Porn open season


Has anyone else noticed that the Christian press is writing openly and decisively about the problem of pornography? Christianity magazine ran an article titled Gagged and Bound in its February edition, asking why churches are silent on something which is crippling Christian witness. The current edition of The Briefing has two articles on purity in the age of porn. I’ve written my own blog post For men only:  overcoming porn use.  Richard Perkins has reviewed Mark Driscoll’s Porn Again Christian on his blog Food4Thought. Indeed, Driscoll may have been the one to break the silence.

It has been over a decade since the internet made porn freely, widely, secretly and anonymously available.  In that decade Christian men have talked quietly with their closest friends about struggles with temptation. How do we deal with this menace?  The secrecy of the sin has equalled the secrecy of dealing with it.  But men are now beginning to openly tell other men how the battle can be been won.

Whether the shame of porn is addressed openly in churches, as the magazine articles suggest, is yet to be seen.  I’ve talked about it from the pulpit when the passage in the bible takes us in that direction. Getting the subject out in the open should make it easier for men to say, “I’ve struggled with this, but Christ has freed me, to his glory.”

As Paul wrote,

What a wretched man I am, who will save me from this body of sin and death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”

There is no shame in confessing sin when Christ receives the glory as Saviour.

About neilrobbie

I am a 6'6" formerly ginger Scot, in a cross cultural marriage to my lovely Londoner wife. We've lived in SE Asia and since 2005, I have served as an Anglican minister in Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.
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3 Responses to Porn open season

  1. I am a witness to this: that as long as a pornography addiction is allowed to fester in SILENCE, the addiction will NOT be broken!

    When the issue of porn is addressed from the pulpit, there is going to have to be some type of confessional system for men to feel free to confess this sin – else the widespread bondage will continue.

  2. neilrobbie says:

    Hi Marc, welcome to Transforming Grace. You have made an interesting point about confession. When sins are confronted in a public way like preaching to what extent should sin be confessed publicly?

    It is simply a matter between the sinner and God or should there be some confession at a human level? Is the latter, what form should it take?

    Anyone?

  3. In the situation where a husband has lied to his wife about his pornography use, as I did, the husband is going to have “come clean” – else the enemy will have LEGAL RIGHT to hold the husband in continual bondage based upon the unconfessed sin(s) of pornography AND lying.

    Also, there needs to be some form of accountability structure…

    In the situation of a single man, he obviously needs to confess his sin to Christ, and vow to forsake the sin – of course, the single man needs some form of accountability as well…

    The “toughie” is where a man wants to step forward to an altar, but feels that he cannot because of the reaction of his wife, friends, parents, etc.

    Especially if this man has been skillful in covering his tracks of sin…

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