Thursday, June 1, 2017

Porn-Again Christian: A Public Discussion about a Private Struggle

Utah holds a number of impressive rankings in regards to education, economy, and health (we often share these on our Facebook page). Yet, it also holds some that remind us of the spiritual battle raging behind the clean-cut veneer. Utah ranks high in prescription drug abuse, depression, and suicide. It is also number one for online porn subscriptions. As a result, last year Governor Gary Herbert signed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.

The harmful effects of pornography are far-reaching and the Christian church has not been immune to them. A national survey conducted by the Barna Group found that 67% of men between the ages of 31 and 49 view pornography monthly, nearly identical to the rate among self-identifying Christian men. Eighteen percent of self-identifying Christian women admit to viewing pornography "a few times a year"—a rate 3% higher than non-Christian women.

It seems more than ever we need to make a covenant with our eyes (cf. Job 31:1) and take seriously the importance of maintaining a pure heart. But there are few topics of more uncomfortable and readily avoided than pornography addiction. So we're breaking the ice and opening up the conversation in our upcoming sermon series Porn-Again Christian: A Public Discussion about a Private Struggle.

On July 2 we'll be joined by Fight the New Drug, a Utah-based organization that works worldwide to provide individuals with the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding pornography by raising awareness on its harmful effects using only science, facts, and personal accounts. They have been featured on ABC Nightline, CNN, Dr. Drew, Psychology Today, along with many other major news outlets, and now at CrossPoint Church! (Stay up to date on this event by RSVPing to the Taylorsville presentation HERE and the Provo presentation HERE.)

We'll continue on July 9 with a message titled "Thirsty: Confronting the Lust of the Flesh" and conclude on July 16 with "Quenched: Experiencing the Love of the Savior." Our goal is not to embarrass or publicly shame anyone. Instead, we want to see those struggling with lust and pornography experience Christ's forgiveness. We want relationships to be made whole. We want our church to grow stronger as we stand together for purity and real love. Invite a friend and let's talk.

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