It isn’t only Smartphones. It isn’t because of COVID-19 as many may claim. It’s been pervasive and continually growing in the professed evangelical church for many years. As of 2014 according to a national survey conducted by churches 68% of the men attending those churches viewed pornography on a regular basis, as did 50% of the pastors.

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Contrary to the widespread belief and preaching, teaching that this is a “brain problem” and not a moral one, and traditional church teachings have no effect (according to Dr. Ted Roberts who created his money-making Conquer Series to address and take care of the pornography problem in the church).

Well, Dr. Roberts and all those who believe modern-day physiology is better than the power of the Spirit of God, the power of the Holy Spirit to work in an individuals life I contend the massive and growing pornography problem in the church is endemic in the modern church is due to the majority, and this is addressed to evangelicals who comprised the above-mentioned survey — because there either never was a true renewing of mind and spirit, a true transformation from the old man to a new creature, or the person who once was in Christ would rather attend to their fleshly lusts and pleasures more, much more than in the service of God, the service of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the spiritual. They are into selfish fleshly pleasures. Satiating their lusts. Rather than being obedient to God, obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ, and refusing to place their trust and faith in the power of the Holy Spirit to work in their lives, in their lustful hearts to overcome. Overcome. Overcome these desires. This sin.

My words mean nothing and most likely carry no weight. I understand. But to all who might be here now, man, woman, child, young or old, new to the faith, longtime in the faith, pastor, elder, to anyone avowing and professing to be a Christian? A disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ? A child of God? And yet giving in to fleshly lusts, desires, and pleasures? And continuing? Seeing no wrong or evil in this?

Let’s go from my feeble words to some words and instruction for all professing to believe and be in Christ and have Christ in them. Let’s go to the inerrant, infallible living and active Word of God;

 

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Romans 8:1 — King James Version

 

Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Romans 8:8 — English Standard Version

 

For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Romans 8:13 — English Standard Version

 

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

Colossians 3:5 — English Standard Version

Do you realize when you partake of pornography you are partaking in idolatry? You are idolizing that which you are viewing and have such thoughts of lust in your mind, as well as idolizing yourself. Think deeply upon this.

 

to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,

Ephesians 4:22 — English Standard Version

 

We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

Romans 6:6 — English Standard Version

So if truly crucified with Jesus, our old self on the cross with Him? And we are resurrected with Him by our faith, our genuine regeneration, born anew? We ought not be then enslaved to sin. So what is wrong? Is it God? Jesus? The Holy Spirit? The church? Or perhaps…you?

 

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Galatians 5:16 — English Standard Version

 

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Galatians 5:24 — English Standard Version

 

I’m a man. Of flesh. Still living. Within that flesh are desires and lusts. Even at my older age. But do I grow weak and succumb? Thinking my fleeting desires for earthly pleasures, to feel good in some manner is worth grieving God? Grieving the Lord Jesus Christ? Grieving the Holy Spirit and having Them withdraw from within me because They can have no part of sin and evil?

Or do I pray for strength, for faith, for a greater pouring out of the Holy Spirit to overcome? And to live to serve and please God my Father, Jesus my Lord — Lord of my life not only my Saviour, and to please the Holy Spirit rather than pleasing self?

And in turning to God in prayer? In trusting? Believing? Asking for an increased pouring out of God’s Spirit on me no matter the trying time, the possible stumbling, the thinking I deserve something which I do not really? Rather than not going to God and giving in to whatever it might be? The Lord keeps me from stumbling. No matter if a little thing that crops up in a day, or a much more serious thing that might possibly displease God and tarnish, blemish my robe.

Put aside the lusts and desires which creep into the mind. To lead astray. To attempt to make one commit sin.

Know where that voice, that desire emanates from — and it isn’t conceived within your brain and treated by modern-day psychology rather than the infinite power of the Spirit of God.

Those thoughts, those desires, that illicit lust one perhaps has crept into their minds? That emanates, its origin is in evil. It comes from the beguiling, seductive whisperings of the devil. Satan saying, “Go ahead, for surely you will not die if you eat of this fruit.”

And listening to the lie, listening to the devil rather than God.

It is a lot simpler and easier than almost everyone makes it out.

We’re all either truly God’s and Christ’s and we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. Or we don’t.

And to those who are truly God’s? Truly Christ’s? Been truly transformed into a new creature by the power of the Holy Spirit to work in a heart, in a life?

Then we all ought to always, always, always when temptations and we’re letting our guard down, seeking to ease up, grant ourselves some pleasures? We ought to then pray fervently and boldly to God, in utter humility to keep us from sin. To keep us as pure as possible while still in this flesh. And to help us to serve Him, serve the Lord Jesus Christ, obey the Holy Spirit, and obey the Word of God. And let the Lord know you need Him to overcome WHATEVER is before you. Everything that arises. Not only earthly lusts, possible awful ventures into pornography — but pray to God to measure out the Holy Spirit more and more to overcome. To give you strength. In ALL THINGS DAILY.

