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Help for the Porn-Addicted Christian

May 30, 2017 Articles
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Why would Christians need help for porn addiction? On the surface, it would seem this issue, affecting untold numbers of men and women, wouldn’t even be a concern for those who are biblically called to live a life of sexual purity. Yet the statistics paint a very different picture.

Unfortunately, when it comes to porn addiction, Christians are no less susceptible than the general population, and in some cases may even be more tempted as they are often encouraged to abstain from premarital sex. Many may see online pornography as the “safer” or less sinful alternative, but even dabbling in the realms of online pornography can lead to a porn addiction. How do we help Christians who are struggling?

Educate

As enlivening and exciting as porn may feel in the moment, it is destruction against one’s body, mind and spirit. And this isn’t simply because of the shame and guilt that the Christian may experience. Scientific research has shown the widespread damage porn does to the brain, relationships and sexual functioning. Helping Christians to see the consequences of porn use and addiction, ideally before they even start, may help to curb the curiosity and temptation. Young people, especially boys, also need the tools to deal with the peer pressure to view online porn.

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 1 Corinthians 6:18

Show the Importance of Purity

It is one thing to simply call out online porn as sin and sexual immorality, but it is another to show the purity of God and His ideal for how we are to live. Pornography is a trap, thus God calling us to purity is not Him trying to shackle us, but His loving desire to keep us away from that which has the power to enslave and destroy. God is all holy and He has called us to walk in purity—not so that we are deprived of fun, but so that we can live in freedom.

Speak Truth

If someone close to you struggles with porn, it is right to confront the situation in a spirit of love, helpfulness and non-judgment. This conversation, and the love that you show, may help convict a person who has become blinded by the addiction. Addicts commonly blame others, so the individual may have any excuse. Maybe his or her spouse is sexually unavailable, maybe the pressure of a difficult work situation perpetuates the need for a fix. Either way, you can help the addict to see his or her need to take responsibility for the behavior. Only when we become willing to acknowledge our part in our addiction can we begin to get well.

Recognize the Sickness

Yes, viewing online pornography is a sin, but if it has become an addiction, then it needs to be understood and approached as an illness. Continually berating the addict because of his or her sin issues is like punishing a cancer patient for having cancer. Treatment is in order.

Local Christian drug and rehab centers may have groups or programs that address porn addiction from a Christian standpoint, or they may be able to provide helpful resources. Encourage the addict to seek the help he or she needs to be free of the bondage of porn addiction, whatever it takes. The health of his or her spirit, family and faith are at stake.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

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