What If You Have Lost Your Purity?
While it is true that in the eyes of God a sexual sin is no different than any other sin, it is a transgression of the law of God. However, sexual sins also have a unique aspect to them. Sexual sins can create a unique set of penalties that remain with you for the rest of your life. Unlike stealing, for example, the memories of a sexual sin will taint your relationship with your spouse. Sexual sins can also eliminate your qualification for certain aspects of the ministry. These sins destroy homes and lives. Since you can never completely recover from a sexual sin, what can you do if you have already committed the sin? Continue reading
The Problem With Pornography
Here are some facts to consider about pornography:
- Nearly eighteen percent of all “born again” Christian adults (in America) have visited sexually-oriented Websites (Zogby survey conducted for Focus on the Family, 2000).
- Sixty-three percent of men attending “Men, Romance & Integrity Seminars” admit to struggling with pornography in the past year. Two-thirds are in church leadership and ten percent are pastors (Pastor’s Family Bulletin, Focus on the Family, March 2000).
- One in seven calls to Focus’ Pastoral Care Line is about Internet pornography (Pastor’s Family Bulletin, Focus on the Family, March 2000).
- Fifty-one percent of pastors say cyberporn is a possible temptation. Thirty-seven percent say it is a current struggle (Christianity Today, Leadership Survey, December 2001). Four in ten pastors have visited a pornography site (Christianity Today, Leadership Survey, December 2001).
- Cyber-sex is the crack cocaine of sexual addiction. (Dr. Robert Weiss, Sexual Recovery Institute, Washington Times 1/26/2000)
- Fifty-seven million Americans have Internet access. (MSNBC / Stanford / Duquesne Study, 2000)
- Twenty-five million Americans visit cyber-sex sites between one and ten hours per week. Another 4.7 million in excess of eleven hours per week. (MSNBC / Stanford / Duquesne Study, Washington Times, 1/26/2000)
- Sixty-two percent of parents of teenagers are unaware that their children have accessed objectionable websites (Source: Yankelovich Partners Study, September 1999)
- Nine out of ten children aged between eight and sixteen have viewed pornography on the Internet. In most cases, the sex sites were accessed unintentionally when a child, often in the process of doing homework, used a seemingly innocent sounding word to search for information or pictures (London School of Economics January 2002).
What exactly is pornography? The Greek language is used in the original texts which rely upon for the New Testament. The Greek language includes the word “porneia,” which literally means fornication, adultery, or idolatry. This is the word we get our English word pornography from. Pornography is a means of indulging a sexual fantasy. Typically, we think of pornography ranging from viewing people who are immodestly dressed to viewing people engaged in sexual acts. Using these images one is able to create a fantasy, and then indulge that fantasy. However, pornography is merely a means to an end: the fulfillment of a sexual desire. The means, or the pornography, can take many different forms. Though we think of pornography as images, pornography can include still images, video, audio, conversation, and fiction in the form of short stories or novels.
The majority of pornography is visual in nature, and, traditionally, pornography has been primarily targeted at men. However, an increasing number of women are becoming involved in various forms of pornography. Because women and men are sexually stimulated in different ways, there are different types of pornography.Continue reading