The issue of pornography in the church is real and it is not going away. Recently I fielded three requests from church leaders who wanted resources for men struggling with porn addiction. Interestingly, two of the requests were for teenagers.
Research shows that 60% of men in the church are addicted to pornography. Even more startling, additional research shows that within the church 7 out of 10 lay leaders and 5 out of 10 pastors admitted to visiting adult websites in the last week. It is clear that men in the church are being sucked under by the incredibly efficient and effective tools of the enemy.
Noble Warriors is committed to engaging in this battle and equipping the church to provide men with resources necessary to live God honoring lives. It is not going to be easy, but it is a battle worth fighting. If you were to ask for the name of a church that’s really doing well in this area, I wouldn’t know where to point you. In fact, I am not confident that many churches are engaged in this battle at all.
What does it look like for the local church to begin to open its eyes to pornography in the church?
1. Start by talking about the realities of porn with their men.
2. Initiate short term small groups that focus on truth and accountability.
3. Develop a strategic plan to engage this issue long term.
4. Prayerfully seek a strategy to help men, as well as a growing number of women, live in purity.
Here are a few of the books, resources and counseling services to look into as you prepare to engage this battle:
1) Every Man’s Battle
About the Book: American men are in a tough position. They live in a culture awash with sensual images available twenty-four hours a day through a variety of media. It is virtually impossible to avoid such temptations…but, thankfully, not impossible to rise above them. More information here.
2) Every Young Man’s Battle
About the Book:In this world you’re surrounded by sexual images that open the door to temptation. They’re everywhere–on TV, billboards, magazines, music, the internet–and so easy to access that it sometimes feels impossible to escape their clutches. Yet God expects his children to be sexually pure. So how can you survive the relentless battle against temptation? Here’s powerful ammunition. More information here.
3) The Pure Man
About the Ministry: We live in a sex-saturated society. Is it any wonder that men struggle? Rarely does a day go by where guys are not tempted to let their eyes and minds wander into places God clearly says we have no business going. Being and remaining morally pure is difficult at best … but not impossible. Visit The Pure Man Ministry here.
4) The Nathan Project
About the Ministry: The Nathan Project is a ministry providing hope, leadership, training and a place of recovery for men who struggle with the compulsive use of pornography and sexual addiction, the spouses and ex-spouses of these men and the families trapped in this menacing cycle of addiction. Visit The Nathan Project here.
5) Resource Guidance Services
Mr. Michael Flynn provides counseling for individuals, couples, and groups.I enjoy assisting people in the development of increased relationship skills. “Life is all about relationships”. More information here.
6) Christian Counseling Associates
Recognizing a profound need for something more than traditional psychological counseling, Christian Counseling Associates, Inc. inspires hope by providing a regimen of traditional therapy fortified with scripturally- based counseling. More information here.