myself, my wife, my kids, and most of all, My God.
Arrest your thoughts and allow God to guide your life in every way.
Live a life of integrity, a life that is pleasing to the Lord.
If you struggle with an addiction to pornography and are in need of resources please contact Canvas Church. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-599-0025