Sex, Pornography, and Addiction

It’s no secret that pornography is easy to access, and many Christians struggle with sexual addictions. According to Barna Group, 57% of pastors and 64% of youth pastors admit that they have struggled with using pornography. Of these, 87% of pastors report feeling “a great sense of shame” about using porn.

One might rightly ask, “If porn is so bad, then why are so many pastors using it?” The answer to this question is simple: They are addicted.

Among adult Christians, 41% believe that pastors should lose their jobs if it is discovered that they are using porn. According to the Cleveland Clinic, “Addiction is a chronic (lifelong) condition that involves compulsive seeking and taking of a substance or performing of an activity despite negative or harmful consequences.” Many people continue to view pornographic images because they have become enslaved to addictive behavior patterns, even though this places their jobs, families, and financial security at risk. The prevalence of the use of pornography among Christian pastors is proof that even the most sincere, most religious, and most moral people among us are not able to conquer unwanted behaviors on their own. They need help.

The good news is that help is available.

The first step to overcoming unwanted behaviors is to ask for help. Whether you are struggling with substance abuse, controlling sexual behaviors, or viewing pornography, it is crucial to first be honest with yourself to admit you have a problem that you cannot control on your own. However, many people fail to reach out for help because of the deep sense of guilt and shame they feel about their behaviors.

The Bible says, “If we say we have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

When we hide our shameful behaviors in the dark, we continue to suffer from addiction. However, when we are able to bring those behaviors into the light, we will find healing. Scheduling an appointment with a Christian counselor is a private and confidential way to bring sin into the light and to be delivered from the slavery of addiction.

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[If you or someone you know needs help in overcoming pornography or sex addiction, click here to set up an appointment with a Christian counselor].

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