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Pornography

It is about people having sex, in many instances with total strangers. It doesn’t matter whose body you are using, as long as you get it. All that really matters is your satisfaction. Sex anytime, anywhere, with anyone and without any consequences!

The porn companies don’t care at all if you become completely addicted to their product. It’s just great business for them! In reality, pornography makes the profit from the ruined lives of young women and entraps men who will spend lots of time and money succumbing to their product, making it accessible to just about anyone through the internet (cyber sex), videos, cable television, satellite and magazines.

Pornography images are designed to appeal to our human tendencies toward lust. Millions are becoming addicted each day. Some 40 million U.S. adults regularly visit internet porn sites, according to internet-filterreview.com. Further, the average age of first internet porn exposure is reportedly 11. The largest consumer of online porn is the 12 to 17 age group. I must note that not everyone who sees porn will become addicted. Some will be left with toxic ideas about women, sex, marriage and children. However, many will have some kind of emotional opening that allows the addiction to really grab hold.

The sex industry downplays the impact of porn on society, making you believe that sex, love and intimacy are all the same thing. The truth of the matter is that pornography profoundly damages people. One of the most vital parts of the mental environment is a healthy idea of who you are sexually. If these ideas are polluted a critical part of who you are becomes twisted.

Sex addiction is a compulsive behavior that completely dominates the addicts’ life. They are willing to sacrifice what they cherish most in order to preserve and continue their unhealthy behavior.

When these unhealthy behaviors have taken control of addict’s lives they become unmanageable, including: compulsive masturbation, compulsive heterosexual and homosexual relationships, prostitution, exhibitionism, child molesting, incest, rape and violence. Pornography becomes the only introduction to a sex life. Masturbation and fantasy become substitutes for real sexual relations with a spouse, and the habitual abuser then withdraws from their partner. Secret sex becomes an unstoppable coping mechanism for stress. Emotional isolation, fear and dishonesty increase.

More and more ministers are now faced with counseling people whose marriages are ending in divorce because of internet porn or who lost their job after indulging at work. Unfortunately, pornography is also destroying many young people and pastors as well.

The Road To Freedom From Pornography
Gazing at pornography for hours, masturbating to sexual images, and repeatedly fantasizing about sex, are basically forms of worshipping sex. People who practice such activities, find that sexual images seem to rise to the top and forefront of their thoughts. Their minds become a type of “mental altar” for sex. For some there may be issues in their past, such as abuse or sexual exposure, that makes porn addiction even harder to break.

You need to understand, that in your search for intimacy and love, pornography is an empty substitute for real love. We have been created by God to have our intimacy needs met by God Himself.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.”John 8:16-17 NLT

“But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” 1. John 1:9 NLT

Pornography Addiction Can Be Broken
By being honest with yourself and acknowledge that you have a problem you can break pornography addiction.

Be accountable to another person. Tell someone you trust about your addiction.
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” James 5:16 NLT

Dispose of all the pornographic material you own, including those on the computer. If you have to, cancel the internet service connection. Do not go near a video store. Jesus taught the following about lust;

“So if your eye-even if it is your good eye-causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away… and if your hand-even if it is your stronger hand-causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” (Matthew 5:29-30 NLT)

Jesus did not mean this literally, but urges us to examine our lives for anything that causes us to sin and to take every necessary action to remove it!

Be patient and resist the feeling of defeat each time you fail. Your addiction took time to develop, so it will take time to die.

Pray about your problem. Depend on God for deliverance and strength. God promises to make a difference in our lives. Allow God to give you the special strength you need to overcome this battle.

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be FREE!!! (John 8:32-36 NLT)

Copyright©2007 Edwin & Sophia Christiaan

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