The Curse of Pornography

An Illustration

Around forty years ago, I picked up a truck load of material at a plant in Toronto. It was lunchtime, so I sat in the office where the shipping department workers gathered for their lunch break. Several other truck drivers were there, and as so often happens in settings like that, the conversation turned vulgar. Various men tried to outdo each other in describing the raunchiest, dirtiest scene they could come up with. They were discussing their favorite “performers” and some of the strip-tease sights they had seen in their favorite night clubs. Eventually, the discussion became too rancid for me to handle and I stepped outside until they had finished their lunch.[1]

Today, you don’t need to go to a night club to watch the sights those men were bragging about. If you have an internet connection, you can pull them up right on your computer. If you want more privacy, you can get the same thing on your smartphone. Or, if you prefer hot flesh and face-to-face interaction, you can still find it in the night spots and red-light districts of most cities.

A Scourge

Pornography is a symptom of a deadly process that is destroying mankind, strangling us from the inside out. When men and women give complete rein to the base passions of their bodies, everything around them starts to degenerate. Men no longer respect and honor the beauty of womanhood. Instead, a woman’s body becomes a commodity, something to vent their passions on and then throw aside. Women no longer admire the strength and the manliness of men as their protectors. Instead, they judge a man by the level of passion that he can generate within them.

Beyond that, too many adults today take out their passions on the innocent children within their sphere of influence and power. Children grow up thinking that sexually abusing the weak around you is normal. Police struggle in vain to protect these little ones but too often the authorities don’t find out what is happening until the damage has long been done.

Historically speaking, we are rapidly approaching the same place where most nations caught up in the same bondage have fallen from power. The sex-mania of our time will soon weaken our nation to the extent that it will start to crumble around us from the inside out. Society will party until it is too late, and then they will wonder what happened.

Someone has said that pornography is our nation’s 7th largest industry. This indicates how deeply this heinous scourge has fastened its talons into our society. The deeper we sink into this cesspool, the more people lust after porn. The more porn that publishers produce, the deeper we sink into the cesspool. It is a vicious and seemingly irreversible cycle.

It is over sixty years ago that Hugh Hefner began publishing Playboy magazine, one of the first North American platforms deemed “acceptable” by Americans who were losing their Judeo-Christian moorings. But a lot has changed in the last sixty years. People are no longer satisfied with just viewing scenes that are immoral.  Porn has been sinking to even lower depths and often includes violence and torture. The pagan practices of torturing their victims to death are no longer as far removed from our society as we would like to think.

But, But, But…

I know, I know. Not everyone fits the description I have just given. Indeed, you can find many respectable people in society. But we are learning that even those we thought were “good” people are not immune to this. Respected fathers end up in court for molesting their daughters or a neighbor’s daughter. Even men and women who wouldn’t think of molesting a child admit to looking at porn for personal enjoyment. The problem is much bigger than we like to admit and touches the lives of more people than we can even imagine.

Just to help you get a picture of the problem, here are some statistics given by Covenant Eyes.

  • 9 out of 10 boys are exposed to pornography before the age of 18.
  • 6 out of 10 girls are exposed to pornography before the age of 18.
  • 15% of boys and 9% of girls have seen child pornography.
  • 32% of boys and 18% of girls have seen bestiality online.
  • 39% of boys and 23% of girls have seen sexual bondage online.
  • 83% of boys and 57% of girls have seen group sex online.
  • 69% of boys and 55% of girls have seen same-sex intercourse online.
  • 51% of male and 32% of female students first viewed porn before their teenage years (12 and younger).
  • 64% of college men and 18% of college women spend time online for Internet sex every week.
  • 67% of young men and 49% of young women say viewing porn is an acceptable way to express one’s sexuality.
  • 68% of young adult men and 18% of women use porn at least once every week.
  • 64% of Christian men and 15% of Christian women say they watch porn at least once a month.
  • Regular church attendees are 26% less likely to look at porn, however, self-identified “fundamentalists” are 91% more likely to look at porn.
  • The porn industry generates $13 billion each year in the US.

