Struggling with Pornography?
Recently, I googled, "how to fix the driver's side automatic door on a 2001 Honda Odyssey." Within a second, I had an answer. And within 5 minutes I had fixed something for free that might have cost $$$$$$$ at the repair shop. The internet is incredible... or not. With the easy access to helpful information also comes easy access to information and images that aren't so helpful. The word pornography comes to mind.
While serving as a campus minister at Appalachian State, I saw that a growing number of students, both male and female, were struggling with internet porn. In fact, some say that porn has become the wallpaper of our culture. Is it a problem at Mt. Calvary? I don't have numbers; and no, the session isn't keeping tabs on your internet activity; but if I had to guess I'd say that more people are struggling with it than most of us want to admit. And many of those who are struggling are hesitant to share their struggle with someone else. That might even be you. But even if that's not you, don't stop reading because it very easily could be you, or your spouse, or one of your children who is trapped.
Where do you find help for the battle against pornography and other sexual addictions? Below are some thoughts and resources for the fight.
1) Confess your sin to God.
2) Realize that the Jesus' death is enough to cover all of your sin; even this one.
3) Talk to someone about your struggle. This is difficult but essential if you want to find freedom. Consider talking to one of your pastors'; that's why we're here. There are also women at MCPC and at the CPC who are available to counsel other women.
4) Examine your relationship with Christ. At the root of sexual addiction is a heart out of tune with God. You've exchanged the truth about God for a lie and are worshipping and serving a created thing instead of God. In this case, you've believed the lie that sex will bring more blessing into your life than God will.
5) Install internet filtering and accountability software on your computers and cell phones. Some options to explore are:
6) Check out the articles at the bottom of this page. Please note that CCEF has given us permission to post these articles and that the following statement applies to each article:
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7) Consider reading one of the following books which may be purchased at www.wtsbooks.com
Sex is Not the Problem (Lust Is) by Joshua Harris.
Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Edward Welch.
Sex and the Supremacy of Christ edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor.
Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper.
Real Sex by Lauren Winner.
8) Other resources are available here: