Monday, June 04, 2007

Ingrid on Porn Addiction

In her latest post at Slice of Laodicea, Ingrid takes on pornography addiction, which is, without doubt, one of the biggest issues facing society today. It is an addiction that knows no bounds; it is not selective, it has no respect for boundaries of race, sex, class, religion, or any other category. And it is devastating.

Ingrid's answer? People who are addicted to porn can't *possibly* be Christians. Apparently she missed the parts of the Bible that deal with the fact that even the righteous stumble, but what sets them apart is that they get back up. Apparently she missed the apostle Paul talking about the thorn in his side that the Lord refused to take from him.

It's late, I'm tired, and there's so much more I could say about this, but I can't put it into words just now. I will say this; Ingrid and others in the discernment crowd have taken ministries like XXXChurch.com to task for what they do. These people are facing the porn problem head on, offering support, encouragement, and hope to those who are addicted to porn and even helping former porn stars leave the industry and start new lives. These men recognize that we cannot simply ignore the problem and hope it will go away. We cannot simply shun those who struggle with these issues.

If you struggle with an addiction to pornography, know that there is help for you. XXXChurch.com is a great place to start. Go to the Wall of Prayer and start there; you will find people who are at the same place you are, and those who have been there before. They will help you. They also offer a program that will track the Internet sites you visit and email a list of questionable sites to an accountability partner you designate. If you want to go as far as a content filter, BSafe Online offers a great one, which can also be purchased as part of a total security suite.

Let me leave you with this; we serve a God who is faithful and just to forgive us if we ask Him. If you need help, start with the One who created you, and knows you from your inmost being.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dunno - I feel like free will exists so that we can make the choice to do right instead of wrong daily - doesn't taking the choice out of your hands by installing a filter sort of nullify free will?

Besides, you can always outsmart yourself and use a different computer. I feel like the CHOICE, constantly making the Right choice, constantly HAVING to make the right choice, is what makes one righteous in the first place. Not avoiding the choice.

7:04 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

You might also check out http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com

We're not going to tell anyone that they're not Christians for being addicted to porn. However, a faithful reading of 1 John should at least make someone ask themselves some questions.

2:54 PM  

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