What Does the Bible Say?

Middle-aged King David fell into sin with the young wife of one of his soldiers. When she told him that she was pregnant, he had her husband killed and he married her supposedly to protect her reputation. (Or was it his reputation? I wonder…)

When his sin came out into the open, David wrote Psalms 51 to express his repentance. Later, he also wrote in Psalms 101:3, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes.”[2]  Maybe he remembered the evening when he had watched Bathsheba bathing on her housetop. Certainly, much of today’s immoral conduct and thought processes are provoked by the evil porn people gaze at.

Jesus said, “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). To lust for a woman is to crave her in an inordinate way. This is how many rapes come into being. But you don’t need to rape someone to violate the law of God as taught in the New Testament. In God’s eyes, all you need to do is use your imagination, and the deed is done; the sin is committed.

The Bible doesn’t just talk about men lusting after women or women after men. It also speaks to today’s same-sex craze. Consider the following passage from the book of Romans.

“Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,  who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.  For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.  Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Romans 1:24-28) [3]

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  1. Hello, my marriage is a rocky one. It is a long story. I’ve been married for 22 yrs. my husband works for one month offshore, and two weeks home. His schedule has been like that for years. He was a single dad of twin boys, and I couldn’t have children. I can honestly say that a big part of me marrying him, was wanting to be a mom, to his sons. My husband is constantly (when he’s home) making sarcastic comments about lack of sex. I have had a lot of female problems, hence why I couldn’t get pregnant. I have tried to tell him that kissing, holding each other, cuddling all would help towards a more intimate marriage. He refuses to hear. And I can’t take it anymore. I believe he is looking at porn, when he is offshore. Reason being, he starts talking about sex more. We have other problems, too. My marriage is a very unhappy one. My husband refuses to talk about anything. All we talk about is the weather and politics. We are getting older, and I think if anything ever happened to me, he would throw me, in a nursing home, and never come see me! He has turned ourtwo sons against me. Even tho I adopted them, he has never acted like I’m their mom.i have devoted 23 yrs of my life to a man , who is very cold. And his sons are, too. And now I’m 60 yrs old, and very unhappy. Please pray for me.

    • @Joni, Thanks for sharing your story, both here and on the Alcohol page. It is unfortunate that your husband feels this way. Do you have any close Christian friends you can share with? And a church that stands by you? I did pray for you, and I hope that others reading these comments will pray for you as well. Find your solace in reading the New Testament and in prayer. The Bible talks about a friend who is closer than a brother [or husband, sister, parent]. That friend is Jesus, and He will never leave you nor forsake you. LB

    • I read your story and I definitely feel for you. I have experienced very similar behavior from the men that God has put into my life. All they care about is sex and that’s all they want to talk about. I hate it too because I just want to be loved, honored, respected and cherished just as you do. I will definitely pray for you.

  2. If refusing intimate relations with my spouse can greatly increase the power of temptation to delve into pornography or something else impure, can failing to satisfy my husbands sexual desires have the same effect? I appreciate the article, I have long lasting trauma due to viewing pornography & masturbation (starting) around the age of 12, I believe it is extremely devastating & dangerous. I am now in my forties, I feel strongly that my marriage and divorce were a direct result of both our experiences with pornography and I’m still trying to figure out the details of our relational demise.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience. Pornography and masturbation are both selfish ways people use to try to satisfy the normal desires God has given us. Selfishness will always destroy, so it is no wonder that pornography and masturbation destroy marriages. On the other hand fulfilling the desires of our spouse in true love will bind a marriage together. If a spouse demands actions that don’t seem right, then it is important to seek God’s direction. I’m not saying that a person–a wife especially–needs to perform unnatural acts simply to satisfy her husband.

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