 

Ken Pullen

Friday, February 19th, 2021

ACP — A Crooked Path

 

Smartphone generation” raised on hardcore porn,” the church must address coming “tsunami”: expert warns

 

Friday, February 19, 2021

By Leah MarieAnn Klett

Reprinted from The Christian Post

 

Due to the ubiquity of smartphones, the up-and-coming generation has been “raised on hardcore porn to a level that’s never been seen before,” and there will be a massive “reckoning” within the Church if the Body of Christ fails to address this issue, the head of an addiction recovery program has warned.

“We may think that the porn situation is bad now, as we’re seeing pastors like Ravi Zacharias come out, but this younger generation has been raised on hardcore porn to a level that we’ve never seen before,” Ted Shimer, founder of The Freedom Fight, an online addiction recovery program, told The Christian Post.

“The Bible tells us that we’re going to reap what we sow. Those of us who work with college students, we’re seeing porn addiction like never before. These are our future Christian parents, mothers, fathers, church leaders. If the church doesn’t deal with it, there’s going to be a massive reckoning that is unfortunately not going to look well on the name of Christ.”

Shimer, who has mentored young adults for nearly three decades with the collegiate ministry Student Mobilization, said the rise in porn addiction is directly related to accessibility to technology. In 2007 — the year the iPhone came out — Shimer and his wife and ministry partner noticed a significant increase in porn addiction among young people.

“We really identified pornography and addiction to it as the single biggest obstacle to our vision and mission of building spiritual leaders for Christ,” he said. “So in 2007 is when we really took a deep dive into this topic.”

Shimer revealed that he’s heard firsthand accounts of children — both boys and girls — becoming addicted to pornography as early as seventh grade.

“When a mom hands her seventh grader an iPhone, she’s not realizing she’s handing her child 24/7 access to pornography,” he said. “And yet, that’s what’s happening. It’s the private access at such young ages that’s really the driver behind why we’re seeing so many young people with such deep addictions. It’s getting worse every year. It’s a massive, massive issue.”

Statistics show that Christians — and even church pastors — engage in viewing porn at almost the same rates as the secular world. And the problem is particularly relevant given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with Pornhub and other sites “capitalizing” on the lockdown, Shimer said.

“This is such a massive issue in the church, and we need more people who understand it and are equipped to help others break free. Because this next generation of believers that are going to be entering the church — I promise this is going to be a huge issue in their discipleship. If we haven’t been equipped to address this effectively, we’re going to be offering shallow and ineffective solutions.”

Shimer acknowledged that talking about porn in the church is “awkward, uncomfortable, and surrounded in shame,” but stressed that it’s “not going away.”

“Pastors and church leaders need to address it with effective, Gospel-centered, scientifically-informed solutions because it’s not simply going away,” he said, adding that only 7% of churches say they have the resources to assist their members with this addiction.

To help equip parents and church leaders to fight this epidemic, Shimer’s organization, The Freedom Fight, provides a free program that can be used by individuals, small groups and churches.

Shimer has also penned an accompanying book, The Freedom Fight: The New Drug and The Truths that Set Us Free, where he explores the destructive nature of pornography and examines its six root factors. He also identifies biblical, practical methods to overcome porn addiction and find true freedom.

“When addiction is only dealt with on a certain level, it’s more awkward and shaming than it should be,” he explained. “When we start understanding it from an addiction factor and look at the brain science piece and address it from a holistic and discipleship standpoint, we become more equipped to deal with it.”

The forward to Shimer’s book is written by Josh McDowell, who has dedicated a considerable amount of time and use of his platform to address the issue of pornography.

When it comes to combating sex addiction, Shimer offers a method based on scientific research and God’s Word called B.R.A.C.E.: Breath, Remember the truth, make an Accountability Call and Escape the temptation.

“It’s a simple and yet powerful tool that has really been effective,” he said. “Temptation doesn’t always have to be your downfall. It can allow you to build a new pathway and a new direction, built on God’s Word. Through this book, I want to both educate and equip.”

The father-of-four also encouraged parents to have the “porn and sex talk” with their children at earlier ages, warning that the “world will fill in the blanks if we don’t.”

“It’s important for parents to show the relevance of the Scriptures and use God’s Word to frame the topic of sex,” he explained. “Jesus wants us to have an abundant life. The thief comes only to kill, steal and destroy, and that’s what we are seeing with the negative consequences of going outside of God’s boundaries.”

Parents and church leaders, Shimer added, must understand the “brutal reality of pornography and how it impacts a person’s brain and impacts their relationships, their marriages, their spiritual life.”

“But there is a pathway to freedom, and addressing this issue in the Church is an opportunity for revival,” he added.